Judge will try Bishop Finn case; verdict expected Thursday

A precedent-setting case is about to come to a sudden and unexpected close. Details: The criminal case against the highest-ranking Catholic official in the U.S. to be charged with shielding an abusive priest is headed for a swift ending after prosecutors and the bishop’s lawyer agreed Wednesday to let a judge — not jurors — [Read More...]

“There’s too much invective and anger out there. Let’s not add to it.”

If you drop by some of my neighbors here in the Catholic cul-de-sac of Patheos, you’ll find a few mentions of a particularly nasty rumble that took place over the weekend. My mind wandered back to some remarks made early in the summer by another clergy blogger,  Bishop Christopher Coyne: Always take the high road.  [Read More...]

“The Church’s liturgy is an evangelical act…”

Over at his blog, Bishop Christopher Coyne of Indianapolis has some thoughts on the power of liturgy to evangelize: The Church’s liturgy, by it’s very nature, is an evangelical act, meaning it is a proclamation of the Word who became flesh, who desires an encounter with himself that sparks a relationship grounded in his Body [Read More...]

Is this man the most influential Catholic in Washington?

He’s retiring from his position with the USCCB—and he could be one of the most important Catholics most people have never heard of. From the Washington Post: For the typical American Catholic, seeing Cardinal Tim Dolan, the country’s top bishop, give the closing prayer at the GOP convention was the big political event of the [Read More...]

Cardinal Dolan: “Just because we pray with someone or we eat with someone doesn’t mean we agree with them”

Kathryn Jean Lopez had a chance to chat with Cardinal Dolan in Tampa, and he shared his thoughts about the conventions and the Al Smith Dinner: “I am just hoping that a more conciliatory posture might especially be a light to the world and salt to the earth in a time when divisiveness and almost [Read More...]

Martini: Church is “200 years out of date”

Details of the late Cardinal’s final interview are emerging, and they have a few surprises: The former archbishop of Milan and papal candidate Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini said the Catholic Church was “200 years out of date” in his final interview before his death, published on Saturday. Martini, once favored by Vatican progressives to succeed [Read More...]

Cardinal Dolan’s closing prayer at the GOP convention

From his blog: With firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, let us pray: Almighty God, father of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Jesus, we beg your continued blessings on this sanctuary of freedom, and on all of those who proudly call America home.  We ask your benediction upon those yet to be born, and [Read More...]

Dolan as the new Spellman: “He’s an extrovert on steroids”

A look at the man who will be praying at both political conventions this year, from the Washington Post:  Catholic bishops in 2010 badly wanted to buff the Church’s battered image. So they ditched their usual succession system and picked the jovial Tim Dolan as their president. Their investment has paid off in spades: Democrats confirmed Tuesday that [Read More...]

“Dolan, by being present to both parties, is being a good shepherd…”

Anyone wondering why Cardinal Dolan would dare to set foot on the stage of a political convention — of either party—should see what Elizabeth Scalia has to say on the subject: Dolan, simply by being present to BOTH parties in this horrifically divided and stressful year, is being a good shepherd, a good physician. Our nation is [Read More...]

Cardinal Dolan asks candidates to sign “civility pledge”

Details: Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who sparked controversy by agreeing to deliver the closing blessing at the Republican convention in Tampa this week, on Monday (Aug. 27) drew further attention to his political role by asking both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama to sign a “civility pledge” promoted by a leading conservative Catholic activist. The archbishop [Read More...]


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