Archive for March, 2010

By Catholic News Service

SAN FRANCISCO (CNS) — The U.S. cardinal who succeeded Pope Benedict XVI as head of the Vatican doctrinal congregation said a recent news story and editorial in The New York Times about the pope’s handling of past sex abuse cases “are deficient by any reasonable standards of fairness.”

A lengthy critique by Cardinal William J. Levada, prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, of a March 26 article by Laurie Goodstein and a related New York Times editorial was published March 30 on the Web site of Catholic San Francisco, archdiocesan newspaper. Cardinal Levada was archbishop of San Francisco until his 2005 Vatican appointment. (more…)

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The Knights on Bikes of the Diocese of Beaumont will be turning the Stations of the Cross into a multi-parish event April 2 with the Stations of the Cross Run.

The group of bikers will travel by motorcycle to 13 parishes praying a station at each. The run will conclude at the Hospitality Center, 3959 Gulfway Drive, Port Arthur, where the 14th station will be prayed.

Scott Hilton, president of the local chapter of Knights on Bikes, said the group is using this run as an opportunity to evangelize and show their faith throughout the community. (more…)

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Chrism Mass pays homage to priests

Hundreds of people gathered at St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica, Beaumont, March 30 to celebrate the Chrism Mass with Bishop Curtis Guillory, SVD, and the priests of the diocese.

The Mass is an expression of the fullness of the bishop’s priesthood and of the close unity of the priests with him. (more…)

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By Paula Beaton Catholic News Service

Bishop W. Michael Mulvey waves after being installed as the eighth bishop of Corpus Christi at Corpus Christi Cathedral March 25. Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston is behind Bishop Mulvey. (CNS photo/Bahram Mark Sobhani)

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (CNS) — With a challenge to remember all he will serve, especially the “poor and the weak,” Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston ordained Bishop-designate W. Michael Mulvey to the episcopacy and installed him as the eighth bishop of Corpus Christi March 25.

More than 300 priests and 30 bishops, including Archbishop Pietro Sambi, apostolic nuncio to the United States, joined a congregation of nearly 1,200 in Corpus Christi Cathedral to celebrate the three-hour liturgy.

Many priests and parishioners from the Austin Diocese, the new bishop’s home diocese, were at the Mass.

Bishop Mulvey succeeds Bishop Edmond Carmody, 76, a native of Ireland who had served Corpus Christi for 10 years at the time of his retirement in January.

The transition of leadership was bittersweet as Bishop Carmody received a lengthy applause from the crowd and reiterated the words he said during his 2000 installation as head of the diocese.

“The pope could have sent you more a intelligent bishop, a better preacher, a better administrator, but he could not have sent you a bishop that would love you more,” he said. “I hope I have kept that promise. But then it was an easy promise to keep because you are a lovable crowd.” (more…)

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By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service

Pope Benedict XVI greets people during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican March 31. (CNS photo/Paul Haring

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI asked Catholics to offer special prayers during Holy Week that their priests would be holy messengers of hope, reconciliation and peace.

During his weekly general audience March 31, the pope said the priests’ annual renewal of their vows was particularly significant during the Year for Priests, which ends in June.

In his remarks in Italian, French, English, German, Spanish and Portuguese, the pope highlighted the importance of the Holy Week chrism Mass, during which priests gather with their bishop to bless the oils used in the sacraments and to renew their priestly promises.

Most dioceses celebrate the chrism Mass Thursday morning during Holy Week. The pope, speaking in Spanish, invited people to keep the priests in their prayers. (more…)

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Funeral arrangements have been set for Deacon William G. Rudolph who died March 30 at the age of 84.

Visitation will be Sunday, April 4, 6-9 p.m., at St. Mary Church, 702 E. Houston, Cleveland. A rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. (more…)

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Students bring the stations to life

The sixth-grade students of St. Anne Catholic School, Beaumont, brought to life the story of Christ’s passion and death through the presentation of the Living Stations of the Cross March 26.  Parents, staff and students watched as they depicted every station. (more…)

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