Bishop Coyne headed to Burlington

Rocco, as usual, has the first word: The Pope is slated to flip Bishop Christopher Coyne – the Boston-born, 56 year-old auxiliary of Indianapolis and incoming chair of USCCB Communications – back to New England as the tenth bishop of Burlington and head of Vermont’s 125,000-member statewide church. Confirmed by two Whispers ops, the move fittingly places the US church’s most [Read More...]

Cardinal Dolan severs ties with Fr. Frank Pavone’s Priests for Life

From Religion News Service:   In the latest clash between the Catholic hierarchy and one of the church’s leading anti-abortion crusaders, New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan accused the Rev. Frank Pavone of continuing to stonewall on financial reforms, and Dolan said he is cutting ties with his group, Priests for Life. In a Nov. 20 letter to other U.S. bishops, [Read More...]

Whatsover you do: Following death of homeless man, bishop turns church property into shelter

From The BBC: A church building is to be used as a homeless shelter following an outcry over the death of a man on the street outside the Irish Parliament in Dublin. The 41-year-old man was pronounced dead on a doorstep on Molesworth Street at about 08:00 local time on Monday. The doorstep is just [Read More...]

Bishop stops speech, changes venue when reporter refuses to leave

Details:  Madison Catholic Bishop Robert Morlino halted a public speech Wednesday night at UW-Platteville and switched the venue to a Catholic student center after a reporter in the audience refused to leave. The bishop’s action followed the appearance at the event of nine protesters opposed to his leadership. They demonstrated with signs outside Doudna Hall, [Read More...]

USCCB report: Young Catholics “agree to disagree” about some Church teachings

From Catholic News Agency:  While a failure to understand doctrine is present in many segments of the Catholic population, young adults are exhibiting an alarmingly casual attitude towards accepting Church teaching, a study commissioned by the U.S. bishops has found.“They feel completely Catholic even while disagreeing with the Church. We often heard ‘the Pope is [Read More...]

USCCB approves renewal of National Directory on Permanent Deacons

This news release just went out:  The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), meeting for their June 11-13 Spring General Assembly, approved action items relating to the permanent diaconate, the bishops’ religious liberty efforts and their quadrennial statement on Catholic political responsibility. The bishops voted to permit the USCCB Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and [Read More...]

“I am not worthy to be here”: death row inmate confirmed by bishop

From The Catholic Sentinel in Portland, Oregon: One of Oregon’s most infamous prisoners Tuesday received the Sacrament of Confirmation from Archbishop Alexander Sample in a heavily-guarded private ceremony in the maximum security prison here. Gary Haugen was convicted in November, 2011 of murdering a fellow inmate while serving a life sentence for the murder of [Read More...]

How come Pope Francis doesn’t talk about deacons?

Good question. I got an e-mail today from a deacon friend on the West Coast: Hey, are you aware if Pope Francis has ever mentioned deacons in any way?  I haven’t seen anything with a mention of deacons and I’m curious about your thoughts here… A few people have written to me about that, usually [Read More...]

Bishop: “Our deacons are a blessing to our diocese…”

From Today’s Catholic News in the diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend: With over 100 family, friends and faithful in attendance, the deacons of the Diocese of Fort Wayne- South Bend were honored with an anniversary Mass at St. Matthew Cathedral in South Bend on Saturday, Aug. 10. It was no coincidence that the Mass was [Read More...]

Bishop converts: Tobin becomes Republican

Details:  Roman Catholic Bishop of Providence Thomas Tobin revealed Tuesday night that he recently became a registered Republican, but he also emphasized that the church and its mission shouldn’t be viewed through a narrowly partisan lens. “The a-ha moment for me was the 2012 Democratic National Convention. It was just awful,” Tobin, 65, told the Rhody Young Republicans during [Read More...]