Local boy makes good: New Hampshire gets a new bishop from Queens

Well, he was born in Queens, anyway. Details: New Hampshire’s 300,000 Roman Catholics have a new leader. The Vatican on Monday named the Rev. Peter Anthony Libasci to succeed Bishop John McCormack as bishop of the Diocese of Manchester. The 59-year-old Libasci is New York City native ordained in 1978 who most recently served as [Read More...]

Schonborn on protesting priests: "I'm not ready for schism"

Austrian priests who have issued a “Call to Disobedience” have gotten an answer, and it may not be what they wanted. Details: The head of Vienna’s Roman Catholic community ruled out sweeping changes demanded by dissident priests and said there could be “serious conflict” if they defied Church teaching on celibacy or give communion to [Read More...]

"Faithful Citizenship"? What's that?

With another presidential election year looming, a new poll suggests most Catholics are unaware that America’s bishops have published guidelines for voting — and those who do know about it, don’t care: Every four years, the Catholic bishops of the United States publish a detailed statement about how Catholics should think about key political issues [Read More...]

Bishops: "An economy that cannot provide employment…is broken"

The United States bishops yesterday released their annual statement for Labor Day: “This Labor Day, the economic facts are stark and the human costs are real: millions of our sisters and brothers are without work, raising children in poverty and haunted by fears about their economic security,” said Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, California in [Read More...]

Bishops to Congress: protect "the least of these"

As Washington confronts a potential economic catastrophe, two bishops sought to keep attention on those who are often forgotten. From the USCCB web site: In a July 26 letter to the U.S. House of Representatives, Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, California, and Bishop Howard J. Hubbard of Albany, New York, called on Congress to [Read More...]

"Incandescent with rage": priest close to pope calls for mass resignation of Irish bishops

This should have a lot of people sitting up and taking notice. From the Catholic Herald: A theologian who is a former student of Pope Benedict XVI has called for every Irish bishop appointed before 2003 to resign. Fr Vincent Twomey, emeritus professor of moral theology at Maynooth seminary, said the Irish Church had been [Read More...]

The accountant who became a bishop

The Cincinnati Enquirer (via USA TODAY) has an interesting look at Ohio’s new auxiliary, and his unusual journey into the priesthood. Details: Bishop Joe Binzer worked in the business world for a decade before entering the seminary and in June became the region’s highest-ranking Catholic leader behind Archbishop Dennis Schnurr. The former accountant, whose style [Read More...]

Bishops ready document on preaching for next year

Interesting development from the USCCB confab in Seattle: Following a lively debate on the first day of their spring general assembly near Seattle, the U.S. bishops voted overwhelmingly to authorize preparation of a 50-page document on preaching for consideration in November 2012. St. Louis Archbishop Robert J. Carlson presented the proposal on behalf of the [Read More...]

"Clearly, we have to do more…"

“We are assessing what went wrong and applying our analysis as we move forward. This past week, I met with our Independent Review Board chairman and discussed the objectivity of our decision processes. I have also met with parishioners, our priests and Chancery staff, as well as the media. These meetings and discussions will continue. [Read More...]

Meet the man who will be America's youngest bishop

He will be ordained an auxiliary bishop for Detroit next month.  Details, from the Detroit Free Press: Arturo Cepeda, 41, who is rector of Assumption Seminary in San Antonio, and has a doctorate in theology, was chosen by Pope Benedict XVI to reach out to metro Detroit’s growing Latino community as one of four auxiliary [Read More...]