Category Archives: bishops

Speedy Retirement

It is fairly well known that bishops send a retirement request to Rome at a set time in their lives. Many pundits comment on the speed with which that request is granted. That would seem to be a bellwether on … Continue reading

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Making It Up As We Go Along

As of this morning, it seems our pope emeritus isn’t pleased his name was attached to that book on celibacy. Take it off, he instructs. That will certainly put an interesting twist on various interpretations con and pro coming from … Continue reading

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The Flu, Bishop-splained

In my older years, I generally find bishops more and more sound and sensible. However, every so often something like this comes along. So I wonder: are active lay Catholics incapable of making these decisions themselves? Why not issue white … Continue reading

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Now And Future Bishops, And Prayers

For the second time this month, I see a bishop has gone away for personal care and healing. Earlier this year, my archbishop was granted a request for early retirement. He would make three. That I know of. Who knows … Continue reading

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Follow The Money

If you thought Fulton Sheen’s sainthood delay was a sorrow, I think I can suggest a cleric who will never be cited in a future Roman martyrology: Joseph Ratzinger, the recipient of the biggest chunk of largesse from the retired, … Continue reading

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I see the Sheen Beatification Adventure has taken a new twist or two. Nosy people have outed the Diocese of Rochester and its bishop as the source of concern heard and noted at Rome for the sainthood cause of their … Continue reading

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“It’s (Almost) Over”

It’s been whispered that a bishop will resign in Buffalo the day after tomorrow. With western NY Catholics polling six-to-one in favor of Bishop Malone vacating the see, this must be a relief. Even among the bishop’s supporters. We had … Continue reading

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