Cupich: an archbishop who knows the price of bread

The man tapped to be the next archbishop of Chicago sat down for an interview with CNS:  Most people’s everyday tasks — grocery shopping, cooking dinner, keeping up with family — are part of what Chicago’s newly named archbishop looks to in seeking balance between his official roles and being a pastor.In an Oct. 6 [Read More...]

Cardinal Marx: German bishops back Kasper proposal

From John Thavis:  Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich said a strong majority of German bishops supported Cardinal Walter Kasper’s proposal to find a way to allow divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Communion, and that he intended to raise the issue at the Synod of Bishops. Speaking at the close of the synod’s first day, [Read More...]

From the synod: “We must develop more robust methods to share the truth about marriage”

Today, a couple from the United States, Alice and Jeff Heinzen, addressed the bishops. The text is below:  My husband and I have asked ourselves this question: “How did our parents live their lives as a married couple that has led us to where we are today as faith-filled married Catholics?” In our reflection we [Read More...]

Cardinal Wuerl: “The reception of communion is not a doctrinal position”

One of the pope’s close advisors offers his views on the reception of communion in light of the synod, in this video from CNS. [Read more...]

Archbishop performed exorcism after Black Mass in Oklahoma

Details:  Satan has left the building. Roman Catholic Archbishop Paul S. Coakley and a priest performed “prayers of exorcism” to rid the Civic Center Music Hall of evil spirits that may have lingered after a satanic “black mass” was held there, The Oklahoman has learned. Diane Clay, spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, said on Wednesday [Read More...]

“The more conservative Catholicism of the United States has been dealt another blow…”

Vatican-watcher Sandro Magister weighs in on the man who will be the new archbishop of Chicago: While still reeling from the news of the imminent removal of Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, the more conservative and traditional Catholicism of the United States – and historically the more “papist” – has been dealt another blow with the [Read More...]

Vatican investigating KC Bishop Robert Finn—UPDATED

From NCR:  A Canadian archbishop visited the Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., diocese last week on behalf of the Vatican to investigate the leadership of Bishop Robert Finn, the first Catholic prelate to be found criminally guilty of shielding a priest in the ongoing clergy sexual abuse crisis. Ottawa, Ontario, Archbishop Terrence Prendergast visited the Midwestern [Read More...]

Man charges bishop had affair with his wife, threatens lawsuit—UPDATED

Now the other shoe is dropping in the eyebrow-raising story of the bishop who suddenly resigned over the weekend. Details:  A husband is threatening to sue the Catholic Church after one of Britain’s leading bishops allegedly became “the third person” in his marriage. The Bishop of Arundel and Brighton, Kieran Conry, stood down at the [Read More...]

Bishop resigns, saying “I’ve been unfaithful to my promises as a Catholic priest”

This doesn’t happen very often. Details:  An English bishop has announced his resignation after disclosing that he has been unfaithful to his vows. Bishop Kieran Conry made the announcement in a letter to be read out at Masses in his Diocese of Arundel and Brighton this weekend. He apologised for being “unfaithful to my promises [Read More...]

Blase Cupich: “You cannot base your decisions on a past era where things were different”

NCR has an exclusive interview with him this morning. It sheds more light on his thinking, particularly his ideas about Pope Francis and challenges facing the Church today. Snip: I know Chicago, just like many other dioceses in the U.S., is facing a number of issues — downsizing, priest shortages, population changes. What lessons have [Read More...]