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Church Hierarchy

 A CALL OF THEIR OWN; THE ROLE OF DEACONS IN THE CHURCH
Deacons are not meant to be mini-priests, or super-laypeople. But the church as we know it wouldn’t be the same without them.

 A FRANCIS AGENDA FOR THE U.S. BISHOPS
Last November when the bishops set their priorities, some pointed out that those priorities seemed little influenced by the papacy of Pope Francis.

 A hierarchy deeply damaged from within
The first half of 2010 has been a particularly bumpy patch for the papacy of Benedict XVI. It wasn’t supposed to be this way. This pope had as goals to sharpen the teaching of the world’s largest Christian denomination, to do battle with secularism and relativism, and to convince the world, Catholic and otherwise, that Christianity authentically lived is more about possibilities and new freedom than about “thou shalt nots” and other restrictions.

 A LISTENING CHURCH
An Interview With Archbishop Blase Cupich: In December, Grant Gallicho of Commonweal magazine spoke with the new archbishop in Chicago, the nation’s third-largest diocese.

 A place in the city
From The Tablet: When a cardinal is appointed, along with the red hat, and all that that means, he is given one of Rome's titular churches. The allocation of who gets what is sometimes random - but not always.

 A Year of Prayer by Priests, With Priests and for Priests
Here is the text of the letter Cardinal Cláudio Hummes, prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, wrote ahead of the Year for Priests, which will begin June 19.

 Aging priesthood part of the Catholic struggle
One in every six bishops are closing in on the mandatory retirement age of 75 within the next two years. More than half the bishops will reach the milestone within five years, data from www.catholic-hierarchy.org indicates.  Add deaths, retirements and fewer seminarians answering the call, and shepherds available to lead the flocks drop.

 Archbishop: Inside the Power Structure of the American Catholic Church
An online version of the book by Thomas J. Reese, S.J. of America magazine.


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