Richmond bishop issues directive on unique Anglican-Roman Catholic community

You may remember this story from last fall  Now, an update:  Diocese of Richmond Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo has issued a directive to a one-of-its-kind Virginia Beach church to bring its liturgical celebrations, primarily the Mass, into conformity with the universal Roman Catholic Church. At the same time, he has offered options for additional combined [Read More…]

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German bishops allow “morning after” pill in cases of rape—UPDATED

Details from the AP:  Roman Catholic-run hospitals can prescribe limited emergency contraception to rape victims, German bishops said Thursday as they sought to contain fallout from an embarrassing recent case in which two hospitals refused to treat a woman. In a statement issued at the end of a regular meeting in the western city of [Read More…]

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Who is the only living cardinal to have voted in three conclaves? —UPDATED

That would be Washington’s Cardinal William Baum. His secretary for several years was Msgr. Bart Smith. The cardinal was in poor health, so Msgr. Bart accompanied him throughout the conclave (he was the last out of the Sistine Chapel before the votes took place) and he was on the balcony behind the new Pope when [Read More…]

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Cardinal Roger Mahony, Suffering Servant

Seriously? Mark Shea drew my attention to the cardinal’s blog post yesterday, in which the archbishop of Los Angeles continues his Lenten meditation on, well, himself. From the cardinal’s blog:  The poem of the Suffering Servant is important for all of us who are disciples of Jesus Christ since we are called to imitate his words, [Read More…]

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O’Malley rising?

John Allen this morning has some buzz surrounding the cardinal archbishop of Boston: While the U.S. media has focused on Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York as the most plausible, if still remote, American prospect, another name has generated a surprising degree of buzz in the Italian press: Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, partly on [Read More…]

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Gomez and Mahony, a study in contrasts—UPDATED

With both men making headlines recently, the Los Angeles Times takes a closer look at their distinctive styles: In more than two decades leading the Los Angeles Archdiocese, Cardinal Roger Mahony headlined immigration rallies, marched for worker rights and made national news by announcing he would defy a congressional bill he regarded as anti-immigrant. But [Read More…]

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Cardinal Mahony: “I am being called to be humiliated…”

From his blog: From our earliest catechism days we learn about the virtue of humility.  We study it, we think about it; but we don’t embrace it. And why?  Because humility is all about self-effacing, about seeing ourselves as far more diminished than we had hoped.  As a result, few of us set out to [Read More…]

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Dolan statement on pope’s resignation

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued this statement moments after learning of the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI on February 11, 2013: +++ The Holy Father brought the tender heart of a pastor, the incisive mind of a scholar and the confidence of a soul united [Read More…]

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“The President has been a proponent of an expediency that is shameful and criminal in the eyes of God…”

My own bishop, Nicholas DiMarzio, took note of the anniversary of Roe v. Wade in a recent newspaper column, and he pulled no punches:  On Jan. 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This Executive Order freed the slaves in the 10 states that were in rebellion. It was not until 1865, with [Read More…]

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Bishop Paprocki tells a lapsed Catholic: “Why you should return to the Church…”

The bishop of Springfield responds to a newspaper columnist with a column of his own:  In her Jan. 25 guest column, Elaine Boardman asked, “Why should I return to the Catholic Church?” Since she asked publicly, I would like to answer her question publicly. Elaine, let me say first that I am grateful you took [Read More…]

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