Pelosi: Meet the Bishops

Since our last post concerning the pro-abortion views of Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, she appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press, where she misrepresented Church teaching about abortion. Her public statements are increasingly drawing fire from the Church hierarchy. First, there’s the statement of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, coauthored by CUF episcopal […]

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No Moral Equivalence

This morning Bishop Thomas Wenski of Orlando brought to my attention a letter he just had published in the Orlando Sentinel regarding the priority of abortion in assessing the candidates in the upcoming election. Here is what he wrote: “Jay Hamburg’s article Wednesday, ‘Evangelical: We Can Back Dems, Obama,’ inaccurately implied that Catholic leaders shared […]

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Speaker out of Line

In a recent interview, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California and outspoken advocate of abortion rights, told a C-SPAN reporter that her abortion advocacy has not resulted in her being refused Holy Communion. She said: “I think some of it is regional. It depends on the bishop of a certain region and fortunately […]

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Living Vicariously

We’re all accustomed to referring to the Pope as the Vicar of Christ. After all, it was Peter who received the keys, and as Catholics we recognize the Pope’s role as Christ’s chosen representative to rule and guide the Universal Church until the end of time. But one teaching that sometimes gets overlooked today is […]

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Of Miters and Men

There’s an adage that says “the clothes make the man.” Of course we know that that’s not the case. However, I think a brief look at the symbolism of some of the bishop’s vestments and accoutrements provide some important insights regarding the role of the bishop as servant of the Gospel.                                                                                             First, there’s the […]

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Bishop Donald W. Montrose, R.I.P.

In the news this past week was the announcement that retired Bishop Donald W. Montrose of Stockton, California died on the 59th anniversary of his priestly ordination and just six days before his 85th birthday. I first encountered Bishop Montrose in the mid-1980s. He was an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, while I was […]

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Laity on the Line

The Church emphasizes the fundamental equality that we share by virtue of our Baptism. All Catholics possess equal dignity as children of God, and all are called to holiness and to participation in the life and mission of the Church. This equality exists, however, amidst distinct, complementary roles in the Church. The Church depends on […]

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Bishop Rhoades, Sungenis, and the Jews

In recent months, Catholic apologist Robert Sungenis has made defamatory statements concerning his bishop, Most Reverend Kevin C. Rhoades of Harrisburg. These statements have arisen in the context of Sungenis’ writings concerning Judaism and the Jewish people, which many, including Bishop Rhoades, have found to be hostile, uncharitable, and un-Christian in their tone and erroneous in their […]

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