“This great drama of salvation”

A week ago Wednesday, Archbishop José Gomez was welcomed into the Archdiocese of Los Angeles as coadjutor archbishop. Formerly the archbishop of San Antonio, Archbishop Gomez will serve alongside Cardinal Roger Mahony until February 2011, when he will become the Archbishop of Los Angeles. (Whispers has some good commentary on Archbishop Gomez’s appointment.) Below are […]

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End-of-the-Week Round-Up

Bishop Robert F. Vasa, from the Diocese of Baker, Oregon, writes about human dignity and immigration in his latest column in the Catholic Sentinel, “Rights are not derived from law, but from human dignity.” I do not think the church would propose hiring “coyotes” to help bring people to the United States illegally. Yet, once […]

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Was the Pope involved in priest-abuser cover-ups, shufflings? Updated.

[Updated with links to additional reporting.] Based on inferences that mainstream media news reports are drawing, he was. But is this the case? The goal of this post is to provide information–particularly, information that’s not making it into the mainstream media. In addition to the scandal in Ireland of child abuse by priests (Pope Benedict’s […]

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As the signature dries…

As President Obama signed the healthcare bill into law, the USCCB released a statement from Cardinal Francis George, president of the USCCB. A few highlights: Why the bishops support reform of our healthcare system: “so that all may have access to the care that recognizes and affirms their human dignity.” Why the Catholic bishops have […]

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New articles at CUF.org

Check out our online exclusives for the November/December issue of Lay Witness. Catholics and Healthcare Reform An Interview with Bishop Robert F. Vasa Bishop Vasa talks to Mike Sullivan about two non-negotiable elements of healthcare reform. The Immaculate Conception: A Celebration for All Human Beings by Fr. Wade Menezes, C.P.M. Drawing from St. Bernadette and […]

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Action Alert on Healthcare Reform

Bishops across the United States have been voicing their opposition to healthcare reform that funds abortion and that doesn’t protect the conscience rights of healthcare providers–such as the bills before Congress right now. The USCCB wants to get that message into every parish in America. American Papist alerts us to an urgent message from the […]

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Christ and Covenants

In the July/August 2009 issue,  Lay Witness ran an article on the relationship between Christians, Jews, and God, especially as it pertains to the Old Covenant, the New Covenant, and evangelization (“All in the Family: Christians, Jews, and God”). Authors Michael Forrest and David Palm respond to two common errors and show that Christians have […]

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“I skate like a 747 taxiing”

Today, Bishop Robert Carlson will be installed as the Archbishop of St. Louis. A CUF episcopal advisor and former Bishop of Saginaw, he is much loved by Saginaw Diocese CUF members–so much so that the library of the new CUF office will bear his name. If you’re interested in following the event, the Archdiocese of […]

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Quick Notre Dame Update

American Papist reports that 46 bishops have responded to Notre Dame’s Obama invitation. Bishop John D’Arcy (Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend, the diocese in which ND is located) has issued two further statements. One is on “Unseemly and Unhelpful Demonstrations at Notre Dame”. The other statement offers a response to and correction of a letter […]

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