Before Zavala, there was Marino

While I was talking with a deacon friend this afternoon about the Zavala bombshell in Los Angeles, he reminded me of the case of Atlanta Archbishop Eugene Marino, who found himself in similar circumstances over 20 years ago. From the Georgia Bulletin: Archbishop Marino was the ranking African-American member of the Catholic hierarchy when he [Read More...]

LA’s Bishop Zavala resigns, admits fathering two children

Rocco broke the news this morning, and now there’s more: In a surprise move, B16 has accepted the early resignation of LA Auxiliary Gabino Zavala, who turned 60 last September. While rumors of unspecified Vatican concerns over Zavala have circulated for some time, and have intensified over recent months, Catholic News Servicereported this morning via Twitter that the bishop’s resignation [Read More...]

Chaput reportedly plans to sell cardinal’s residence

Details, from Rocco: In the most concrete sign yet of his plans to thoroughly reshape the beleaguered church he’s inherited, Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles Chaput OFM Cap. is giving up the mansion at the city’s edge which his predecessors have called home for the last 75 years. Less than four months after taking the reins of [Read More...]

“Christmas reveals God’s closeness, His intimacy…”

While we are still steeped in the Christmas season — before the tree has been dragged to the curb and the forgotten toys carted down to the basement — here are some heartening words from Archbishop Robert Carlson, speaking about the meaning of Christmas and the ongoing “Catholics Come Home” initiative in the Archdiocese of St. [Read More...]

How’s this for a great use of social media by the Church?

A friend in Florida forwarded this to me, and I was instantly impressed. It’s a Christmas greeting from Bishop John Noonan of Orlando, evidently sent to everyone in the diocese who is on their e-mail list.  What a great way to communicate with the flock, using a 21st century tool to help spread the message [Read More...]

Bishops rebut governor’s account of meeting

It’s turned into a he said/they said, with some disagreement about what actually happened at a meeting Friday. Details: Gov. Pat Quinn apparently did not understand that when he met with Illinois’ Catholic bishops Friday, they were taking him out to the woodshed. Quinn said Saturday morning that the talk was “only a little bit” [Read More...]

Bishops to undocumented immigrants: “You are not alone”

The message came in a pastoral letter released yesterday, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe: “We recognize that every human being, authorized or not, is an image of God and therefore possesses infinite value and dignity,” begins the strongly worded letter released on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dec. 12. “We open [Read More...]

Archbishop urges lapsed Catholics to just leave the Church

While dioceses in the United States are climbing aboard the “Catholics Come Home” bandwagon, at least one bishop in Ireland is saying “Go ahead.  Leave.  And don’t let the door hit you on the way out.” Details: The Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, has urged the country’s lapsed Catholics to have the maturity to leave [Read More...]

U.S. bishop heads to Afghanistan for Christmas

And he’ll be confirming several U.S. soldiers while he’s there, too. Details: Catholic Bishop F. Richard Spencer, who serves as Episcopal Vicar for Europe and Asia of the Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS) of the U.S. military, arrived on December 5 in northern Afghanistan, where he will spend Advent and the Christmas holidays ministering to United States and multinational [Read More...]

Tweet, tweet: cardinals making themselves heard in digital media

A few of them are savvy about digital media and aren’t shy about using it. From AFP: As the Vatican’s top culture man, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi breaks off from his rounds at least once a day to shoot off a tweet to his followers, either snappy quotes from the Bible, famous philosophers and dons, or [Read More...]


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