Themes of Amazon synod's working document: 'the voice of Amazonia,' integral ecology, prophetic Church (Vatican Press Office) At a June 17 press conference (video), officials of the Synod of Bishops discussed the instrumentum laboris (working document) of the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region, which will take place October 6-27. One official spoke of “a pastoral conversion of the Church, called to take care of the common home as part of its evangelizing mission, to teach its faithful after learning from the native peoples.” The Synod fathers will discuss married priests for areas of the Amazon region.
'Underground' Chinese bishop: better persecution than join Patriotic Association (AsiaNews) A Chinese bishop has said that he would prefer persecution to membership in the government-backed Patriotic Association. Bishop Vincent Guo Xijin agreed to step down from his post as Bishop of Mindong, at the Vatican’s request, to make way for the government-backed Bishop Vincent Zhan Silu. But he refused to accept membership in, or pledge loyalty to, the Patriotic Association.
Quebec government passes Canada's strictest secularism bill (CNS) The Act Respecting the Laicity of the State, criticized by Christian, Jewish, and Muslim organizations, forbids the wearing of religious symbols by new government employees, including teachers and policemen. “We believe that it’s better to fight prejudices and fear for the other in a rational way, by educating people about the diversity of religious, spiritual and cultural experiences and traditions, rather than by prohibitions,” the province’s bishops said before the vote.
High court avoids new case over same-sex wedding cake (AP) The Supreme Court handed the owners of a now-closed Oregon bakery “a small victory by throwing out a state court ruling against them” and directed “ the Associated Press reported. The Court also directed a lower court “to consider last term’s Supreme Court ruling in favor of a baker from Colorado who would not make a cake for a same-sex wedding.”
Congo bishops warn of spread of Islamic State (Fides) Bishops in the eastern part of the large nation (map) called on the government to “regain the management of the sovereign mission of the State: that of ensuring unity, territorial integrity, security of persons and property and promotion of the well-being of the population.”
Suspicious fire in church outside Paris (L'Echo Republicain (French)) A Catholic parish church in Rambouillet, southwest of Paris, was damaged by fire on June 15. Police arrested a suspect who is suspecting of setting two other fires in the neighborhood the same night. Catholic churches in France have been hit by a rash of fires, many of suspicious origin.
Synod of Bishops to discuss married priests for areas of Amazon region (The Tablet) “Amazonia: new pathways for the Church and for an integral ecology” is the theme of the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region, which will take place October 6-27. The instrumentum laboris (working document)—released in Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish on June 17—stated that “for the more remote areas of the region, the possibility of priestly ordination of elders, preferably indigenous, respected and accepted by their community, should be studied,” according to the report. The document was presented at a Vatican press conference.
Review board chairman rues US bishops' failure to prod Holy See on McCarrick, calls for rejection of 'metropolitan option' (USCCB) Addressing the June 2019 USCCB general assembly, Francesco Cesareo, chairman of the National Review Board, urged the bishops to adopt truly independent audits of diocesan anti-abuse efforts, to hold bishops to the same accountability standards as other clerics, and to have lay review boards, rather than metropolitan archbishops, investigate abuse allegations against bishops. He lamented the bishops’ failure to pass a resolution at their November meeting that would have called on the Holy See to release its documentation on Theodore McCarrick.