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Pope Francis' Motu Proprio - "Like a Loving Mother"
(On Removal of Bishops for Neglect of Duty)

Sunday, September 18th / 3:30 PM*

St. Mark Lutheran Church
100 Harter Road
Morristown, NJ 07960
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*Liturgy to follow at 4:30 PM with Rev. Tom Ivory.

IndexJoin Msgr. Kenneth Lasch's discussion of Pope Francis' recent Apotolic Letter, issued Motu Proprio. In it Pope Francis has established new norms providing for the removal of Bishops (or those equivalent to them in Canon Law) from their offices in cases where they have “through negligance, committed or omitted acts that have caused grave harm to others, either with regard to physical persons, or with regard to the community itself.”

The Apostolic Letter “Come una madre amorevole” (Like a Loving Mother) also clarifies that, with regard “to abuse of minors or vulnerable adults, it is sufficient that the lack of diligence be grave.” (Source: Vatican Radio)

Read Pope Francis' "Like a Loving Mother" here. More on Crux and NCR.

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At VOTFNJ's invitation, a steering committee for refugee assistance held its first organizational meeting on May 23rd at St. Peter's Episcopal Church. It was an encouraging and exciting discussion due to the enthusiasm and interest of those involved. The result: a coalition of 24 religious organizations which have named themselves, Refugee Assistance Morris Partners (RAMP). The group has partnered with World Church Service (WCS). Here is WCS background on the purpose of RAMP's outreach. Individuals and civic/church groups can still join this endeavor!  If you would like to participate, learn more about RAMP's work through its committee descriptions and then volunteer. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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