Chicago -- "The flack has been enormous," since he accepted New Ways Ministry's invitation, the Lexington bishop says, but LGBT Catholics' "valuable expression of mercy" has inspired him.
Distinctly Catholic: If the political opposition is smart, which is a big if, they will emulate FDR in drawing on Catholic social doctrine's moral and intellectual framework.
Making A Difference: During the bishops' fall assembly, several bishops and one abbot walked to an inner city parish to share a simple meal with peace activists -- myself included.
Eco Catholic: The reality of life without coal has become a pressing issue overdue for real discussion, said a West Virginia priest.
Pope Francis has named Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Daly of San Jose, Calif., to head the diocese of Spokane, Wash., and Conventual Franciscan Fr. John Stowe to be bishop of Lexington, Ky.
Daly, 54, has been an auxiliary of the San Jose diocese since 2011. Stowe is a vicar provincial for his community and rector of the Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation in Carey, Ohio.
The appointments were announced Thursday in Washington by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States.