[Updated] New Hampshire Welcomes Most Rev. Peter Libasci as Next Bishop of Manchester!

Good tidings for the Catholics of New Hampshire! New Hampshire’s 300,000 Roman Catholics have a new leader. The Vatican on Monday named the [Most] Rev. Peter Anthony Libasci (luh-BASH’-ee) to succeed Bishop John McCormack as bishop of the Diocese of Manchester. The 59-year-old Libasci is New York City native ordained in 1978 who most recently served as auxiliary bishop of the Dioces... More
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[Updated] Bishop Hubbard to Celebrate Mass for Dissenting Gay/Lesbian Group

What a difference a bishop makes. When the “Catholic” Association for Lesbian & Gay Ministry attempted to hold a fundraiser in a St. Paul-Minneapolis parish several months ago, Archbishop Niensted quickly put a stop to it. When the same “Catholic” Association for Lesbian & Gay Ministry (CALGM) announces it will host its national conference in Albany, NY, Bishop How... More

Vatican Makes It Official: +Chaput to Philly! And I’ll be at the Presser…

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia website looks a little different this morning: And now another nice little surprise: I’m currently aboard a train bound for Philadelphia. The presser is scheduled for 10AM EST. I’ll be tweeting live updates here, and probably blog post directly after the press conference concludes. You can watch it online (live) here. The Archdiocese has a special page ... More
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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

Update #3: Abp. Chaput to Philly (Looking More Like It)

UPDATE 3: I surmise on what it means if it indeed turns out (as it is looking more likely it will) that Abp. Chaput is headed to Philadelphia. UPDATE 2: Rocco Palmo joins the chorus of steady voices saying it’s going to be +Chaput for Philly. If so, that would be incredible. But until we hear officially, rumors are just rumors. UPDATE: A local reporter for the Philly Inquirer adds his voice... More
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Detroit receives two new auxiliary bishops!

Happy news for the Motor City today: Pope Benedict XVI has named Msgr. Donald F. Hanchon, 63, pastor of Holy Redeemer Parish in Detroit and episcopal vicar for the central region of the Archdiocese of Detroit, and Father Michael Byrnes, 52, pastor of Presentation/Our Lady of Victory Parish and vice-rector of Sacred Heart Seminary, as auxiliary bishops for the Detroit Archdiocese. I’d... More
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Epiphany Surprise: +Perry to Rochester?

Could this be the next bishop of Rochester? While I haven’t been active in the new bishop buzz recently, I did receive a fascinating report tonight that Bishop Joseph Nathaniel Perry, an auxiliary of Chicago, may have been chosen to become the next bishop of Rochester, New York. The announcement could be made as soon as tomorrow morning. The diocese of Rochester needs a new bishop. There ar... More
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Seattle Gets Its Bishop

A mere two days ago I wrote a post that left me wondering, “What’s been taking Seattle so long“? Well, apparently nothing now – for today the day has come at last: Rocco broke the news on who it will be: Bishop J. Peter Sartain, 58, currently serving as the bishop of Joliet. Rocco has posted a fascinating profile of the archbishop-elect, and ends with this encouraging reca... More
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Pinning down Seattle

The Archdiocese of Seattle is proving to be a difficult seat to fill. 109 days ago I first put Seattle on the AmP radar as being overdue for a new appointment. Abp. Alex Brunett has been serving past his date of mandatory retirement since January of 2009 (when he turned 75), waiting for a replacement to be appointed by the Holy See. According to my father’s handy chart, Seattle is the most &... More
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