Open topic: Bishop Vasa talks about the limits of the USCCB

Last Thursday evening I was privileged to spend some time with Bishop Robert Vasa of Baker, OR at InsideCatholic’s annual partnership dinner here in Washington, DC. In his talk, Bishop Vasa examined the role of the USCCB, and was frank about its limitations. One of the main points I took away from his talk was that American Catholics have forgotten that the USCCB has no power on its own. ... More

Abp. Vigneron leads 500 at pro-life prayer vigil

Over the weekend, Archbishop Allen Vigneron led 500+ faithful from the Archdiocese of Detroit on a pro-life prayer vigil outside a local abortion mill. In the words of one participant, “The turnout was especially impressive considering this started at 7:30 a.m. on a Saturday.” Diane at Te Deum Laudamus! has done a good job of capturing the vigil on film. View Diane’s slideshow of... More

WI Bishops publish Catholic voting guide

Continuing our discussion of what it means to be the Catholic Vote, the Wisconsin Bishops are some of the first pastors out of the gate this election cycle, as CNA reports: In advance of the 2010 elections, the five Catholic bishops of Wisconsin have written a letter to provide Catholics a “framework” of Catholic social teaching to help them form their consciences in evaluating candidates and ... More

Bp. Mengeling "cancer free" says spokesman

From LSJ: Bishop Carl Mengeling progressing in his recovery from surgery to remove his cancerous bladder, Lansing Diocese officials said today. “He is cancer-free by virtue of the fact that they removed the organ that had the cancer in it,” said Michael Dibole, the director of communications for the diocese. During the surgery, a biopsy of tissue samples from areas around the bladder ... More

A little more on the Cardinals in Vegas

In my post last Saturday, I noted my unease with choosing not only Las Vegas, but “fabulous Las Vegas” as the site of this year’s American Cardinals Dinner. Honestly, I didn’t mean to detract from a) the many good Catholic things that are going on in that city and b) the real need for ongoing pastoral care and evangelization within its boarders. Well, Diogenes has posted hi... More

Update: Bp. Mengeling recovering from surgery

LSJ: Bishop Carl Mengeling?s bladder was removed late Tuesday and the leader of Greater Lansing?s Catholic community was said to be resting comfortably. ?He was resting as comfortably as possible for a person who had pretty serious surgery,? said Michael Diebold, director of communications for the Catholic Diocese of Lansing. Mengeling, 76, underwent surgery last Friday during which about half of... More

Notice: Retired Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit Walter Schoenherr passed away

Thanks to reader Tim for providing a link to the notice at the Archdiocese of Detroit website: Retired Auxiliary Bishop Walter J. Schoenherr, 87, dies of natural causes. Ordained a priest for the Detroit archdiocese in 1945, he was named an auxiliary bishop in 1968. He served in a number of parish assignments, including as pastor of St. Aloysius and Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, both in Detroit. C... More

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