Chaput slams Trump’s “belligerent bombast” on immigration

The Archbishop of Philadelphia delivered these remarks last night: Immigration can be a tough issue. At least one of our presidential candidates has already made the national immigration debate ugly with a great deal of belligerent bombast. His success in the polls shows that many people – including many good people – are very uneasy about the direction of [Read More...]

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The man who became a bishop at 32

That would be Cardinal Francis Arinze, who on Saturday marked his 50th anniversary as a bishop—a milestone almost unheard of. He was ordained to the episcopacy in 1965, at the age of 32, becoming the youngest Roman Catholic bishop in the world. He spoke with Vatican Radio recently: Although now retired and living in the Vatican, [Read More...]

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Defending Chaput: “Some in the media seem hell-bent on depicting him as disloyal to the pontiff and disdainful of his flock”

Canon lawyer J.D. Flynn, who knows the archbishop from his days in Denver, writes about him in National Review:  Chaput is among the most supportive bishops to laity in the Church’s modern history. He’s helped laity found movements dedicated to Latino leadership, to campus and youth ministry, and to the development of the “feminine genius” [Read More...]

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New rector named to replace Robert Barron at Mundelein

From The Archdiocese of Chicago website: Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, today announced the appointment of Rev. John Francis Kartje as the rector / president of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary, effective August 28, 2015. Archbishop Cupich made the announcement this evening at the conclusion of the Mass of [Read More...]

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Cupich on Synod: “It is no longer sufficient to just repeat the formulas of the past” — UPDATED

Ahead of receiving the pallium in Chicago today, Archbishop Blaise Cupich shared his thoughts on the significance of that event, the upcoming visit of Pope Francis to the United States, and preparations for the Synod this fall. From Catholic New World: CNW: What are your expectations for the Synod of Bishops on the Family to be held [Read More...]

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Cardinal predicts Synod will allow bishops to make cultural adaptations to church teaching

From CNS:  One of the leading voices among Africa’s bishops predicts a new flexibility in Catholic teaching at this October’s Synod of Bishops on the family, which he predicts will allow bishops in different parts of the world to adapt church teaching on the family to the region’s culture, political landscape and economic situation. “The [Read More...]

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A cardinal who is a child of divorce sheds light on the Synod

Here’s a fascinating conversation with Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, the archbishop of Vienna and the president of the Austrian Bishops’ Conference. Cardinal Schönborn is perhaps best known as the editor of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. He is also a member of the Council of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops and will [Read More...]

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Archbishop Vigneron softens tone on communion for those who support same sex marriage

From The Detroit Free Press:  On the eve of hosting an international conference for priests and educators about outreach to gay Catholics, Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron has backed away from controversial comments that suggested Catholics who support gay unions and marriage should refrain from receiving the sacrament of Communion. “Whenever it comes to Communion, the [Read More...]

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Bishop Morlino on SSPX: “Have nothing to do with them” — UPDATED

Madison’s Bishop Robert Morlino makes clear his opposition: I want to be cautious and fair about the SSPX. Many of their concerns are legitimate. Many of their values and aspirations are admirable, and their zeal is impressive. Their priests wish to serve the Lord and His people. The people who attend their chapels are fervent. [Read More...]

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A look at the chapels of Christ Cathedral

Bishop Vann in Orange County recently reflected on some of the work being done on the former Crystal Cathedral, as it is transformed into a Catholic worship center—and his newspaper has a number of pictures of newly dedicated chapels on the campus:  Right before our eyes is living history as chapels of prayer and worship, thanks [Read More...]

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