A new bishop drops by

We had the great privilege today of welcoming back to my parish Brooklyn’s newly ordained Bishop James Massa. Bishop Massa began his priesthood at our parish 29 years ago; it was his first parochial assignment after ordination, and he was chiefly responsible for introducing something new and different to the parish—RCIA—and was remembered by many longtime parishioners [Read More...]

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Bishops: “Culture of life” demands end to death penalty

From CNS:  The Catholic faith tradition “offers a unique perspective on crime and punishment, one grounded in mercy and healing, not punishment for its own sake,” two bishops said in a statement renewing the U.S. Catholic Church’s push to end the death penalty. “ No matter how heinous the crime, if society can protect itself [Read More...]

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Fr. Robert Barron named auxiliary bishop to Los Angeles

Sensational news in the world of Catholic communications—and, really, for the American church— via Vatican Radio:  Pope Francis on Tuesday named three new auxiliary bishops to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in the United States. Among them was Father Robert E. Barron, the Rector of the University of St. Mary and Mundelein Seminary in Chicago. [Read More...]

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Archbishop writes pastoral letter to clergy on preaching

Details:  Preaching at Mass is the “best opportunity” most bishops, priests and deacons have on a regular basis to facilitate an encounter with Jesus, so it’s critical for preachers to make the most of every homily, said Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron. He made the comments in a new pastoral letter to clergy of the [Read More...]

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The Future Clergy: Smelling like sheep?

When Patheos first explored questions about the future of religion five years ago, I speculated that a Catholic priesthood made up of more married men was likely. Well, five years later, married men are continuing to be ordained—through the Pastoral Provision created by St. John Paul II and via the Anglican Ordinariate set up by Benedict XVI—but [Read More...]

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Chaput: school showed “character and common sense” in firing lesbian

Yesterday, he released a statement responding to the Catholic school’s firing of a lesbian religion teacher. From Philly.com:  Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said Monday that the Mercy Sisters who run Waldron Mercy Academy showed “character and common sense” in firing a lesbian teacher who has been married since 2007. In his first direct comment [Read More...]

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A new bishop who’s “not afraid to get down from the pulpit and get along with the sheep”

From The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:  Growing up Catholic near Harrisburg, Edward Malesic found church “quite boring and uninspiring.” No one thought he would become a priest, and he wasn’t sure he would remain a Catholic. But thanks to some surprising influences — a Mormon science teacher, some evangelical Protestant girlfriends, a Gideon’s Bible — he started [Read More...]

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Bishop sees a Church “trying to banish judgmentalism”

From NCR:  Many U.S. Catholics want the church to “banish judgmentalism” of people in its ministries and to focus instead on getting close to them and understanding the struggles they face in their lives, the new bishop of San Diego said. In an almost hourlong interview with NCR, Bishop Robert McElroy said while people want to [Read More...]

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Great moments in journalism: the Philadelphia story and bias

  View image | gettyimages.com I was struck by these two competing headlines this morning. They offer quite a study in contrasts. From Voice of America: Catholic Church to Welcome Homosexuals at Philadelphia Meeting. A U.S. bishop says homosexuals will be able to attend a global meeting of Catholic families in Philadelphia during a visit [Read More...]

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Report: Archbishop Nienstedt sought to limit investigation

From Catholic Culture:  Archbishop John Nienstedt, who resigned his week from his post as Archbishop of St. Paul-Minneapolis, Minnesota, had earlier tried to limit an investigation into charges of personal misconduct that had been lodged against him, according to an investigative report by Minnesota Public Radio (MPR). MPR, which has been highly critical of Archbishop Nienstedt, [Read More...]

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