Category Archives: bishops

On Inclusivity and Love

Bishop Barron is a good guy who, I think, wants to be a better guy. He seems to struggle with the basics of synodality here.  Earlier today I posted a commentary on a friend’s social media stream along the following … Continue reading

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My Second Bishop

My sister told me the news Sunday night on my drive home that one of my favorite bishops has passed away. I overheard a few voices at the Newman Center the year he came to town. He was replacing a … Continue reading

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Cardinal Pell Moves Forward

Another well-known church figure has died and moves into eternal glory. Cardinal Pell has been the subject of a few bits on this site, mostly in the early to mid-2010s. He was part of a group of bishops that tinkered … Continue reading

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It Was a Temporary Thing, After All

My wife showed me the news piece last night of Frank Pavone being dismissed from Holy Orders. The reasons? Blasphemy and disobedience. (Which of the two is more serious, do you think?) I hadn’t remembered he had turned up so … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastical Maps

Move and merge. A bit to the south of me, I heard Bishop Robert Barron has scored a huge anonymous donation to acquire land and build a new pastoral center nearer the center of his Winona-Rochester diocese. Seems to me … Continue reading

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The Worst of Times, The Worst of Times

I see Pope Francis has extended the current stage of the universal synod. According to this secular note, this is what inspires the shift: limited participation by the laity and seeming resistance to his reforms from the hierarchy Some imperfect … Continue reading

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Do They or Don’t They?

An exchange about priests getting promoted to bishop on a social media site: Every good priest I know swears it’s the last thing on earth they desire. And they are rather vehement about hoping to avoid the burden. … From … Continue reading

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Revival

The three-year USCCB Eucharistic Revival began yesterday, or a bit earlier maybe. There’s a website already up. I noticed Notre Dame theologian Tim O’Malley suggesting catechesis alone isn’t going to cut it. His meme is a “Eucharistic culture.” The bishops … Continue reading

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New Neighbor

My wife, not Liam, not the whisperer, broke the news to me this morning. One of my favorite authors will be my new neighbor in Minnesota. Bishop Barron can strike the “auxiliary” from his office; he’s to be in charge … Continue reading

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Red Hat to California

So, a California bishop gets a red hat, and he’s not an arch. A social media friend asked, “Is he liberal? Conservative? Pastoral? Rigid?” I responded that he appears reasonable and he listens. Plus, the Catholic Right have already labelled … Continue reading

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Membership Privileges Revoked

While no one objects that a bishop has the power to excommunicate, or even in some cases put a parish or community under interdict, the question a lot of people are asking is this: is it a prudent move? I … Continue reading

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What Should The Pope Emeritus Do?

It’s been a few days since an unsurprising negative report published on mishandling abusers in Germany’s München archdiocese. That a diocese would uncover priests behaving badly? This happens. That the usual methodologies would surface: secrecy, reassignment, lather, rinse, repeat? Also … Continue reading

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Different Headlines

Waking up this morning, I noticed a difference in the lead phrases reporting on the Munich archdiocese’s report on sex abuse and its cover-up 1945-2019. In secular media, headlines zeroed in on a period in the middle of those years, … Continue reading

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On A Baptism Acclamation

I have heard through the liturgical grapevine that when “Alleluia” was suggested as an acclamation at the Rite of Baptism, the US bishops demurred. “Inappropriate,” came the word. I don’t know how deeply the word will spread. Many parishes do … Continue reading

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Ungovernability

John Allen’s analysis here on PF stamping approval on the Paris archbishop’s resignation. A core bit: Indeed, if you take Francis’s words at face value, it almost seems to imply a sort of “heckler’s veto” on a bishop: If a … Continue reading

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