Bishop Deeley appointed head of Maine’s Portland diocese

Portland, Maine, Dec 18, 2013 / 10:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis today appointed Bishop Robert Deeley, who has been an auxiliary bishop of Boston for the past year, as bishop of the Diocese of Portland, which serves the state of Maine. “As I prepare to serve the faithful of the Diocese of Portland as their new bishop and shepherd, I wish to offer my gratitude first to our Holy Father Pope Francis for entrusting me with this honor and responsibility and to Cardinal Seán … [Read more...]

Pope: A Christian refusing to serve others is a ‘pagan’

Vatican City, Dec 18, 2013 / 04:41 am (CNA).- In his Wednesday general audience this morning, Pope Francis stressed the importance of humility and service in the Christian life. “It is an ugly thing when one sees a Christian who does not want to lower himself, who does not want to serve, a Christian who parades around everywhere. It’s terrible, no? That person isn’t a Christian: he is a pagan! The Christian serves (and) lowers himself,” said the Pope on Dec. 18 in St. … [Read more...]

Minn. auxiliary bishop looks forward to sharing Christ’s light

St. Paul, Minn., Dec 18, 2013 / 04:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Andrew Cozzens, who was consecrated an auxiliary bishop of the Saint Paul and Minneapolis archdiocese Dec. 9, is excited that his new ministry will facilitate the spread of Christ's love. “Being with people. Sharing the love of Jesus with people. Helping people experience the love of Jesus, teaching them to pray, teaching them about the beauty of God's love,” Bishop Cozzens told CNA in a Dec. 12 interview, … [Read more...]

Respond to divorced Catholics with love, theologians urge

Rome, Italy, Dec 18, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic Church must reach out to Catholics who are divorced and remarried to let them know they are welcome even if they cannot receive the sacraments, several theologians have noted. Sean Innerst, theology department chair at Denver's St. John Vianney Seminary, said he hopes to see “interesting and creative responses” to help those who are divorced or divorced and remarried and believe themselves to be outside of the … [Read more...]

Archbishop Chaput says five Philly priests unfit for ministry

Philadelphia, Pa., Dec 18, 2013 / 01:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Continuing the Philadelphia archdiocese's response to a grand jury report on sex abuse or misconduct by clergy, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput on Dec. 15 declared five priests unsuitable for ministry, including one who faced a substantiated allegation of abuse committed 30 years ago. “Priests on administrative leave are not permitted to exercise their public ministry, administer any of the sacraments, wear clerical attire, … [Read more...]

Archbishop cooperates with investigation over ‘touching’ charge

St. Paul, Minn., Dec 17, 2013 / 07:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop John Nienstedt has temporarily stepped down and is cooperating in a police investigation involving a claim that he inappropriately touched a young man during a group photo four years ago. In a Dec. 17 letter, the Saint Paul and Minneapolis archbishop denied the charge made by a male youth claiming that his buttocks were inappropriately touched after a 2009 confirmation ceremony in the archdiocese. “True, I am a … [Read more...]

Pope appoints, confirms members of bishops’ congregation

Washington D.C., Dec 17, 2013 / 06:32 pm (CNA).- On Dec. 16 Pope Francis made appointments at the Congregation for Bishops, confirming as its prefect Cardinal Marc Ouellet, a position he has held since 2010. He also appointed Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., as a member of the congregation. Cardinal Wuerl currently serves on several pontifical councils, as well as committees of U.S. bishops. He also served as relator general for the October 2012 Vatican Synod of Bishops on the New … [Read more...]