In Arranged Philadelphia Marriage, Archbishop Chaput Woos His New Flock

I had high expectations when I attended Archbishop Charles Chaput’s Installation Mass in Philadelphia last Thursday. I believe him to be the most important intellectual and pastoral voice among American bishops today. So imagine my delight when my high expectations were exceeded! Archbishop Chaput is frequently maligned by liberal Catholics for being too “political.” That was t... More

What It Means If Its Abp. Chaput to Philly

As the hours go by it appears more and more likely that Archbishop Charles Chaput will be named the next Archbishop of Philadelphia tomorrow. Giving full respect to the embargo, I’d like to speculate on what +Chaput’s appointment to Philly will mean for the Catholic Church in America. Left-wing Catholics unfriendly to +Chaput are already trying to flavor the narrative, and I don’... More

An American Pope In Our Lifetime?

Will we see in our lifetime an American prelate chosen for pope? And if so, who might it be? Michael Potemra picks up on the speculation of vatican expert (and editor of Inside the Vatican magazine) Dr. Robert Moynihan: Father “Jeremiah” spoke to me about a particular situation in the United States, and its relation to the future of the universal Church. “Europe is in crisis, demogr... More

Chart: How Your Parish and Your Pastor Can Legally Lobby! (& still be tax-exempt)

The recent dust-up over a Minnesota Legislator’s office telling a Catholic priest he better watch out for his parish’s tax status if he intends to lobby for a marriage bill and this recent snotty op-ed by the editor of the Winona Daily News puts me in mind of something I’ve urgently wanted to write about for some time: The Church Can Lobby! For too long and too often Catholic la... More

Snapshot: 480 New Priests in 2011, Five Year Trend: Younger (+more cool stats)

The USCCB released this hopeful news yesterday: The average age of men ordained to the priesthood in 2011 is trending younger with the average age for the 2011 class at 34, with more than half between the ages of 25 and 34. This is slightly younger than in 2010, and follows the trend over the past five years of ordinands becoming younger. These figures stand out in The Class of 2011: Survey of O... More

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