KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- In what may be a sign the Kansas City-St. Joseph diocese is trying to address concerns it will have a difficult time managing its ministerial duties as Bishop Robert Finn and the diocese fight separate criminal charges, the diocese announced today the appointment of a new chief of staff.
In a new twist to the fractured relationship between parishioners of the closed Mater Dolorosa Parish in Springfield, Mass., and the Springfield diocese, which is trying to actually close the parish, the parishioners have filed a lawsuit alleging mismanagement of parishioner-donated funds.
In a statement released this morning from the U.S. Catholic Conference, the bishops’ Committee on Doctrine reaffirmed their March critique of the book “Quest For The Living God” By St. Joseph Sr. Elizabeth Johnson, saying it is an inadequate expression of Catholic faith.
Sr. Elizabeth Johnson responded to the reaffirmation this morning.
Jesuit Fr. Michael Buckley wrote a column for NCR on the fact that the bishops seem to have ignored the guidelines laid out by "Doctrinal Responsibilities."
On this day we celebrate the 125th anniversary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty.
"In October, 1886, there was unveiled on Bedloe's Island, New York harbor, a statue of 'Liberty Enlightening the World.' It was designed by M. Bartholdi and paid for by the contributions of 100,000 citizens of France, a country which had recently regained a republican form of government. The pedestal was built with money raised in the United States. This statue renewed the ancient feeling of gratitude to France, the oldest friend of our Republic."
--History of the United States for Catholic Schools, by Charles Hallan McCarthy, American Book Company, 1919, page 428.
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During testimony in Congress yesterday, the bishop placed in charge of the U.S. bishops' new ad hoc committee for religious liberty faced a series of tough questions about when government workers should be allowed to excuse themselves from their work because of issues of conscience.
As a teenager, Steve Jobs called the Vatican to speak to the pope, says a new biography on the late Apple co-creator.
CNN has posted excerpts from the Walter Isaacson's new biography on Steve Jobs:
Jobs and Wozniak built a "Blue Box," a device that allowed them to make long-distance calls for free by fooling the networks' routing switches. The two pranksters used the box to call the Vatican, with Wozniak pretending to be Henry Kissinger and asking to speak to the pope. They spoke to several Vatican officials but never actually got the pope on the line.
The federal trial against Fr. Shawn Ratigan, a priest of the Kansas City-St. Jospeh diocese who is accused of child pornography, has been continued until June 4, 2012, reports the AP.
For those who follow the Crystal Cathedral news ...
The Christian Science Monitor reports:
The Crystal Cathedral has endorsed selling its sprawling campus to a university as part of a bankruptcy reorganization plan, church officials said Wednesday.
The church's board of directors has backed Chapman University's offer to buy the property if the church is unable to raise enough money to avoid a sale, the church said in a written statement.
Under the plan, the church would be able to continue to use a number of buildings on the Garden Grove campus and possibly repurchase them at a later date.
Read more of the story here.
On this day in 1858, Theodore Roosevelt was born "in a brownstone house on Twentieth Street in New York City. A re-creation of the original dwelling, now operated by the National Park Service, replicates the tranquility of Roosevelt's earliest years. His father, Theodore Roosevelt Sr., was a prosperous glassware merchant, and was one of the wealthy old Knickerbocker class, whose Dutch ancestors had been living on Manhattan Island since the 1640s. His mother, Martha Bulloch, was reputedly one of the loveliest girls to have been born in antebellum Georgia. Together the parents instilled in their eldest son a strong sense of family loyalty and civic duty, values that Roosevelt would himself practice, and would preach from the bully pulpit all of his adult life."