AVVENIRE Interview with Cardinal Michael Czerny S.J.

The following interview by Lucia Capuzzi with Cardinal Michael Czerny S.J., Undersecretary of the Migrants and Refugees Section of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, is republished with permission from the May 17, 2020 issue of  AVVENIRE.

1) This Laudato si’ 5th anniversary week — 16-24 May 2020 — takes place in a dramatic moment, amidst the COVID-19. What meaning does it have in light of this situation, this ‘sign of the times’?

Five years ago Laudato si’ revealed the fault-lines of human injustice and environmental degradation. COVID-19 is amplifying and magnifying the same, in a tragically concrete, dramatic, and vivid manner. It’s the “rapidification” which Pope Francis identified (LS 18). Not only the manner and speed of the virus’s spread but also the highly accelerated digitalization underway, the millions of conventional jobs being lost, the online communication replacing meetings and changing events.

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US: Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) Awards Grants

This spring, the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) awarded grants in the amount of $146,168 for eight projects that support the goals of the CCD to promote Catholic biblical literacy and Catholic biblical interpretation.

The CCD works with the Catholic Biblical Association (CBA) to offer these grants, accepting applications only from the CBA, including the organization itself, its designees, and its full and associate members. In fidelity to Dei Verbum. . . , the dogmatic constitution on divine revelation promulgated by Pope Paul VI in 1965, the CBA’s purpose is to promote scholarly study in Scripture and related fields by meetings of the association, publications, and support to those engaged in such studies.

Bishop Felipe J. Estévez of Saint Augustine and a member of the CCD-CBA Liaison Committee noted that “We are blessed by those scholars who dedicate the best of their talents to unfold the treasures of the Scriptures for God’s people.”

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Bishop Murry of Youngstown, Ohio, Submits Resignation Due to Health

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Youngstown has announced that Bishop George V. Murry, S.J. has submitted to Pope Francis his resignation from the office of diocesan bishop for reasons of ill health.

Diagnosed with a form of acute leukemia, in April 2018, Bishop Murry underwent intensive chemotherapy at the Cleveland Clinic. In July of 2019, he reentered the Cleveland Clinic for a reoccurrence of leukemia. At that time tests confirmed that he was in remission and that doctors were not recommending a bone marrow transplant. This past April, his leukemia returned and he resumed treatment. With this third bout of leukemia, his present state of health leaves him less able to fulfill the tasks entrusted to him as bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown.

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Baltimore archdiocese has ‘serious concerns’ about county Communion ban

Washington, D.C. Newsroom, May 27, 2020 / 06:02 pm (CNA).- The Archdiocese of Baltimore said it has “serious concerns” about public health guidance from Howard County, Maryland, which prohibits the reception of Communion as a condition for churches to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic.

“For the Catholic community, the reception of Communion is central to our faith lives and to our public worship,” said a statement from the archdiocese, released to CNA on Wednesday.

“Since learning of the concerns of Howard County officials, we have shared our guidelines for the distribution of Communion and express our own serious concerns about their recent guidance preventing Catholic churches in Howard County from distributing Communion.”

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