Resisting the throwaway culture

  Photo: Ed Wilkinson/The Tablet From Bishop Ed Scharfenberger’s weekly column in The Evangelist newspaper: Our defense of the value of each and every human life – from conception to natural death -is really about much more than drawing a line in the sand in the so-termed “culture wars.” It is not about taking sides. [Read More...]

Archbishop Gregory “will officially restrict” guns in Catholic institutions

From The Georgia Bulletin:  A state bill loosening gun restrictions, and opposed by the Georgia Catholic Conference, was signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal and will take effect July 1. In his column in the May 1 edition of The Georgia Bulletin, Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory said that he regrets the enactment of the new [Read More...]

Who knew? Family discovers Cardinal O’Connor’s mother was Jewish

A surprising piece of news uncovered in Catholic New York: Cardinal John O’Connor, who as Archbishop of New York cultivated and cherished his strong ties to the Jewish community, was born of a mother who was born Jewish. It is not known whether he knew that his mother, Dorothy Gumple O’Connor, was born Jewish. She [Read More...]

UK bishop shuts down deacon’s blog

You may remember the controversy surrounding the blog “Protect the Pope“, managed by Deacon Nick Donnelly in Lancaster, England. His wife posted the following item today: It is with sorrow that I am writing to let you know that Bishop Campbell, the Bishop of Lancaster, has refused Nick’s request to resume news posting on Protect [Read More...]

Bishops announce next “Fortnight for Freedom” for 2014

This press release just arrived in my “in” box:  Catholic dioceses and parishes across the United States are once again encouraged to raise awareness for domestic and international religious freedom concerns during the third annual Fortnight for Freedom, June 21-July 4. The two-week celebration will focus on the theme, “Freedom to Serve,” emphasizing the link [Read More...]

Holy Saturday: Easter Vigil rehearsal

My Holy Saturday always begins with coffee and bagels with the RCIA folks in the rectory basement, followed by a two-hour rehearsal in the church of the Vigil, led by Deacon Bill McNamara (my ordination classmate and my parish’s DRE) and Father Frank Passenant, our administrator.  Also on hand is David James the head of [Read More...]

New bishop chooses to live in parish house in an area of “deprivation”

From The Herald in Scotland: As Scotland’s newest Roman Catholic bishop he could easily have opted for the opulent residence set aside for a man in his position. But Bishop John Keenan, who grew up in a high-rise in Maryhill, Glasgow, has shunned the more comfortable address to move into a parish house in a [Read More...]

“Pope Francis has challenged us all to look more closely at the way we are as a church…”

A paper in South Jersey, the Courier-Post, looks at the controversy over where bishops live, including some bishops in New Jersey. The reporter, obviously acting out of desperation, spoke to a couple (cough) Catholic bloggers (cough). A snip:  Controversies have flared recently over church leaders’ pricey homes in the Atlanta and Newark dioceses. And Pope [Read More...]

Ladies and gentlemen, the bishop of Albany

Photo: Patrick Dodson/Pool I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: Albany, you are blessed. You can read more about the ordination and see pictures here. Below, courtesy Rocco Palmo, Bishop Ed Scharfenberger greets his new flock. [Read more...]

Bishop: Pope Francis says married men could be ordained priests, if bishops want it

From The Tablet in London:  A bishop who met with Pope Francis in a rare private audience on 4 April has said in an interview that the two men discussed the issue of the ordination of “proven” married men – viri probati – in a serious and positive way. Bishop Erwin Kräutler, Bishop of Xingu in the [Read More...]