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...]

“I am not worthy to be here”: death row inmate confirmed by bishop

From The Catholic Sentinel in Portland, Oregon: One of Oregon’s most infamous prisoners Tuesday received the Sacrament of Confirmation from Archbishop Alexander Sample in a heavily-guarded private ceremony in the maximum security prison here. Gary Haugen was convicted in November, 2011 of murdering a fellow inmate while serving a life sentence for the murder of [Read More...]

Bridgeport’s Bishop Caggiano: “He’s a breath of fresh air”

Twelve years ago, when I began formation, the director of the diaconate program was a short, wiry, affable Italian with piercing eyes and boundless energy known simply as Father Frank. He was a force of nature, and among the most gifted priests I’ve ever met—brilliant, generous, compassionate, prayerful. The men in my huge class—52 of [Read More...]

In the e-mail: “The Charlotte Observer is contributing to a campaign against the Bishop and conservatives”

A reader wrote me to take issue with the story posted the other day about a controversial capital campaign in the Diocese of Charlotte. The author is a member of the cathedral parish. Some excerpts from the email: St. Patrick doesn’t have eucharistic ministers except for one or two non-ordained men mainly because every priest [Read More...]

Michigan bishop warns Catholics not to take part in attempted ordination of woman next weekend

Details:  Bishop Paul Bradley of the Catholic Diocese of Kalamazoois warning Catholics not to participate in a ceremony Saturday in which a Three Oaks woman will be ordained by the group Roman Catholic Womenpriests. The May 31 ceremony for Lillian Lewis, 75, will be held at First Congregational Church in Three Oaks. The ceremony will be [Read More...]