Thursday, May 18, 2006

Home Town Pride

Now here's something to be proud of. Here is a summary of the reforms of the new Bishop--Most Reverend Robert W. Finn--of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

*Dismissed the lay chancellor and replaced him with a priest.*Dismissed the female religious who served as vice chancellor and replaced her with a layman with a track record in Catholic apologetics.
*Cancelled the diocese’s programs for training lay people for pastoral ministry.
*Increased the staffing of the vocations office from a half-time priest to a full-time priest with a half-time priest assistant.
*Ordered a new study of adult catechesis under the leadership of the new vice chancellor.
*Cut the budget of the Office of Peace and Justice in half and established a separate Respect Life Office.
*Removed the diocesan sponsored master’s program from Aquinas Institute of Theology (run by Dominicans affiliated with the Jesuit St. Louis University) and placed it with the Institute for Pastoral Theology at Ave Maria University.
*Ordered the editor of the diocesan newspaper to drop Fr. Richard McBrien’s column.
*Established a pattern of reviewing the contents of the newspaper prior to publication, sometimes cutting stories which appear to undermine Catholic teaching.

I was born and raised in St. Joseph and sometimes cringe when it makes the national news, so this is a welcomed change indeed.
(full story from Catholic Culture)

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