Pope to Korean bishops: “Christians don’t come as conquerers”

From John Allen: Christianity is a missionary religion, and heading into Pope Francis’s trip to South Korea one big-ticket question mark was whether he could fuel Catholic growth on a continent home to 60 percent of the world’s population. Whether the church gets a “Francis bump” remains to be seen, but in a speech to [Read More...]

Sister Elizabeth Johnson fires back at bishops, calls investigation wasteful

Details from Religion News Service:    A nun who drew U.S. Catholic bishops’ ire with what they consider radical feminist writings fired back Friday (Aug. 15), saying their investigation of women’s orders is wasteful when financial mismanagement and sexual abuses are being covered up. Sister Elizabeth Johnson, a theology professor at Fordham University, accepted the Leadership [Read More...]

What else did CNN get wrong?

From Baltimore’s Catholic Review, here’s an important addendum to CNN’s piece on archbishops and where they live: Archbishop William Lori is mentioned because his residence is valued at $1.24 million. In this case, [author Daniel] Burke fails to make some important distinctions. The archbishop’s house was not purchased by Archbishop Lori; it first served as the [Read More...]

US bishops ask parishes to pray for Iraq on August 17

This release just arrived in my in box:  The chairman of the Committee of International Justice and Peace of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) asked the U.S. bishops to invite the people of their dioceses to pray for peace in Iraq on Sunday, August 17. Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, [Read More...]

Denver Christians, Jews, Muslims to pray for peace, “coming together as a people who believe in God”

Details:  Demonstrating his deep concern for growing violence against innocent people in the Middle East, Archbishop Samuel Aquila invites people of all faith backgrounds to an evening of interreligious prayer at 7 p.m. Aug. 11 at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Denver. “We must pray and fast for our enemies,” Archbishop [Read More...]

Oklahoma City archbishop on Black Mass: “This Satanic ritual is deadly serious”

Details:  Archbishop Paul Coakley is calling for a Catholic campaign of prayer to oppose a satanist’s plans for a “Black Mass” at Civic Center Music Hall. In an open letter released Tuesday, Coakley said there had been no indication Oklahoma City officials would block the event “in spite of repeated requests.” The archbishop wrote that [Read More...]

Bishop calls for fasting, prayer in battle against Black Mass—UPDATED

Bishop Edward Slattery of Tulsa has issued a letter to his flock:  As has been widely reported, a Satanic Black Mass has been scheduled for September 21 in Oklahoma City’s Civic Center. As a part of Satanic worship, a Black Mass attempts to invert the action and meaning of the Eucharist in order to mock [Read More...]

Speaking of archbishops…

…and where they live…here’s one, hanging out where he lives. This picture is suddenly making the rounds again (I wonder why?), but dates from May 2013. Nice. But between the long robe, dangling cross and sandals, maybe not a poster child for lawn care safety… [Read more...]

CNN’s “gotcha” piece: Hitting bishops where they live

A few people sent me this link from CNN yesterday, forwarding it with a mix of agitation and umbrage. I meant to get to it and post on it, but stuff—including three Masses and 10 baptisms—kept me occupied most of the day. The piece notes, with a tone of forehead-slapping disbelief, that archbishops tend to [Read More...]

Nienstedt: “I will continue serving as I have been called to do”—UPDATED

The embattled archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis has posted the following column in this week’s diocesan newspaper, to be published tomorrow: To say that this has been a difficult year is quite an understatement. Here in the archdiocese, Catholics have witnessed many troubling media reports, and many of us have had difficult conversations with friends [Read More...]