Category Archives: Around Pennsylvania

Noted Catholic blogger shares insights on Harrisburg Diocese bishop search

If I’ve learned one thing in recent months, it’s that midstate Catholics are very interested in the process to name the next bishop of the Harrisburg Diocese. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to provide much information on the search, as … Continue reading

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Rev. Schaefer one of many pastors officiating gay weddings in defiance of church

I’ve been following the saga this week of the Rev. Frank Schaefer, the United Methodist minister from Spring City who was convicted under church law of officiating at his son’s same-sex wedding ceremony. He was suspended for 30 days Tuesday … Continue reading

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Bishop James Dunlop talks about future of ELCA

After many phone calls back and forth and many messages left by both of us, I finally got an audience with new ELCA Bishop James Dunlop last week. Dunlop was a surprise choice this summer to take over the Susquehanna … Continue reading

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Update: Diocese of Harrisburg bishop search

Not much news to report since it is a closed process and very tightly controlled, but I reached out to the Diocese of Harrisburg this week for an update on its bishop search. Bishop Joseph McFadden died suddenly in Philadelphia … Continue reading

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A year of change marches on for area Lutherans and Catholics

I know we have four months remaining in 2013, but what an eight months it’s been faith-wise for the two dominant denominations of York County. Feels like it’s time to hit the reset button and review where we’ve been, and … Continue reading

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PA Pastor’s Network: time has come to stand for morality and religious freedom

I often get news releases put out by the PA Pastor’s Network, usually on the various cultural fights of the day. This morning, I received one from Sam Rohrer, president of PPN, that sounded quite a bit like a call … Continue reading

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Cardinal Dolan, new museum, help celebrate faith of Gettysburg soldiers

As we get set to raise the curtain on the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, it’s worth noting the religious tie to the battlefield. After all, some 750,000 soldiers died during the Civil War and many of them … Continue reading

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Interesting gay marriage responses from Catholic Diocese, former Republican head

Interesting responses today to the SCOTUS rulings on two gay marriage cases before the court. The story broke just as I began my 10 a.m. shift, so I was thrown into it immediately. Of course, I began receiving the usual … Continue reading

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Baptists and Methodists adopt differing responses to Boy Scouts

The recent decision by the Boy Scouts of America to permit gay scouts is drawing interesting responses from the faith community. The two are inextricably linked since thousands of churches across the country sponsor Boy Scout troops. Many denominations have … Continue reading

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Harrisburg Diocese needs another Kevin Rhoades

The late Bishop Joseph McFadden impressed me with his faith and commitment to serving the Catholics of central Pennsylvania. I reflected a little about my interaction with him in this post Thursday, the day McFadden died suddenly in Philadelphia from … Continue reading

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