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Benedict’s choice?

posted by deacon greg kandra

The rampant speculation about who will succeed Cardinal Edward Egan as Archbishop of New York has now reached a fever pitch — and the pages of the New York Times: Catholics in Rome and the United States who track movements […]

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USCCB on SSPX

posted by deacon greg kandra

The U.S. bishops have just released a statement on the SSPX debacle: Statement of Cardinal Francis George, President USCCB Pope Benedict XVI has lifted the personal penalty of excommunication incurred by four schismatic bishops belonging to the Priestly Society of […]

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Scranton moves to close nearly half its churches

posted by deacon greg kandra

Big news from northeastern Pennsylvania this weekend, as the bishop announced a massive restructuring that will affect every parishioner: The Roman Catholic Diocese of Scranton is closing almost half of its churches, reducing the number of parishes from 209 to […]

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A new Mad Man?

posted by deacon greg kandra

If Internet buzz is to be believed, it sounds like that big house on Madison Avenue may soon have a new resident. Stay tuned. My money’s on Dolan.

On the Mahony probe: “What’s really going on here?”

posted by deacon greg kandra

A reader in Los Angeles alerted me to this column by LA Times writer Tim Rutten — who finds some interesting connections between two unlikely species: a cardinal and an elephant: What do Billy the elephant and Cardinal Roger M. […]

Fellay to Williamson: that’s enough from you, Dick

posted by deacon greg kandra

Those controversial remarks by SSPX’s Bishop Richard Williamson have prompted this response from fellow SSPXer (and his superior), Bishop Bernard Fellay: The affirmations of Bishop Williamson do not reflect in any sense the position of our Fraternity. For this reason […]

Bishop: “Obama is not the enemy”

posted by deacon greg kandra

But he has a clear idea who is: Bishop Robert Hermann, administrator of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, says that the election of President Barack Obama would not have occurred without the support of lax Catholics. “If at this stage […]

That’s one way to cut short a honeymoon — UPDATED

posted by deacon greg kandra

As many expected, President Obama has struck down a rule prohibiting U.S. funding for overseas clinics that provide abortions. Some observers predicted it would be his first act in office. It wasn’t. It wasn’t even his second or third. (And, […]

“Dear Barry…”

posted by deacon greg kandra

The head of the USCCB, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, has just sent a letter to the soon-to-be-president: Dear Mr. President-elect: I recently wrote to assure you of the prayers of the Catholic bishops of the United States for your […]

USCCB corrects “misleading” FOCA novena

posted by deacon greg kandra

Like a lot of people, I’ve gotten e-mails and notices about a FOCA novena tied to the inauguration and the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. But now the USCCB has taken the unusual step of alerting Catholics to the fact […]

Thou shalt not steal: Brooklyn bishop victim of identity theft

posted by deacon greg kandra

From the My Own Backyard Desk (on the Bishop Beat) … some startling news about a modern crime hitting very close to home. According to the New York Daily News: Thieves stooped to a new low over the Christmas holiday, […]

Quote of the day

posted by deacon greg kandra

“The unfolding of the Church’s history always occurs within the context of the history of the age. Today, here, that means Southeast Michigan’s struggle to find a new way to establish a vibrant economy, so that families have sufficient resources […]

Vroom

posted by deacon greg kandra

After a long, long, long wait — 46 months — Detroit will be getting a new bishop to replace retiring Cardinal Adam Maida (who put in his papers during the papacy of John Paul II!). The Motor City’s new guy […]

Wholly family: “Ordinary lives touched in a special way by God’s grace”

posted by deacon greg kandra

With the Feast of the Holy Family on Sunday, the Catholic Standard in Washington has a wonderful glimpse at how one family aspiring to holiness produced two priests — one of whom is about to be ordained a bishop. And […]

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Meet Montana's married priest
Earlier this week, I posted an item about Montana getting its first married priest. Now a local TV station has hopped on the bandwagon. Take a look, below. ...

posted 10:29:55pm Dec. 11, 2010 | read full post »

Big day in the Big Easy: 10 new deacons
Deacon Mike Talbot has the scoop: 10 men today were ordained as Permanent Deacons for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. This group of men was formally selected on the day the evacuation of New Orleans began as Hurricane Katrina approached. The ...

posted 6:55:42pm Dec. 11, 2010 | read full post »

Gaudete! And let's break out a carol or two...
"Gesu Bambino," anyone? This is one of my favorites, and nobody does it better than these gals: Kathleen Battle and Frederica von Staade. Enjoy. ...

posted 1:04:10pm Dec. 11, 2010 | read full post »

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