Archive for the ‘Bishop’ Category

New York Archbishop Announced

February 23, 2009

 News today:

Dolan to take over as
archbishop of New York

By Annysa Johnson
of the Journal Sentinel

Milwaukee Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, whose gregarious pastoral style endeared him to a Catholic community in need of a morale boost, was named archbishop of New York this morning.

Sources with knowledge of the appointment said Sunday that Pope Benedict XVI would name the 59-year-old Dolan to succeed retiring Cardinal Edward M. Egan. The appointment was made official early today.

Dolan will take over an archdiocese of 2.5 million Catholics in what many consider the highest-profile position in the U.S. Catholic Church. The appointment all but ensures that Dolan ultimately will be named a cardinal.

This excerpt shows that Archbishop Dolan is an example of what all bishops should be!

Catholic critics complain that Dolan toes the Vatican line and does not abide dissent.

May God give him all the graces he needs to deal with the very different dynamics of New York compared with the Midwest!

Dolan will face his own challenges in New York, one of the most complex and ethnically diverse archdiocese in the country, in a media capital of the world where he will be scrutinized by outside and special interests in a way he has not been in Milwaukee, say experts on the Vatican and the Catholic Church in America.

Among the challenges, they said: persuading New Yorkers that he understands the history and character of the place; getting a handle on the administrative complexities of an operation the size of a Fortune 500 company; and handling financial pressures that will likely necessitate more parish and school closures.

In addition, he will be expected to be a spokesman for the U.S. church – a critical position now because the new president, Barack Obama, is seen as being at odds with some core Catholic teachings, said John Allen, a well-known Catholic Church observer who covers the Vatican for the National Catholic Reporter.

“The archbishop of New York is expected to be a national leader,” and his concerns are not exclusively the local church,” Allen said. “This is the big difference between Milwaukee and New York.”

See full article at
and numerous others that will surely be available. In addition to reading the full article, notice the section “The Dolan File” in the left sidebar of that page.


Another bishop from St. Louis speaks out

January 28, 2009

It seems that the (arch)bishops from St. Louis, Missouri tend to be strong voices for the Church’s teachings in the face of cultural declines. There was Archbishop Justin Rigali (now Cardinal and stationed in Philadelphia), then Archbishop Raymond Burke (most likely to become a Cardinal and already stationed in Rome), and now Bishop Robert J. Hermann who is archdiocesan administrator while awaiting appontment of a new archbishop.

Here are links to what Bishop Hermann has recently said about the direction of the new admininistration of the U.S.:

MUST READ: Bishop Hermann of St. Louis – Strongest Ever Pro-Life Column

By Bishop Robert J. Hermann, Archdiocesan Administrator

January 27, 2009 ( – Editor’s note: The following are excerpts from the column of Bishop Hermann published in the St. Louis Review and republished by with permission. (To read the whole column, see:

In our Supreme Court and in our Congress, we have a plethora of so-called Catholics who are failing to live their Catholic identity. Over 50 percent of our electorate voted for a president who is one of the most pro-culture-of-death candidates from a major party to run for the highest office of the land.

Yes, we can thank one-half of our Catholics for bailing out on their faith!

After almost 50 years of having 50 percent of Catholics abandoning their Catholic identity, we cannot expect to turn this culture around by short-term political efforts.

In order to bring about a transformation from a culture of death to a culture of life, we have to restore our Catholic identity.

This means that all of us, as Catholics, have to undergo a profound transformation. It means that we have to take a good look at every facet of our Catholic life, including the serious study of life issues, the regular and devout use of our Sacramental system, especially the devout and weekly attendance at Mass, the regular reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, the devout praying of the daily Rosary, and then the faithful, loving and firm witness to lax Catholics about our Catholic beliefs and practices.

We have to live our lives in such a way that we will be unafraid to witness to what we believe and live.

I may courageously say that I am willing to die to end abortion, but am I equally willing to say that I am ready to let my ego get ruffled daily for the same cause? Yet … that is where I need to arrive if I am to be a credible witness.

What a glorious opportunity we all have to make a difference in the pro-life cause. Until we are willing to be politically incorrect in order to be biblically correct, we will never convince anyone that our religion is worth living.

It does not take 100 percent of our Catholics to transform this country. If 75 percent of our Catholics were steeped in Catholic identity, the abortion issue would be over for our entire country.

For the whole column by Bishop Hermann see:

This link goes to biographical information about Bishop Hermann:


Here is a collection of links about Archbishop Burke (who as far as I can tell has not yet been named a Cardinal):


You can read biographical and other information about Cardinal Rigali at


And yes, as often happens with my blog posts, I haven’t read through everything that I’m referencing. So if now or at any time you find something that you think is incompatible with the intent of this blog, please let me know so that I can check into it!

Another life issue to track

January 7, 2009

Assisted suicide is another issue that the pro-life community needs to pay attention to. If we don’t, it will become more and more widespread and we won’t be able to stop it. Here is a link to an article about Bishop George L. Thomas of Helena, Montana and his intention to fight a court ruling that makes assisted suicide legal in that state.

Texans fight Planned Parenthood – and win!

December 9, 2008

The article at the following link describes multiple successes for the pro-life movement in different locations of Texas.

“Texas Takes Friendship to a New Level” by the Media Research Center

It’s an inspiring piece that also provides links to help other communities fight Planned Parenthood’s quest for dollars.

Here is an excerpt from “Section 3” of STOPP’s plan (found at this link:

When citizens begin to realize how much of their taxes wind up in Planned Parenthood’s bank account, they begin to ask questions:

  1. Is my local government contributing to Planned Parenthood?
  2. How can I find out how much Planned Parenthood is getting?
  3. What can I do about it?

As you consider fighting government funding of Planned Parenthood, you should understand that this fight is a bit different from others with which you may have been involved. This is not specifically a fight against abortion. This is not specifically a pro-life fight. This is not specifically a fight against all sex education programs.

This is a fight against government funding of a specific organization. It is you telling your elected officials you do not want any of your money going to Planned Parenthood. We will discuss this further in item #9 below. But here we want to emphasize the battle to defund Planned Parenthood. This does not mean that you can’t criticize Planned Parenthood for its abortion business or for its sex education or for its anti-life activity. It means, however, that the focus should always be on Planned Parenthood and its activities. The fight should always be based on the message that government officials have no right to give your money to Planned Parenthood. If you keep the issue clear, you will get support from all sides.

The Catholci Exchange article also describes successes in caring for mothers in crisis pregnancy situations, court rulings regarding murders of mothers carrying unborn children, and Bishop Alvaro Corrada’s (Bishop of the Diocese of Tyler) courageous stand regarding Catholic hospitals.

Heartbroken but still hopeful

November 11, 2008

It’s been a week since election day and I still haven’t quite grasped the fact that the result is what it is. But it is, and so I pray for guidance for all pro-life advocates as we move forward to make the best of the circumstances before us. I am embracing the view of many others, i.e., that we need to pray for the conversion of the man who will soon be our country’s President, as well as for all others in political life who don’t yet agree that the sanctity of human life must be protected as the highest priority (especially those who identify themselves as Catholics).

Here are excerpts from the Nov. 10th commentary by Steve Jalsevac, Managing Director of LifeSiteNews:

“U.S. Election Message to Catholic Bishops:
Time to Clean House”

“The impassioned teaching to the faithful by many US Catholic bishops during the US election was something not seen for many years, and, for millions, not ever in their lifetimes. It was wonderful to behold; but, as we mentioned a few times, it was late, very late. Despite the many statements from bishops exhorting their flocks to vote pro-life, Americans who identify themselves as Catholic voted 54% for the pro-abortion extremist Barack Obama. Why? It’s not difficult to figure out. …

When many bishops (still only some 100 out of 300) suddenly began to courageously teach the undiluted truth, apparently no longer afraid of criticism, not nearly enough Catholics were disposed to properly respond. Most current Catholics have been raised in a negligent, divided and often rebellious US Church. The strong teaching especially fell deaf on the ears of those who don’t regularly attend church – now a majority of Catholics. They have for too many years been deprived of the continuous formation that would have allowed them to respond to the bishops’ exhortations to put things in an eternal perspective. …

What does this mean for non-Catholics? Well, had Catholics voted as Catholics, Barack Obama would not have been elected. More than that, many more principled candidates would have received support to run and would have been elected, Catholic or not. Their religious denomination would not have made much difference, as long as they adhered to core Judeo-Christian principles.

As Rabbi Yehuda Levin has repeatedly indicated, if Catholics got their act together, America would be much better off morally and culturally. As well, people of all traditional faiths, such as Orthodox Jews, would be more protected from persecution. …

Now for the good news. There is significant hope for the US Church in that there are still enough good bishops, priests and faithful laity to make renewal and rebuilding a feasible goal. Hope is never lost for true Christians. In fact it is integral to the faith. A hopeless Christian is an oxymoron.

Furthermore, the current situation is exactly the type of situation that has generated great renewals of faith and heroism in the past. The wheat will be separated from the chaff. Those amazing statements from bishops prior to the election are a precursor to much more heroic shepherding to come. Finally, the bishops are awakening. Christian leaders of other denominations disposed to fidelity to their spiritual roots will do likewise.

This is not a time for pointing fingers and for anger. It is rather a time for repentance and for renewing our commitment to promoting the culture of life. The culture of death reigns because of the persistent failings of Christians and their natural allies. Now we must accept our responsibility and work with God to restore what we have rejected. He will provide all the help needed.”

For the full commentary article, go to

Election insights (in case you still have doubts)

November 4, 2008

I still have very limited time to post, but can refer you to these Web sites in case you or anyone you know needs clearer presentations of the Church’s teachings.

Bishop Finn on the radio:

Father Corapi:

Multiple excellent entries at Leticia’s blog (including her article at Catholic Exchange):

List of bishops grows

November 2, 2008

Please go to this site for links to the election-related statements made by bishops around the U.S.:

You might also want to follow that blog’s link to “Inside Catholic” to see the comments made at that original posting site. The comments point out that some of the statements are regarding the subject of politicians and Holy Communion.

Faithful Shepherds!

October 21, 2008

This seems to be a wonderful collection of the words of the U.S. bishops who have spoken/written about the meaning of “Faithful Citizenship” in this election. PLEASE READ! I’ve only been able to skim it so far, but recognize most of the names as those whose words I’ve already learned about. And the source site ( has been well on track before.

Election 2008: Catholic Bishops come out fighting

“This year the Catholic Bishops have really stepped up to the plate.  First, around 50 Bishops across the U.S. came out and soundly corrected Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden when these two ‘Catholic’ politicians deliberately distorted the Catholic position on abortion earlier this year.

During Respect LIfe month this year many Bishops around the country are clearly speaking to Catholics about their voting choices this November.  What they are pointing out is that abortion should be the most important issue as Catholics step into the voting booth.”

That’s just the introduction…. please go to the link below and find the quotes from these bishops: Chaput, Hermann, Farrell, Vann, Holley, Martino, Finn.

More bishops to admire

October 17, 2008

Dallas and Fort Worth

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That’s as far as I got when drafting this post (was that yesterday?). I see that another blogger has written something more, so I’ll refer you to her post at

Another bishop teaches about voting responsibly

October 11, 2008

Not all bishops fulfill their responsibility to shepherd their flocks by teaching the principles of our faith. Here is an example of one bishop who does try to live up to his calling, even when a sensitive subject is involved:

“Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix has published the second edition of his “Catholics in the Public Square,” a booklet available nationwide outlining the privilege and duty of Catholics to engage the social and political sphere in light of their Catholic faith. …

Parishes througout the diocese of Phoenix will receive over 100,000 copies of the booklet, including 7,500 Spanish copies. …

He warns that the infamous, “‘I am a Catholic but…’ syndrome” cannot interfere with the integrity of life lived according to faith. …

Bishop Olmsted also addresses the areas of political discussion that are non-negotiable for Catholics, and reminds the faithful of how cooperation with grave evils such as abortion can cause Catholics to be banned from Holy Communion. …

“If we let our faith impact on the way we practice a profession, engage the culture, or become involved in political struggles,” said Olmsted, “then we are accused of imposing our faith on others. … These contentions are often based on false understandings of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which in fact protects the practice of religion from coercion by the state, rather than limiting the religious voice. …

The Phoenix bishop has earned a solid reputation since his appointment in 2004 for his leadership in advocating pro-life and pro-family values.

Bishop Olmsted’s booklet is currently available for purchase online.”

That article (“Phoenix Bishop Publishes “Catholics in the Public Square” in Time for the Election Season” by Kathleen Gilbert) is at

See also these other articles about Bishop Olmsted:

You can see and hear Bishop Olmsted this week
on “EWTN Live” with Father Mitch Pacwa.
See for
the schedule of the live (October 15th) and encore episodes