Here’s something you don’t see every day: a decree of excommunication

You can take a gander here.  The announcement from her bishop, Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois: Please be advised that Ms. Mary F. Keldermans of Springfield, Illinois, has attempted to be ordained a priest for “Roman Catholic Womenpriests, Inc.” in a ceremony at the Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Springfield on May 5, 2014. [Read More...]

“I don’t identify with the expressionless person who stands outside the abortion clinic reciting their rosary…”

That quote, believe it or not, comes from a leading Italian bishop and advisor to Pope Francis. This item is tearing up the interwebs—and raising a lot of eyebrows: The Catholic Church should listen to all the arguments in favour of gay relationships, Communion for remarried divorcees, and ending mandatory celibacy for priests, a senior [Read More...]

“This is not a witch hunt”: Oakland bishop to meet with teachers over controversial new contract

You may remember  that Oakland teachers are being required to sign a new contract similar to one in Hawaii and Cincinnati, requiring them to “model behavior in conformity with the teaching of the Roman Catholic faith.” That hasn’t gone over well with some in Oakland:  Tim Newman, who has taught science at Bishop O’Dowd High School in [Read More...]

Raleigh unveils new plans for scaled-back cathedral

Details:  Catholic Bishop Michael Burbidge unveiled a scaled-back plan for a new cathedral in West Raleigh on Tuesday, saying the changes reflect feedback from parishioners and the diocese’s ability to raise money. Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral, the mother church for the 54-county diocese, will cost about $41 million, compared to an estimated $75 million [Read More...]

Resisting the throwaway culture

  Photo: Ed Wilkinson/The Tablet From Bishop Ed Scharfenberger’s weekly column in The Evangelist newspaper: Our defense of the value of each and every human life – from conception to natural death -is really about much more than drawing a line in the sand in the so-termed “culture wars.” It is not about taking sides. [Read More...]

Archbishop Gregory “will officially restrict” guns in Catholic institutions

From The Georgia Bulletin:  A state bill loosening gun restrictions, and opposed by the Georgia Catholic Conference, was signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal and will take effect July 1. In his column in the May 1 edition of The Georgia Bulletin, Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory said that he regrets the enactment of the new [Read More...]

Who knew? Family discovers Cardinal O’Connor’s mother was Jewish

A surprising piece of news uncovered in Catholic New York: Cardinal John O’Connor, who as Archbishop of New York cultivated and cherished his strong ties to the Jewish community, was born of a mother who was born Jewish. It is not known whether he knew that his mother, Dorothy Gumple O’Connor, was born Jewish. She [Read More...]

UK bishop shuts down deacon’s blog

You may remember the controversy surrounding the blog “Protect the Pope“, managed by Deacon Nick Donnelly in Lancaster, England. His wife posted the following item today: It is with sorrow that I am writing to let you know that Bishop Campbell, the Bishop of Lancaster, has refused Nick’s request to resume news posting on Protect [Read More...]

Bishops announce next “Fortnight for Freedom” for 2014

This press release just arrived in my “in” box:  Catholic dioceses and parishes across the United States are once again encouraged to raise awareness for domestic and international religious freedom concerns during the third annual Fortnight for Freedom, June 21-July 4. The two-week celebration will focus on the theme, “Freedom to Serve,” emphasizing the link [Read More...]

Holy Saturday: Easter Vigil rehearsal

My Holy Saturday always begins with coffee and bagels with the RCIA folks in the rectory basement, followed by a two-hour rehearsal in the church of the Vigil, led by Deacon Bill McNamara (my ordination classmate and my parish’s DRE) and Father Frank Passenant, our administrator.  Also on hand is David James the head of [Read More...]