“Our Abysmal Apathy”

Strong words from Bishop Thomas J. Tobin in his latest column, “‘Rhode Island, Most Catholic State, Welcomes Gay Marriage’” in The Rhode Island Catholic. He reviews why Catholics oppose gay marriage and explains how gay marriage will affect us and why we should be concerned. Excerpts: The march toward gay marriage across our nation is […]

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St. Louis’s New Archbishop

Pope Benedict has appointed Bishop Robert J. Carlson (of the Diocese of Saginaw, MI) as Archbishop of St. Louis. The Saint Louis Beacon has some good coverage. A snippet: Robert James Carlson is St. Louis Catholics’ new archbishop. He’s a man from “up river,” a native of Minneapolis who holds a Ph.D. in canon, or […]

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More on ND

Almost two weeks after Notre Dame announced that President Obama would be giving the commencement address and receiving an honorary degree, the commentary continues. A number of bishops have weighed in. Among them: Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston [scroll to the bottom] “I find the invitation very disappointing. . . . Even given the dignity […]

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Pope Benedict’s “Williamson Letter”

In response to the uproar resulting from the combined lifting of the excommunication on the SSPX bishops and immediate publicity that one of those bishops (Bishop Williamson) has made statements that minimize/deny the Holocaust, Pope Benedict has written a letter (a “word of clarification”) to the bishops of the world. One of the great delights […]

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Another Beacon

In his latest column for The Catholic Sun, Bishop Thomas Olmsted asks, “What should science trump?” His question was prompted by President Obama, who, on Monday, signed an executive order providing federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. In his remarks at the signing, President Obama said, “This Order is an important step in advancing […]

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Beacons of Light

American politics seem to be taking a decided turn against life. A number of President Obama’s new policies and nominations are an offense to what we hold dear–especially the sanctity of human life. There are beacons of light. Many Catholics have been angry that our bishops haven’t loudly and definitively reaffirmed the Church’s teachings on […]

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Lifting SSPX Bishops’ Excommunication–A Compromise?

The Congregation for Bishops has published a decree signed by its prefect, Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, and dated 21 January, concerning the Pope’s remission of the excommunication pronounced on four bishops consecrated by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre in 1988. (http://212.77.1.245/news_services/press/vis/dinamiche/e1_en.htm) There has been concern expressed that this action is a compromise with the SSPX over its […]

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Faithful Catholic, Faithful Citizen

At their semi-annual meeting November 10-13th in Baltimore, the United States bishops will discuss the “practical and pastoral implications of political support for abortion.” Some might question the timing of this discussion, coming days after a national election featuring a candidate whom Princeton professor Robert George described as being the most extreme pro-abortion candidate ever to […]

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