One Church, Two Paths: Contrasting Chaput and O’Malley—UPDATED

Over at NCR, Tom Roberts looks at these two leading American prelates—both Capuchins, former classmates, now among the most prominent archbishops in the United States—and sees two different views of the church. He comes to this conclusion: The contrasts in the two prelates are apparent and have to do with personality as well as ecclesiology [Read More...]

Bishop Argues for “Only One Authentically Catholic” View of Gay Marriage Before a Hostile Audience

From National Catholic Reporter:  Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Ill., walked into a beehive when he agreed to speak about same-sex marriage before a small audience in Phoenix over the weekend. But at least the bishop was there, taking the stings. Paprocki joined Sr. Jeannine Gramick, a longtime advocate for gay and lesbian people, on [Read More...]

Bishop vs. bishop over gay marriage and communion

From Sunday:  Catholic Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron of Detroit said on Sunday that Catholics who support gay marriage yet take the sacrament of Communion are contradicting themselves, echoing recent calls from a religious scholar for supporters of gay marriage to withdraw from taking the Eucharist. According to the Detroit Free Press, Archbishop Vigneron said that Catholics who support [Read More...]

Archbishop Chaput to let girls play CYO football

Details:  Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has decided to allow girls to play football in Philadelphia’s Catholic Youth Organization league next season, rejecting the recommendation of a panel he directed to review the league’s policy banning them. That rule was subject to scrutiny this winter after Caroline Pla, 11, of Doylestown, was told by the archdiocese [Read More...]

Key bishops oppose Violence Against Women Act

From the Washington Post:  Five key Catholic bishops are opposing the newly authorized Violence Against Women Act for fear it will subvert traditional views of marriage and gender, and compromise the religious freedom of groups that aid victims of human trafficking. The act…signed into law by President Obama on Thursday (March 7), is intended to [Read More...]

Nuncio: Benedict has “carried out a cleansing of the episcopate”

An interesting detail about the pope, via EWTN:  Throughout his eight-year papacy, Pope Benedict XVI has “carried out a cleansing of the episcopate,” said the apostolic nuncio to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tadjikistan. “This Pope has removed two or three bishops per month throughout the world because either the accounts in their dioceses were a mess [Read More...]

Bishop Paprocki tells a lapsed Catholic: “Why you should return to the Church…”

The bishop of Springfield responds to a newspaper columnist with a column of his own:  In her Jan. 25 guest column, Elaine Boardman asked, “Why should I return to the Catholic Church?” Since she asked publicly, I would like to answer her question publicly. Elaine, let me say first that I am grateful you took [Read More...]

BREAKING: USCCB says revised HHS proposal “falls short”

The official statement, just released, along with Cardinal Dolan’s response: +++ The Feb. 1 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) shows some movement by the Administration but falls short of addressing U.S. bishops’ concerns. “Throughout the past year, [Read More...]

New York’s Sullivan to lead Camden

From Whispers:  At Roman Noon this Tuesday, the Pope named Bishop Dennis Sullivan – the 67 year-old vicar-general of the 2.5 million-member Gotham church – as the eighth head of the six-county, 530,000-member fold, which stretches from one of the nation’s most violent cities across scores of suburbs and over a farm country with a [Read More...]

A tale of four priests

Their names are Mahony, Brown, Niederauer and Levada, and they were all in seminary together.  Whatever happened to them? Read on, from the Salt Lake Tribune: Whether by accident, serendipity or divine design, four future heavyweights of American Catholicism found themselves in the Class of 1962 at St. John’s Seminary on a lush hillside 60 [Read More...]