The pastor of the black Catholic parish had tried for two years to get permission from Cardinal John P. Cody to invite nuns of Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity to work in his decaying West Side Chicago neighborhood.
With Joseph L. Bernardin installed last week as the new archbishop of Chicago last week, the Rev. Stephen J. Mangan of St. Malachy's Parish had resolved to phone the chancery for an appointment to discuss the proposal, just as soon as Cody's successor had a chance to get his feet on the ground.
But on Monday, Bernardin called Mangan, inviting himself to lunch at the rectory and a walking tour of the parish the next day. By Tuesday afternoon, Mangan had the archbishop's enthusiastic support for the proposal and the promise to write Mother Teresa, whom Bernardin called "an old friend," with his own request for the nuns. Mother Teresa has said she would honor such a request.
Bernardin said he moved so quickly on Mangan's request because "I'm very interested in the ministry of the inner city."
In contrast to the late Cardinal Cody, who moved about the city in a chauffeured limousine and attended by aides in his rare public appearances, Bernardin, without aides, made the trip to St. Malachy's in Mangan's car.
Dr. James S. Tinney, a national authority on black Pentecostalism and a member of the faculty of Howard University, formally was excommunicated Sunday by Bishop Samuel Kelsey of the Temple Church of God in Christ because of his leadership in homosexual concerns.
Tinney, who publicly acknowledged his homosexuality three years ago, has been a focus of controversy in Pentecostal circles for his efforts to reconcile a homosexual life-style with Pentecostal Christianity.
The excommunication of Tinney was prompted by his leadership in a "Lesbian/Gay Revival" series held this week at All Souls Unitarian Church and sponsored by the predominantly black Pentecostal Coalition for Human Rights, of which Tinney is a moving spirit.
Tinney said he was led by God to conduct the revivals. He said that for two sleepless nights, "God very clearly and insistently kept saying to me, 'I am going to vindicate my people. I am going to vindicate my people.' " God made it clear to him, Tinney continued, that " 'my people' refers to lesbians and gay men."
In a form letter he distributed publicizing the special revival services, he predicted that "For the first time in an open, visible public place, God is going to show 'signs' to the 'straight' heterosexist churches that we who are lesbian/gay have been accepted and exonerated by God . . . In this way, God will prove to us and to others that we are just as much Christians as those who preach legalistic, Victorian rules about sex and pleasure and the human body."
The Rev. John O'Conner, a former provincial of the New England Jesuits and a former president of Weston School of Theology in suburban Boston, has been named executive director of the Office of Social Development of the Washington Roman Catholic Archdiocese, succeeding the Rev. Sean O'Malley. Archbishop James A. Hickey also named the Rev. Richard G. Fowler, a United Methodist clergyman who has been executive directer of the interdenominational Southeast Vicariate, as associate director.
The Rev. Carole A. Crumley, formerly assistant rector at St. John's Episcopal Church in Georgetown, has been named to the staff of the Washington Cathedral. She will share liturgical, preaching and pastoral responsibilities at the cathedral, in addition to directing a ministry to single adults.
The Rev. David D. Danneberger, Coopersburg, Pa., will be installed Sept. 12 as pastor of Trinity Moravian Church, New Carrollton.