Newark’s archbishop building large addition to his retirement home

photo: Mark Mueller/The Star-Ledger From The Newark Star-Ledger:  The 4,500-square-foot home sits on 8.2 wooded acres in the hills of Hunterdon County. With five bedrooms, three full bathrooms, a three-car garage and a big outdoor pool, it’s valued at nearly $800,000, records show. But it’s not quite roomy enough for Newark Archbishop John J. Myers. [Read More...]

Adorable: pope blesses lambs

A tradition continues.  Watch below, courtesy Rome Reports: A couple years ago, CNS described some of the history and customs surrounding the blessing, which occurs on the feast of St. Agnes: L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper, interviewed Holy Family Sister Hanna Pomnianowska about her convent’s role in the ancient tradition which makes a connection between [Read More...]

Michigan woman sues U.S. Catholic bishops over medical treatment of miscarriage

I’ve never heard of a case quite like this. From The Chicago Tribune: A Michigan woman has sued the U.S. Catholic bishops, arguing that a Catholic hospital in Michigan denied her adequate treatment during a painful miscarriage because of a policy banning even the discussion of abortion as an option. Tamesha Means said she went [Read More...]

At annual meeting in Baltimore, bishops invited to Catholic Worker dinner for peace

Details, from the National Catholic Reporter:  Tomas Murray, a member of a Catholic Worker community in Ohio, thinks where the bishops choose to eat also sends a significant message about how they see the role of the U.S. Catholic church. Murray is one of several people hosting an alternative dinner option for the prelates Tuesday [Read More...]

Vatican releases full text of document and survey questions for 2014 Synod of Bishops on the Family

From  The preparatory document for next year’s Synod of Bishops on the Family was formally released at a news conference in the Vatican on Tuesday. The synod’s theme is “The pastoral challenges to the Family in the context of Evangelization and it will run from the 5th to the 19th of October 2014. The document gives [Read More...]

Second U.S. bishop has hepatitis; Rome “Bishop School” linked to outbreak

Hours after news broke about Fargo’s bishop, Kathy Schiffer—the Lois Lane of Patheos—uncovered this scoop:  Bishop Joseph E. Strickland, ordained bishop of the Diocese of Tyler, November 28, 2012, has been diagnosed as suffering from Hepatitis A. Bishop Strickland attended “Bishops’ School” for newly ordained bishops in Rome in September 2013, and contracted the disease [Read More...]

“Courage with humility leads to true greatness”: a superb Columbus Day homily

Okay: I’m biased. But is there any bishop who preaches better than this? This comes from Brooklyn’s own Frank Caggiano, now Bishop of Bridgeport. He spoke at St. Patrick’ yesterday at Mass before the Columbus Day parade. No notes. No text. Pure heart. Click the video below. Homily begins at about 22:40. Video streaming by [Read More...]

Some advice on the shutdown from the bishops

Sister Mary Ann Walsh from the USCCB blogs:  As the government shutdown continues, it may be time to listen to another body – the U.S. bishops. Recent statements from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops offer significant points worth considering. They are neither Democratic nor Republican positions. They are simply principled. Consider, for example, an [Read More...]

Historic: Pope Francis calls an Extraordinary Synod on the family

Such synods are rare.  This one will be only the third of its kind ever.  Details from the National Catholic Register:  Pope Francis has called an Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the theme “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization”, the Vatican has announced. The synod, which [Read More...]

Cardinal Seán O’Malley responds to Pope Francis interview

The cardinal, of course, is part of the “Super 8″ group of advisors to Pope Francis who will be convening next month in Assisi. From the cardinal’s blog:  For although the Church’s principal activities are the pastoral work of our parishes, Catholic education, social services and health care — which serve millions — people can [Read More...]