Bishop of Albany to celebrate Mass in Extraordinary Form next month

From the Facebook page of The Extraordinary Form in the Albany Diocese comes this posting: [Read more...]

Bishops condemn “Fifty Shades of Grey”

From Christianity Today:  It may have made its way through film censors across the globe despite its strong sexual content but religious leaders are not staying quiet about their opposition to the screening of “Fifty Shades of Grey’”s film adaptation. Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo, New York, has written a letter to his fellow members of the [Read More...]

Bishop Barbarito update

As noted yesterday, Bishop Gerald Barbarito of Palm Beach underwent brain surgery Monday for a benign tumor. Late today, his secretary posted the following on Facebook: Just a quick update. The surgery for Bishop Barbarito is over and the surgeon was very happy with the process. He took us to see the Bishop in recovery [Read More...]

Palm Beach’s Bishop Barbarito to undergo brain surgery—UPDATED

A son of Brooklyn needs our prayers: Palm Beach Diocese Bishop Gerald M. Barbarito has announced that he will have surgery Monday to remove a benign brain tumor. In a statement posted Friday on its website, the diocese promised to keep the community updated on the bishop’s surgery and recovery. Bishop Barbarito has led the Palm [Read More...]

Vatican announces bishops, alternates for upcoming Synod

The full list is here.    The Holy Father Francis, for the XIV General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which will take place in the Vatican from 4 to October 25, 2015 on the theme The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world , has ratified the election by [Read More...]

“No one wants to join a church that lacks joy”

From The Burlington Free Press:  The Most Rev. Christopher Coyne, the Roman Catholic Church’s first blogging priest to be elevated to bishop, has been formally installed as the head of the statewide diocese of Burlington. More than 900 people jammed into St. Joseph Co-Cathedral in Burlington for the Installation Mass., which was broadcast internationally both [Read More...]

Pope Francis will not confer palliums on bishops at the Vatican

From CNS: When Pope Francis celebrates the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul in June, he will set aside an element that has been part of the Mass for the past 32 years; the Vatican confirmed he will not confer the pallium on new archbishops during the liturgy. Msgr. Guido Marini, the papal master of [Read More...]

Bishop Coyne in the driver’s seat

As Burlington’s new bishop gets ready for his installation on Thursday, he’s continued blogging—and posting some unusual videos. The guy is a social media junkie. I’m not aware of any other bishops doing something quite like this: brief “On the Road” segments, that he evidently shoots with a small camera in his car as he’s [Read More...]

Vermont’s “Cyber-Bishop” Coyne: “We are now a missionary church. We have to give people a reason to stay.”

Bishop Christopher Coyne via Diocese of Burlington A Burlington TV station aired this brief profile of its new bishop, Christopher Coyne, last night: Coyne described himself as primarily a pastor, adding he embraces direct and charitable conversations with parishioners and community members. Coyne also maintains a large presence on social media, with thousands of followers [Read More...]

Cardinal Marx: “We must look for ways for people to receive the Eucharist. It is not about finding ways to keep them out!”

From America magazine, part of an interview conducted recently: Two issues at the present synod are divorced and remarried Catholics and gay Catholics, especially those in relationships. Do you have opportunities to listen directly to these Catholics in your present ministry? I have been a priest for 35 years. This problem is not new. I [Read More...]