This hopeful headline is what I woke up to last Sunday. “Amazon synod calls for married priests, pope to reopen women deacons’ commission.” This was the headline in National Catholic Reporters’ daily online edition. The NCR went on to report: The Vatican gathering of Catholic bishops from the Amazon has called on Pope Francis to allow for the priestly ordination of married men on a regional basis in order to address a lack of ministers across the nine-nation region.
And after the 185 male voting members at the month long Synod of Bishops said in their final document that the idea of ordaining women as deacons had been "very present" during their discussions, Francis announced he will be summoning his commission on the issue back to work, and adding new members to its ranks.
The most joyful part of the report, for me, was this, "’I am going to take up the challenge … that you have put forward, that women be heard,’ the pontiff said in spontaneous remarks after close of the synod's business on October 26.”
I realize this will not happen overnight, but it is such a joy to have a group of bishops, who are in leadership and the pope actually open to further study of the issue. Stay hopeful and give the issue over to our God in prayer.
To another topic now. I am constantly asked, “How and where will my CMA gift be used?” I realize most of you know the answer to this question, but not knowing who knows and who does not know, here we go. Thank you for your understanding.
Donations fund the day-to-day operations of the Diocese of Rochester. Without your generosity, the Diocese could not continue to support parishes and their mission.
When your donation is received, it is utilized immediately for current operations. The CMA supports offices, personnel and ministries that provide assistance and resources to parishes, pastors, parish ministers and Pastoral and Finance Councils through such offices as Safe Environment, Information Technology, Evangelization & Catechesis, Pastoral Services, Finance, Building/ Property Management, Stewardship and Communications, the Tribunal and Risk Management. The CMA funds nearly 60 percent of the current diocesan operating budget in seven key areas:
- Serving the poor, the elderly and infirm through Catholic Charities
- Providing diocesan-wide services to our parishes and institutions
- Educating youth and young adults in the Catholic faith in our schools, parish religious education programs and on college campuses.
- Funding the formation of seminarians, deacons, pastoral leaders and vocations
- Supporting the ministries of Bishop Matano, the New York State Catholic Conference, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Vatican.
- Funding operations & support services of the Pastoral Center, including maintenance and capital improvements
- Supporting the fundraising efforts of the CMA campaign, such as the cost of mailings, gift and data processing and staffing.
No CMA contributions are used for the settlement of legal cases.
Let us continue to pray for and take action to bring about peace in our world!
In peace and courage,