“All Are Welcome” greets Blase Cupich as he arrives at cathedral

From Crux:  During a ceremony rich with ritual and symbolism, the next archbishop of Chicago was welcomed to his new assignment Monday night as a prelude to his formal installation as head of the nation’s third-largest Catholic community today. And Blase Cupich, named by Pope Francis to replace ailing Cardinal Francis George, wasted no time [Read More...]

Ray Flynn on Cardinal O’Malley: “The world witnessed the humility and greatness of the Catholic Church last night”

The former ambassador to the Vatican writes:  The world witnessed the humility and greatness of the Catholic Church last night on the nationally celebrated “60 Minutes” news magazine, as Cardinal Sean O’Malley spoke as a new American voice for the Vatican and we must believe for Pope Francis, from St. Peter’s Square. Addressing a nationwide [Read More...]

USCCB report: Young Catholics “agree to disagree” about some Church teachings

From Catholic News Agency:  While a failure to understand doctrine is present in many segments of the Catholic population, young adults are exhibiting an alarmingly casual attitude towards accepting Church teaching, a study commissioned by the U.S. bishops has found.“They feel completely Catholic even while disagreeing with the Church. We often heard ‘the Pope is [Read More...]

NY Times: “Change is rattling the hierarchy” under Francis

Fresh from the USCCB gathering in Baltimore: Change is rattling the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church, and the bishops here say they now feel it even if they do not yet understand where Pope Francis is leading them. The change is reflected not only in appointments — with the Chicago seat the main indicator [Read More...]

AP: bishops meeting amid “turbulence”

Fasten your seatbelts:  U.S. Roman Catholic bishops are gathering at a moment of turbulence for them and the American church, as Pope Francis moves toward crafting new policies for carrying out his mission of mercy — a prospect that has conservative Catholics and some bishops in an uproar. The assembly, which starts Monday in Baltimore, comes [Read More...]

Kasper: “The pope is not a liberal. He is a radical.”

Details:  Just days before the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops opens its annual fall meeting, German Cardinal Walter Kasper, often called the pope’s theologian, had a not-too-subtle message for the American church. Kasper told a standing-room-only crowd at Catholic University that Pope Francis wants a “missionary church” with an open door, not “a self-centered, self-pitying [Read More...]

It’s official: Burke to Malta

After the longest run-up, the least surprising papal move of the year:  At Roman Noon this Saturday, the Pope named Cardinal Raymond Burke as patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, removing the Wisconsin-born prelate from his role as the church’s “chief justice” as head of the Apostolic Signatura, where he’s served since 2008. …The wheels [Read More...]

Pope Francis asks faithful to pray for bishops: “It isn’t easy. We are all sinners, so pray for us.”

From his Wednesday audience: A Church that is not united around its bishop is a sick Church.  Jesus wanted unity between the bishop and all the faithful, starting with priests and deacons. However the role of bishop is not a position of honor, it is a service.  Therefore, there is no room in the Church [Read More...]

Cardinal to lead requiem Mass for reinterment of Richard III

Details:  The head of the Catholic church in England and the Archbishop of Canterbury will both have roles in the reinterment of King Richard III at Leicester Cathedral, it has been revealed. Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the leader of the Roman Catholic faith in this country, will lead a requiem mass at Holy Cross church, in [Read More...]

Cardinal Dolan prepares flock for a “real sense of grief” that will come with parish closings; 14% will merge

His column in this week’s Catholic New York, the newspaper for the Archdiocese of New York, sets the tone, without getting into specifics: Let me be candid: there will soon be a real sense of grief at some of our parishes as we get set to announce publicly what we’ve been preparing for the last five [Read More...]