Albany’s new bishop: “Monsignor Ed is the real deal”

Photo:Lori Van Buren / Times Union I couldn’t have put it better myself. Those words from another Brooklyn deacon capture Albany’s bishop-elect Ed Scharfenberger perfectly.  He will be installed as Albany’s new bishop today—EWTN, among others, will be carrying the installation, starting at 2 pm. Last weekend, his new hometown paper, the Albany Times-Union, paid [Read More...]

Charlotte bishop: “I’m shocked at the lack of charity and respect”

From The Catholic News Herald:  In a statement issued today, Bishop Peter J. Jugis called the controversy over a recent presentation on human sexuality at Charlotte Catholic High School “a difficult time” that has caused everyone “a great deal of pain.” The all-school assembly March 21 featured a presentation by Sister Jane Dominic Laurel, a Dominican from Nashville, [Read More...]

John Allen on the Church’s newest “pro-life” cause

From his column in The Boston Globe:  In Catholic parlance, certain terms carry weight far beyond their face value meaning. Calling something a “pro-life” issue, for instance, means not only that it involves the church’s teaching on the sacredness of human life, but that it merits an investment of blood, sweat, and tears tantamount to [Read More...]

Archbishop Gregory will sell $2.2 million residence: “I want to thank those who brought this issue to light”

Details from the Associated Press:  Trying to appease angry parishioners, the archbishop of Atlanta said Saturday that he will sell a $2.2 million mansion just three months after he moved in. Archbishop Wilton Gregory announced the decision following a closed-door meeting with members of several church councils at his headquarters north of Atlanta. He publicly apologized Monday [Read More...]

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...]