At annual meeting in Baltimore, bishops invited to Catholic Worker dinner for peace

Details, from the National Catholic Reporter:  Tomas Murray, a member of a Catholic Worker community in Ohio, thinks where the bishops choose to eat also sends a significant message about how they see the role of the U.S. Catholic church. Murray is one of several people hosting an alternative dinner option for the prelates Tuesday [Read More…]

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The pope’s new BFF?

From Amy Sullivan in the National Journal: Stephen Colbert may be—as he bragged in character last month at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner—”America’s most famous Catholic.” But he has serious competition for the title of most important Catholic in the United States. Until recently that distinction arguably belonged to Cardinal Timothy Dolan, head [Read More…]

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Archbishop: Boring sermons are “unfair to God, unfair to the people”

When was the last time you heard an archbishop discuss preaching this way:  Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas has urged Catholic priests to always prepare and think carefully about the content of their homilies, saying delivering “boring” sermons is unjust to God and the churchgoers. “It is unfair to God. It is unfair to the people. It [Read More…]

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Vatican releases full text of document and survey questions for 2014 Synod of Bishops on the Family

From News.va:  The preparatory document for next year’s Synod of Bishops on the Family was formally released at a news conference in the Vatican on Tuesday. The synod’s theme is “The pastoral challenges to the Family in the context of Evangelization and it will run from the 5th to the 19th of October 2014. The document gives [Read More…]

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Cardinal: “The ‘Italianation’ of the church has always been tied to power”

  Photo: Kye R. Lee/Dallas Morning News A member of the “Super 8” cardinals takes off his gloves. From the Dallas Morning News:  In the powerful words of Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, a member of Pope Francis’ circle of advisers, the work started in Vatican II 50 years ago will reach fruition in the [Read More…]

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Second U.S. bishop has hepatitis; Rome “Bishop School” linked to outbreak

Hours after news broke about Fargo’s bishop, Kathy Schiffer—the Lois Lane of Patheos—uncovered this scoop:  Bishop Joseph E. Strickland, ordained bishop of the Diocese of Tyler, November 28, 2012, has been diagnosed as suffering from Hepatitis A. Bishop Strickland attended “Bishops’ School” for newly ordained bishops in Rome in September 2013, and contracted the disease [Read More…]

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Bishop diagnosed with hepatitis; hundreds may have been exposed

Details:  The Fargo Catholic Diocese’s new bishop may have exposed hundreds of church members here and in Jamestown to the hepatitis A virus in late September and early October. The North Dakota Department of Health issued an advisory of exposure on Thursday for anyone who attended church and had communion at the following churches: Holy [Read More…]

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“Deacon” takes over duties of “Bling Bishop” in Germany—UPDATED

Following up on yesterday’s big news, a detail worth noting from this morning’s New York Times:  The Vatican issued a statement saying that the pope had been “comprehensively and objectively” informed about what was going on in the diocese and that Tebartz-van Elst “currently cannot exercise his office.” It added that the Holy See considered [Read More…]

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Germany’s “Bling Bishop” given a “period of leave”—UPDATED

From AFP:  The Vatican on Wednesday suspended a scandal-tainted German Catholic cleric dubbed the “bling bishop” for his luxury lifestyle, despite multiple calls for the prelate to be dismissed. “The Holy See deems it appropriate to authorise a period of leave from the diocese for Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst,” the Vatican said in a statement. “The [Read More…]

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“Courage with humility leads to true greatness”: a superb Columbus Day homily

Okay: I’m biased. But is there any bishop who preaches better than this? This comes from Brooklyn’s own Frank Caggiano, now Bishop of Bridgeport. He spoke at St. Patrick’ yesterday at Mass before the Columbus Day parade. No notes. No text. Pure heart. Click the video below. Homily begins at about 22:40. Video streaming by [Read More…]

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