“I always will be a Brooklyn kid”

The local paper, the Brooklyn Tablet, bids a fond farewell to Bishop Frank Caggiano, the day before he is to be installed as the new bishop of Bridgeport. From the special section devoted to his life and ministry: “He has an ability of getting the best out of people…to bring the good out of you,” [Read More…]

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Bishop Caggiano: “Witness is the most powerful method of conversion. Not confrontation. Witness.”

A great interview with a great priest: from the National Catholic Register, a chat with Bridgeport’s new bishop, Brooklyn’s own Frank Caggiano: Please tell us little about growing up and discovering your vocation. I had a wonderful experience of what I call old-style neighborhoods, where I had perhaps 12 or 14 friends who lived on [Read More…]

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“There is a growing tendency to ‘tabloidism’ in the Catholic press…and the worrying phenomenon of blogs”

Some of the remarks from Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin, on the New Evangelization: We do not need a conformist Church.  We need a Church of mature and authentic common commitment and concern for the spreading of the Gospel.  That Gospel is perennially new and must always be presented in ways that are new, but [Read More…]

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Cardinal urges more sensitivity in preaching on homosexuality

He’s one of the eight cardinals—the “Super 8” or “Gang of 8”— advising Pope Francis, and evidently made his comments in response to a complaint about a sermon. From Hindustan Times:    The Archbishop of Bombay, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, assured the city’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT) community that he would advise priests to [Read More…]

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Dolan to Obama on Syria: “Our focus is on saving lives by ending this conflict, not fueling it”

The USCCB president has written a letter to the U.S. president: September 4, 2013 President Barack Obama The White House Washington, DC 20270 Mr. President: As our nation contemplates military action in Syria, we want to assure you and your Administration of our prayers. We know that the situation in Syria is complex and appreciate [Read More…]

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Great moments in the episcopacy: Cardinal Dolan does the Colbert Report—UPDATED

Here’s Part 1 from last night. I’ll add the second part when they make it available. The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Video Archive And Part 2: The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Video Archive [Read more…]

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Bishop warns against rising anti-Christian bigotry in U.S.

From the Washington Times:  Bishop Thomas Paprocki is not the kind of Catholic leader who minces words. The prelate, who presides over the Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Illinois, warns that anti-Christian bigotry in the U.S. is on the rise and that the media is to blame. In this exclusive interview with the Communities @TheWashingtonTimes, Paprocki shared [Read More…]

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Reports: Pope Francis to name Archbishop Pietro Parolin Secretary of State

It could happen as early as tomorrow, according to John Allen at NCR: Multiple reports suggest Pope Francis intends to name 58-year-old Italian Archbishop Pietro Parolin to the key position of Secretary of State, traditionally the most important figure in the Vatican after the pope himself. Although the pope is the head of state, the [Read More…]

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Bishop blesses ranch site of Catholic college from horse-drawn carriage

Well now: there’s a picture you don’t see every day. Complete with altar server in surplice. Yee-haw! Details (and a prominent mention of one of our Patheos writers!) below: Bishop David Ricken, a founder of Wyoming Catholic College, flicked holy water across the prairie as a horse drawn cart took him over a portion of [Read More…]

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Quote of the day

“In Catholic belief, all human life, no matter how wounded, flawed, young or old, is sacred because it comes from God.  And we have an obligation to defend it.  The dignity of a human life and its right to exist are guaranteed by God.  Catholic teaching on abortion and sexuality is part of the same integral vision [Read More…]

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