Florida bishops on death penalty: "Killing someone because they killed diminishes respect for life"

“An execution re-opens the emotional wounds of victim’s families and does not bring back or honor their loved one. True peace can only be achieved by forgiveness. Killing someone because they killed diminishes respect for life and promotes a culture of violence and vengeance. We affirm the right and duty of the State to assure [Read More...]

Bishops: let undocumented immigrants have driver's licenses

It’s the bishops of New Mexico, and they wrote about it yesterday. Details: Allowing undocumented immigrants living in New Mexico to have a driver’s license if they can provide a valid ID is a matter of “mercy, fairness and safety,” said the state’s three Catholic bishops. “We are in favor of allowing individuals without Social [Read More...]

"All these parishioners just feel so betrayed…"

The New York Times this morning catches up with the tragic story unfolding in Missouri, surrounding Fr. Shawn Rattigan and the actions of Bishop Robert Finn: In the annals of the sexual abuse scandals in the Roman Catholic Church, most of the cases that have come to light happened years before to children and teenagers [Read More...]

Alabama churches unite to halt immigration law

In a rare move, three bishops from three different faiths have taken legal action to fight a new law that they believe will criminalize part of their ministry. Details from the New York Times: On a sofa in the hallway of his office here [in Cullman, Alabama], Mitchell Williams, the pastor of First United Methodist [Read More...]

Crystal clear: diocese issues statement on cathedral bid

“The prevailing goals are to see creditors satisfied, adequately provide for all constituents and stakeholders, and accommodate the Diocese of Orange’s need for a new cathedral, while respecting the CCM ministry and its legacy. It is the Diocese’s intention to safeguard Rev. Schuller’s cherished landmark from potential commercial development or general purpose uses. ‘This sanctuary [Read More...]

Looky here: new design for USCCB website

My friends at the USCCB  have just unveiled a new design for the website, which is now even snazzier and — dare I say it? — downright elegant. Visit the website to take it for a test drive. There’s also an explanation of everything that’s changed right here. Nice. Very nice. Kudos to Secretary of [Read More...]

"In Catholic thinking, the right to immigration is a 'natural right'…"

“In Catholic thinking, the right to immigration is a ‘natural right.’ That means it is universal and inalienable. But it is not absolute. Immigrants are obliged to respect and abide by the laws and traditions of the countries they come to reside in. Catholic teaching also recognizes the sovereignty of nations to secure their borders [Read More...]

"When people deride their bishops and priests, they undermine the Church…"

“Bishops, priests, and deacons are too often weak and sinful. They need to be held to high standards. Some deserve to be chastised. The clergy’s leadership in the Church should always be marked by humility and service, and never by a sense of entitlement. But men and women didn’t found the Church, they don’t own [Read More...]

So just what, exactly, is an Apostolic Nuncio?

The sudden death of Pietro Sambi may have a few people wondering.  Sambi had a critical role in planning Pope Benedict’s trip to the U.S. (below) in 2008.  But that’s just the beginning. A good explanation, from the USCCB: The nuncio is the Vatican’s ambassador to the United States.  (The United States and the Holy [Read More...]

Bishops to Congress: protect "the least of these"

As Washington confronts a potential economic catastrophe, two bishops sought to keep attention on those who are often forgotten. From the USCCB web site: In a July 26 letter to the U.S. House of Representatives, Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, California, and Bishop Howard J. Hubbard of Albany, New York, called on Congress to [Read More...]