Report: Anglicans discuss sharing cathedral with Catholics in New Zealand

Details are sketchy, but if it happens it would truly be historic: Anglicans in Christchurch are talking about sharing a cathedral with the Catholics, a move that would have worldwide ramifications. OLIVIA CARVILLE reports. Rebuilding Christchurch’s two wounded cathedrals into one ‘unprecedented’ Anglican-Catholic super-cathedral is under discussion at top levels in the Anglican Church. The [Read More...]

Slash: Milwaukee to close, consolidate over 100 parishes

That will affect about half of all the parishes in the archdiocese.  From Catholic News Service:  The Milwaukee archdiocese will close or consolidate 103 of its 203 parishes through 2020. Church officials pointed to three principal factors during the next decade: •The number of priest retirements will exceed ordinations, resulting in a projected 40 percent [Read More...]

Backlash in Bahrain over plans to build largest Catholic church in the region

The latest, from the Associated Press: The building of the largest Roman Catholic church in the Gulf was supposed to be a chance for the tiny island kingdom of Bahrain to showcase its traditions of religious tolerance in a conservative Muslim region where churches largely operate under heavy limitations. Instead, the planned church — intended [Read More...]

The Ryans attend Mass in Florida

Details: The day after delivering his first major address to the nation, Paul Ryan attended daily mass at Our Lady of Grace parish in St. Petersburg. The church, built in 1929, is a beautiful structure that is “Byzantine in style with Romanesque features.” A sign in front of the church read: “ALL ARE WELCOME.” The [Read More...]

Priest faces excommunication for starting own parish

An interesting—and rare— case, from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:  A Milwaukee-area Catholic priest sanctioned this year for indirectly violating the seal of the confessional now faces excommunication after launching a new parish with a breakaway diocese a few miles away. Father David Verhasselt, once a popular priest at St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish in Oconomowoc, was [Read More...]

“We can create here the most significant Catholic cultural center in the world outside the Vatican”

That’s one bishop’s assessment of Orange County’s Crystal Cathedral — a.k.a. Christ Cathedral — after taking a tour yesterday. Details:   A group of Catholic leaders from around the world toured Wednesday the future largest Catholic cathedral in the United States: Christ Cathedral. They saw possibilities everywhere. There’s the vast infrastructure set up to televise the world-wide [Read More...]

Ohio gets another basilica

This happened in June, but it hit the local paper yesterday.   Details: Historic St. John the Baptist Catholic Church at 627 McKinley Ave. NW has been elevated to a “minor basilica” by the Vatican. It’s now called the Basilica of St. John the Baptist. According to the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown, a decree granting the [Read More...]

They don’t build ‘em like this anymore

St. Finbar’s Church, in Brooklyn.  I’m just sayin’. [Read more...]

Where the faith is thriving in Brooklyn and Boston: “All are welcome”

In the U.S. Catholic blog, writer Cathy O’Connell-Cahill describes visiting a couple neighborhood churches this summer (one, in fact, in my diocese…) Details: A stroll after a great dinner at Bamonte’s restaurant in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn (photos of Gary Sinise and Harrison Ford on its walls, along with Brooklyn Dodger greats) brought us [Read More...]

Extreme Makeover, cathedral edition

I was alerted the other day to some interesting renovation work getting underway at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle in St. Petersburg, Florida.  It’s relatively new, as cathedrals go — built in 1963 — and fairly modern.  You can read all about the work taking place at the diocesan website. But take a [Read More...]


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