JD Flynn

JD Flynn

Articles by JD Flynn

Analysis: A pink dolphin, a carved image, and inculturation at the Amazon synod

Oct 16, 2019 / 11:40 am

At a “moment of Amazon spirituality” Oct. 16, in a church just down the street from St. Peter’s Square, a woman told the Amazonian folk tale of a pink river dolphin who seduced a village girl. The story, and the conversation that ensued, is a poignant example of questions raised about the Vatican’s Amazon synod, and about the meaning of calls to “inculturate” the Gospel.

Bishop Byrne: Newman would be surprised to be canonized a saint

Oct 14, 2019 / 13:00 pm

Cardinal John Henry Newman would be surprised by his own canonization as a saint, an English bishop said Monday, adding that Newman’s life offers an important witness of holiness for contemporary Catholics.

Cardinal Becciu at center of Vatican financial investigation

Oct 14, 2019 / 08:51 am

The recent raid of Vatican offices is connected to an investigation into charges that Vatican money financed the development of luxury properties in London, and led to a windfall for the Vatican’s investment managers, according to an Oct. 14 report from Financial Times.

Did Pope Francis say that Jesus isn't God? Don't believe the report, Vatican says

Oct 9, 2019 / 11:11 am

The Vatican Wednesday said that an Italian journalist it has previously corrected was not speaking accurately when he claimed that Pope Francis denied Christ’s divinity.

Amazon synod bishop: 'Indigenous people do not understand celibacy'

Oct 9, 2019 / 07:40 am

A contributor to the working document for the Vatican’s Synod of Bishops on the Amazon region made his case Wednesday for the priestly ordination of married men in the region.

Priestly celibacy discussed as Amazon synod gets underway

Oct 8, 2019 / 12:45 pm

Some participants at the Vatican’s Synod of Bishops on the Amazon have responded critically to a proposal that the Church ordain married men - so called viri probati - in response to a shortage of priestly vocations in the Amazon region of South America.

'Keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus'- The vision of Franciscan University's new president

Oct 3, 2019 / 17:45 pm

“We don’t just want God to bless what we’re doing, we want to bless what God is doing,” Fr. David Pivonka, TOR, tells students and alumni.

Brooklyn’s Bishop DiMarzio to lead Vatican investigation of Bishop Richard Malone and the Diocese of Buffalo

Oct 3, 2019 / 13:30 pm

The Holy See has announced that Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn will lead an Apostolic Visitation of the Diocese of Buffalo. The visitation, a canonical inspection and fact-finding mission, was ordered by Cardinal Marc Ouellet of the Congregation of Bishops in Rome, the Vatican department responsible for overseeing the personal conduct of bishops.

Analysis: Does a Vatican decision on Brebeuf Jesuit undermine Archbishop Thompson?

Sep 24, 2019 / 15:24 pm

Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Indianapolis announced this week that the Vatican has suspended a decree that prohibits the school from calling itself Catholic. That announcement has led to speculation and debate about the likely outcome in an appeal filed against the decree. But the canonical realities of the case don't support most of the conjecture.

Msgr. Rossi takes leave of absence from CUA board of trustees

Sep 20, 2019 / 14:12 pm

Msgr. Walter Rossi has taken a leave of absence from the board of trustees at The Catholic University of America, while the priest is the subject of a canonical investigation for unspecified allegations of misconduct.

Analysis: The Amazon and Germany - A tale of two synods

Sep 16, 2019 / 15:48 pm

For the next two months, most of the ink spilled by Catholic journalists will be dedicated to the Amazon, and especially the three-week Rome meeting of bishops in October that will discuss the region. But while the Amazon synod of bishops holds popular attention, some astute Church-watchers wll be more attentive to the emerging controversy surrounding a different synod, to be held in Germany.

Vatican authorizes ‘Vos estis’ investigation into Minnesota bishop Hoeppner

Sep 10, 2019 / 15:40 pm

Bishop Michael Hoeppner is the first sitting U.S. bishop to be investigated under new misconduct protocols introduced by Pope Francis earlier this year.

JPII Institute VP suggests compromise on university restructuring

Sep 3, 2019 / 10:10 am

The vice-president of the Pontifical Institute John Paul II in Rome has proposed a compromise between the university administrators implementing a restructuring plan at the school, and the faculty members who have opposed certain aspects of that plan.

Alencherry will face trial over land deals, Indian court rules

Aug 29, 2019 / 18:00 pm

An Indian court has ruled that Cardinal George Alencherry will stand trial in a case related to controversial land deals in the Syro-Malabar Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly.

After the abuse: A bishop's ministry of healing and trust

Aug 28, 2019 / 03:25 am

If God chose Bishop Cozzens to be a part of the Church’s healing ministry, meeting Gina Barthel was a big part of how that healing ministry would begin.

Lawsuit claims Knights of Columbus broke $100m ‘verbal contract’

Aug 26, 2019 / 16:25 pm

Jury selection began Monday in a lawsuit that accuses the Knights of Columbus of violating a verbal contract with a vendor who claims that the Knights of Columbus inflate their membership numbers, and have destroyed his business.

Cardinal George Pell loses appeal of sex abuse conviction

Aug 20, 2019 / 17:31 pm

The conviction of Cardinal George Pell has been upheld by the Court of Appeals in Victoria. A three-judge appellate panel upheld his 2018 conviction for sexual abuse of minors in a divided decision delivered Aug. 21.

Analysis: The pastoral approach of Archbishop Charles Chaput

Aug 12, 2019 / 14:50 pm

Archbishop Charles Chaput is not a cardinal. He has never been an officer at the U.S. bishops’ conference. He has never lived in Rome, and, in an international Church, he is not a polyglot.

JPII Institute VP says school's identity is 'seriously threatened'

Jul 31, 2019 / 20:25 pm

The vice-president of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute in Rome said that changes to the school’s governing structure and academic program are a serious threat to its identity, and to the important pastoral ministry it supports.

John Paul II Institute responds to student and faculty criticisms

Jul 29, 2019 / 15:00 pm

The Pontifical John Paul II Institute issued a statement Monday, defending recent changes at the school. But some students and faculty members say the explanations do not represent the full picture of issues at the theological institute.