Cardinal Roger Mahony cancels Pennsylvania appearance

Pope Francis appointed Mahony to be his special envoy to the Catholic Diocese of Scranton’s 150th anniversary Mass, but after threat of protests says he’ll be unable to attend

Pope Francis appointed disgraced Cardinal Roger Mahony to be his special envoy to the Catholic Diocese of Scranton’s 150th anniversary Mass. But after uproar, the diocese removed the announcement of Mahony’s visit from their website and told LifeSiteNews the cardinal informed them “late last week” that he’ll be unable to attend. On January 13, the Diocese of Scranton issued a … [Read more...]

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Learning to take your leave

Pope Francis issues motu proprio modifying norms for the resignation of bishops, curial officials

On Thursday Pope Francis tweaked the Church’s policies on bishops and Curial officials reaching the age of retirement, indicating that they should accept what God wants, whether accepting retirement or accepting continued service. The changes were made through a motu proprio entitled Imparare a congedarsi, meaning “Learning to take your leave,” published Feb. 15. Previous … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Cupich launches Amoris Laetitia seminars for US bishops

San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy among presenters for conference planned at Santa Clara University, other sites include Boston College and University of Notre Dame

The Archbishop of Chicago has invited some U.S. bishops to a series of conferences on the 2016 apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. The seminars will be held at three Catholic colleges later this month. According to a letter obtained by Catholic News Agency, the meetings, dubbed “New Momentum Conferences on Amoris Laetitia,” are designed to offer a “tailor-made program that … [Read more...]

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San Diego bishop: Some Catholics have ‘corrosive and repugnant’ views on homosexuality

Bishop Robert McElroy was quoted in New York Times op-ed that focused on another Catholic venue rescinding speaking engagement from controversial Jesuit Father James Martin

San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy said recently that there is “repugnant” and “corrosive” bigotry toward individuals identifying as LGBT on the part of “a group of people across all religious views.” This “particularly antagonistic” regard for LGBT individuals by people in this group generates from the depths of the souls, Bishop McElroy said. It is a reality that must be faced … [Read more...]

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Orange diocese bishop lauded for efforts to advance tolerance and equality

Bishop Kevin Vann among recipients of Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major Award from Christ Our Redeemer AME Church in Irvine

Diocese of Orange Bishop Kevin Vann was lauded recently for his efforts to advance tolerance and equality. He, along with OC Register Columnist David Whiting and Information Management Resources CEO Martha Daniel, received recognition from Christ Our Redeemer Church as they were awarded the Martin Luther King Jr. “Drum Major Award.” Rev. Mark E. Whitlock, Jr., Senior Minister … [Read more...]

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California bishops add their voices to criticism of state’s assisted suicide law

In a strongly worded statement, the California Catholic Conference joins other opponents of two-year-old statute permitting physician-assisted suicide, express worries over coercion and care for the poor

The California Catholic Conference joined other suicide opponents in a strongly worded statement expressing deep concerns about the state’s two-year-old assisted suicide law.  “There is far too much still not known about how this law is put into practice — especially as it pertains to disabled, elderly and other populations,” the group stated following a Jan. 24 hearing in the … [Read more...]

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“Children in the womb are real people”

Oakland Bishop Michael Barber embraces 'seamless garment,' but notes "you can't enjoy an affordable house or earn a living wage if you are not alive to begin with"

There are many arguments we can make in favor of life, for human rights for the child in the womb, concern for the most innocent and neglected people in our society, the toll abortion takes on the mother — but the most convincing argument for me is when I meet a young person who says to me "My mother was going to have an abortion, and then changed her mind at the last minute. … [Read more...]

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Catholic bishops side with labor unions in Supreme Court case

In friend-of-court brief, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops equates effect of a ruling against unions to landmark high court decisions that legalized abortion and same-sex marriage

U.S. Roman Catholic bishops are backing public sector unions in an upcoming Supreme Court case, pitting church leaders against the Trump administration and conservatives in a legal battle over how organized labor is financed. In an amicus brief filed on Friday (Jan. 19) in the case of Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, the U.S. Conference … [Read more...]

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Crux looks back on US Church in 2017

Tension in the time of Trump

NEW YORK - When Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, offered a prayer at the inauguration of President Donald Trump last January, he stressed that his role at the event was not political, but rather, pastoral. “Many people may have reservations of the president-elect and I certainly do, as with any incoming president,” Dolan told reporters before the inauguration. … [Read more...]

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God is not watching us from a distance

Orange diocese Bishop Vann's Christmas Eve homily

The following comes from a Dec. 25 posting on the website of the Diocese of Orange. These days for me – as for most of us – bring a flood of memories from the realms of our lives and Christmases past. I was thinking of my maternal grandparents a lot these days, and how we would always go there on Christmas Eve – usually in bad weather – and would proudly receive a new set of … [Read more...]

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