Archbishop Chaput on politics and secularism

A man who has been especially outspoken about politics and religion in the public square has a few timely things to say about those subjects in this video from Catholic News Service. [Read more...]

Catholic bishops trying to get out the vote

And many aren’t being shy about which candidate they think you should support.  From Religion News Service: A number of Roman Catholic bishops are making forceful last-minute appeals to their flock to vote on Election Day, and their exhortations are increasingly sounding like calls to support Republican challenger Mitt Romney over President Obama. The most [Read More...]

“There is no room for pessimism…”

The Synod of Bishops released its final message today.  Catholic News Service has a write-up.  Below is a snip.  Full text can be found here. Our world is full of contradictions and challenges, but it remains God’s creation. The world is wounded by evil, but God loves it still. It is his field in which [Read More...]

Chaput: “We’re Catholics before we’re Americans”

Details:  Church teaching against abortion “requires absolute adherence” on the part of Catholic voters, who must “stand united” in opposition to the practice regardless of party affiliation, said Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia. “(Abortion) really is a big issue today, and I think what it requires of Catholics is a loyalty to the church [Read More...]

A future pope?

I’m thinking: yes.  I’m liking this fellow.  A lot. Catholic News Service has details of the young cardinal-designate: The youngest of six cardinals announced Oct. 24 is widely lauded for his theological gifts and his humility. Cardinal-designate Luis Tagle, 55, of Manila, Philippines, “really takes care of people … he’s so simple and generous and [Read More...]

“Preachers should be aware of what their people are watching on television…”

Details, from CNS via the Catholic Review:  “My dad used to say, ‘I know what happened 2,000 years ago. I need to know how to live my life today.’” These words, from Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis, get to the heart of a new proposed document on preaching to be considered by the [Read More...]

UPDATE: Last Catholic hospital in Phoenix NOT stripped of its status

 Earlier reports were incorrect. UPDATE: The diocese today released a statement: Contrary to reports in the media, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center has not been stripped of its Catholic status. The hospital is in the process of renewing its status and ensuring its compliance with the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services. This [Read More...]

Cardinal Dolan: “God bless the ‘uns’!”

From his stellar remarks last night at the Al Smith Dinner: Here we are: in an atmosphere of civility and humor, hosted by a Church which claims that “joy is the infallible sign of God’s presence;” men and women; young and old; of every ethnic and racial background; Democrats, Republicans, and Independents; Catholics, Christians, Jews, [Read More...]

Want to attend the Al Smith Dinner?

You can, from your living room. A sharp-eyed reader noted that the dinner is listed on the C-SPAN (1) schedule, for 9 pm ET tonight. Remember: it’s white tie. Dress accordingly. [Read more...]

It’s official: Tobin to Indy

From the Archdiocescan website: Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., the Archbishop Secretary of the Vatican Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, the sixth archbishop of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. The Holy See made the announcement today in Rome. Archbishop Tobin, 60, succeeds Archbishop Daniel M. [Read More...]


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