From the Bronx, a bishop in a bulletproof vest

Meet one of New York City’s new auxiliary bishops, via The New York Daily News:  He’s a bishop in a bulletproof vest. The silver-haired pastor often seen on the streets outside Our Lady of Refuge in the Bronx has dodged gunfire, rallied for affordable housing and railed against drug dealers. Now, Monsignor John Jenik, a [Read More...]

Cardinal Collins: “One thing that would help is if all of us realized that receiving communion is not obligatory at Mass…”

Over at Fr. Robert Barron’s excellent “Word on Fire” site, Brandon Vogt has a lengthy interview with Toronto’s Cardinal Thomas Collins, who looks ahead to the coming Synod on the Family Brandon Vogt: Some Catholics hope the Church will soon change her position regarding communion for those who are divorced and remarried, perhaps at the upcoming [Read More...]

Retired Catholic bishop to lead Anglican deacon retreat

This is different, via CNS: A retired English Catholic bishop will lead an Anglican diocese’s retreat for those to be ordained as deacons. Retired Bishop Brian Noble of Shrewsbury will lead the June 26-28 retreat and preach at the ordination service at the Church of England’s Chester Cathedral June 29. Bishop Noble, an ecumenical canon [Read More...]

Archbishop Kurtz on digital media: We need to move “from diatribe to dialogue”

Louisville’s Archbishop Joseph Kurtz delivered the keynote at last night’s session of the Catholic Media Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. A portion, from his blog: I believe that the Catholic press will be called over the next decade to influence the new digital frontier by carving out a place for dialogue. This may well be [Read More...]

SF archbishop responds to critics on the March for Marriage

He has posted a letter on the archdiocesan website. He doesn’t mention his most prominent critic, Nancy Pelosi, but several others are named on the letterhead. The letter: Dear Fellow Citizens, Your letter sharing with me your thoughts on the upcoming “March for Marriage” in Washington, D.C., was forwarded to me while I was attending meetings [Read More...]

St. Louis update: Archbishop Carlson releases letter and video

Text of the letter:  Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I wish to respond to certain misconceptions stemming from a deposition that I gave in a case regarding alleged sexual abuse by a priest in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis nearly thirty years ago. I wish to set the record straight. I understand [Read More...]

USCCB approves renewal of National Directory on Permanent Deacons

This news release just went out:  The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), meeting for their June 11-13 Spring General Assembly, approved action items relating to the permanent diaconate, the bishops’ religious liberty efforts and their quadrennial statement on Catholic political responsibility. The bishops voted to permit the USCCB Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and [Read More...]

St. Louis responds: “Inaccurate and misleading reporting has impugned Archbishop Carlson’s good name and reputation”

This morning, the Archdiocese of St. Louis released the statement below on its website, responding to reports and criticism surrounding Archbishop Robert Carlson’s deposition that was released Monday: This statement is intended to clear up confusion generated by the release on June 9, 2014, of a videotaped deposition of Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of [Read More...]

On the alleged apparitions in Bayside: “These supposed visions completely lack credibility”

Word about these “apparitions” pops up from time to time on my Facebook feed.  People continue to disseminate the “messages” from something that was soundly condemned by the Church decades ago. That may be one reason why the Bishop of Brooklyn, Nicholas DiMarzio, last week issued the following statement:  Today, I write in order to [Read More...]

Archbishop on sex with children: “I’m not sure whether I knew it was a crime or not”—UPDATED

From The St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Archbishop Robert J. Carlson claims to be unsure that he was aware a priest sexually abusing a child constituted a crime when he was auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, according to a deposition released Monday. During the deposition, attorney Jeff Anderson asked Carlson whether he knew it [Read More...]