In letter, Cleveland bishop acknowledges “growing disconnect” with priests, seeks to repair rift

Details: Bishop Richard Lennon has sent a conciliatory letter to the priests in the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, acknowledging that his relationship with many of them has deteriorated. In a letter obtained by The Plain Dealer, Lennon wrote to the diocese’s priests on May 21, saying “I have become aware of a growing disconnect between many [Read More...]

“It’s a hit piece in the service of another agenda”

Mark Shea, as usual, cuts right to the heart of the matter concerning this report about Cardinal Timothy Dolan in the New York Times: There is much dudgeon the article. There is no dudgeon–none whatsoever–about the fact that exactly the same tactic is used to get rid of pervy public school teachers. This, and the lionization of [Read More...]

“The Clan of the Red Beanie”

That’s the oh-so-pwecious term of endearment that writer Charles Pierce uses for Catholic bishops here. Perhaps he’d like to come up with a similar soubriquet for rabbis? [Read more...]

After Chaput: Fargo’s Aquila named to lead Denver

Rocco, has always, has everything you need to know. And Fargo’s website has the new archbishop’s official bio. (Also at the site: his coat of arms, designed by the ubiquitous Deacon Paul J. Sullivan of Providence.) [Read more...]

Dolan: White House “strangling” Catholic church

He made the remarks this morning: The spat between Catholic leaders and the Obama administration over its contraception policies is heating up again, with one of the nation’s most prominent bishops charging that the White House is “strangling” the church over the matter. Archbishop Timothy Dolan told “CBS This Morning” Tuesday that the compromise reached [Read More...]

Anniversary boys

One is marking five years, the other 60.  Can you tell which is which? Congratulations to Brooklyn’s retired Bishop Thomas Daily on 60 years of priesthood.  Ad multos annos! [Read more...]

My pastor, the bishop

Two weeks ago, the Pope named two new auxiliary bishops for the Diocese of Brooklyn. Now, we’ve learned, one of them will be the new pastor at my parish. He’s Msgr. Paul Sanchez — shown above, concelebrating Mass with Brooklyn’s Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio. From his biography: The Most Reverend Paul Sanchez was born November 26, [Read More...]

Cardinal Dolan on “The Law of the Gift”

The Catholic University alumnus spoke to its graduating class this weekend: Just six days ago, Pope Benedict XVI, in addressing bishops from Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming, spoke warmly of Catholic education here in the United States, and of the need of our Catholic colleges and universities “ . . . to reaffirm their [Read More...]

This may be a first: archbishop preaches in Rome basilica from an iPad

Details: Being a bishop means being no stranger to debates and challenges, but also knowing the joy of sharing the faith, said Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami. “We know a little bit about controversy and dissension, but like (St.) Paul we know also the joy not only of having encountered the Lord, we also [Read More...]

Bishops to congress: “The proposed cuts to programs…fail a basic moral test.”

“The Catholic bishops of the United States recognize the serious deficits our country faces, and we acknowledge that Congress must make difficult decisions about how to allocate burdens and sacrifices and balance resources and needs. However, deficit reduction and fiscal responsibility efforts must protect and not undermine the needs of poor and vulnerable people. The proposed cuts to programs [Read More...]


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