Category Archives: bishops

Beatitudes for Bishops I

Beatitudes for Bishops are making the rounds in Catholic social media and some Catholic press outlets. These were composed by Naples Archbishop Domenico Battaglia, who delivered them last month in a homily at an episcopal ordination. The original text is … Continue reading

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That USCCB Document

You can find the 10,000-word document here. The only names named are saints and popes. The text is heavily footnoted, and after a quick scan I think some Catholics will be disappointed. The tone is largely positive, and the mention … Continue reading

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Bishops Meet This Week

I see it’s all over Catholic news that the US bishops are meeting in Baltimore this week. That document–some document–on the Eucharist is due. Long gone are the days when the USCCB produced documents that mattered. Peace. The Economy. They … Continue reading

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Archbishop Cupich on TC

I noticed a reaction here and there against Archbishop Cupich’s brief essay on Traditiones Custodes here. I think the initial discussion on this website garnered relatively little chit-chat in the boxes. Detractors have long set aside their visits here. Elsewhere, I’ve … Continue reading

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No Commonality On That Cardinal Ground

A group of Northeastern cardinals engaged in fraternal “correction.” One commentator disses, and it’s hard to object to his disagreements. The link is an op-ed piece but this factual presentation isn’t really a fabrication: Cardinals Anthony Bevilacqua (Philadelphia), James Hickey … Continue reading

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US Bishops On The Eucharist

I followed some of the discussion (like here) of the bishops’ draft document on the Eucharist. Apparently, someone leaked the document. I read the first 130 lines, then ceased. For now. I doubt it will be dissected here. We’ve already … Continue reading

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Auxiliary Bishop To Crookston

I was driving the morning rush to pick up the young miss from the train station when I heard the news on Minnesota Public radio: our archdiocese’s auxiliary bishop has been appointed to the Crookston diocese, deep in the state’s … Continue reading

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It Was Always Going To Be About the Eucharist

Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez interviewed while in Rome for meetings. The link is here. He was asked about a divided body of bishops. On the Communion issue, the reality is that what we want is to better educate Catholics: … Continue reading

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Strange Teaching

Sure as anything, a US Democrat goes to Rome and the wolves at the door begin howling. It used to be a quiet neighborhood, but that was so long ago. I did notice a Texas bishop weigh in on the … Continue reading

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Starke Worte

In other words, “strong words” from the laity at the opening of Germany’s synod. Anger expressed at four bishops and the refusal of Pope Francis to grant resignations. From Crux: (B)efore discussions began on the agenda, the leadership decided to … Continue reading

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Et Tu, EWTN?

The past few days I’ve noticed people calling for the bishops to Do Something about the organization widely thought to be referenced by Pope Francis last week as the “work of the devil.” I think this has been brewing for … Continue reading

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Cardinal Pell, Lightning Rod

I read a brief check-up on Cardinal George Pell on the Crux website. Speaking for myself, I knew little of the man when he was appointed to the Vox Clara bureaucracy in 2002 or 3. He was part of that … Continue reading

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Loss Of A Sense

Preparing Pope John Paul II’s apostolic exhortation on reconciliation and penance for this site, I’ve noted his assessment of a “loss of a sense of sin,” this, as of 1984. I’m more convinced than ever this is a misdiagnosis of … Continue reading

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Cardinal Cupich On Participation

One side of a continuing discussion on the US Bishops and whatever they might end up writing. With some interspersed commentary, here’s Cardinal Cupich on participation: The Eucharist as Summons to Participation The heart of the Eucharistic prayers we hear … Continue reading

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Post-Conciliar Synods

The upcoming synod on synodality is getting attention from the Nervous Right in some places. Prep document here. My cursory glance saw nothing to indicate a doctrinal earthquake was planned for Rome in 2023. Just the coffee-n-donut post-liturgy gossip mill, … Continue reading

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