Worth a thousand words: cowboy confession

The picture above was taken in 1966. Forty-six years later, the picture below depicts a brother, a priest and a bishop on a cattle drive in the same corner of the country. Read the story behind all this here, in a terrific post by Wyoming’s blogging bishop, Paul Etienne. [Read more...]

“It’s like planning a wedding in six weeks with 2,000 guests”

That’s how one person involved described the process of putting together the installation of the new archbishop of Denver. Details: Among the summer’s most pressing questions: how long does it take to move a processional of 400 priests and deacons, up to 50 bishops and as many as four cardinals the length of two city [Read More...]

Chinese priest reported missing ahead of illicit ordination

Details: Father Giuseppe Zhao Hongchun, apostolic administrator of Harbin, has been “missing” since the afternoon of July 4, where he went to attend an appointment arranged by religious affairs officials. Local sources told AsiaNews that they believed he has been under house arrest, but his whereabouts is not known to them. This event is related [Read More...]

Pope as Trump: He tells Slovak bishop, “You’re fired”

It doesn’t happen often, but it happened today, and NCR’s John Allen takes note: Pope Benedict XVI today added another name to the growing list of Catholic bishops fired on his watch, removing Archbishop Róbert Bezák of Trnava, Slovakia, from office. A 52-year-old member of the Redemptorist order, Bezák had served as archbishop of Trnava, [Read More...]

Levada out, Muller in at CDF

Details: Anticipated for months, it’s finally official — at Roman Noon this Monday, the Pope named Bishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller of Regensburg as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, accepting the retirement of Cardinal William Levada a year after the highest-ranking American in Vatican history reached the canonical age of 75. With the appointment of the [Read More...]

Did the bishop of Orlando cross the line?

Bishop John Noonan made a videotaped pitch to the faithful last weekend in support of religious freedom — but also in support of two amendments being placed before voters in November. Details: Appearing via a nearly 11-minute video produced by the diocese, the chief shepherd of nearly 400,000 Catholics throughout the region explained the church’s [Read More...]

Southern Baptists: “We stand with the bishops”

And they are directing their members to the USCCB website and suggesting ways to adapt the Fortnight for Freedom to their congregations. Details from the Catholic Exchange: At its Annual Meeting in New Orleans last week, the Southern Baptist Convention adopted a resolution on Religious Liberty. Representing about 45,000 individual churches with 16 million members, the Southern [Read More...]

USCCB responds to SCOTUS health care ruling

The bishops released a statement a short time ago: Today the United States Supreme Court issued a decision upholding as a tax the provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that requires individuals to purchase a health plan—the so-called “individual mandate.” For nearly a century, the Catholic bishops of the United States have been and [Read More...]

Bishop Coyne to Catholic communicators: “Always take the high road”

Last night, I had the great privilege of serving as deacon alongside Bishop Christopher Coyne as he celebrated Mass for the Catholic Media Conference in Indianapolis.  His excellent homily focused a great deal on Christian aspects of communication, and prompted a lot of enthusiastic comment at the dinner afterwords.  Here’s a key part: As one who is [Read More...]

Sartain: LCWR reform is not directed at religious orders

CNS spoke today with the archbishop overseeing the inquiry into the organization of religious sisters: A Vatican-ordered reform of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious is not directed at women’s religious orders or at any individual sisters, nor is it a statement on the general quality of religious life today, said the American archbishop overseeing [Read More...]


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