U.S. bishops: “We mourn with our Sikh brothers and sisters”

Details, from Vatican Radio:  The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs expressed the bishops’ prayerful solidarity with the Sikh community in the United States following the August 5 shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. “In this time of grief, we Catholics mourn with our Sikh brothers and sisters,” said [Read More...]

In San Francisco, an ecclesial earthquake

Details from Whispers:  Depending on how one looks at things, this Friday morning brings either the most courageously bold — or stunningly brazen — American appointment in the seven-year reign of Pope Benedict XVI. For the better part of the last four months, the machinery of the archdiocese that — at least, under normal circumstances — many [Read More...]

SSPX leader: “We cannot keep silent…”

Bishop Bernard Fellay gave an interview that was published on the society’s website.  Details, via CNS: The head of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X said he would inform the Vatican soon on the society’s official position on Vatican efforts to bring the group back into full communion with the church. The response will [Read More...]

A beautiful day in Brooklyn: we have two new bishops

I didn’t have the best seat, but at least I had a seat, and captured on camera a few moments from the episcopal ordinations of Raymond Chappetto and Paul Sanchez as the newest auxiliary bishops of Brooklyn. Lining up outside Our Lady of Angels Parish in Bay Ridge, I saw a lot of Knights of [Read More...]

“The most thankless job in Christendom” — UPDATED

That would be … being a bishop. As fate would have it, I’m attending the ordination of two of them tomorrow (including one who is my new pastor), so Joanne McPortland’s plaintive post couldn’t be more timely: Which Catholic job would I least want to have? Head of the Vatican Bank? President of the LCWR? [Read More...]

Assault on religious freedom in U.S.: “Unbloody but far-reaching”

A succinct reminder of what’s going on these days, from Sister Mary Ann Walsh at the USCCB: Look in the United States, where freedom of religion is guaranteed by the First Amendment’s free exercise clause, and you see a sophisticated type of assault.  It is unbloody, but far-reaching.  Ironically, the assaults are not from some guerilla group [Read More...]

“God is the greatest liberal”

That seems to be the headline-making quote from a fresh interview with the new head of the CDF, Gerhard Muller.  Details, and translation, from Catholic Church Conservation: This is a long interview with the Mittelbayerische Zeitung- now complete. Relaxed and at ease, Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller returns a week after his appointment as prefect of [Read More...]

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...]


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