Bishops in Holy Land: “Christians are not the only victims of violence and savagery”

From CNS:  Repeated references to persecution of Christians, “usually referring only to what Christians suffer at the hands of criminals claiming to be Muslims, plays into the hands of extremists,” said Catholic leaders in the Holy Land. “In the name of truth, we must point out that Christians are not the only victims of this [Read More...]

NY Times: among Catholic bishops, opulence is out

Not sure if this qualifies yet as a trend, but The New York Times thinks so. Details:  The unhappy reaction of local Catholics to the archbishop’s new house in Atlanta is the latest in a series of lay uprisings since the new pope altered the landscape by choosing to live in a modest Vatican residence rather than the opulent [Read More...]

Atlanta’s Archbishop responds: “I failed”

From The Georgia Bulletin, Archbishop Wilton Gregory responds to sharp criticism surrounding reports about his multi-million dollar new residence:  “We are disturbed and disappointed to see our church leaders not setting the example of a simple life as Pope Francis calls for. How can we instill this in our children when they see their archdiocesan leadership [Read More...]

Bridgeport’s Caggiano to Voice of the Faithful: “We are family”

I overheard someone mentioning this on the elevator this afternoon. It happened a couple weeks ago, but I think it’s noteworthy for a lot of reasons. From The Connecticut Post: In what Jamie Dance, Voice of the Faithful chairwoman, called a “historic occasion,” Bishop Frank Caggiano met with the organization for what he said was the [Read More...]

Wisconsin bishop enforces ban on washing feet of women on Holy Thursday

It’s unusual to see something like this in a secular paper, but a reader spotted this in the Madison State Journal:  Just a few weeks after his election last spring, Pope Francis stunned papal observers by washing the feet of two women during a Holy Week ritual. The rite — on Maundy Thursday, just prior [Read More...]

Atlanta’s Archbishop Gregory: “I will live wherever my people want me to live”

Details:  Pope Francis continues to advise Catholics to live frugal lives, but some local parishioners accuse the Archdiocese of Atlanta of waste. The accusations come after the archdiocese spent roughly $2 million on a new mansion for the archbishop on Habersham Road in Buckhead. On top of that, Cathedral of Christ the King plans to [Read More...]

The archbishop of Atlanta’s new home: 6,000 square feet, $2.2 million

From The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:  The Cathedral of Christ the King in Buckhead hopes to begin renovations next month on a newly acquired rectory for its parish priests at a cost, including purchase of the property, of $2.2 million. The residence once housed Archbishop Wilton Gregory, who heads the Archdiocese of Atlanta, but he recently moved [Read More...]

Pope Francis accepts resignation of Germany’s “Bishop of Bling”

Details:  Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of German Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, dubbed the “Bishop of Bling”, over a scandal regarding his €31m (£26m, $40m) project to renew a sumptuous diocesan residence in the western small city of Limburg. Tebartz-van Elst, whose resignation the Pope has accepted, will be given another assignment in due [Read More...]

Pope reflects on Holy Orders

Image: The Ordination of St. Lawrence by Fra Angelico From Vatican Radio: Greeting thousands of pilgrims gathered in St Peter’s Square for the General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis spoke about the sacrament of Holy Orders, praying that the Lord may provide holy, generous and merciful pastors for his Church. Please find below the text [Read More...]

Bishop issues pastoral letter on contraception: “We live in a world short on love”

Details from The Journal Star newspaper: Twenty-three years ago, Lincoln Catholic Diocese Bishop Glennon Flavin issued a letter to parishioners and physicians, decrying birth control as evil and immoral. He warned Catholic couples using contraception and the Catholic physicians prescribing it they were “committing grave sin.” On Tuesday, Bishop James Conley issued his own letter [Read More...]