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“You might interpret this as the bishops are tired of short and skinny presidents.” — The new president of the USCCB, New York’s Timothy Dolan, analyzing his upset election as only he can.

A surprise, and an upset: For the first time in the history of the US bishops, a vice-president standing for the presidency has been denied the top post, losing a stunning election to the archbishop of New York. By a […]

The City of Churches will soon have fewer of them.  From the In My Backyard Desk, another sign of the times: Facing a drop in attendance and a shortage of priests, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn plans to close […]

That’s just one of the messages to emerge from the fall gathering of the USCCB in Baltimore: Roman Catholic bishops in the United States should go forth and blog, tweet and preach on the “new digital continent” of social media, […]

From Pittsburgh comes this very comprehensive look at a man who will soon be called Cardinal: When Cardinal-designate Donald Wuerl receives a red hat Saturday, he will also receive the opportunity to advise the highest levels of the Catholic Church. […]

That’s the eyebrow-raising comment made by a Melkite Archbishop, interviewed recently by Catholic News Service: Heading a southern Lebanese diocese that goes from the sea then east two-thirds of the way along the border with Israel, the one problem Melkite […]

Some interesting developments in Wisconsin are leading to a conflict between parishioners and their bishop — and it’s having a financial impact: St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Platteville, stung by a plunge in donations following the arrival of three controversial […]

A tweet from a certain blogger suggested as much. Check out this profile of the woman who is, the COO of the Miami Church: Doing one thing at a time does not seem to be part of God’s plan for […]

The USCCB tweeted a short time ago that they were decorating pumpkins around the office. The entry below was a favorite.

The other day, I posted on New York’s archbishop and his on-going feud with the New York Times. The local CBS affiliate aired the report below, which includes an interview with Archbishop Dolan (as he’s rarely seen — without his […]