Large number of Germans left Catholic Church last year

From AP:  The German Bishops’ Conference says the number of Germans leaving the Roman Catholic church jumped sharply last year, an apparent result of an uproar over a bishop’s lavish new residence. The conference said Friday that 178,805 people formally left the church in 2013, compared with 118,335 the previous year. The figure was just [Read More...]

“He’s the prototype of a new generation of bishops, not grumpy and dogmatic”

From Reuters:  The Vatican has appointed the archbishop of Berlin, seen by German media as part of a “new generation” of less dogmatic clergy, to take over the Cologne archdiocese, the largest and richest in Germany, it said on Friday. The move makes Rainer Maria Woelki, who turns 58 next month, one of the most influential [Read More...]

Nancy Pelosi on child migration: “No one speaks more eloquently than the bishops”

No, this is not a joke:  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, not known for rigorous adherence to Catholic Church teaching, found herself citing the bishop of El Paso on Thursday while drumming up support for the White House’s requested $3.7 billion emergency supplemental spending bill. The bill, which Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid considers a top [Read More...]

Argentine military officers convicted in bishop’s murder

From the BBC:  Two former senior military officers in Argentina have been convicted in connection with the murder of Bishop Enrique Angelelli in 1976. Former army General Luciano Benjamin Menendez and former Vice-Commodore Luis Fernando Estrella were sentenced to life in prison. Bishop Angelelli died in a car crash in the northern city of La [Read More...]

Vatican publishes working document for extraordinary Synod of Bishops

An overview from CNS:  The working document for the October 2014 extraordinary Synod of Bishops offers a picture of the Catholic Church today struggling to preach the Gospel and transmit moral teachings amid a “widespread cultural, social and spiritual crisis” of the family. The 75-page “instrumentum laboris,” published by the Vatican June 26, is supposed [Read More...]

From the Bronx, a bishop in a bulletproof vest

Meet one of New York City’s new auxiliary bishops, via The New York Daily News:  He’s a bishop in a bulletproof vest. The silver-haired pastor often seen on the streets outside Our Lady of Refuge in the Bronx has dodged gunfire, rallied for affordable housing and railed against drug dealers. Now, Monsignor John Jenik, a [Read More...]

Cardinal Collins: “One thing that would help is if all of us realized that receiving communion is not obligatory at Mass…”

Over at Fr. Robert Barron’s excellent “Word on Fire” site, Brandon Vogt has a lengthy interview with Toronto’s Cardinal Thomas Collins, who looks ahead to the coming Synod on the Family Brandon Vogt: Some Catholics hope the Church will soon change her position regarding communion for those who are divorced and remarried, perhaps at the upcoming [Read More...]

Retired Catholic bishop to lead Anglican deacon retreat

This is different, via CNS: A retired English Catholic bishop will lead an Anglican diocese’s retreat for those to be ordained as deacons. Retired Bishop Brian Noble of Shrewsbury will lead the June 26-28 retreat and preach at the ordination service at the Church of England’s Chester Cathedral June 29. Bishop Noble, an ecumenical canon [Read More...]

Archbishop Kurtz on digital media: We need to move “from diatribe to dialogue”

Louisville’s Archbishop Joseph Kurtz delivered the keynote at last night’s session of the Catholic Media Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. A portion, from his blog: I believe that the Catholic press will be called over the next decade to influence the new digital frontier by carving out a place for dialogue. This may well be [Read More...]

SF archbishop responds to critics on the March for Marriage

He has posted a letter on the archdiocesan website. He doesn’t mention his most prominent critic, Nancy Pelosi, but several others are named on the letterhead. The letter: Dear Fellow Citizens, Your letter sharing with me your thoughts on the upcoming “March for Marriage” in Washington, D.C., was forwarded to me while I was attending meetings [Read More...]