Category Archives: Church News

Wuerl’s Gig

Rocco has early goods on the switcheroo at the Congregation of Bishops: +Burke and +Rigali out. +Wuerl in. We’re reminded there of an earlier dust-up between the old and the new. Maybe this was the parting shot. I’ve never been … Continue reading

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On Female Cardinals

Pope Francis has supposedly shut the door on appointing women to the college of cardinals: I don’t know where this idea sprang from. Women in the Church must be valued not “clericalized.” Whoever thinks of women as cardinals suffers a bit … Continue reading

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C8 Looks At CDWDS

The cardinal committee is meeting with Pope Francis today, tomorrow, and Thursday. The first curial department under the microscope is the CDWDS. Federico Lombardi, SJ, Vatican spokesman: They have to start somewhere. It’s a good place to start. Leadership in Liturgy has … Continue reading

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Family Survey Simplified

Some dioceses in the UK have simplified the survey a number of us filled out last month. I was surprised we were basically being fed an instrument designed for bishops and that was clearly never intended for common consumption. The … Continue reading

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A Cardinal’s Perch

Rocco whispered to the secular media in his hometown: I’ve heard it from very good sources that at least one woman is probably going to end up being in a position that, until now, has been held by a Cardinal … Continue reading

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Arinze (and Others) on B16

It’s shot to number four on the BBC’s most-read news feed, this piece on why Pope Benedict resigned. Journalist Mark Dowd asked Cardinal Arinze about Vatileaks. The response: It is legitimate for a person to speculate and say ‘Maybe,’ because … Continue reading

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Priscilla’s Banquet

I wonder if I could subtitle this post, “Down the rabbit hole catacomb.” The guide says the woman is at a Eucharistic banquet, but the revisionist version is “funeral.” From the HuffPo: The Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests, which includes … Continue reading

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A Lost Sense of Sin?

I’ve often thought that term “prayer warrior” is questionable. Juvenile at times in certain contexts. Especially in situations like this where maturity has yet to be mastered: A small group disrupted Tuesday night’s ceremony by shouting the rosary and the … Continue reading

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Pastoral Bishops

David Gibson reports on USCCB Day One here. The address from the Vatican ambassador, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, has got to give some Catholics a few concerns: The Holy Father wants bishops in tune with their people. (He) made a special … Continue reading

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The Lure of Secrets and Conspiracy

While following some of the trails of Catholic conservatives on Pope Francis, more than once a curious strain has popped up. Twice this past weekend, I found reference to prophecies/stories of Clemens Brentano/Anne Catherine Emmerich. I will tell you honestly: … Continue reading

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Lost Opportunity

Paul Moses blogs at dotCommonweal about the NYT piece on conservative reticence about Pope Francis. Lost opportunity for the US bishops? Count me a skeptic on that. This isn’t about the bishops. It’s time for the Catholic laity to grow … Continue reading

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No .catholic For Bloggers

I’m relieved to announce that there will be no catholicsensibility.catholic. Very relieved. That much-coveted suffix will be for Catholic organizations only, not bloggers or other individuals. In the case of “.catholic,” individuals — whether religious bloggers or a cleric — … Continue reading

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Riding The Wave

Thanks to Rocco tweet-whispering my skeptical take on Rochester-is-progressive, this site enjoyed a top day for views yesterday. Still, people looking for readings for their wedding, or for a funeral topped the Rochester musings. So I haven’t been a total … Continue reading

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Stand By

Brushing up against the boundaries of doctrine, or even going outside the safe domains of catechesis: why do these events or opportunities always merit a reaction? From yesterday’s Vatican presser: Although preparations for the 2014 extraordinary Synod of Bishops on … Continue reading

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New Bishop for Rochester

I’ve already been on the receiving end of two e-mails this morning about my hometown’s new bishop, Salvatore Matano. I don’t have much to say about him. On the surface it looks like another careerism move: small city to larger. … Continue reading

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