Deacon administrators to oversee some parishes in Pittsburgh

I think we’ll be seeing more of this in years to come. From Pittsburgh Catholic: Bishop David Zubik has announced plans to appoint deacon administrators to oversee day-to-day management of some parishes in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. The position is expected to be piloted in a few parishes beginning this summer and potentially in other [Read More...]

I’m trying hard to forgive Albany…

…for taking this guy away from us. Ladies and gentlemen, Brooklyn’s own Bishop Ed Scharfenberger. Doing what bishops do. And doing it beautifully. [Read more...]

Brooklyn gets two new auxiliary bishops—including one who regularly celebrates Mass in the Extraordinary Form

From the In My Backyard Desk, the following press release arrived in my mailbox this morning. One detail of note (which is unmentioned here): one of the new bishops, Fr. James Massa, often celebrates Mass in the Extraordinary Form. In fact, a few years ago, Bishop DiMarzio appointed him to coordinate the celebration of the liturgy in [Read More...]

Denver announces plan to restore order of sacraments

Following in the footsteps of Honolulu, the Archdiocese of Denver is moving to put the reception of First Communion after Confirmation:  Archbishop Samuel Aquila will host a live phone call at the end of the month to discuss his initiative to restore the sacraments of initiation—baptism, confirmation and Eucharist—to their original order, which places confirmation [Read More...]

On Cardinal George: “The whole notion of him being this arch conservative is so wrong…”

The Anchoress has a guest blogger today, Sean Conolly, who describes a different man from the one so often depicted in the media (both Catholic and secular). In particular, as a bishop in the early 1990s, Francis George was actively engaged in helping establish a faith community that would be composed of both Catholics and Protestants. [Read More...]

In will, Cardinal Egan leaves $100,000 to St. Patrick’s, residence for retired priests

View image | From The Wall Street Journal: Cardinal Edward Egan was well known as a persuasive fundraiser for Roman Catholic causes. Now, those causes will benefit from the generosity of the former archbishop of New York, who died in early March at the age of 82. In his will, filed last week in [Read More...]

Cardinal announces furniture design contest for papal visit

The story, from the Catholic University of America website:  The leaders of the Archdiocese of Washington, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and The Catholic University of America met today with students from CUA’s School of Architecture and Planning to announce a contest for the design of the altar, chair, and [Read More...]

Bishop plans to return sacraments of initiation to “their proper order”

Below is part of a letter issued last week by Bishop Larry Silva, from Honolulu: Dear parents, priests, deacons, youth ministers, faith formation staff and Catholic school administrators, I am writing this letter to invite you to take an active role by reading the articles regarding the plan to return the sacraments of initiation to [Read More...]

Despite resignation, Bishop Finn to ordain priests next month

Details: Despite announcing his resignation a week ago, Bishop Robert W. Finn will preside over the priestly ordinations of seven deacons next month in the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese. A diocese spokesman Monday cited a scheduling conflict that prevented the new temporary leader of the diocese, Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, from ordaining the seven men [Read More...]

Bishop Finn resigns

From Associated Press:  Pope Francis on Tuesday accepted the resignation of Bishop Robert Finn, who led the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. Finn pleaded guilty in 2013 to failing to report a suspected priestly child abuser in the first known case of a pope sanctioning bishops for covering up for pedophiles. The Vatican said Tuesday [Read More...]