Archbishop Chaput writes: “I understand and accept the anger felt by many of our people and priests…”

The text of a letter issued yesterday to the clergy and faithful by Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput: Dear friends in Christ, On December 26, Pennsylvania’s Superior Court unanimously reversed the 2012 conviction of Msgr. William Lynn on a charge of endangering the welfare of children. At my direction, the Archdiocese has provided 10 percent of Msgr. Lynn’s bail – [Read More…]

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BREAKING: Archbishop Nienstedt steps aside from public ministry after allegation

The announcement from the Archdiocese:   The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis today announced that an allegation has been brought by a mandated reporter within the Church to the St. Paul Police of inappropriate touching of a minor male on the buttocks by Archbishop John Nienstedt. The single incident is alleged to have occurred [Read More…]

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Curia shakeup: Burke out, Wuerl in

From David Gibson:  After last month’s annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, I wrote a story handicapping the four American churchman who enjoyed growing influence in the new(ish) pontificate of Pope Francis. They were Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, who is one of the eight members of Francis “kitchen cabinet” of advisors on reforming the Roman [Read More…]

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Dutch bishops give bleak report to Pope Francis

Details:  Dutch bishops visiting Rome this week have given Pope Francis a dramatic snapshot of the steep decline of Roman Catholicism in its European heartland. Both Catholic and Protestant Christian ranks have shrunk dramatically across Europe in recent decades, and hundreds of churches have been sold off to be turned into apartments, shops, bars or [Read More…]

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Michigan woman sues U.S. Catholic bishops over medical treatment of miscarriage

I’ve never heard of a case quite like this. From The Chicago Tribune: A Michigan woman has sued the U.S. Catholic bishops, arguing that a Catholic hospital in Michigan denied her adequate treatment during a painful miscarriage because of a policy banning even the discussion of abortion as an option. Tamesha Means said she went [Read More…]

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Dolan: Catholic Church “out-marketed” and “caricatured” as anti-gay

Details:  A top Roman Catholic cardinal says he regrets that the church is portrayed as “anti-gay” for supporting traditional marriage between a man and a woman. Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, told NBC News that the church has been “out-marketed” on the issue by an array of people, including politicians. “We’ve been caricatured [Read More…]

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Bishop to perform “exorcism” over gay marriage law

From The Chicago Tribune:  Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield said he will offer prayers for “exorcism in reparation for the sin of same-sex marriage” at the same time Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign the same-sex marriage bill next week. Paprocki said he will offer the prayers intended [Read More…]

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Kurtz speaks

Check out this video here, from Catholic News Service. The freshly elected president of the USCCB, Louisville’s Joseph Kurtz, discusses his ministry and the influence of Pope Francis. [Read more…]

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On Archbishop Kurtz: “He’s very deacon-friendly”

Hearing the news this morning about the election of Louisville’s Archbishop Joseph Kurtz as USCCB president, a deacon friend dropped me a line to report that the new president is “very deacon-friendly.” He was certainly friendly to this deacon when I met him a couple years ago in Nashville at the annual convention of the [Read More…]

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BREAKING: Bishops elect Kurtz and DiNardo

Details:  U.S. Catholic bishops on Tuesday elected Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, as president of their leadership conference, and Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston diocese as vice president. The election of Kurtz and DiNardo to three-year terms comes as Catholic bishops worldwide are being given new direction by Pope Francis, who has emphasized [Read More…]

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