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  • Diocese of Madison: Tabernacles must be moved to center of sanctuaries

    12/30/2015 3:16:00 PM PST · by NYer · 15 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | December 24, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    For your Brick By Brick file.More great news from the Extraordinary Ordinary of Madison, His Excellency Most Reverend Robert C Morlino.This comes by way of the liberal (for Madison a tautology), secular newspaper the WSJ. My emphases and comments. At area Catholic churches, the tabernacle, ‘Christ’s dwelling place,’ moves to center stageASHTON -- Like centuries of Catholic priests before him, the Rev. Tait Schroeder consecrated the communion bread at a midday Mass last week, turning it into what the denomination's faithful believe is the actual body of Jesus Christ.After offering the sacramental bread -- referred to as the Eucharistic host...
  • Eichenberger filled with relief, but not joy (WI)

    11/17/2015 8:18:24 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    News Graphic ^ | 11-17-15 | Lisa Curtis
    St. Francis Borgia priest cleared of wrongdoing in assault allegation CEDARBURG — Pastor Tom Eichenberger said it will take the rest of his life to restore the credibility that was called into question following an accusation that he assaulted a boy while on his first assignment as a young priest. The St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church priest returned to his parish Monday after being cleared of any wrongdoing by a retired police detective and an Archdiocese of Milwaukee review board. “The first words out of my mouth have to be thanks be to God for restoring me to the place...
  • The Diocese of Baton Rouge and the attack on the priest-penitent privilege

    01/22/2015 1:27:39 PM PST · by cleghornboy · 5 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | January 22, 2015 | Paul Melanson
    Washington D.C., Jan 21, 2015 / 05:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a petition from a Louisiana Catholic diocese that fears a civil lawsuit could force a priest to violate the seal of confession or go to jail. The Diocese of Baton Rouge and diocesan priest Father Jeff Bayhi were disappointed by the decision, which the diocese said has significant ramifications for religious freedom in Louisiana and beyond. The diocese and Fr. Bayhi will continue their efforts to protect the guarantees of religious freedom set forth in our state and federal constitutions, and are...
  • NYC Rev. Msgr Edward Scharfenberger ordained 10th bishop of Catholic Diocese of Albany

    04/10/2014 3:16:29 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    The Republic ^ | April 10, 2014
    ALBANY, New York — The cathedral filled with applause as New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan placed the bishop's miter on the head of the Rev. Monsignor Edward Scharfenberger, ordained Thursday as the 10th bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Albany.Hundreds of white-robed priests and 34 bishops from across New York and New England participated in the Ordination Mass at the red-stone neo-Gothic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception near Albany's capitol complex.Scharfenberger, 65, of New York City, was appointed by Pope Francis to succeed Bishop Howard Hubbard, who was the longest-tenured bishop of a single diocese in the nation when...
  • It's time for the CDF to investigate the Worcester Diocese

    04/03/2014 7:31:47 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 5 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | April 3, 2014 | Paul Melanson
    In an article for The American Catholic which may be found here, The Motley Monk writes: "Its pretty easy to tell that the folks over at the National Catholic Reporter (NCR) arent happy campers these days. Some of their heroes fighting on the front lines for womens ordination are being disciplined. According to a recent NCR article: A longtime peace and human rights activist arrested countless times, Franciscan Fr. Jerry Zawada has been removed from public ministry for concelebrating Mass with a woman priest in 2011. Poor Fr. Zawada! After all hes done over the decades to promote the cause...
  • The Worcester Diocese welcomes Cathleen Kaveny

    02/12/2014 8:07:52 AM PST · by cleghornboy · 2 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | February 12, 2014 | Paul Melanson
    Tom, a faithful Catholic of the Worcester Diocese and a contributor to this Blog, writes: "The February 10, 2014, Diocesan Dispatch publicizes the following upcoming pro-abortion speaker at Holy Cross College: 'TALK ABOUT PROPHETIC SPEECH AT HOLY CROSS Legal scholar and moral theologian M. Cathleen Kaveny, the newly named Darald and Juliet Libby Professor at Boston College, will give a lecture titled Prophetic Rhetoric in the Public Square at the College of the Holy Cross on Thursday, Feb. 13 ...' The Irish Rover, an alternate student newspaper at the University of Notre Dame (where she formerly taught) and the Sycamore...
  • Dr. Thomas Groome, a heretic, wants to reduce gender-based pronouns for Jesus

    10/10/2013 7:59:45 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 10 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | October 10, 2013 | Paul Melanson
    Although Pope John Paul II proclaimed the definitive nature of the Church's doctrine on the male-only ministerial priesthood in Ordinatio Sacerdotalis (1994) and said that the issue was not to be discussed any longer, Dr. Thomas Groome, in his 1995 book Language for a Catholic Church (revised edition) that, "..the continued exclusion of women from ordained ministry in the Catholic Church is seen by fair-minded scholars as without theological or biblical warrant" (p. 31). In this same work, Groome posited that it would be "helpful to reduce reliance on gender-based pronouns" when referring to Jesus in order "to emphasise his...
  • The Catholic Free Press gets it wrong again

    06/19/2013 7:19:17 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 17 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | June 19, 2013 | Paul Melanson
    Once again, The Catholic Free Press [Diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts] has demonstrated that it is not committed toward offering its readers an authentic Catholic teaching. Writing in the June 14, 2013 edition, Fr. Conrad S. Pecevich, Pastor of St. Anne's Parish in Southborough, correctly notes that, "Time and again throughout the Gospels, Jesus chastised the religious people of his day, the Sadducees and the Pharisees, for their hasty judgmental attitudes." So far so good. But then Fr. Pecevich writes, "When we commit the sin of judgment, we place ourselves morally above others. We forget that, like them, we are poor,...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ORDINARY JURISDICTION, 02-06-13

    02/06/2013 1:19:42 PM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 02-06-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ORDINARY JURISDICTION The right to exercise authority when this right is attached to an ecclesiastical office. This is the jurisdiction enjoyed by the Pope over the entire Church, by a bishop over his diocese, and in the internal forum by the pastor over the members of his parish. Jurisdiction can be either personal or vicarious, depending on whether it is exercised by the officeholder or by someone he delegated. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • The Worcester Diocese should have held onto this faithful priest

    07/01/2012 12:02:48 PM PDT · by cleghornboy · 1 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | July 1, 2012 | Paul Melanson
    Some years ago, a faithful and dedicated priest decided to leave the Diocese of Worcester and become a Chaplain for the United States Army. During a conversation back in 2000, this priest-friend told me that he had had enough of the nonsense within the diocese. This was after he presided over a graveside service for my father. This same faithful priest has a letter in this week's "Catholic" [when they feel like it] Free Press. As usual, it is an excellent letter. But then, this priest reads the life of Jesus Christ. The letter is entitled "Choose life and love,...
  • The Diocese of Worcester promotes angry dissident and New Ager Joyce Rupp

    05/23/2012 7:35:29 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 5 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | May 23, 2012 | Paul Melanson
    In a previous post, I noted how The Catholic Free Press is once again promoting Sister Joyce Rupp, a dissident religious who rails against the hierarchical Church while promoting New Age spirituality. Many parishes throughout the Worcester Diocese are also promoting the upcoming day-long retreat with this angry, dissenting religious. The retreat, which is to be held on September 29th at St. Anne's Parish hall in Shrewsbury, is being sponsored by the "Commission for Women," and has as its theme: "The Gift of Self - Compassion." Sister Rupp, the self proclaimed spiritual midwife, claims to have learnt a lot from...
  • Archdiocese of Washington slams Georgetown's Sebelius invite

    05/17/2012 1:59:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    cna ^ | May 17, 2012 | Michelle Bauman
    Dr. John J. DeGioia, president of Georgetown University. Washington D.C., May 17, 2012 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. has By condemned Georgetown University's invitation to U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to speak during commencement weekend.In light of Sebelius' attempts to drastically redefine religious ministry in a way that threatens Catholic institutions, Georgetown should do more to speak up for freedom of religion, the archdiocese said.In a May 15 statement, it explained that Catholics are understandably shocked by Georgetowns decision to honor Sebelius, the architect of a contraception mandate that poses...
  • I call upon the Diocese of Worcester to renounce the evil spirits which plague it

    04/23/2012 8:23:09 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 5 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | April 23, 2012 | Paul Melanson
    Monday, April 23, 2012I call upon the Diocese of Worcester to renounce the evil spirits which plague it Father Jeffrey Steffon is an expert on Satanism and the occult. He has worked counseling victims of satanic ritual abuse and is a popular conference speaker. In his book entitled "Satanism: Is it real?," Fr. Steffon, addressing the popularity of the New Age movement, says that the movement is not new, but is a revival of paganism. He writes, "This revival includes the resurgence of goddess worship. Through ritual, celebration, and myth, NAM and neo=pagans attempt to reharmonize themselves with the Whole...
  • Some spiritual Febreze for the Diocese of Worcester...

    04/02/2012 7:14:31 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 3 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | April 2, 2012 | Paul Melanson
    Saint Augustine, in his Confessions, Book VIII, Chapter X, describes his torment at being torn between two wills, the carnal and the spiritual, and writes, " yet I was bound by the iron chain of my own will. The enemy held fast my will, and had made of it a chain, and had bound me tight with it. For out of the perverse will came lust, and the service of lust ended in habit, and habit, not resisted, became necessity. By these links, as it were, forged together -- which is why I called it 'a chain' - a hard...
  • Let exorcism prayer begin within the Diocese of Worcester itself!

    03/17/2012 8:26:09 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 4 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | March 17, 2012 | Paul Melanson
    Pope Benedict XVI, a little while back, said that: "Today we see in a truly terrifying way that the greatest persecution of the church does not come from outside enemies but is born of sin within the church." (See here). This truth is often downplayed by some when it is not forgotten altogether. In this week's Catholic Free Press, Father Daniel J. Becker (who to his credit acknowledges that "each one of us is a sinner, with particular faults and bad habits which darken our souls"), writes in an article entitled "Shine the light on evil": "The truth of today's...
  • Why should The Catholic Free Press be surprised that government is now mandating contraception?

    03/04/2012 11:40:34 AM PST · by cleghornboy · 18 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | March 4, 2012 | Paul Melanson
    In an editorial entitled, "Stop the erosion of religious liberty," The Catholic Free Press, official newspaper of the Diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts, laments that, "The Obama administration has embarked on a systematic effort to erode religious liberty to the point of non-existenceby attempting to restrict it solely to freedom of worship. Through administrative policies and mandates, religious liberty and freedom of conscience in the United States is under attack, as witnessed by the most recent 'accommodation.'..The Obama administration has been chipping away at the right of religious institutions to abide by their beliefs when those beliefs oppose the secularist agenda,...
  • Pope gives new bishop to Catholics in Fresno diocese

    12/01/2011 2:15:57 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | December 1, 2011 | Marianne Medlin
    Bishop Armando X. Ochoa Fresno, Calif., Dec 1, 2011 / 01:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Armando X. Ochoa of El Paso, Texas was named today as the new bishop of Fresno, Calif. by Pope Benedict XVI.I am humbled and deeply honored that the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, would offer me this new challenge at my age, said Bishop Ochoa, who will fill a position left vacant by the death of Bishop John Steinbock in December 2010. Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigan, the Vatican's recently appointed representative to the U.S., made the announcement in Washington D.C. on Dec. 1.Bishop Ochoa...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: INCARDINATION, 11-21-11

    11/21/2011 7:17:34 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 11-21-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):INCARDINATION The canonical attachment of a cleric to a particular diocese, with correlative rights and duties under the local ordinary. At one time incardination took place when a seminarian for the diocesan priesthood received his first tonsure. Since the Second Vatican Council, with the elimination of minor orders and the subdiaconate, under Pope Paul VI, incardination takes place with the reception of the diaconate. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Changing of the guard at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

    11/15/2009 5:28:12 AM PST · by mshoffner · 325+ views
    Huntington Examiner ^ | 11/15/2009 | Mark Shoffner
    Bishop John D'Arcy has announced his retirement over the weekend. Bishop D'Arcy holds the priestly duties of the Fort Wayne/South Bend Diocese. At the Cathedral Of Immaculate Conception, parishioners will see the changing of the guard. The Bishop is retiring because of mandatory retirement age rules. He has served the diocese for 24 years as Bishop. John D'Arcy was born......
  • Lobbying Probe Of Bridgeport Diocese Loses Momentum

    07/01/2009 6:21:53 AM PDT · by CT-Freeper · 1 replies · 328+ views
    The Hartford Courant ^ | 07/01/2009 | JOSH KOVNER
    State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has advised ethics officials to drop an investigation of whether a protest rally and other actions by the Diocese of Bridgeport constitutes lobbying, saying that the lobbying law is too broad and could violate freedom of religion in this instance. Blumenthal said at a press conference Tuesday afternoon that it's possible the church's activities fall under the lobby registration law the diocese, for example, might have spent over the threshold of $2,000 booking buses to take parishioners to a rally at the Capitol in March to protest a bill that would have dramatically changed...
  • United States Bishops and Dioceses

    02/24/2009 8:00:10 AM PST · by hvadney · 1 replies · 350+ views
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 24 February 2009 | Harold Vadney
    The State of the Catholic Church in America, Diocese by Diocese Feb/March, 2007 | Rev. Rodger Hunter-Hull and Steven Wagner
  • Episcopal Diocese Sues For Control Of Groton Church

    05/12/2008 3:50:21 AM PDT · by CalvaryJohn · 10 replies · 154+ views
    The New London Day ^ | 5/11/2008 | Associated Press
    Print This E-mail Link Send Letter Send Correction Groton (AP) - Connecticut's Episcopal Diocese has filed a lawsuit against the leadership of the Bishop Seabury Church, demanding it turn over control of the church property after voting to leave the national church in a dispute over theology and the appointment of a gay bishop. The Rev. Ronald Gauss was suspended from Bishop Seabury on May 3, when the diocese appointed another priest, the Rev. David Cannon, to take over. Rev. Gauss and 12 former and current church leaders were served this week with the lawsuit, which was filed in Superior...
  • Flock increasing; priests dwindling (Richmond VA)

    11/24/2007 1:56:35 PM PST · by NYer · 75 replies · 126+ views
    in Rich ^ | November 24, 2007 | By JUAN ANTONIO LIZAMA
    As the Catholic Diocese of Richmond sets out to develop its next five-year strategic plan, it faces the reality of more Catholics and fewer priests to serve them.This means some parishes could close or have to merge, said Beth Neu, director of pastoral planning. Clustering will become widespread in the future, she said."Nothing is off the table," she said.The number of priests in the diocese has declined 25 percent during the past 10 years, Neu said. And within the next five years, the diocese expects to lose 18 to 22 priests to retirement, diocesan spokesman Stephen Neill said.Those figures have...
  • Syracuse Catholic Diocese Announces Reconfiguration Plan

    04/22/2007 5:51:24 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies · 502+ views
    News 10 Now ^ | April 21, 2007
    Updated: 4/21/2007 9:16 PMBy: Web Staff The Catholic Diocese is facing hard times. Because of lack of resources, including money and clergy, Bishop James Moynihan said it's time for change. "We have to tailor our resources to fit what we do have, and at the same time, we want to meet the needs," Bishop Moynihan said.Discussion of how to address the problem began back in 1982. Now, a plan to close or merge churches across Central New York has been put in motion. On Saturday, Moynihan announced plans for the Eastern Region, which includes Oneida, Madison, and a small part...
  • New Auxiliary Bishop for RC Diocese of Rockville Centre (NY)

    04/05/2007 6:48:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies · 517+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | April 5, 2007
    ROCKVILLE CENTRE, New York, APRIL 5, 2007 ( Benedict XVI accepted the resignation of Bishop Emil Wcela, 75, and named Monsignor Peter Libasci to replace him as auxiliary bishop of Rockville Centre. Born Nov. 9, 1951, in Brooklyn, Peter Libasci earned a master's in divinity at St. Meinrad's Archabbey Seminary in Indiana. He was ordained for the Diocese of Rockville Centre in 1978. Father Libasci then earned a master's in theology and catechetics from St. John's University. Bishop Wcela had been appointed auxiliary bishop of Rockville Centre in 1988.
  • Called to be Church - Some Catholics are in forefront on planning, change

    08/19/2006 10:19:01 AM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies · 553+ views
    The Evangelist ^ | August 17, 2006 | KAREN DIETLEIN OSBORNE
    "In some ways, you can say we're not a dot on the map anymore," said Sister Linda Hogan, CSJ, of her experience with pastoral planning at St. Cecilia's Church in Warrensburg. "We have to connect the dots, to work together."After working together on a "consuming" five-year pastoral planning process that changed the face of a small North Country church, parishioners and planning teams at St. Cecilia's expect to use lessons culled from their own experience on a larger scale with the upcoming "Called to be Church" process."The whole thing was a miracle," said Sister Linda.Looking aheadOn the retirement of St....
  • Diocese offers tuition-free education.(Wichita, Kansas)

    07/29/2006 6:46:51 AM PDT · by siunevada · 33 replies · 712+ views
    NCR via ^ | March 26, 2004 | Gill Donovan
    National Catholic Reporter; 3/26/2004; Donovan, Gill While many families struggle to pay the rising cost of sending their children to Catholic schools, parishioners in one U.S. diocese don't worry about tuition--including the high cost of tuition for Catholic high schools. The children of active parishioners in the Wichita diocese attend Catholic schools tuition-free. A model of stewardship was initiated in Wichita diocese-wide in 1985 by Bishop Eugene Gerber (see "Wichita bishop took 'leap of faith' for stewardship." Parishioners embraced that model, which called for them to give generously of their time and their talents and to give as high a...
  • Cover Story: Extreme makeover - New bishop quickly discards programs, people

    05/10/2006 6:26:23 AM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies · 640+ views
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | May 12, 2006 | DENNIS CODAY
    Perhaps nowhere in America has the transition from a church focused on social engagement and lay empowerment to one more concerned with Catholic identity and evangelization been more dramatic, or in some ways more wrenching, than in the Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., diocese since the appointment of Bishop Robert Finn.Finn has brought the diocese, for decades a model of the former category of church practice, to a screeching halt and sent it veering off in a new direction, leaving nationally heralded education programs and high-profile lay leaders and women religious with long experience abandoned and dismayed.The competing tensions in the...
  • CA: Diocese would follow gospel's order, not law's

    04/11/2006 9:25:00 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 47 replies · 660+ views
    Riverside Press-Enterprise ^ | 4/11/06 | Michael Fisher and Sharon McNary
    Inland area Roman Catholic priests and churches will continue to serve undocumented immigrants even if federal laws require them to review a migrant's legal status before giving aid, Bishop Gerald Barnes said Monday. "I don't think we have a choice," said Barnes, leader of the million-member Inland diocese encompassing Riverside and San Bernardino counties. "What the gospel calls us to do is what we are going to have to do. And it calls us to be compassionate and to help those who are in the most need." Rancorous debate between federal lawmakers over immigration has spilled onto the streets in...
  • Justice for immigrants

    04/08/2006 11:56:10 AM PDT · by aft_lizard · 49 replies · 833+ views
    Dodge City Daily Globe ^ | April 8 2006 | Charlene Scott
    An Ecumenical Day focusing on justice for immigrants will draw U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback and local religious leaders from Catholic, Episcopal, Methodist, Lutheran and Presbyterian churches to the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe on April 18. The large gathering that will begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. will be open to the general public. Pre-registration is required by Monday. A Kansas Republican, Brownback joined Democrats as part of a bipartisan coalition on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee voting recently to clear the way for 11 million illegal aliens to seek U.S. citizenship. The committee voted against...
  • Who owns the parish?

    04/03/2006 4:01:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies · 330+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | March 24 2006 | Susan Hines-Brigger
    Each time I walk into my parish church, I pass a plaque listing the names of all the families who donated money to help build the church. My parents names are on that plaque. To say they feel a sense of ownership and investment in the parish is putting it mildly.Perhaps that sense of ownership comes from our history. In colonial days, families did own churches. And in the 1800s, various ethnic groups were given control of parishes in order to ensure that their needs were being met. But times have changed, and, according to federal judges in the bankruptcy...
  • Outing Cardinal Egan (priest now outing the bishops)

    02/07/2006 1:13:07 PM PST · by NYer · 194 replies · 2,876+ views
    Village Voice ^ | February 7, 2006 | Kristen Lombardi
    Who knows whether Cardinal Edward Egan is sleeping soundly these days. But as head of the New York archdioceseas the top Roman Catholic prelate in the statehe'd have every reason to be restless after the recent advent of a little-noticed lawsuit. The suit, now pending in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, was filed on December 13 by Bob Hoatsona 53-year-old New Jersey priest considered a stalwart ally among survivors of sexual abuse by clergy. Hoatson, the now-suspended chaplain for Catholic Charities in Newark, is suing Egan and nine other Catholic officials and institutions, claiming a pattern of "retaliation and harassment"...
  • Why Rockville Centre needed an urgent overhaul

    02/07/2006 12:06:19 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies · 418+ views
    Catholic Outsider ^ | February 7, 2006 | Alejandro Bermudez
    According to a priest who does not identify himself as a Conservative, the formation program of the Diocese of Rockville Centre was in dire need of a deep overhaul.Every formation program in the diocese was handled for decades by the “Pastoral Formation Institute” or PFI, run until recently by Sister Lauren Hanley, CSJ, whose congregation has its Mother house at Brentwood, NY, in the same diocese. This is how our Priest, who has been a first-hand witness for years, describes the controversial program: “For years the PFI has been forming the laity of Rockville Centre in a mix of very liberal...
  • St. James, Newport Beach, Withdraws Lawsuit Against Episcopal Diocese

    01/28/2006 5:16:30 PM PST · by sionnsar · 2 replies · 225+ views
    VirtueOnline-News ^ | 1/28/2006 | St. James Church
    News from St. James Church FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE St. James ANGLICAN church, Newport Beach, withdraws lawsuit against episcopal diocese after court victory NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. - January 26, 2006 - After a series of court victories ruling that the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles and the national Episcopal Church in the U.S.A. had no right to confiscate its property, St. James Anglican Church, Newport Beach, today voluntarily withdrew a lawsuit it had filed against the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles in June 2005. The lawsuit alleged that the Diocese of Los Angeles breached a written promise made in 1991 that...
  • Vatican Rejects 10 Boston Parish Appeals

    01/15/2006 10:56:19 AM PST · by NYer · 8 replies · 443+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | January 15, 2006
    The Vatican has rejected the appeals of 10 parishes in the Boston Archdiocese that had petitioned to remain open after being shuttered as part of Archbishop Sean P. O'Malley's reconfiguration plan.O'Malley announced in January 2004 plans to close more than 80 parishes in response to a decline in the number of priests, changing demographics, and financial troubles brought on in part by the clergy sex abuse scandal."We appreciate the disappointment that this news brings to those who submitted the appeals and all who are saddened by the parish closings," O'Malley said in a statement Saturday.The Council of Parishes, a coalition...
  • Catholics donate to effort to ban taxes for embryonic stem-cell research

    10/27/2005 4:10:42 PM PDT · by Coleus · 2 replies · 278+ views
    Palm Beach Post ^ | 10.20.05 | Susan R. Miller
    Florida's Catholic community is putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to the battle over embryonic stem-cell research. Four of the state's seven diocese top the list of donors to Citizens for Science and Ethics Inc., a political action committee working to keep tax money from being used to finance embryonic stem-cell research. The head of the committee is Boca Raton businesswoman and media personality Susan Cutaia. The Florida Catholic Conference, an agency of Catholic bishops, asked each diocese to make a contribution based on its size. Topping the list is the Archdiocese of Miami, which pitched...
  • Bishop blesses liturgical abuse

    10/27/2005 1:45:19 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 270+ views
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 26 October 2005 | Gillibrand
    Bishop blesses liturgical abuse by visiting parish to say Mass. Cathcon has already reported on this parish in Austria where the servers (mostly female) dress as if they were members of a sect and they follow a twig and not the Cross of Christ. (The window says "Infinitely far from us and yet so near" intended both to describe God and to address lapsed Catholics!!). So what were no less than two Bishops doing concelebrating Mass in this dreadful parish. One of the Bishops was the Bishop Ludwig Schwarz of Linz whose predecessor had to resign because of the liturgical...
  • Disaster aid urged for illegal migrants

    09/23/2005 9:31:44 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 77 replies · 1,250+ views
    Riverside Press-Enterprise ^ | 9/23/05 | Michael Fisher
    Bishop Gerald Barnes, leader of the Diocese of San Bernardino, is urging federal legislators to extend disaster aid to illegal immigrants uprooted by Hurricane Katrina, and not to deport undocumented immigrants who fled the storm-ravaged Gulf Coast. "Now is the time to serve our common humanity and not discriminate against victims of the disaster because they are not U.S. citizens," Barnes, the chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Migration, said in a Tuesday letter to federal lawmakers. "Like U.S. citizens, noncitizens have suffered from the hurricane and its aftermath, having lost their loved ones, their...
  • Bankruptcy judge rules parish assets available to victims (Diocese of Spokane)

    08/27/2005 6:05:27 AM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies · 592+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | August 26, 2005
    SPOKANE, Wash. — A federal bankruptcy judge ruled today that all the parish churches, parochial schools and other property of the Catholic Diocese of Spokane can be liquidated to pay victims of sexual abuse by priests. The decision, expected to have ramifications for dioceses across the nation, was a defeat for Spokane Bishop William Skylstad, who had argued that he did not control individual parishes and thus they were not available to cover settlement costs. "It is not a violation of the First Amendment to apply federal bankruptcy law to identify and define property of the bankruptcy estate even though...
  • Bankruptcy judge rules parish assets available to victims [Spokane Diocese]

    08/26/2005 7:30:53 PM PDT · by Salvation · 80 replies · 789+ views
    SeattleTimes ^ | 08-26-05 | AP
    Bankruptcy judge rules parish assets available to victims The Associated Press SPOKANE, Wash. A federal bankruptcy judge ruled today that all the parish churches, parochial schools and other property of the Catholic Diocese of Spokane can be liquidated to pay victims of sexual abuse by priests. The decision, expected to have ramifications for dioceses across the nation, was a defeat for Spokane Bishop William Skylstad, who had argued that he did not control individual parishes and thus they were not available to cover settlement costs. "It is not a violation of the First Amendment to apply federal...
  • Predator Priest Had Sex with Other Priests After His Return to Cleveland Diocese

    07/26/2005 8:08:06 PM PDT · by Diago · 2 replies · 381+ views
    This was just reported on the Cleveland local news. An internal diocesan document was shown stating that Father Mulica, who had been sent away for treatment after homosexually molesting a teen age boy, continued to have improper sexual relations after his reinstatement including sex with other priests. The story is not yet online, but should be soon. This is all an outgrowth of the suit brought by former freeper letusprey. Here's an earlier story: Bishop Says He Reassigned Abusive Priest By JOE MILICIA Associated Press Writer (AP) - CLEVELAND-Bishop Anthony M. Pilla testified Tuesday in a defamation case against the...
  • Bishop Boland's Resignation Accepted

    05/24/2005 9:33:14 AM PDT · by MSSC6644 · 28 replies · 633+ views
    Vicar General's Office/Chancellor's Office | May 23, 2005 | Diocese of Kansas City - St. Joseph
    Today, May 24, at 5:00 a.m. Central Time (12 noon Rome time), Bishop Bolands resignation was officially accepted by the Holy Father. As of this day Bishop Robert Finn is the bishop of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. Please now include his name in the Eucharistic Prayer as our bishop. A Mass with Bishop Boland to celebrate his twelve years as our shepherd is scheduled at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Thursday June 23 at 7:00 p.m. All are invited to this celebration. Please extend an invitation to your parishioners through your bulletins. You may find the...
  • Priests say they weren't consulted on new bishop (Bernardin protege causing a stir!)

    04/30/2005 8:21:18 PM PDT · by BizzeeMom · 67 replies · 1,253+ views
    St. Louis Post Dispatch ^ | 4/30/05 | Tim Townsend
    On Valentine's Day, a dozen or so Belleville priests gathered to discuss what kind of bishop would best be suited to lead their diocese. Belleville's former bishop, the Rev. Wilton Gregory, had been installed as the new archbishop of Atlanta just a month before. The members of the Presbyterial Council had been asked by Cardinal Francis George of Chicago to assess three things: the qualities they would like in their next bishop, the current state of the Belleville diocese and the future needs of the diocese.
  • Pa. Police Accuse Priest of Downloading Child Porn (Tridentine/West Orange-alert)

    03/18/2005 6:14:23 AM PST · by marshmallow · 69 replies · 1,503+ views
    New Jersey Star-Ledger ^ | 3/18/05 | Jeff Diamant
    A Pennsylvania priest who lived at a Catholic church in West Orange in December and January was charged yesterday with possession of child pornography in Monroe County, Pa. The Rev. Virgil Bradley Tetherow, 40, of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Scranton, Pa., allegedly downloaded images of child pornography onto a computer used by a secretary at the St. Ann's Catholic Church rectory in Tobyhanna, Pa., while visiting there in January, authorities said. Tetherow, who lived at St. Ann's for most of 2004, admitted to the allegation, according to detective Kenneth Lanning of the Pocono Mountain Regional Police in an affidavit...
  • Vatican asks Condoleezza Rice to help stop a sex abuse lawsuit

    03/03/2005 1:58:39 PM PST · by vox_freedom · 654+ views
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | 3/3/2005 | John L. Allen, Jr.
    Alongside predictable exchanges on Iraq, the Middle East and religious liberty, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice in her Feb. 8 visit to the Vatican also received an unexpected request -- to intervene in a U.S. lawsuit naming the Holy See as the defendant in a sex abuse case. Church sources told NCR that Rice was asked by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the Vatican's Secretary of State, whether the United States government could stop a class-action lawsuit currently before a United States District Court in Louisville, Ky., that seeks to hold the Vatican financially responsible for the sexual abuse of minors....
  • An Appeal from a Group of St. Stanislaus Kostka Parishioners

    02/26/2005 7:55:08 PM PST · by lrslattery · 123 replies · 4,304+ views
    Parishioners of St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish ^ | Feb. 21, 2005 | Parishioners of St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish
    Parishioners of St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish at Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist Church 15 Plaza Square Saint Louis, Missouri 63103-2318 Contact: (314) 781 4486, AN APPEAL THAT WILL NEVER MAKE THE NEWS FROM A GROUP OF ST. STANISLAUS KOSTKA PARISHIONERS February 21, 2005 Dear Friends in the Archdiocese of St. Louis: Since March 2004 Catholics in the St. Louis area have been affected by a dispute between the Archdiocese of St. Louis, and the lay board of directors of the civil corporation of St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish which illegally took away control of the parish corporation from the Roman...
  • I typed the word 'diocese' into my search engine and wish that I hadn't

    02/16/2005 8:51:12 AM PST · by AAABEST · 25 replies · 630+ views ^ | February 16, 2005 | Editorial
    In the News section of my favorite search engine, I typed the single word "diocese". These were the top stories for today, February 16, 2005: NJ DIOCESE TO PAY $5M A report of over 2 dozen men claiming abuse in the Diocese of Paterson, who settled for 5 million dollars. Although five million dollars may sound like a lot of money, it's only 1/20th of the amount the Diocese of Orange had to pay out when it forked out one hundred million. Whew. Diocese pays $65,000 to abuse victim 65 grand to one victim, relatively speaking, has become chump change...
  • Oregon Archdiocese Runs National Newspaper Ads Alerting Abuse Victims

    01/08/2005 6:20:06 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 14 replies · 532+ views
    AP ^ | January 07, 2005 | AP
    NEW YORK The Archdiocese of Portland, the first in the nation to file for bankruptcy in the face of mounting sex abuse claims, began running ads in major U.S. newspapers this week alerting priest abuse victims that their time to file a claim against the diocese is running out. The $250,000 ad campaign, required as part of the bankruptcy proceeding, asks any alleged victims who have not yet come forward to file a complaint naming their abuser by April 29. Over the next three weeks, the ads will run three times in 21 newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal and...
  • Children of Gay Couple Attending Catholic School Orange County Catholic Diocese Allows Enrollment

    01/04/2005 10:59:08 AM PST · by Fred · 158 replies · 2,495+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | 01/04/05 | FERMIN LEAL
    Tuesday, January 4, 2005 Parents protest kids of gay pair A group at a Catholic school is upset the diocese allowed the couple to enroll their kindergartners. By FERMIN LEAL The Orange County Register COSTA MESA A group of parents and parishioners at St. John the Baptist School has accused the Diocese of Orange of defying church doctrine after officials allowed the children of a gay couple to enroll at the Catholic school. The group of about three dozen is demanding the church adopt a policy that all parents must sign a letter in which they agree to abide...
  • The Awesome Pro-Life Leadership of Many US (Catholic) Bishops

    12/23/2004 10:10:10 AM PST · by NYer · 10 replies · 784+ views
    LifeSite ^ | December 22, 2004 Wednesday December 22, 2004 The Awesome Pro-Life Leadership of Many US Bishops's 2004 coverage How the New Bishop of Phoenix Spent His Christmas Eve - Praying Outside an Abortuary U.S. Archbishop Burke Orders Priests to Refuse Communion for Anti-Life Politicians Archbishop Burke Issues Pastoral Letter Saying Right to Life is Most Important Political Issue New Orleans Archbishop Warns Catholic Pro-Abortion Politicians to Not Receive Communion Four Cardinals, 40 Bishops, 300 Priests at Mass for March for Life Boston Archbishop Says Pro-Abortion Politicians "Shouldn't Dare Come to Communion" Chicago Cardinal George Mulling Action on Catholic Pro-Abortion Politicians Archbishop Burke...