Nigerian bishop promises three more priests for state

A sign of the times: A Nigerian bishop who already has four priests serving in the Diocese of Little Rock, Ark., promises to send three more. Details on the visit of Bishop Lucius Ugorji are in the Arkansas Catholic.

Three ordained in a joyous multicultural celebration

A sign of the times, Part 2: Recent ordinations in the Diocese of Honolulu symbolize that the U.S. priesthood is becoming more ethnically diverse and that the average age of new ordinands is increasing. The Hawaii Catholic Herald reports on the state’s first triple ordination in 15 years. All three new priests are in their 30s; one is from China and two are from Zambia.

‘Origins’ on sex abuse crisis, European culture

This week’s Origins: CNS Documentary Service returns to texts from the Catholic Theological Society meeting as well as a speech by the pope on European culture and the “crisis of modernity.” The details:

  • Two experts examine issues behind the sexual abuse crisis in the U.S. church. Mercy Sister Sharon Euart, a canon law consultant, looks at some canonical issues involved in the crisis (subscribers: click here), and theologian Christopher Ruddy says that the scandal was primarily “engendered by clericalism” (subscribers: click here).
  • Pope Benedict XVI tells a gathering of European professors that in light of the cultural shift taking place on the continent universities should undertake a “comprehensive study of the crisis of modernity” and create a new humanism for Europe. (Subscribers: click here)