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.