Pell blames media for sex abuse investigation

From The Age in Australia: A defiant Cardinal George Pell has blamed a smear campaign against the Catholic Church for public pressure that led to a royal commission into child sex abuse. The Archbishop of Sydney said a commission into the Catholic Church was not needed, but he welcomed the broader inquiry announced by Prime [Read More…]

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Dolan proposes a return to Friday abstinence

With word out that the bishops will consider a return to abstaining from meat on Fridays, it looks like a few places are already ahead of the curve with “Meatless Mondays”: For one day each week, the Los Angeles City Council wants residents to go vegetarian. In a unanimous 12-0 vote, the council approved a [Read More…]

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Report: many Catholics use social media, but few follow blogs on the Church or faith

Here’s the press release from the USCCB for the report connected with the blogging encounter the Patheos Posse attended Sunday: Sixty-two percent of adult U.S. Catholics, representing an estimated 36.2 million people, have a profile on Facebook; 58 percent of Catholics age 30 and under share content such as pictures, articles and comments at least [Read More…]

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Lincoln’s new bishop has no plans to change Bruskewitz policies

But how does he feel about deacons? Details: He’s got folk rockers Mumford & Sons and the Avett Brothers on his iPod. He’s on Twitter and Facebook. And he’s passionate about poetry, art and classical English literature. But when it comes to Roman Catholic doctrine, Lincoln’s incoming bishop says he’s ready to carry the torch [Read More…]

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Group seeks to revoke tax-exempt status of Catholic Church

That chill you’re feeling isn’t the new nor’easter. It’s something else. Details: A public watchdog group is charging the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops with openly politicking on behalf of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and it wants the Internal Revenue Service to explore revoking the hierarchy’s tax-exempt status. “In completely unqualified terms, the IRS [Read More…]

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Dolan to Obama: “We pray that you will exercise your office to pursue the common good…”

The President of the USCCB wrote a congratulatory letter to the President of the United States: Dear President Obama, In my capacity as President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, I write to express my congratulations on your re-election as President of the United States.The people of our country have again entrusted you [Read More…]

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“Virulent partisanship must yield to bold cooperation”

From Sister Mary Ann Walsh of the USCCB:  With the election over, it’s time for the nation to retake its noble position as the home of the brave. Certainly the next four years will mark a critical time for our nation, an opportunity to show our better selves after unprecedented political rancor. It’s long been [Read More…]

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Disappearing breed: “bad Catholics”

Australia’s Cardinal George Pell observes: Some decades ago when I was a priest in the country I blessed many marriages and generally attended the wedding reception. As a priest my presence was acknowledged and welcomed.  I tried to ensure the telegrams and speeches were not too crude; efforts that met with mixed success. Regularly when [Read More…]

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Archbishop Chaput on politics and secularism

A man who has been especially outspoken about politics and religion in the public square has a few timely things to say about those subjects in this video from Catholic News Service. [Read more…]

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Catholic bishops trying to get out the vote

And many aren’t being shy about which candidate they think you should support.  From Religion News Service: A number of Roman Catholic bishops are making forceful last-minute appeals to their flock to vote on Election Day, and their exhortations are increasingly sounding like calls to support Republican challenger Mitt Romney over President Obama. The most [Read More…]

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