Category Archives: Church News

Conflict of Charitable Interest

CNS reported in a brief that Catholic Relief Services defended itself against accusations that it cooperated in providing contraceptives in Kenya. The concerted campaigns against charity and justice arms of the USCCB continue. I find them disconcerting, and frankly, not … Continue reading

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Piero Marini Pulled From CDWDS Assignment

From PrayTell, a Rome source telling us that the post-conclave rumors were true: Pope Francis was thinking about appointing Archbishop Piero Marini to CDWDS. Why on earth would he do that? Years of loyal service to two popes Expert in … Continue reading

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Gregory of Narek

Pope Francis named an unfamiliar (to me) saint of Armenia as a Doctor of the Church. Gregory of Narek was a multi-talented man who devoted his life to God as a monk. Three talents brought a smile to me: he was … Continue reading

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No Suffocation

I was a little surprised Aleteia published this 5 February interview. It was just posted yesterday. Archbishop Charles Palmer-Buckle on suffocation: (N)obody should stop anybody from saying what he or she thinks about the current state of marriage, family, etc. … Continue reading

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Bible or Breviary?

Check the Pope Francis image snapped for Twitter. Which book is he holding?

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The Right To Work

David Gibson at RNS reports on the German bishop who went from $20,000 bathtubs to writing catechisms in a Vatican office. Some also felt that Tebartz-van Elst had been targeted because he was more conservative than his predecessor in Limburg. … Continue reading

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Servers, Service, and Sex

One subset of priests I’ve known over the years have been musicians/never-pastors. In one parish I served, a semi-retired navy veteran who was a fine organist had regular liturgical duties. He preached once a month. He accompanied the choir every … Continue reading

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