Category Archives: bishops

First Name Basis

Commentators have noticed a vector toward informality in American culture. Clothing is one bit that comes to mind. I wore a dress shirt and tie to Mass in my early Catholic days (1970 to 72-ish). I wasn’t alone, but I … Continue reading

Posted in bishops, Commentary | 11 Comments

On Clerical Culture

About that abuse report in Australia, commentators and experts take aim at clerical culture. Father Thomas Doyle: If you want to recommend one thing, it is that there has to be a primary concern on the care of the present … Continue reading

Posted in bishops, Commentary, Ministry | 4 Comments

Misinterpreting Welcome

Rhode Island’s bishop, Thomas Tobin, penned a commentary on Marty Haugen’s oft-vilified song, offering these conclusions about the quality being “misinterpreted and abused.” Let’s read: When we say “all are welcome” it does not mean that someone can join our faith … Continue reading

Posted in bishops, Commentary | Tagged , | 15 Comments

Cardinal Shift

I nearly missed this news. “To heal Newark” is part of Rocco’s headline. That’s a good story for the people of Northern New Jersey. Bishops, archbishops, and now even a cardinal-to-be routinely switch from auxiliary slots to smaller dioceses as … Continue reading

Posted in bishops, Church News | Tagged | Leave a comment

New Cardinals

It’s been some time since I got excited about the College of Cardinals. I’ve long thought that how cardinals were chosen needed some upgrading. Lay people and women, please. But if they needed to be bishops, then the best bishops, … Continue reading

Posted in bishops, Church News | Tagged | 6 Comments

Appointment for Bishops

With the appointment of Archbishop Cupich to the Congregation of Bishops, does this mean we’ll be seeing a sea change in those who head American sees? More bishops aligned with the priorities of Pope Francis? That’s what most people seem … Continue reading

Posted in bishops, Church News | 3 Comments

Of Lament

RNS reported on a Service of Lament in a diocese where I once served. If we had still lived there, I would have asked the young miss to go with me. A few of her classmates were among those victimized. … Continue reading

Posted in bishops, Church News | Leave a comment