Thursday, November 24, 2005

Archbishop Sean P. O'Malley - Diocese of Boston, MA

Archbishop Sean P. O'Malley has canceled plans to attend the annual Christmas dinner for Catholic Charities next month because the event is honoring Mayor Thomas M. Menino, a supporter of Catholic Charities who has also been an outspoken advocate of abortion rights and same-sex marriage.

O'Malley's decision came after a conservative Catholic group, the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts, called on Roman Catholics to boycott the fund-raiser to send a message that Catholic leaders in public office should not be honored if they ignore the Vatican's teachings on major social issues.

Source: O'Malley won't attend charities' dinner, by Michael Levenson and Charles A. Radin. Boston Globe Nov. 24, 2005.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Bishop Robert McManus - Diocese of Worcester

WESTBOROUGH -- Some parishioners at St. Luke the Evangelist are angry their pastor was yanked from Mass and publicly scolded by the bishop of the Worcester diocese for opposing church efforts to ban gay marriage in Massachusetts.

"Bishop (Robert) McManus told us that Father George (Lange) 'made a mistake' and 'should not have done that,'" said parishioner Cindy Hodgdon. "Our church leaders' hands were slapped very publicly."

McManus took over two Masses after Lange and his associate pastor, the Rev. Stephen Labaire, printed a short item in a recent church bulletin snubbing the Massachusetts bishops for supporting an amendment to the state Constitution that would define marriage as between a man and a woman only.

"The priests of this parish do not feel that they can support this amendment. They do not see any value to it and they see it as an attack upon certain people in our parish, namely those who are gay," the item in the bulletin said.

McManus, bishop of the Diocese of Worcester, took over the two Masses, the 5 p.m. Mass Saturday and 10:30 a.m. Mass Sunday, to state that Lange's position about gay marriage was wrong and that Lange and Labaire mishandled the issue.

Source: Bishop scolds Westborough priests for announcement supporting gay rights, by Sarah Menesale. MetroWest Daily News Sept. 29, 2005.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Bishop Michael Saltarelli - Diocese of Wilmington

Bishop Michael Saltarelli is outspoken in witnessing to the Gospel of Life to his diocese and to the politicians in the Diocese of Wilmington–particularly those who call themselves pro-choice and Catholic. In Delaware, that includes two nationally prominent figures, U.S. Senator Joseph Biden, a Democrat, and U.S. Representative Michael Castle, a Republican.

Bishop Saltarelli believes in the power of prayer. During the month of October–which is Respect Life Month–he is asking Catholics in his diocese to pray for a conversion of all politicians, statesmen, and lawyers to an respect for life. He has composed a Litany to St. Thomas More, which will be distributed to all the churches in the Diocese of Wilmington for the first weekend in October. The Litany was first distributed to the diocese in October 2004. The diocese comprises 57 parishes, 19 missions, and 40 schools in the State of Delaware and the nine counties of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. There are over 220,000 Catholics in the diocese.

In June 2005, Bishop Saltarelli led several dozen Catholics in praying the Rosary outside the Delaware State House while state House lawmakers inside debated the merits of the Delaware Regenerative Medicine Act, SB 80, which had already passed the state Senate. The embryonic stem cell bill was postponed until January 2006. . . .

Interview with Bishop Michael A. Saltarelli, Diocese of Wilmington, Delaware, by Valerie Schmalz. Ignatius Insight Sept. 28, 2005.

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Archbishop Alfred Hughes (New Orleans); Bishop Robert Muench (Baton Rouge)

New Orleans, Sep. 01 - Armed with only two changes of clothes, New Orleans Archbishop Alfred Hughes joined hundreds of thousands of refugees, most likely now homeless, after the scourge of Hurricane Katrina.

The archbishop spent Wednesday in ministry to the frightened and devastated evacuees of the city of New Orleans. The Baton Rouge Advocate reported that he and Bishop Robert W. Muench of Baton Rouge spent Wednesday visiting Louisiana’s packed makeshift shelters. . . .

Source: New Orleans archbishop joins Katrina refugees Catholic World News. Sept. 1, 2005.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Archbishop Raymond Burke, Diocese of St. Louis, MO

Correspondence between Archbishop Burke and the "Catholic" Action Network for Social Justice Circa April 2004 - August 25, 2005, containing in part:
. . . I have received your letter of June 1 last, with which you enclosed two admissions for the film screening and reception, “In Good Conscience: Sister Jeannine Gramick’s Journey of Faith.” I could not accept the admissions, or use them, because the work of Sister Jeannine Gramick, with regard to persons who suffer from same-sex attraction, has been judged by the highest authority of the Church to be seriously defective. I enclose for you a copy of the Notification published in the Acta Apostolicae Sedis of May 31, 1999.

I invite you to give careful study to the Notification in order to understand why it is not possible for Catholics to promote the work of Sister Jeannine Gramick as it pertains to persons who suffer from same-sex attraction. . . .

With regard to the Catholic Action Network for Social Justice, I do not believe that it is proper for the Network to use the titled “Catholic.” I have reviewed the materials on the website for the Catholic Action Network, and find several of them to be contrary to Church teaching and discipline. If it is the intention of the Network to remain Catholic, then the mission of the Network must be purified of those elements of dissent from Catholic teaching and practice.

Hat tip: Archbishop Burke's Responses to Catholic Action Network & "Holy Families" Ad Majorum Dei Gloriam [blog].

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted - Diocese of Phoenix, AZ

Phoenix, AZ ( -- If you're an elected official or political candidate in Arizona who backs abortion, don't look for a speaking engagement at a Catholic church in Phoenix. The diocese there has decided to disallow giving a platform to any political figure who supports abortion, which is contrary to church teachings.

Thus far, Gov. Janet Napolitano is the only one who has been affected by Phoenix Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted's decision. . . .

Source: Arizona Catholic Diocese Bans Politicians Who Support Abortion August 4, 2005.

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput - Denver CO

WASHINGTON - Denver Archbishop Charles J. Chaput on Friday reignited his heated criticism of Catholic politicians who "don't conform" their lives to their religious beliefs.

"When public officials claim to be Catholic but then say they can't offer their beliefs about the sanctity of the human person as the basis of law, it always means one of two things: That person is either very confused or they're very evasive," he said.

Chaput made his remarks at the second annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, where President Bush also spoke.

During last fall's campaign, Chaput criticized Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo., a Catholic who says he personally opposes abortion but believes a woman should be able to make her own choice. . . .

Source: Chaput targets Catholic politicians: hits on abortion theme, by Kara N. Edgerson, Scripps Howard News Service. May 21, 2005.

Friday, May 20, 2005

Cardinal William Keeler - Diocese of Baltimore, MD

BALTIMORE - Cardinal William Keeler will not attend a Jesuit university commencement because keynote speaker Rudolph Giuliani, a Catholic, supports abortion rights, an official said Wednesday.

Giuliani, the Republican former New York City mayor mentioned as a possible candidate for president in 2008, is expected to award some 1,600 degrees and certificates at Friday's commencement at Loyola College of Maryland.

He also is to receive an honorary degree. . . .READ MORE

Source: Md. cardinal to boycott Giuliani speech Associated Press. May 18, 2005.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Archbishop Alfred C. Hughes - Diocese of New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS -- The archbishop of New Orleans on Thursday rebuked Loyola University over an honor for the family of Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu and her brother, Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu, obliquely criticizing them for supporting abortion rights.

Loyola announced Wednesday it would award a collective honorary doctorate to the Landrieus for their public service - that of former Mayor Moon Landrieu, his wife and their nine children, including the senator and lieutenant governor.

Archbishop Alfred C. Hughes said he had told Loyola's president Rev. Kevin Wildes of his disappointment over the honor, and indirectly criticized the abortion stance of the senator and her brother.

"Not all members of the family have been faithful to the church's teaching regarding public policy," Hughes said in a statement. He added that he would boycott commencement exercises because he didn't want to "confuse the faithful" by giving the "impression that it is appropriate to include in an honor anyone who dissents publicly from Church teaching."

Source: "Loyola criticized over Landrieus honor" Seattle Post-Intelligencer / The Associated Press. May 5, 2005.

Friday, April 29, 2005

Cardinal Edward Egan - Archdiocese of New York

MANASSAS, VA, April 29, 2005 ( - The Archdiocese of New York has determined that Marymount Manhattan College is no longer a Catholic institution. The college has been under protest by the Cardinal Newman Society for inviting pro-abortion Sen. Hillary Clinton to give its commencement address and receive an honorary degree on May 20.

This is the fourth time since the late Pope John Paul II issued Ex Corde Ecclesiae, the apostolic constitution on Catholic universities, that a bishop has declared an historically Catholic college or university to be not Catholic. The three colleges previously declared no longer Catholic include Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, and Nazareth College and Saint John Fisher College, both in Rochester, New York.

"The decision to honor one of Congress' most outspoken and strident advocates of abortion rights was just the latest episode in a long history of secularization at Marymount Manhattan College," said Patrick J. Reilly, President of the Cardinal Newman Society (CNS), a national organization dedicated to the renewal of Catholic identity at America's 220--now 219--Catholic colleges and universities.

There is tremendous value to clearly and formally identifying wayward Catholic institutions as no longer Catholic, as Cardinal Egan has done so courageously," Reilly said. "We would have preferred that the College's trustees and officials had embraced the College's roots and respected those Catholics who founded, attended and funded this institution."


Source: Catholic Church Withdraws Recognition of College That Plans to Honor Pro-Abortion Hillary Clinton April 29, 2005.

Saturday, April 16, 2005

Bishop Thomas Paprocki - Diocese of Chicago

Before we leave this beautiful Basilica of St. Hyacinth, I wish to say a few words of thanks and to make a special request in honor of Pope John Paul II. . . .

. . . . Thank you also to the civic officials for your presence, especially the Consul General of Poland and his wife, Mr. & Mrs. Franciszek Adamczyk, and the Governor of the State of Illinois, the Honorable Rod Blagojevich.

That brings me to my request. As some of you know, I come from a family of pharmacists. My grandfather and his brother were pharmacists. My father and his brother were pharmacists with their own drug stores. Two of my brothers currently work in pharmacies, and I have a niece just beginning pharmacy school, thus marking four generations of pharmacists in the Paprocki family. In fact, if I had not become a priest, I probably would have become a pharmacist myself. But I never would have thought that the day would come when pharmacists would have to choose between practicing their profession as a pharmacist and living their profession of the Catholic faith. Yet that is precisely the situation that Illinois pharmacists now find themselves in because the Governor last Friday signed an “emergency regulation” requiring that all pharmacies and pharmacists in the State of Illinois will be expected to accept and fill prescriptions for contraceptives without delay.

The obvious problem, as Pope John Paul II so clearly and repeatedly taught, is that Catholics believe that artificial contraception is morally wrong; moreover, some contraceptives, so-called “morning after” pills, actually induce abortion by stopping the life of an early human embryo.

As a lawyer myself, I believe that this executive order violates the First Amendment religious rights of the pharmacist under the United States Constitution and the Illinois Health Care Right of Conscience Act. As a Bishop, I am dismayed that our secular society has reached the point that individuals are being required by law to violate their personal religious beliefs in order to accommodate the selfish demands of special interest groups.

Mr. Governor, I mean no disrespect. I am not here to criticize or scold you. On the contrary, I respectfully plead with you, I beg of you, to rescind your executive order. You are here, as we all are, to pay our respects to the life of Pope John Paul II. He spoke consistently and forcefully against moral evils and the whole point of his life was to put such words into action.

Pope John Paul II once said, “In the designs of divine providence, there is no such thing as mere coincidence.” Hence, I believe it is no mere coincidence that I have this opportunity to address this issue in person and in public just two days after the Governor issued his decree.

Mr. Governor, out of respect for our beloved Pope John Paul II, please respect his wishes; please rescind your order. Let our pharmacists be free to follow their faith!

-- POST-COMMUNION REMARKS (condensed version) AT MASS FOR POPE JOHN PAUL II. St. Hyacinth Basilica, Chicago, Illinois April 3, 2005.

These comments were made by Bishop Thomas Paprocki concerning the recent legislation demanding that pharmacists must fill prescriptions for contraceptives, even if it goes contrary to their conscience. [Via Mere Comments Touchstone Weblog].

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput - Denver CO

Verbal fisticuffs broke out Tuesday between Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput and a luncheon audience that challenged him. . . .

. . . a man identifying himself as a Catholic graduate of Regis University questioned why "a bunch of celibate men are telling us what to do about sex."

"That's the unfair kind of remark that happens in these discussions," Chaput retorted.

"Let's have an honest debate and not make fun of the values of the other side. We've become quite uncivilized."

One questioner observed that the Catholic Church doesn't appear to care about protecting women hurt by unwanted pregnancies.

His voice rising, Chaput replied, "That dear baby who gets aborted is who I'm protecting. Somebody doesn't just get hurt with abortion - they get killed."

"Who will take care of the unwanted children?" another asked.

"I'll take any child that's unwanted and find them a home and take care of the mother," he said. "You have my personal pledge on that."

When the issue of separation of church and state arose, Chaput derided a bill before the legislature that would require hospitals to give emergency contraception information to sexual assault victims.

"The state doesn't seem to worry too much about separation of church and state when it wants to force its point of view on Catholic hospitals," he said.

To applause, another questioner observed that if the church wants to be part of public life, "When is the church going to agree to pay taxes?"

"I run 50 Catholic schools that keep you from paying more taxes - is that worth it to you?" Chaput shot back.

Source: Lunch crowd challenges Chaput - Catholic leader fields politics, sex and abortion questions, by Jean Torkelson, Rocky Mountain News. March 2, 2005

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted - Diocese of Phoenix, AZ

GILBERT - The Rev. John Cunningham has been fired as pastor at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Gilbert, eight months after he was suspended and a month after criminal allegations were made against him.

Cunningham's attorney, his brother James, said Wednesday that the priest received a letter from Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted on Tuesday removing him as pastor. The priest earlier had declined to resign, as requested by the bishop. . . .

Cunningham was suspended last April after Olmsted received a report that Cunningham had allowed an Episcopal priest to take part in a wedding Mass earlier in the month, in violation of church law. The matter was sent to Vatican authorities. The results of that inquiry have not been made public. An audit conducted after his suspension found financial irregularities, apparently involving a Cunningham-owned building used for church offices, that were forwarded to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office for investigation.

Source: "Gilbert priest is fired from job as pastor", by Michael Clancy The Arizona Republic Jan. 6, 2005