“I am not worthy to be here”: death row inmate confirmed by bishop

From The Catholic Sentinel in Portland, Oregon: One of Oregon’s most infamous prisoners Tuesday received the Sacrament of Confirmation from Archbishop Alexander Sample in a heavily-guarded private ceremony in the maximum security prison here. Gary Haugen was convicted in November, 2011 of murdering a fellow inmate while serving a life sentence for the murder of [Read More...]

Bridgeport’s Bishop Caggiano: “He’s a breath of fresh air”

Twelve years ago, when I began formation, the director of the diaconate program was a short, wiry, affable Italian with piercing eyes and boundless energy known simply as Father Frank. He was a force of nature, and among the most gifted priests I’ve ever met—brilliant, generous, compassionate, prayerful. The men in my huge class—52 of [Read More...]

In the e-mail: “The Charlotte Observer is contributing to a campaign against the Bishop and conservatives”

A reader wrote me to take issue with the story posted the other day about a controversial capital campaign in the Diocese of Charlotte. The author is a member of the cathedral parish. Some excerpts from the email: St. Patrick doesn’t have eucharistic ministers except for one or two non-ordained men mainly because every priest [Read More...]

Michigan bishop warns Catholics not to take part in attempted ordination of woman next weekend

Details:  Bishop Paul Bradley of the Catholic Diocese of Kalamazoois warning Catholics not to participate in a ceremony Saturday in which a Three Oaks woman will be ordained by the group Roman Catholic Womenpriests. The May 31 ceremony for Lillian Lewis, 75, will be held at First Congregational Church in Three Oaks. The ceremony will be [Read More...]

Controversy continues in Charlotte, as diocese embarks on capital campaign

From The Charlotte Observer:  The Catholic Diocese of Charlotte, whose flock is more than 10 times larger than when the diocese was created in 1972, has embarked on a $65 million fundraising campaign that organizers say would address an increased demand for services and sacred space that shows no signs of letting up as more [Read More...]

NY Times: “A new role” for Cardinal Dolan in a “shifting” Catholic Church

Photo: Chang W. Lee/New York Times Details:  Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan lives in a 19th-century Madison Avenue mansion that connects to St. Patrick’s Cathedral. A cook and two housekeepers serve him and three other priests. A driver chauffeurs him around, though in a Chrysler minivan. It is a comfortable, if not necessarily extravagant, lifestyle, one in keeping [Read More...]

Here’s something you don’t see every day: a decree of excommunication

You can take a gander here.  The announcement from her bishop, Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois: Please be advised that Ms. Mary F. Keldermans of Springfield, Illinois, has attempted to be ordained a priest for “Roman Catholic Womenpriests, Inc.” in a ceremony at the Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Springfield on May 5, 2014. [Read More...]

“I don’t identify with the expressionless person who stands outside the abortion clinic reciting their rosary…”

That quote, believe it or not, comes from a leading Italian bishop and advisor to Pope Francis. This item is tearing up the interwebs—and raising a lot of eyebrows: The Catholic Church should listen to all the arguments in favour of gay relationships, Communion for remarried divorcees, and ending mandatory celibacy for priests, a senior [Read More...]

“This is not a witch hunt”: Oakland bishop to meet with teachers over controversial new contract

You may remember  that Oakland teachers are being required to sign a new contract similar to one in Hawaii and Cincinnati, requiring them to “model behavior in conformity with the teaching of the Roman Catholic faith.” That hasn’t gone over well with some in Oakland:  Tim Newman, who has taught science at Bishop O’Dowd High School in [Read More...]

Raleigh unveils new plans for scaled-back cathedral

Details:  Catholic Bishop Michael Burbidge unveiled a scaled-back plan for a new cathedral in West Raleigh on Tuesday, saying the changes reflect feedback from parishioners and the diocese’s ability to raise money. Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral, the mother church for the 54-county diocese, will cost about $41 million, compared to an estimated $75 million [Read More...]