Category Archives: Church News

When A Bishop Can No Longer Be A Bishop

Grant Gallicho at Commonweal keeps Archbishop Nienstedt in the news. The commentary there is interesting. It illustrates how administrative mismanagement tears at the fabric of unity in the Church. It also smears us in the mainstream media: a thousand miles away, … Continue reading

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Open Season or No More Blanket of Protection?

I followed a Catholic Herald link to these Rorate Caeli musings that it now, somehow, open season on conservatives. Whatever that means. Church politics is always complex. I suspect that it might be less a shift and more about a … Continue reading

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Families and an Instrument

Rocco whispered from the loggia some general thoughts from Archbishop Kurtz from the USCCB meeting. He revealed some broad details from the reports he compiled from various dioceses and sent on to Rome. The synod leaders have asked these reports … Continue reading

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The Public Arena of a Courtroom Deposition

RNS has had a piece or two on Archbishop Robert Carlson’s deposition. Last month he gave testimony in court. Monday this week it was released. I read some pages into the conversation, then stopped. The archbishop finds himself negatively newsworthy because … Continue reading

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A Liturgical Metaphor And Cynicism

From the mouth of Pope Francis, and it seems especially apt for American Catholics these days: A priest who does this betrays the Body of the Lord, because this priest must lead this child, this boy, this girl, to sanctity, … Continue reading

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Bishops In The News

The NYT features its archbishop in this piece highlighting shifts in Roman Catholicism over the past fifteen months. John Allen is quoted: It’s not that he’s out of favor or irrelevant. But both in terms of who Rome listens to in the … Continue reading

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Unpopular Popes

Jimmy Mac sent me The Tablet link suggesting the pope is surrounded by sharks: (In her book, author Hannah Roberts) names the main characters of the conservative “opposition”, which include Cardinals Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of … Continue reading

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Signs At The Top … Or Near The Top

When it’s not a matter of doctrine, Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz is really the red hat who oversees women religious. Or he’s supposed to be. He seems to want the LCWR/CDF parties to play nice. He insists people aren’t … Continue reading

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Children, Not As Pawns

I noticed Archbishop Chaput’s facebook post protesting the striking down of the gay marriage ban in his state, which included this bit about children: Marriage is more than a private arrangement between two people. It’s a public commitment of love … Continue reading

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Contracting The culturewar

NCRep takes a look at the confluence of Catholic employment contracts and the culturewar. Pope Francis, by the way, has not pulled a Chamberlain, a MacArthur, or a somebody-in-between on the culturewar, American style. It’s still going. What’s all the … Continue reading

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Into Darkness

I notice all corners of the Catholic blogosphere are upset over the playacting of a black mass for “experienc(ing) the history of different cultural practices.” Our purpose is not to denigrate any religion or faith, which would be repugnant to our … Continue reading

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The Culture of Complaint, Again

I’m starting to feel badly for bishops, especially the CDF and their American allies in the episcopacy. I really am, and this isn’t an attempt at humor or sarcasm. Phyllis Zagano offers a scoreline, and she’s not missing the mark. … Continue reading

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Attribution

I have to ride herd occasionally on music people here at the parish. We have licensing to reprint music, but to be “helpful,” a non-music person provided lyrics for a recent student liturgy. No attribution. No copyright. A hundred copies had … Continue reading

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Bishops On Notice?

Mark Silk thinks we’ve all missed a significant change. In Cardinal Seàn O’Malley’s presser a few days ago: Our concern is to make sure that there are clear and effective protocols to deal with situations where superiors of the church … Continue reading

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Battle Ecclesiale

After a long pause in the LCWR versus bishops + CDF tussle, we have some new upset. David Gibson at RNS details a few recent salvos. The LCWR fired big, slating theologian Elizabeth Johnson for its Outstanding Leadership Award at … Continue reading

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