Category Archives: Catholicism

Catholic diocese buys $500,000 mansion for NJ bishop; bad move in Francis era?

When I read the news late last week that the Camden, N.J. Diocese is buying a $500,000 mansion for Bishop Dennis Sullivan, my first thought was ‘That’s not a wise move.’ With a few days to read more on the … Continue reading

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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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St. Patrick selling tickets for an all-expenses paid trip to see Penn State in Dublin

When Terry Mahoney was looking for an idea to raise funds for St. Patrick Catholic Church in York, she leaned on her 32 years as a development director. She came up with a unique trip of a lifetime. The church … Continue reading

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Pew: Pope Francis’ popularity not boosting U.S. Catholic numbers

After just eight months on the job, Pope Francis has had a remarkable impact on Catholic theology. While few concrete changes have emerged, Francis’ frank compassion and absolute humility have started a deep discussion on various issues long held by … Continue reading

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Father Samuel Houser of St. Patrick takes leave due to ill health

Joe Aponick of the Roman Catholic Diocese in Harrisburg says Father Samuel Houser of St. Patrick Catholic Church in York is stepping aside for health reasons. Houser was named senior priest and assigned to Saint Margaret Mary Church in Harrisburg. … Continue reading

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Obamacare, Medicaid and the social problem pastors won’t address

Amid all the political back and forth on the Affordable Care Act and whether it’s the savior of society, or a sign of the apocalypse, I came across a blog item taking pastors to task for not standing up for … Continue reading

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Harrisburg Diocese to take up collection for Typhoon Haiyan victims

  UPDATE: Just got word that the Church of the Brethren is also engaged in fundraising efforts for typhoon victims. Brethren Disaster Ministries is heading up these efforts. An initial grant of $35,000  is being sent to support emergency operations … Continue reading

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Harrisburg Diocese to participate in controversial Vatican survey

To follow up on a post I made Monday, the Harrisburg Diocese announced this morning they will be participating in the Vatican survey revealed last week. The Vatican has asked national bishops’ conferences around the world to conduct a wide-ranging … Continue reading

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Vatican planning to poll parishes for input on church teaching

In an extraordinary measure, the Vatican has asked national bishops’ conferences around the world to conduct a wide-ranging poll of Catholics asking for their opinions on church teachings on contraception, same-sex marriage and divorce. Whoa. It did what? Is this … Continue reading

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Is Stephen Colbert the face of U.S. Catholicism?

I admit I am a big fan of Stephen Colbert, or, rather, of the pompous, self-important character he portrays almost exclusively — a character said to be based on Fox News heavyweight Bill O’Reilly. One of my favorite quotes come … Continue reading

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