February 17, 2010
The former assistant Bishop of Newcastle, Paul Richardson, has been received into full communion with the Holy See, I am pleased to reveal. Richardson – also a former Anglican bishop in Papua New Guinea and diocesan bishop of Wangaratta in Australia – was received into the Church at the chaplaincy at Durham University last month.
He tells me that Read the rest of this entry »
June 6, 2009
Saint Alessandro di Fiesole
May 24, 2009
Blessed Louis-Zéphirin Moreau, 1824 – 1901
August 28, 2008
The Catholic bishops, and the blosophere, have been quick and comprehensive in refuting Nancy Pelosi’s erring comments regarding abortion and the Catholic Church. To this end, it is comforting to see yet another bishop who has commented on– and rebuked– Nancy Pelosi’s statement on Meet the Press.
Bishop William Murphy of the Rockville Centre diocese, writing in the Long Island Catholic, wrote this article:
What the Church does teach is the truth that the first and foremost issue is that of human life. It is the central issue of human living, and it is the most important measure of a healthy society. How we treat all human life, but especially vulnerable human life whether in the womb or at the last moments of earthly life, does determine whether or not we will have the moral vision to guide the choices we make in our families and communities, in our nation and the world. Read the rest of this entry »
June 11, 2008
Blessed Choukrallah Maloyan, 1869 – 1915 Read the rest of this entry »
June 10, 2008
Q. If popes and bishops are necessary then why were there none in the early church?
A. In the early Church there were all three ordained offices of the Catholic Church that we have today (Deacons, Priests, Bishops). They were called by different names but the offices were in existence and are designated in Acts 6:5 and Acts 15 at the first Church Council and elsewhere in the New Testament.
Q. Then why have I never seen that in Acts 15 before? I have read it many times.
A. You surely saw it but just missed the significance of the information you were reading.
First, we have Peter at the council who stood up and settled the dispute, made the POPE or Vicar of Christ in Matthew 16:17-19.
Then, also present at the first Church Council were the apostles who became the first BISHOPS ( Gr. Episkopos) in the Church. There are many other New Testament passages that mention the office of bishop or overseer.
Next we see PRIESTS, called elders in the New Testament because this is the strict English translation of the Greek presbuteros. However, our English word Priest is etymologically derived from the Greek word presbuteros.
And finally we have DEACONS. Stephen and others in Acts 6 and qualifications of deacons in I Timothy 3:8-12. There are many other NT passages also that talk about deacons.
June 5, 2008
Bishop James Augustine Healy
James Augustine Healy was born in Georgia a slave. Due to his status, he and his siblings were forbidden from attending school. His parents wanted for them to be educated, and therefore sent se and his brother to the North to attend school. They later transfered to the Holy Cross College.
He and his brother Hugh were among the first graduation class, “Class of 1849″.
James then attended the Suplican Seminary in Paris. During this time, he felt he was called to e a pastor. In 1854, he was ordained at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
Following his return to the US, he served as a priest and pastor in Boston for many years.
In 1875, he was named Bishop of Portland, Maine, being the fist African-American to be named bishop.
Within the 25 years he served as bishop, he established 60 new seminaries, 68 missions, 18 convents and schools throughout Maine, while overcoming the prejudices he faced.
Bishop Healy was a humble man, who wanted to served God and aid His people.
June 1, 2008
Blessed Giovanni Battista Scalabrini, 1839 -1905 Read the rest of this entry »