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...]

New bishop chooses to live in parish house in an area of “deprivation”

From The Herald in Scotland: As Scotland’s newest Roman Catholic bishop he could easily have opted for the opulent residence set aside for a man in his position. But Bishop John Keenan, who grew up in a high-rise in Maryhill, Glasgow, has shunned the more comfortable address to move into a parish house in a [Read More...]

“Pope Francis has challenged us all to look more closely at the way we are as a church…”

A paper in South Jersey, the Courier-Post, looks at the controversy over where bishops live, including some bishops in New Jersey. The reporter, obviously acting out of desperation, spoke to a couple (cough) Catholic bloggers (cough). A snip:  Controversies have flared recently over church leaders’ pricey homes in the Atlanta and Newark dioceses. And Pope [Read More...]

Ladies and gentlemen, the bishop of Albany

Photo: Patrick Dodson/Pool I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: Albany, you are blessed. You can read more about the ordination and see pictures here. Below, courtesy Rocco Palmo, Bishop Ed Scharfenberger greets his new flock. [Read more...]

Bishop: Pope Francis says married men could be ordained priests, if bishops want it

From The Tablet in London:  A bishop who met with Pope Francis in a rare private audience on 4 April has said in an interview that the two men discussed the issue of the ordination of “proven” married men – viri probati – in a serious and positive way. Bishop Erwin Kräutler, Bishop of Xingu in the [Read More...]

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...]