9 Days of Prayer

9 Days of Prayer

The following litany is said to have been favored by Pope John Paul II from his seminary days. We invite readers to join with us for the next 9 days in reciting this for the bishops and priests who minister to us, especially those within our diocese. We ask for an increase of grace and …

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Minds and Money

Minds and Money

An important read from Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, who discusses a pattern involving the use of suspension & mandatory psych evaluations / treatments of priests by their bishops: Over the last few months I have been contacted by diocesan priests (and a religious) who were being sent by their bishops (superior) to be “evaluated” at one …

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Let Your Yes Be Yes.

Let Your Yes Be Yes.

We received multiple queries regarding the bishop’s October 4 column in the The Catholic Moment, “Frequently asked questions to keep in mind during this year’s elections.“ A reader writes: After reading the bishop’s column in the 10-4 -2020 issue of the Catholic Moment, I had several observations. I thought Bishop Doherty was being very selective …

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Sickness & Health

Sickness & Health

Readers have alluded to some policies recently disseminated to clergy which concern the compensation and health benefits available to priests during health crises or in circumstances of disability. As reports of this circulated, we supposed people might be speaking in a somewhat tongue-in-cheek way. However, upon viewing these policies (which were signed in June by …

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Things We Need.

Things We Need.

So we’ve now officially joined the ranks of other dioceses around the country who have a Great Plan for organizational revamp and a managed decline. Readers observe that our bishop states that he is here to give us not what we want, but what we need, while The Catholic Moment urges us not to go …

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Thanks to our readers for keeping us informed of opportunities for the laity of our diocese to join together in prayer, networking and education. Catholics for Unity & Peace (CUP) shared two such opportunities which bring together lay groups from across the diocese: OLMC parishioner Raul Zavaleta will offer a talk on “Cultural Marxism: The …

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Suppression

Suppression

In various places in the diocese, meetings are taking place to determine which liturgical events will be permitted in which parishes. Schedules will be coordinated from the top. Some parishes will experience a reduction in Sunday Masses. Others will no longer have Sunday liturgies at all. One might assume that such decisions would come from …

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A Look at the New Congregation for Clergy Guidelines

A Look at the New Congregation for Clergy Guidelines

On July 20th, the Congregation for Clergy released a new set of recommendations to assist the direction of parishes in the Church’s evangelizing mission. Summaries of the 24-page document, which is titled “The pastoral conversion of the Parish community in the service of the evangelizing mission of the Church” have been provided by Crux and …

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Memphis

Memphis

As we’ve written on various aspects of our diocesan governance and the Uniting in Heart plan, a common question, both in the comment section and in our inbox has been: “But what can we do?” Others have expressed that, even if things are indeed in a bad way, who will listen, anyway? The Rothrock affair …

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Prayer Vigil Tonight

Prayer Vigil Tonight

Lifesite News has picked up the story on tonight’s prayer vigil in Lafayette. You can read about it here and learn about one of the organizing groups, Catholics for Unity and Peace. Throughout this difficult moment in the Church’s history, it is indeed encouraging to see area Catholics coming together to express both their worries …

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Bishop Updates Statement on BLM Foundation, ANTIFA

Bishop Updates Statement on BLM Foundation, ANTIFA

The diocese posted the following update on their website: Dear People of God of the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana. As a Bishop, my mission is the salvation of souls. Our Church teaches us that every human life is valuable and made in the image and likeness of God no matter our color or origin. The Church …

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Was Canon Law Followed?

Was Canon Law Followed?

“The diocese declined to respond.” An interesting question has been raised by Catholic News Agency’s JD Flynn, (himself a canon lawyer): “While Doherty said that he had observed Church law in suspending Rothrock, it is not clear that the bishop’s action was undertaken in accord with canon law on the subject. The bishop’s decree indicated …

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Prayer Event this Weekend

Prayer Event this Weekend

We received the following from one of our readers: There is going to be a gathering of the faithful of the Diocese of Lafayette in Indiana this Saturday, July 11th, from 6-8PM in front of the chancery @ 610 Lingle Ave., Lafayette IN. The gathering will be a 2 hour prayer vigil to pray for the …

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O Rose, Thou Art Sick.

O Rose, Thou Art Sick.

This has been a troubling week for many Catholics. It is not hard to hear the rumbling of the secular cannons in the distance, as those in favor of iconoclastic and violent means of change set their sights on the Church, toppling images of St. Junipero Serra, threatening to take the Cathedral in St. Louis, …

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Prayer at 7 this evening.

Prayer at 7 this evening.

Anyone so inclined, please join in prayer with us from your homes. We’ll be praying at 7 this evening. Mother of All, in this tragic hour of the world’s history, we entrust and consecrate ourselves to your Immaculate Heart, our only refuge, our hope, our salvation. Have pity on this world, torn by the most …

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Well, that escalated quickly.

Well, that escalated quickly.

Readers, we could rehash the sad tale of the past couple days in the diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana, which rapidly culminated in the suspension from public ministry of Fr. Theodore Rothrock following his sharp denunciation of certain activist groups. The controversial move is being duked out over on the diocese’s Facebook page at the present moment, …

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The Latest COVID Protocols

The Latest COVID Protocols

The latest regulations surrounding the diocesan COVID-19 response have been released. They are in place as the status quo beginning July 4 and remain so for “the foreseeable future” (through 2021). Uniformity is expected across all parishes. You may read the statement below in its entirety and without edits: __________________________________________________________ Phase D: (Effective July 4, …

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Pain Management.

Pain Management.

Recent weeks have seen diagnostic and training sessions for the clergy of this diocese, including an all-day meeting which utilized a personal evaluation and a follow-up tool for change management from consultancy group MHS Assessments/Calm Worldwide. These training instruments are advertised as useful for organizations addressing “both initiated and opposed change.” The personal assessment, “The …

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The “Why.”

The “Why.”

Recently, diocesan leaders were asked to read an article to better understand the “why” of Uniting in Heart. The article, entitled “Re-Imagining What a Catholic Parish Can Be:A Destination for the 21st Century” was written through an organization called Acts XXIX, in the Archdiocese of Detroit. The paper can be read in its entirety here. The …

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Grace & Gratitude

Grace & Gratitude

Last week, we shared some excerpts from Pope Francis’ recent address to the Pontifical Mission Society, which Vatican News correspondent Andrea Tornielli states, “warns of various pathologies that risk disfiguring missionary activity, obscuring the action of grace.” Francis stresses a number of points about mission and evangelism that may give us cause for reflection in …

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Mission & Pitfalls: Words from the Holy Father

Mission & Pitfalls: Words from the Holy Father

We’d like to call our readers’ attention to some remarks made today by Pope Francis at St. John Lateran in Rome. Reflecting upon some passages from Acts and the Gospels of Mark and Luke, as well as points made in Evangelii Gaudium, the Holy Father outlined the nature of mission work in the Church, as …

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The Leadership Roundtable

The Leadership Roundtable

Further training on our diocesan restructuring is being provided at the diocesan level through the Leadership Roundtable organization. It may be helpful for readers to have a clearer understanding of both the philosophy of church management espoused by that organization and the ways in which it is applied across a diocese. Some may also find …

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COVID Decree

COVID Decree

Below is the the bishop’s decree of May 8, 2020 on liturgies if you have not had the opportunity to read it. You may view it in full on the diocesan website: https://dol-in.org/covid-19-updates DECREE On March 17, 2020,1 discerned, after much consultation with leaders and members of our faith, medical and civic communities about the …

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Additional Updates

Additional Updates

This week brought some news that weekend Masses may be available in some form by May 30th, subject to regulations. What work is currently being done to move the UiH plan forward during this continuing shutdown? Parish Inventories: Inventories are being taken within the parishes. These include various assessments of parish life and ministry. Further, …

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