Report: SF archbishop reassessing morals code for teachers

From The San Francisco Chronicle:  Under pressure from parents, students and staffers at the San Francisco Catholic Archdiocese’s schools, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said Tuesday that he is reexamining strict guidelines he proposed for teachers that would require them to reject homosexuality, use of contraception and other “evil” behavior. Cordileone also said he is dropping an [Read More...]

Manila’s Cardinal Tagle grants dispensation for fasting, abstinence on Ash Wednesday

Details:  As the eve of the Lunar New Year coincides with Ash Wednesday, the Archdiocese of Manila allowed certain members of its faithful to be exempted from the holy obligation of fasting and abstinence at the start of the Lenten season. “We grant dispensation from the obligation of fasting and abstinence to our Chinese-Filipino and [Read More...]

Bishop vows to remain in Tripoli with his flock

From Vatican Radio:  The leader of the Catholic church in Libya is calling for dialogue and understanding in his violence wrought country. Bishop Giovanni Innocenzo Martinelli, Apostolic Vicar of Tripoli, has vowed to stay in Libya with the few remaining Christians, witnesses of Jesus’s message of love. Speaking in Italian to Vatican radio as the [Read More...]

Questions surround fate of imprisoned Chinese bishop

From The New York Times:  For the better part of the last 60 years, Bishop Cosma Shi Enxiang was imprisoned in Chinese jails and labor camps. For the last 14, he was held without charge in a secret location. His offense: refusing to renounce his loyalty to the Roman Catholic Church, which ordained him in 1947. [Read More...]

After desecrations, bishop orders all tabernacles in his diocese to be emptied

Details:  In response to the desecration of ten parishes since October, including five on February 6-7, the bishop of Bellay-Ars has ordered the Blessed Sacrament removed from the tabernacles of all parish churches and chapels. The Blessed Sacrament, Bishop Pascal Roland decreed, must be kept in a more secure location, and tabernacle doors must be [Read More...]

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...]