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...]

Law firm completes investigation into Archbishop Nienstedt, submits report

From The Minneapolis Star-Tribune:  A Minneapolis law firm hired by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct with adults by Archbishop John Nienstedt has completed its work and submitted a report to church officials. Attorney Matthew Forsgren of the firm Greene Espel declined to discuss the findings and referred questions to the archdiocese. [Read More...]

“Anyone talking about a priest shortage is talking nonsense”

Those are the words of Rockville Centre’s Bishop William Murphy, quoted in this article from Newsday:  The steady drop in the number of Catholic priests on Long Island and across the country is causing widespread use of retired priests to administer sacraments in parishes, an increase in priests from foreign countries to answer the need [Read More...]

Bridgeport’s Bishop Caggiano: “It’s not our church, it’s His church…”

Bishop Frank Caggiano of Bridgeport is convoking a local synod in his diocese. Sean Salai, S.J. at America magazine interviewed him about what this synod might entail. Snip: Reports from the pre-synod listening sessions you held in the spring indicated a wide variety of perspectives, with some people wanting a stronger devotional life and others [Read More...]

After four decades, Rochester eliminates lay preaching at Mass

I’m frankly surprised that this has been going on for so long. Details:  For the better part of 40 years in churches across the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, clergy ceded the floor to laypeople for the delivery of the homily — the sermon that follows the reading of the Gospel at Mass. The practice, [Read More...]

Large number of Germans left Catholic Church last year

From AP:  The German Bishops’ Conference says the number of Germans leaving the Roman Catholic church jumped sharply last year, an apparent result of an uproar over a bishop’s lavish new residence. The conference said Friday that 178,805 people formally left the church in 2013, compared with 118,335 the previous year. The figure was just [Read More...]

“He’s the prototype of a new generation of bishops, not grumpy and dogmatic”

From Reuters:  The Vatican has appointed the archbishop of Berlin, seen by German media as part of a “new generation” of less dogmatic clergy, to take over the Cologne archdiocese, the largest and richest in Germany, it said on Friday. The move makes Rainer Maria Woelki, who turns 58 next month, one of the most influential [Read More...]

Nancy Pelosi on child migration: “No one speaks more eloquently than the bishops”

No, this is not a joke:  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, not known for rigorous adherence to Catholic Church teaching, found herself citing the bishop of El Paso on Thursday while drumming up support for the White House’s requested $3.7 billion emergency supplemental spending bill. The bill, which Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid considers a top [Read More...]

Argentine military officers convicted in bishop’s murder

From the BBC:  Two former senior military officers in Argentina have been convicted in connection with the murder of Bishop Enrique Angelelli in 1976. Former army General Luciano Benjamin Menendez and former Vice-Commodore Luis Fernando Estrella were sentenced to life in prison. Bishop Angelelli died in a car crash in the northern city of La [Read More...]

Vatican publishes working document for extraordinary Synod of Bishops

An overview from CNS:  The working document for the October 2014 extraordinary Synod of Bishops offers a picture of the Catholic Church today struggling to preach the Gospel and transmit moral teachings amid a “widespread cultural, social and spiritual crisis” of the family. The 75-page “instrumentum laboris,” published by the Vatican June 26, is supposed [Read More...]


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