BREAKING: Archbishop Gomez removes Cardinal Mahony from public duties, accepts resignation of Bishop Curry

Breaking news from Los Angeles, and Patheos’ West Coast maven, Joanne McPortland, who notes that Archbishop Jose Gomez has taken decisive action against two key figures in archdiocesan sex abuse scandal: Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez announced Thursday that Cardinal Roger Mahony would have a reduced role in the church and that Santa Barbara Bishop [Read More...]

Bishop Farrell: “Our deacons are a great gift to the church…”

Bishop Kevin Farrell, of the Diocese of Dallas, looks forward to some upcoming ordinations: It will give me great pleasure to ordain 27 candidates to the Order of Deacon at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe on the first two Saturdays of February. Fourteen of the men will receive the Sacrament of Orders [Read More...]

“The petition on the White House web site labeling the church a ‘hate group’ is beyond the pale…”

The cardinal archbishop of Washington, Donald Wuerl, pops up in today’s Washington Post and offers a timely defense of the Catholic Church: The Catholic Church is no stranger to criticism from those who disagree with its teachings, but the petition posted recently on the White House Web site to label the church a “hate group” is beyond the pale, [Read More...]

Bishop Finn takes aim at the National Catholic Reporter—UPDATED

In his diocesan paper, Bishop Robert W. Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph raises questions about NCR: I am very proud of the work of our diocesan Catholic paper, The Catholic Key, our writers, and all involved with its production for the conscientious manner in which they use the paper to teach Catholic doctrine, to provide trustworthy [Read More...]

The remarkable journey of Atlanta’s new auxiliary bishop—UPDATED

He’s got quite an unusual background—and was influenced by the writings of Thomas Merton : Msgr. David Talley, a former Southern Baptist who became a Catholic at the age of 24 and has served at various archdiocesan parishes, has been named by Pope Benedict XVI as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Atlanta. At [Read More...]

New cathedral will use old windows

And they’re beauties, as the sample above shows. Details:  The Catholic Diocese of Raleigh has purchased 42  stained glass windows for the new Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral. The Diocese has received more than $52 million in pledges so far, it said Wednesday. The majority of the windows were created by Paula Balano, who became [Read More...]

New Year’s resolutions for the New Evangelization

Some great ideas from the blogging bishop, Christopher Coyne: As the new year begins, we often make resolutions and so, I offer the following possible new year’s resolutions to consider if one is going to be serious about being an evangelizer. I offer them for myself as well as for those readers who chose to [Read More...]

A tale of four priests

Their names are Mahony, Brown, Niederauer and Levada, and they were all in seminary together.  Whatever happened to them? Read on, from the Salt Lake Tribune: Whether by accident, serendipity or divine design, four future heavyweights of American Catholicism found themselves in the Class of 1962 at St. John’s Seminary on a lush hillside 60 [Read More...]

Bishops favor “reasonable restrictions” on guns—UPDATED

From Catholic News Service:  As momentum builds to implement new limits on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips, the Catholic bishops of the United States remain focused on seeking “reasonable restrictions” on gun ownership without infringing upon Second Amendment rights. “The bishops continue to support measures that control the sale and use of firearms and [Read More...]

Bishop Walter Sullivan, RIP

From the Associated Press:  Former Bishop Walter F. Sullivan, a progressive leader in the U.S. Roman Catholic church and the longest-serving head of the Richmond diocese, died Tuesday. He was 84. Sullivan, who had been diagnosed with liver cancer, died at home, said Judy Lindfors, assistant editor of The Catholic Virginian. He spent the majority [Read More...]


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