Category Archives: Church News

Pope Francis Appoints Father Robert Barron Auxiliary Bishop for Los Angeles

It’s a big day in Hollywood, as one of the Church’s top media personalities comes to the media hub of the world. From my Pax Culturati blog at Patheos: It’s such an obviously awesome and appropriate move that one can hardly believe that the Vatican actually did it. Father Robert Barron, founder of the Word […]

A Sort of Homecoming: Top 10 Pope Francis Quotes From South America

From July 7-13, Pope Francis visited South America: Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay. Here are my personal 10 favorite quotes from the trip; words that show his Gospel-centered faith and pastor’s sensibility. (To read the whole thing, find each event here.) 1. Impromptu: ‘I hold you all in my heart …’ “Now I will celebrate Mass, and I […]

Pope Francis on the Biblical Basis of Respect for Nature

Sometimes certain environmentalists criticize the Bible as the root of disregard for and disrespect for nature.  They think that modern, western nations have shown a remarkable desire (and ability) to master and control nature, and they note that modern, western nations were shaped by the Bible.  And they note that the Bible expressly tells human […]

This Is Not ‘The Encyclical’ You Were Looking For (But It’s Funny)

Courtesy of Observatório do Clima, a nonprofit based in Brazil, that advocates for action on climate change. Pope Francis’ real encyclical on the environment is released worldwide on June 18, and as with most things, it probably won’t live up to the hype of the trailer (or the hype, in general). But, enjoy: Image: YouTube screenshot […]

Bishop of Brooklyn: Do Not Take Threats to Religious Freedom Lightly

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn is warning Catholics in his diocese that the threat to religious freedom in this country is real, and our children will be the ones to suffer if we fail to be vigilant. While rightly cautioning against any attempts to equate the situation in America with the violent persecutions in other […]

Hundreds Gather to Support Archbishop Cordileone in San Francisco

If you’re wondering why you haven’t heard many media reports lately about the ongoing campaign being waged by a few disgruntled Catholics against Archbishop Cordileone, it’s probably because that campaign is failing spectacularly. Much ado was made a few weeks ago when several prominent Bay Area Catholics threw a tantrum on the pages of the […]

The Yanks Are Coming: Over 800 American Priests Sign Statement on Marriage

When several hundred priests in England and Wales, in response to Pope Francis’ invitation to be forthright and honest, signed a statement urging the Synod on the Family to uphold the Church’s teaching on marriage, many Catholics on these shores expressed the hope that the American clergy would follow suit. Well, they have. Over 800 […]

Charlotte Bishop To LGBT-Advocate Nun Gramick: You’re Not Speaking in My Diocese

Charlotte Bishop Peter Jugis has cancelled a speaking event by Sister Jennine Gramick that was scheduled to take place at one of the parishes in his diocese. Sister Gramick is the founder of New Ways Ministry, self-described as a “gay-positive ministry that advocates for justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Catholics, and for reconciliation […]


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