Cardinal O’Malley will boycott Boston College commencement

From the Cardinal Newman Society:  Archdiocese of Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley said today that he plans to boycott Boston College’s commencement ceremony May 20 because it will feature Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny as its commencement speaker. The College is scheduled to award Kenny an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Kenny supports loosening the country’s legislation [Read More…]

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Despite official rebuke, Cardinal Mahony maintains high public profile

From the Los Angeles Times:  When Archbishop Jose Gomez stripped his predecessor, Cardinal Roger Mahony, of public duties for mishandling clergy sex abuse cases, a church spokesman said the retired prelate’s life would remain largely the same with one exception: confirmations. No longer would Mahony preside at springtime rites in which teenagers receive the sacrament that [Read More…]

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Newark hires high-profile criminal defense attorney

Details:  The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark has hired Michael Critchley, a high-profile criminal defense lawyer, as prosecutors continue to investigate recent activities of a priest who allegedly molested a 13-year-old boy more than a decade ago. In another development on Wednesday, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the New York archbishop who wields enormous influence among bishops [Read More…]

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Massachusetts bishop arrested, charged with drunken driving

Details:  Bishop Robert J. McManus, head of the Diocese of Worcester, was arrested for driving under the influence this weekend after police stopped him in Narragansett, R.I., police said. McManus was arrested at 10:32 p.m. Saturday on charges of drunken driving, leaving the scene of an accident, and refusing a chemical test, Narragansett Police Captain [Read More…]

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Rhode Island bishop: “We’re going to have to be creative”

Change is coming, and the bishop of Providence is talking about it: Dealing with declining numbers of priests and dwindling numbers of parishioners, The Catholic Diocese of Providence is considering some big changes in an attempt to strengthen Diocesan parishes. In an exclusive interview with Eyewitness News, the Most Reverend Thomas J. Tobin said the [Read More…]

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“Incomprehensible”—UPDATED

That’s how one parishioner in this post by Frank Weathers describes the story behind this picture. It shows a priest who confessed to groping a teenager in 2001 evidently having a very good time in 2010. With teenagers. Details: Amid calls for a Vatican investigation, Newark Archbishop John J. Myers came under fierce criticism Monday [Read More…]

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Head of German bishops’ conference says the idea of women deacons “no longer taboo”

From a German news website: Germany’s top Roman Catholic has called for women to be allowed to become deacons, which would enable them to perform baptisms and marriages outside of mass – a novelty for Catholic women. Archbishop of Freiburg Robert Zollitsch, who chairs the German Bishops’ Conference, called for the change at the end [Read More…]

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USCCB hires Sarah Palin advisor as Cardinal Dolan’s spokesperson—UPDATED

The e-mail went out this morning: The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops welcomes Kim Daniels on board as spokesperson for the president of the USCCB, Cardinal Timothy Dolan. Daniels brings to the USCCB her experience as director of Catholic Voices USA, an organization of lay Catholics that works to bring the positive message of the [Read More…]

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A teachable moment from Cardinal Dolan: “All are welcome!”

The cardinal, on his blog, explains:  It was a lesson I began to learn when I was seven or eight . . . My buddy Freddie from across the street and I were playing outside.  Mom called me for supper. “Can Freddie stay and eat supper with us?”  I asked. “He’d sure be welcome, if [Read More…]

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Gay Episcopal bishop slams Detroit archbishop over communion remarks

From the Detroit Free Press:  Retired Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson, who was the first openly gay man to become a U.S. bishop in the Episcopal Church, has written a Washington Post opinion piece denouncing Detroit Catholic Archbishop Allen Vigneron for saying Catholics who support gay unions or marriage should not receive communion. Robinson, who recently [Read More…]

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