West Virginia bishop: “I have never sexually abused anyone”

After yesterday’s bombshell, here’s the statement today from Bishop Michael J. Bransfield of Wheeling-Charleston: I have been deeply saddened by the priest child abuse scandal that has been connected to a handful of my former colleagues and friends from St. Charles Seminary. Over the years, I have felt devastation for both the victims and the [Read More...]

Witness in Philadelphia implicates West Virginia bishop — UPDATED

From the Philadelphia Inquirer: A Philadelphia man told a jury today that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia priest who allegedly sexually abused him for years starting the late 1970s had said a colleague who is now a bishop in West Virginia also had sex with teenage boys. The 48-year-old witness, identified only as “John” in the [Read More...]

Boehner: Bishops need to “take a bigger look” at budget

Details: House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) chastised Catholic bishops at a Wednesday news conference on Capitol Hill, saying they needed to look at the bigger picture after they complained that the GOP budget plan fails to meet “moral criteria.” The bishops had written letters to Capitol Hill, arguing many elements of the Republicans’ budget [Read More...]

Cardinal Dolan named one of the 100 most influential people in the world

Details from TIME magazine: With his crimson cassock, wide grin and rotund good cheer, Timothy Dolan, 62, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of New York, seems a figure out of the age of the old movies Going My Way and The Bells of St. Mary’s — a warm prelate who leads his flock more by charm than fiat. [Read More...]

Quote of the day, on SSPX

“The response, the new response, is rather encouraging. But there are still developments that will be made, and examined, and decisions which should be taken in the next few weeks.” – Fr. Frederico Lombardi, head of Vatican Press Office More details here. [Read more...]

Bishop: “We can no longer be Catholics by accident, but must be Catholics by conviction”

Details: “Heroic Catholicism, not casual Catholicism” is required to confront state and federal threats to religious liberty and the church’s public ministries, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, told more than 500 Catholic men who marched through the downtown Peoria in a steady rain April 14 in a public defense of the faith. “We can no [Read More...]

Benedict and his bishops

A friend recently noted that, for all his greatness, Blessed John Paul was not necessarily the best judge of character or ability when it came to appointing bishops.  This piece from Vatican Insider/La Stampa may help to explain why; it also points out what his successor is doing differently: Not many are aware of the [Read More...]

Just saying no: Some Seattle parishes decline to circulate petitions against gay marriage referendum

And one of them is the cathedral parish.  Details: A growing number of Seattle’s Catholic parishes are saying “no” to Archbishop J. Peter Sartain’s offer that churches become signature gathering points for Referendum 74, the ballot measure to roll back Washington’s recently passed same-sex marriage law. St. Mary’s Parish in the Central Area, and the [Read More...]

US bishops call for “fortnight for freedom” this summer to pray for religious liberty

From the newly-released Statement on Religious Liberty: Religious liberty is not only about our ability to go to Mass on Sunday or pray the Rosary at home. It is about whether we can make our contribution to the common good of all Americans. Can we do the good works our faith calls us to do, [Read More...]

“How do we render God credible in this world?”

In a homily given on April 1, 2005, just before he was elected Pope, Pope Benedict said this: Above all, that which we need at this moment in history are men who, through an enlightened and lived faith, render God credible in this world. The negative testimony of Christians who speak about God but live [Read More...]


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