What about Cupich and deacons?

A reader from Chicago wrote in this morning, wondering if anyone knows what sort of relationship the new Archbishop-elect has with his deacons. A little Googling turned up some diaconal news, like this story from a couple years ago: When he came to Spokane in June 2010, he left 12 years of experience as bishop in [Read More...]

Barbie as the Virgin Mary?

This image has been popping up around social media, with the news that Argentina is producing a Virgin Mary Barbie Doll: But before you run out to Toys-R-Us to pick one up, check out the rest of the story: Pool Paolini y Marianela Perelli are the artists behind the controversial “Barbie, The Plastic Religion” exhibit which will be [Read More...]

A mother’s last dance

This is quickly going viral, and with good reason. The story:  A dying woman whose final wish was to be able to dance with her son at his wedding had her dream come true, and then passed away just three days later. Mary Ann Manning of Dublin, California, lost her battle to breast cancer on [Read More...]

UPDATE: Montana bishop meets with parishioners over gay couple removed from ministry

Details:  No substantive changes have resulted from a meeting Saturday between Bishop Michael Warfel, leader of the Catholic Diocese of Great Falls – Billings, and parishioners of St. Leo the Great Catholic Church regarding the suspension of church privileges for two gay parishioners in Lewistown. Following a meeting with roughly 300 parishioners in Lewistown, Warfel [Read More...]

John Allen: “Are we looking at the American Pope Francis in Chicago?”

The veteran Vatican watcher assesses this weekend’s big news over at Crux:  There’s nothing a pope does as fundamental to shaping culture in the Catholic Church as appointing bishops, and that’s especially true for major pace-setting venues around the world. Chicago is on a short list with Milan, Paris, and Westminster as spots where popes [Read More...]

NY Times: Pope sets tone in U.S. with “inclusive prelate” for Chicago

Their take on the big news from Saturday morning: Pope Francis’ choice of prelate for Chicago was highly anticipated as a sign of the direction he intends to set for the Roman Catholic Church in the United States. Chicago is the nation’s third-largest Roman Catholic diocese, with 2.3 million members, and its archbishops have often [Read More...]

Pope establishes commission to reform annulment process

This is huge. From Vatican Radio:  The Holy See Press Office on Saturday announced Pope Francis has decided to establish a Special Commission  for the study of the reform of the matrimonial processes in canon law. The decision was made on August 2, 2014. This Committee will be chaired by Msgr. Pio Vito Pinto, Dean [Read More...]

Spokane’s Blase Cupich to be next Archbishop of Chicago—UPDATED

Details:  Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane, Washington, will be named the next archbishop of Chicago,The Associated Press has learned. [UPDATE: The Vatican Saturday morning made it official. Read more about that here.] Cupich will succeed Cardinal Francis George, according to a person with knowledge of the selection, who spoke Friday on the condition of anonymity because the person [Read More...]

For sale on eBay: the pope’s zucchetto!

Place your bids now:  It’s a good thing this pope wears more than one hat. Pope Francis’ white skullcap is selling for close to $130,000 on eBay, after an Italian TV show host managed to finagle it out of his holy hands. The host of the comedy show “La lene” (The Hyenas) got up in the [Read More...]

“We are called to be a missional church…”

Elizabeth Scalia this morning offers some words of wisdom that strike me as very diaconal in nature—but with a message for all of us seeking to serve the Church and save souls—especially our own. To wit:  Incarnational Evangelization happens when Christian men and women leave the comfortable place of their own origin, just as the Word [Read More...]

Priest removes married gay couple from parish ministry

From The Billings Gazette in Montana: On Aug. 6, four days after the Rev. Samuel Spiering arrived as the new administrator of St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Lewistown, he met with parishioner Paul Huff to ask him if he and his partner, Tom Wojtowick, had gotten married. After Huff confirmed the fact, the [Read More...]

Ladies and gentlemen, Mark Shea sums it all up

The best thing I’ve read all day:  We need to become more fully Catholic, but in the sense of personal conversion, not in the sense of purging the church of lukewarm believers. By that I mean helping people to become more fully Catholic, as Pope Francis has been trying to do. This challenge, to me, [Read More...]

Bishop on divorced and remarried Catholics: “We’ve got to do something!”

It’s rare to hear a bishop be so blunt, but Providence Bishop Thomas Tobin is that and more in his column for his diocesan newspaper: I understand completely the arguments against taking a more “pastoral approach” to this topic, primarily that to do so would betray the sacred teaching of Christ we are obliged to [Read More...]

Dominican tapped to replace Cardinal Pell as Archbishop of Sydney

  Details:  The Bishop of Parramatta, Anthony Fisher, has been appointed the ninth Archbishop of Sydney, replacing the controversial Cardinal George Pell. The Vatican announcement comes several months after Cardinal Pell was appointed to a newly created Secretariat for the Economy in Rome, charged with cleaning up the Vatican’s finances. Bishop Anthony immediately committed the [Read More...]

“Catholic witchdoctors” in Bolivia?

photo by: Raphaël Verona  CNN has this glimpse at a curious strain of religion in Latin America, blending elements of Catholicism and magic. The notion of “Catholic gods” is bizarre and false, and some of this is just not Catholic at all, dwelling in a limbo between the sacred and the superstitious. But it’s an interesting phenomenon many [Read More...]

Joe Biden in Iowa: “You’re looking at a kid who had 12 years of Catholic education”

From The New York Times:  At a Vatican meeting a few years ago, Pope Benedict XVI unexpectedly asked Vice PresidentJoseph R. Biden Jr. for some advice. “You are being entirely too hard on the American nuns,” Mr. Biden offered. “Lighten up.” Last year, Mr. Biden seized on an audience with Pope Francis as another opportunity to praise the [Read More...]

Cardinal Dolan explains why he is serving as Grand Marshall in the St. Patrick’s Day parade

From his column in New York Catholic: I haven’t been in this much hot water since I made the comment, right after I arrived as your archbishop five-and-a-half years ago, that Stan Musial—my boyhood hero of my hometown St. Louis Cardinals—was a much better ballplayer than Joe DiMaggio! Now I’m getting as much fiery mail [Read More...]

Here’s a great way to help support vocations—and it’s an offer too good to refuse

The folks over at Vocation Boom, the non-profit working to boost vocations to the priesthood, contacted me this morning about a great opportunity for all of you to get involved in their project—and get something extra in return. They’re hoping to expand their offerings over the next several months. To do that, they need bucks. [Read More...]


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