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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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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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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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A classmate reflects on the loss of Father Kevin Kayda

When I heard the news, I immediately recognized the name. Kevin Kayda had been on the list of newly assigned priests I received via email over the summer. He stood out to me because he was from Carlisle. And now, … Continue reading

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Pope Francis: reflecting a bigger desire for change in the Catholic Church?

I decided not to write about Pope Francis’ stunning interview Thursday for a couple reasons. First and foremost, it was a busy day and my final day of the week. But I didn’t feel like there was much new here, … 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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Pope Francis on gays: ‘Who am I to judge?’

As it turns out, my blog post Wednesday was a prescient one. The rumblings that Pope Francis is too liberal for the conservative side of the church became a full roar — if one that is likely to pass quickly … Continue reading

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