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...]

How Make-A-Wish and a bishop gave boy a chance to be “Priest for a Day”

This will be hard to top for uplift and sheer wonderfulness. From the St. Louis Review:  Make-A-Wish requests often involve meeting athletes, attending sporting events or traveling to amusement parks or beaches. When it came time for 11-year-old Brett Haubrich of south St. Louis County to make his wish, he not only listed none of [Read More...]

A lapsed Catholic encounters a shepherd: “Bishop Vann practices what he preaches”

Here’s something you don’t see every day. A self-professed “lapsed Catholic” visits the campus of the new cathedral on Orange County to chat with Bishop Kevin Vann, and comes away impressed and, just maybe, changed: I ask about tolerance, and about illegal immigration in particular. The bishop immediately dismisses the term “tolerance,” which he says [Read More...]

Vatican defends Barros appointment in Chile

From Reuters:   The Vatican on Tuesday strongly defended its appointment of a bishop in Chile despite protests by critics who have accused him of covering up sexual abuse. Juan Barros was installed on March 21 as new bishop of Osorno as supporters holding white balloons and opponents carrying black ones shouted at each other during [Read More...]

Renegade bishops plan consecrations for “The Resistance”

Grim news for Holy Week:  Two renegade Catholic bishops plan to consecrate a new generation of bishops to spread their ultra-traditionalist movement called “The Resistance” in defiance of the Vatican, one of them said at a remote monastery in Brazil. French Bishop Jean-Michel Faure, himself consecrated only two weeks ago by the Holocaust-denying British Bishop Richard [Read More...]

Cupich: hospitalized Cardinal George in good spirits

From The Chicago Tribune:  A day after the Archdiocese of Chicago announced that Cardinal Francis George was back in the hospital, Archbishop Blase Cupich said that his predecessor was in good spirits. “He was very good to talk to, as he always is,” Cupich told reporters after Palm Sunday Mass in Holy Name Cathedral. “He asked me how I was doing, and said, [Read More...]

You knew this was coming: UK’s first husband-wife bishop couple

From The Telegraph:  The UK’s first husband and wife team of bishops has been created with the appointment of a new Bishop of Hull. The Rev Canon Alison White, 58, is to become the Church of England’s second female bishop, but the role will mean she will see far less of her husband of 30 years, [Read More...]


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