“The more conservative Catholicism of the United States has been dealt another blow…”

Vatican-watcher Sandro Magister weighs in on the man who will be the new archbishop of Chicago: While still reeling from the news of the imminent removal of Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, the more conservative and traditional Catholicism of the United States – and historically the more “papist” – has been dealt another blow with the [Read More...]

Vatican investigating KC Bishop Robert Finn—UPDATED

From NCR:  A Canadian archbishop visited the Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., diocese last week on behalf of the Vatican to investigate the leadership of Bishop Robert Finn, the first Catholic prelate to be found criminally guilty of shielding a priest in the ongoing clergy sexual abuse crisis. Ottawa, Ontario, Archbishop Terrence Prendergast visited the Midwestern [Read More...]

Man charges bishop had affair with his wife, threatens lawsuit—UPDATED

Now the other shoe is dropping in the eyebrow-raising story of the bishop who suddenly resigned over the weekend. Details:  A husband is threatening to sue the Catholic Church after one of Britain’s leading bishops allegedly became “the third person” in his marriage. The Bishop of Arundel and Brighton, Kieran Conry, stood down at the [Read More...]

Bishop resigns, saying “I’ve been unfaithful to my promises as a Catholic priest”

This doesn’t happen very often. Details:  An English bishop has announced his resignation after disclosing that he has been unfaithful to his vows. Bishop Kieran Conry made the announcement in a letter to be read out at Masses in his Diocese of Arundel and Brighton this weekend. He apologised for being “unfaithful to my promises [Read More...]

Blase Cupich: “You cannot base your decisions on a past era where things were different”

NCR has an exclusive interview with him this morning. It sheds more light on his thinking, particularly his ideas about Pope Francis and challenges facing the Church today. Snip: I know Chicago, just like many other dioceses in the U.S., is facing a number of issues — downsizing, priest shortages, population changes. What lessons have [Read More...]

“The new archbishop of Chicago is no moderate…”

That’s the thesis of writer Charles Camosy, who offers some analysis of Blase Cupich, based on his own writings. Camosy concludes the archbishop-elect is neither liberal nor conservative. But he is, in his way, radical.  He sums it up: In addressing his fellow bishops Cupich said, “A prophecy of denunciation quickly wears thin. We need a prophecy of [Read More...]

What about Cupich and deacons?

A reader from Chicago wrote in this morning, wondering if anyone knows what sort of relationship the new Archbishop-elect has with his deacons. A little Googling turned up some diaconal news, like this story from a couple years ago: When he came to Spokane in June 2010, he left 12 years of experience as bishop in [Read More...]

UPDATE: Montana bishop meets with parishioners over gay couple removed from ministry

Details:  No substantive changes have resulted from a meeting Saturday between Bishop Michael Warfel, leader of the Catholic Diocese of Great Falls – Billings, and parishioners of St. Leo the Great Catholic Church regarding the suspension of church privileges for two gay parishioners in Lewistown. Following a meeting with roughly 300 parishioners in Lewistown, Warfel [Read More...]

John Allen: “Are we looking at the American Pope Francis in Chicago?”

The veteran Vatican watcher assesses this weekend’s big news over at Crux:  There’s nothing a pope does as fundamental to shaping culture in the Catholic Church as appointing bishops, and that’s especially true for major pace-setting venues around the world. Chicago is on a short list with Milan, Paris, and Westminster as spots where popes [Read More...]

NY Times: Pope sets tone in U.S. with “inclusive prelate” for Chicago

Their take on the big news from Saturday morning: Pope Francis’ choice of prelate for Chicago was highly anticipated as a sign of the direction he intends to set for the Roman Catholic Church in the United States. Chicago is the nation’s third-largest Roman Catholic diocese, with 2.3 million members, and its archbishops have often [Read More...]


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