After years and years of delay for “prudential reasons,” a panel of Vatican theologians has declared that the late Archbishop Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez of El Salvador is a martyr, killed for his faith while standing at the altar saying Mass. If Francis is looking to lift up a bishop who is a shepherd that smells like the sheep, he couldn’t find a much better example than Romero, and that has to make the lovers of authoritarians (inside and outside the church) nervous.
|By: Peterr Saturday January 10, 2015 10:00 am|
|By: Peterr Saturday September 6, 2014 12:11 pm|
The purging of LGBTs from the ranks of Catholic school teachers continues. This week’s edition comes to us from Affton, Missouri, where Olivia Reichert and Christina Gambaro were fired from their teaching posts at Cor Jesu Academy, an all girls school in a suburb of St. Louis in South St. Louis county. The concern is that LGBTs like Reichert and Gambaro aren’t good role models of how a Catholic is supposed to live, and so they were fired.
This might be more believable if the convicted protector of a child-porn producing priest, Robert Finn, wasn’t a bishop down the road in Kansas City.
|By: Peterr Saturday June 7, 2014 10:01 am|
On the way home from his trip to the Middle East, Pope Francis gave a press conference that hinted about some big future shakeups. The first came out on Thursday, as Francis has put the old guard of Italians who ran the Vatican’s financial operations out and brought in folks with considerable financial expertise who understand — and support — international financial transparency rules. At the same time, Timothy Dolan, the Bishop of Wall Street, tried to dial back some of Francis’ pointed comments about exploitative capitalism (with some help from Larry Kudlow), but experts in Catholic ethics and social teachings took Dolan’s work apart in short order.
Could action on that other scandal be next? Let us pray . . .
|By: Peterr Saturday February 22, 2014 10:14 am|
Bishop Robert Finn, head of the diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph Missouri, has not had a good week as two big stories have put him back in the headlines, and not in a good way. Back in October 2011, Finn was charged with failing to report suspicions that one of his priests was creating child pornography, and in May 2012 he was found guilty and given a sentence that amounts to probation and supervision. Meanwhile, he remains bishop.
But that may change, as these two big stories collide . . .
|By: Attaturk Monday December 2, 2013 1:30 am|
While the new Pontiff, with one notable exception, seems to be determined to remind people the Catholic Church wants to be on the side of the poor, the old Bishops of the new world, just keep not understanding the marketplace.
|By: Laurel Ramseyer Thursday September 19, 2013 1:20 pm|
Who will be the first American cardinal or bishop to embrace Pope Francis’s compassionate message and cease their open gay-hating? Who will be the first to stop reducing gay human beings to sex acts? How long will it take for the Pope’s words to influence those who profess to serve him?
|By: Allison Hantschel Monday September 9, 2013 8:00 pm|
You know, when I was growing up, this anti-science bent in Christianity was something my Catholic teachers mocked, like look, we’re not barefoot hicks in the woods handling snakes. But the abortion issue has so subsumed everything else the church could reasonably have an interest in or a position on, has so taken over as THE defining issue of the entire hierarchy.
|By: Laurel Ramseyer Wednesday August 14, 2013 2:00 pm|
In short, Bishop Tobin was so opposed to marriage equality that he was willing to lie about the reach of Supreme Court decisions, back a ridiculous poison pill amendment, and say that marriage equality would not just hurt the state of Rhode Island but injure one’s personal relationship with God.
Yet Bishop Tobin’s loathing of marriage equality and Democrats’ support of it wasn’t enough to prompt him to leave the Democratic Party.
|By: Laurel Ramseyer Sunday March 31, 2013 9:00 am|
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Roman Catholic Archbishop of New York and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, made a surprising admission during an interview this morning on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” that the church doesn’t know how to pursue it’s policy of opposing civil marriage for same-sex couples without being anti-gay.
|By: Laurel Ramseyer Monday March 25, 2013 2:50 pm|
Controversy has arisen over whether Pope Francis advocated for a civil unions law in Argentina in 2010 while he served as Archbishop of Buenos Aires. The New York Times and CNN quote sources saying that he did, while a source quoted by Catholic News Agency refutes those claims.
If then-Archbishop Bergoglio didn’t advocate for civil unions, he should have, according to the Vatican document “Considerations Regarding Proposals to Give Legal Recognition to Unions Between Homosexual Persons“.