Cardinal Dolan blesses rescued pets for feast of St. Francis

From the New York Daily News: Blessed be the critters. Timothy Cardinal Dolan welcomed some four-legged friends Thursday to St. Patricks’s Cathedral and gave each a blessing. The two dozen cats, dogs and rabbits — all rescued from city animal shelters — got Dolan’s undivided attention in observance of the Feast of St. Francis of [Read More...]

Instruments of peace? —UPDATED

The installation of Salvatore Cordileone as the new Archbishop of San Francisco was not lacking for drama, even before the event began. And on the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the atmosphere in the city by the Bay was not exactly peaceable. The Episcopal bishop for the region, Marc Andrus, wrote the following “welcome” [Read More...]

“Faith opens our eyes to human life in all its grandeur and beauty”

That’s the theme for this year’s Respect Life month, October. Details: During October, designated each year as Respect Life Month by the U.S. Catholic Church, Catholics should “renew their personal commitment to defend all human life, especially the most vulnerable members of the human family,” said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life [Read More...]

“Preach the truth, always with love”

Another great video from Catholic News Service, featuring three men who will be involved in the Synod on the New Evangelization that begins next week:  Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz and Cardinal Timothy Dolan. [Read more...]

10 ways Vatican II shapes the Church today

From the USCCB comes this list, in anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the opening of Vatican II, which will be marked next week. This piece was put together by Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans, who chairs the bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship.  (I’m pleased to see that he mentions deacons, of course…) The [Read More...]

New York City’s bishops on care for the poor: “It is not enough”

Cardinal Timothy Dolan posted the following on his blog two days ago, declaring it a joint statement with my own bishop, Nicholas DiMarzio: You can find great contrasts within a few miles of each others.  In some communities families are finding decent jobs and earning sufficient income to provide for themselves and their families.  Thanks [Read More...]

In unusual move, diocese tweets announcement of new bishop

This may be a first: The Catholic Diocese of Tyler has announced Reverend Monsignor Joseph Strickland as its fourth bishop via Twitter, ahead of a planned press conference Saturday. The following tweet was posted around 6 a.m. Saturday: “The Holy Father has named our very own Msgr. Joseph Strickland as the fourth Bishop of Tyler! [Read More...]

Archbishop Myers: Catholics who dissent from teaching on marriage should not receive communion — UPDATED

He made the assertion as part of a major pastoral letter released yesterday. From The Record newspaper: In a sweeping pastoral statement to be made public today, the leader of more than 1 million North Jersey Catholics urges them to vote “in defense of marriage and life,” and warns that the passage of same-sex marriage [Read More...]

Can the German bishops do this? — UPDATED

The news out of Germany last week left a lot of people surprised — even shocked.  Now the blogger Fr. John Boyle takes a closer look at what Canon law has to say on the subject: It would seem to me that the burden of proof is with the ecclesiastical authorities to verify that one [Read More...]

There goes that sexist, woman-hating Catholic Church again…

Bazinga!      Details, from CNS:  Choosing men and women from every part of the world and from a wide variety of professions, Pope Benedict XVI nominated 45 experts and 49 observers for the upcoming world Synod of Bishops. The Oct. 7-28 gathering will include the largest bloc of women — 10 experts and 19 [Read More...]


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