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Sunday, July 31, 2011

The Boys of Sunday - week 12

Archbishop Timothy Dolan [18 pts]
Link 1 - [1 pt] Blog post
Link 2 - [1 pt] Blog post
Link 3 - [1 pt] Blog post
Link 3 - [3 pts] Hosted Haitian youths affected by the disaster down there. Event at Cathedral.
Link 4 - [1 pt] Weekly radio show
Link 5 - [1 pt] Column in diocesan paper
Link 6 - [3 pts] Penned an afterword that appears in a new book entitled The Church and New Media
Link 7- [1 pt] Released statement on death of +Sambi as head of USCCB.
Link 8 - [5 pts] The NY Capitol critical of Dolan for being on vacation when gay fake marriages began in NYS
Link 9 - [1 pt] Dolan makes statement on Norway killings

Bishop Robert Morlino [18 pts]
Link 1 - [2 pts] Facebook post (7/28, 7/26)
Link 2 - [3 pts] Offered Mass for +Sambi (in comment to 7/28 post)
Link 3 - [3 pts] Attended meeting of "Love Begins Here" organization
Link 4 - [1 pt] Morlino posts comment @ Love Begins Here facebook page (7/29)
Link 5 - [1 pt] Column in diocesan paper
Link 6 - [1 pt] Bishop issues new pastoral appointments
Link 7 - [3 pts] Presided and preached at first Mass of the new St. Clare of Assisi parish
Link 8 - [3 pts] Attending a gathering of the diocesan seminarians
Link 9 - [1 pt] Comments from Bp. Morlino on quality of life

Archbishop Jose Gomez [6 pts]
Link 1 - [1 pt] Issued statement on death of +Sambi
Link 2 - [1 pt] Facebook post (7/25)
Link 4 - [3 pts] Spoke at conference
Link 5 - [1 pts] Appoints new leader to Damien High School

My unofficial tally: 42 pts

Crusading Croziers - Week 12

Bishop Finn

Co-celebrated closing Mass at a Catholic conference with Cardinal Burke. - [3 pts]

Bishop Tobin

Public event - Blessing of the Fleet in Galilee, RI - [3 pts]

Bishop Lynch

Blogpost - Farewell Good Friend Of The Church In The United States - [1 pt]

Total for Week 12: 7 points.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Standings - Week Eleven

Faster than you can say "Anathema sit!", Kung's Bane - led by Archbishop Chaput's appointment to lead the Archdiocese of Philadelphia - is within striking distance of the Boys Of Sunday.

In what has become the single highest point total this season, Kung's Bane racked up an astonishing 101 points, 88 of which were supplied by Archbishop Charles "Boom-Boom" Chaput, to come within 72 points of the front-running Boys Of Sunday, who tallied 17 points for the week. The Crusading Croziers, who had held second place in the Eastern Conference for the entire season up until this week, got pushed down to third after posting 16 points. Trailing in fourth are the Dubuque Fighting Saints, with an 8 point week, and behind them lurk the Zealous Zucchettos.

Over in the Western Conference, another team has submitted their Letter of Forfeiture to league management - the Heresy Hunters - citing "personal reasons" to suspend play for the remainder of this season, but vowing to return in 2012. Thus, the league is now down to three teams: The Pertinacious Papists, in first with 179 points; the Vicious Vicars with 123 points, and the Mighty Mitres with 86.

The Heresy Hunters are officially on hiatus until Substitution Day - anyone interested in managing them on an interim basis until the end of the season, please contact the League Office (same goes for the Purple Padres).


1. Boys of Sunday [296]
2. Kung's Bane [224]
3. Crusading Croziers [145]
4. Dubuque Fighting Saints [92]
5. Zealous Zucchettos [64]


1. Pertinacious Papists [179]
2. Vicious Vicars [123]
3. Heresy Hunters* [97]
4. Mighty Mitres [86]
5. Purple Padres* [20]

[#] = total points

* - indefinite hiatus

With the BOS' comfortable lead dwindling, and Kung's Bane surging, the second half of the season will prove to be interesting, to say the least. Plus, with Substitution Day less than two weeks away - and several teams have indicated they will be participating - no team's lead may be secure. This has the makings of a down-to-the-wire finish that will come to define the term "exciting".

NB: Suspended teams' rosters are available for selection on Substitution Day - keep that in mind as you make your decision to participate or not.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Crusading Croziers - Week 11

Bishop Finn (11 pts)

Article in the Catholic Key: "Will China Buy Our Silence About Persecution Of Catholics? (1 pt)

Editorial in Kansas City Star regarding the placement of a statue (at right), with one of the suggestions/poll choices being Bishop Finn's office, because of the way he's handled the sex-abuse crisis. (5 pts)

News report where SNAP wants to have a police officer investigated in the child pornography case against a Catholic priest; SNAP is suspicious that Bishop Finn called the officer, who sits on a diocesan advisory board, for his advice as to whether or not photos found the priest's computer constituted pornography. (5 pts)

Bishop Tobin (2 pts)

Op-ed in Rhode Island Catholic - "Golfing With My Dad" (1 pt)

Article that talks about a prison garden that was blessed by Bishop Tobin (1 pt)

Bishop Lynch (2 pts)

Blogpost: More About Seminarians (1 pt)

Blogpost: Happy Anniversary (1 pt)

Total for week 11: 15 points

Pertinacious Papists - Week 11

Cardinal George - 15 points

Spoke at a local parish about his new book - 3 points
Celebrated the opening Mass for a gathering of religious sisters - 3 points
Celebrated a Mass for the Catholic Extension Young Parish Leaders' gathering - 3 points
Had the second part of an interview published - 3 points
Had a Q&A video released - 3 points

Archbishop Vigneron - 1 point

Published a statement on the archdiocese's loan deposit program - 1 point

Total - 16 points

The Vicious Vicars - Week 11

The Vicious Vicars

Cardinal Burke
Vatican Insider - Burke influence as "Puppetteer" growing in Vatican [1 pt]
Conference Speech - Cdl. Burke spoke at the conference on: Being Faithful, Even Unto Death: Catholic Wisdom on the Treatment of the Disabled and Dying - Keynote Speaker. [3 pts]

Archbishop Carlson
St. Louis Review - Weekly Column [1 pt]
Facebook Posts x 4 [4 pts]
Vocations Fair - Archbishop Carlson in his role with the USCCB is heading up an effort to hold a Vocations Fair at WYD. [3 pts] 

Bishop Vasa
Hall of Honor - Bishop Vasa inducted into "Hall of Honor" over stripping hospital of "Catholic" title. [1 pt]


Dubuque Fighting Saints - Week 11

Cardinal DiNardo - Issues statement on 19 July 2011 as USCCB Pro-Life Chair opposing "Recommended Mandate for Birth Control, Sterilization in Private Health Plans" - 1 point
Blog post 19 July 2011 - 1 point
Cardinal DiNardo to host Shepherd's Cup Golf Classic to be held on 26 September - 1 point

Bishop Nickless - Globe article about Bishop promulgating guidelines for distribution & reception of Communion, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion w/comments by Bishop - 3 points
Letter to diocese on appointment of Archbishop Chaput as Bishop of Philadelphia - 1 point

Bishop Bruskewitz - Blog post - 1 point

8 points total

Week 11 - Mighty Mitres

I must apologize to all the other worthy and hard-working managers for not posting last week.  I spent about 4 days completely exhausted from a silent migraine attack.  This one thankfully only entailed horrible visual thingys and skipped the pain.  It did, however, leave me exhausted.

I ask for no sympathy.  At my age a few visual disturbances proves I still have eyesight and a bit of tiredness proves I'm still alive.  All of which is very good news, indeed. 

Moving on to a not so exciting week for the Mighty Mitres. 

Bishop Etienne only managed one blog post and all next week he'll be on the road in Wyoming so has already predicted light posting.  Arrrrgh!  Since when is traveling around an excuse?  Someone buy that man a laptop posthaste!

Bishop Conley was quiet as well with Archbishop Chaput stealing all the thunder.  There's a very good chance Conley could be the next bishop of Denver which would definitely improve the Mighty Mitre team.

The last time anyone saw Bishop Salvatore Cordileone, he was eating capicola and dipping Italian bread in EVOO (extra virgin olive oil.)  That's what happens when you make an Italian a bishop.  Do I get points for capicola and EVOO?   Actually, I could use some capicola right now.  Wonder if he'll share...

Using my advanced math skills sharpened over the years by added up 2 + 2 and coming up with 4 (whoooooeeee!), I've skipped using the electric calculator in favor of paper and pencil.  After much calculation causing blood, sweat, and many tears, my teams total for this week is - wait for it...


The crowds go wild as the manager of the Mighty Mitres enters the stadium

The Boys of Sunday - Week 11

We surrender.

Archbishop Timothy Dolan [5 pts]
Link 1 - [1 pt] Blog post on adoration
Link 2 - [1 pt] Weekly radio show
Link 3 - [3 pts] Dolan keynote speaker at rally for true marriage

Bishop Robert Morlino [8 pts]
Link 1 - [3 pts] Presided over funeral Mass for Fr. Philip Grasso
Link 2 - [3 pts] Concelebrated episcopal ordination Mass of Fr. Donald J. Hying
Link 3 - [1 pt] Facebook post (7/20)
Link 4 - [1 pt] Statement on appointment of Chaput

Archbishop Jose Gomez [4 pts]
Link 1 - [1 pt] Diocesan paper column
Link 2 - [1 pt] Video of homily
Link 3 - [2 pts] Facebook posts (7/19, 7/23)

My unofficial tally: 17 pts

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Standings - Week Ten

Wow! Super late with the standings. Here they are, sans commentary.


1. Boys of Sunday [279]
2. Crusading Croziers [130]
3. Küng's Bane [123]
4. Dubuque Fighting Saints [84]
5. Zealous Zucchettos [64]


1. Pertinacious Papists [163]
2. Vicious Vicars [110]
3. Heresy Hunters [97]
4. Mighty Mitres [85]
5. Purple Padres* [20]

[#] = total points

* - indefinite hiatus

Note: The following teams - Heresy Hunters, Mighty Mitres and Zealous Zucchettos - didn't publish a points post for Week Ten. Please notify the league office via e-mail if this was due to pressing commitments (i.e., real life stuff), or if you're losing interest/running out of steam/etc.

Substitution Day Is Two Weeks Away!

An important notice from the FBL Department Of Player Development And Management!

Sunday August 7, 2011 is Substitution Day, when managers have the option of replacing one (and only one) of their players with another eligible bishop. Below is the Substitution Day Rules And Guidelines:

1. Managers who wish to participate must file an "Intent To Participate" form with the FBL Department Of Player Development And Management no later than Saturday August 6. The "Intent To Participate" form is simply responding "Yes" in the combox to the following question:

"Do you intend to participate in Substitution Day?"

2. Managers who are participating will be invited to a "CoverItLive" event, scheduled for 11:00 PM EST, Sunday August 7, 2011.

3. At 11:00 PM, all participating managers must announce which player they are going to substitute, placing them on "Active Waiver". Bishops placed on "Active Waiver" are eligible to be picked up by any other participating manager.

4. Beginning with the participating team with the lowest point total, and proceeding in order to the team with the highest point total, managers will announce their replacement bishop, until all teams have made their selections.

5. Beginning on Monday August 8, 2011, participating teams are no longer permitted to cite their waived bishop, and must start citing their replacement bishop.

If you have any questions, comments, suggestions or inquiries, please forward them to the Director of the Department Of Player Development And Management. Thank you!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Kung's Bane Week 11

Chaput [90]
Habemus Pastor!
[3 points] Special mass that was streamed live via Channel 9 (NBC Denver).
[3 points]Archbishop Chaput held a news conference at 10 EDT Tuesday and the Rigali celebrated mass with Chaput afterward.  These are two separate public appearances, one as the new shepherd and one as a con-celebrant with his predecessor.
[3 points] I had an interview with Gorsky, the AP guy in Denver this morning (Wednesday)
[5 points] SNAP leader, Barbara Blaine slammed Chaput and is not looking forward to his new appointment.  In an article July 19 on Denver's NBC station we hear.

But Barbara Blaine, president of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, called Chaput’s appointment “disappointing.”“What Philadelphia needs would be a new leader who would come in and support the recommendations of the grand jury and I doth think Chaput will do that,” Blaine said.
Blaine called the apology issued by Chaput to Denver abuse victims “lofty words” that didn’t jibe with his opposition to a 2005 proposal to extend the statute of limitations for sex offenders.
Chaput pushed sex abuse victims to settle their claims, ensuring little information was released about what church officials new about the allegations.

“His track record on dealing with abuse is deplorable,” Blaine said
[5 points]NCRegister interview with John Allen dated July 19, there were some smack-downs in there, I counted at least 3.  These smack-downs were of Chaput of American culture.
[5 points] National Catholic Reporter did an article about Chaput that smacked HIM down.  Gosh, this guy's angry!  Congratulations Crusading Croziers, your Bishop Tobin was also smacked down with this article.
[1point] Mass Sunday, July 17 in the Cathedral
[3points] FOCUS Board of trustees meeting 8am Monday, July 18
[3 points] Tekewitha Conference for three days, one can imagine several addresses, homilies, etc.
[1 point] Story about Chaput and the Archdiocese with sound bites and interview bits and a nice picture on NPR's All Things Considered, July 19, listen at the link.
[0-5 point] WHYY in Philadelphia's show Radio Times dedicated a full hour to Archbishop Chaput on Tuesday.  Guests included Michael Sean Winters of NCR, Matthew Schmaltz of College of the Holy Cross and Barbara Blaine of SNAP.   The discussion ran concurrent with the Chaput press conference.  It's up to you if the interview really had smack downs.  It's NPR, they are dainty about smack downs.  Didn't let Blaine talk.
[1 point] Video interview with Thomas Peters reprinted in the Deborah Gyapong religion blog.  July 19
[3 points] Denver press conference at 3pm Mountain time July 20.
[3 points] Interview with Sandro Magister of "Chiesa" on July 19.
[3 points] Interview with Roxanne King of the Denver Catholic Register.
[0 Points] Acts of the Apostacy cartoon about Chaput's appointment, a brilliant mixture of Catholic blogging and Monty Python.
[3 points] Immaculate Heart Radio's "Caplis and Silverman Show" the Archbishop did an interview on July 20.  This was also streamed live on the net.
[0 point] A well-crafted article (more like an editorial) for The National Review, Michael Poterma writes that Chaput and the new Archbishop of Milan are possibly being groomed by The Holy Father to be the next pope!
[5 points] My Fox Philly did a feature news story about the new Archbishop and what he'll bring to Philadelphia.  Smack down is in the video if you watch it.
[5 points] Queerty's article "Hate Gays, Get Promotion" on Archbishop Chaput dated July 19.
[3 points] EWTN television interview on July 21 with Raymond Arroyo at 6pm Mountain time.
[3 points] Interview with The Catholic News Agency's Katherine Veik.
[5 points] Phawker, an alternative local news network online and on the radio published "An Open Letter to Archbishop Chaput" that is not complementary of Chaput, Catholicism, or the English language.  Curses abound!
[5 points] National Catholic Reporter dated July 21, lambastes Archbishop Chaput's communication style.  This paper is fast becoming Kung's Bane's best friend for point awarding!
[5 points] Philly Magazine's section, The Philly Post, article "New Archbishop Chaput's Tactics" paints Chaput as shifty, devious, and sinister. 
[5 points] 17 facebook posts but only 5 that weren't announcing media events.  Dozens of pictures were posted.
[1 point] The New York Times, an article in their religion section dated July 20 is almost a smackdown of Chaput, Laurie Goldstein
[3 points] Interview with The Catholic Standard Times, the Catholic paper of Philadelphia.  Interviewer Matthew Gambino published on July 22.
[5 points] July 22 article by Will Bunch, "Chaput won't lead the Philadelphia Archdiocese quietly" for The Philadelphia Daily News

[0 point] July 21 article in Ethics and Public Policy Center's publications by George Weigel is wonderful.  A very entertaining and informative read. The piece is titled, "The Rise of Evangelical  Catholic Bishops" and it's all about Chaput.
[0 point] Washington Post article by David Gibson about Chaput.  He's evidently outspoken but not a "blunderbust."  Great vocab word!
[0 point] Christine Flowers of The Philadelphia Inquirer in her opinion piece, "Charles in Charge," slams the opposition and wholeheartedly supports the new Archbishop.  You've gotta read this.  It's mint!
[0-1 points] Not sure if this counts, but the article is so well done that I have to pass it on.  Mollie posted to an article comparing and contrasting the myriad of articles written about Archbishop Chaput and the lenses mainstream media use to see him.  Fascinating.
[0 points] Colorado Catholic Conference bids farewell in official statements. Other bishops and the Colorado Speaker of the House also made official statements.  All in all there are [6] official statements.  You could give all 6 points for that or one for them all, it's up to you, I'm cleaning up this week!  LOOK OUT, BOYS OF SUNDAY!!!

12x3 point events = 36
9 smackdowns = 45
9 x 1 point events = 9
Olmsted [10]
Father Francis
Jackie Wright
[3 points] Father Francis Peacock's funeral was celebrated by Bishop Olmsted this Tuesday. Father Francis is a look-alike for Jackie Wright, a great character actor famous for his part in The Benny Hill Show. Can you tell the difference?
[1 point] Announced in The Catholic Sun on July 20, Bishop Olmsted announced new priest assignments this week.
[1 point] Article written by the bishop for diocesan newspaper.
[2 points] The Bishop's Hour, two new episodes, one on assisted suicide, July 18 and the other on protecting our children and the women of Phoenix on July 11.  Both programs were released on itunes and onto the web July 21.
[3 points] Dedication mass at a church in Mesa, AZ as announced on one of the Bishop's Hour programs above (July 11).
McManus [3]
[3 points] Funeral mass on Thursday for Deacon William Lucier.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Papal Mention and Major News Events

Elevation of Archbishop Dolan

For me, Bishball began as a fun past time.  It has grown into a tool that has taught me about Western Catholicism (I'm an Easterner) and the role of bishops as living icons of Christ.  In that light, I'd like to respectfully ask that we ad a new scoring category, the Papal address.  A few weeks ago, Bishop Gomez became an Archbishop, I'm sure that Archbishop Dolan will soon be elevated to Cardinal, as will my own Archbishop Chaput, Chaput is also moving to Philadelphia by papal appointment, a major change for him.  I think that these stories should be given a blanket 20 points.

Archbishop Gomez
The men who are elevated to become the face and voice of Catholicism to the world are being recognized by the pope because of who they are, human beings living out their call from Christ.  This is so much more than what they do, it is their very essence.  Also, the news stories, blog post explosions, and general hoopla around them mean that it's a major news event, a positive news event.  Living a Christian life and having that make news is what we should all strive for.  What do you say?

I can get dozens of news stories with sound bites and independently written stories with quotes, or you could just give me the 20.  Either way, I'm just tickled that Archbishop Chaput is moving to the most (or close) corrupt city in the United States.  They desperately need him.  I'm sad that he will be far away from his friend, Bishop Isaiah (Orthodox), but hope someday that he will be pope and help our churches become reunited.

I must admit that if Kung's Bane were my own, I would not have put such effort into it.  The team is Scott's and I'm really pulling out all the stops because it's for him.  He can't do it so I have to do my best so as not to let him down.

Pope Benedict XVI and Archbishop Chaput
While getting to know the 6 bishops (Mighty Miters and Kung's Bane,) I have learned about the role of bishops and seen how they take blows from the world, just as Jesus took blows.  These men really have put on Christ.  No bishop is universally loved or accepted.  They may be supported on abortion but rejected on birth control and immigration, etc.  While I wish to dethrone The Boys of Sunday, I don't begrudge them Dolan, a pastor who is in an Archdiocese that has an abortion rate over 50%.  I also don't begrudge Los Angeles their Gomez who oversees an enormous gang problem among his own flock.  These towns need the heavy hitters.  May God bless them richly.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Pertinacious Papists - Week 10

Cardinal George - 17 points

Attended and concelebrated the ordination Mass for the new bishop of Joliet - 3 points
Celebrated a special Mass for the 100th anniversary of a local oratory - 3 points
Celebrated a special Mass at the local shrine to Our Lady of Mount Carmel on the feast day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and gave a special blessing to a chapel there - 3 points
Q&A for the archdiocesan Youtube channel - 3 points
Four Facebook posts - 4 points
Column for the archdiocesan newspaper - 1 point

Archbishop Vigneron - nothing

Archbishop DiNoia - nothing

Total - 17 points

The Vicious Vicars - Week 10

Cardinal Burke
Appearance - Appearance at Cork City Mayor's Office - Signed a Guest Book [1 pt] I am giving myself one point for this, because it really doesn't deserve more. A little off-beat, but fun?
Gloria TV Mass - A Mass for the Fota IV Conference [1 pts] - Didn't want to double on points
Mass Concelebration - [1 pt]
Conference Attendance/Talks - FOTA Liturgical Conference [1 pt]
FOTA High Mass/Vespers -  Pontifical Liturgical Celebrations [6 Pts]
FOTA Videos - Just for reference [0 pts] A lot of this is doubled up, I tried to be fair about the points so I gave myself a total of 8 for the conference. 1 for the TV spot above, 1 for him being there, and 3 each for Vespers and a Mass. I know there was more I could get, but honestly Burke could get 23423424 pts at a thing like this.

Archbishop Carlson
Column - Seven Spiritual Works of Mercy - [1 pt]
Facebook Posts (3) - on Various things in the ArchD - [3 pts total]

Bishop Vasa
Quote in "Faithful Citizenship 2012" - Normally I wouldn't award for something like this, but Vasa's comment about "Pro-Abortion" candidates has launched a campaign regarding the "Faithful Citizenship 2012" Guide and what type of language should be included for the USCCB Voter's Guide. This is worthy of a point, and maybe more depending on how this all fleshes out. Although the quote happened a while ago, the point is deserved I think because it shows how when a strong bishop speaks, those words have a tendency of lasting beyond their echo. Maybe I am stretching here, but yeah. [1 pt]

Total Points: 15

Crusading Croziers - Week 10

Bishop Finn- [0 pts]

Bishop Tobin - [3 pts]

Video of Priestly Ordination (uploaded 7/13/11) [3 pts]

Bishop Lynch - [2 pts]

Blogpost - In Whom Do We Place Our Trust? [1 pt]

Blogpost - Weekend Update [1 pt]

Total for week 10: 5 pts

Bishball Scoring - Reprise 2 (Updated)

We're nearly halfway through the season - I thought it would be beneficial to reprint the Scoring Rules, originally printed here. Modifications/clarifications are in yellow.

Bishball Scoring - Reprise

During the Bishball Draft afterglow, the conversation turned to scoring. I originally posted about that here, but a review of the points system bears repeating for everybody's benefit.

There are three scoring levels - 1 point, 3 points and 5 points. I don't know why - I just chose those values.


*Blogpost (by the bishop)
*Printed (or audio) homily
*Article or op-ed piece - either in secular press or diocesan paper [written by the bishop himself, not merely written ABOUT the bishop]
*Facebook entry
*USCCB joint statement
*Radio program


*Television appearance/interview
*Print interview
*Radio interview (not the same as hosting their own program)
*Public appearance (conference; pro-life rally or prayer vigil; special Mass [not a regular Sunday Mass]; etc)
*Publishes a book


*Ex-communication of somebody
*Defrocking a priest
*Public condemnation (such as refusing communion to pro-abort politician)
*Being protested against by any liberal Catholyc/progressive group

In order to get point credit, you have to link to the original source whenever possible.

Reader comments in response to a bishop's article/actions are NOT eligible for points.

Articles that merely mention in passing something a bishop said or did, or provide a single quotation, aren't eligible. The idea is to cite material that comes directly from the bishop, or reactions to specific things the bishop has said. Citing a reference to the bishop doesn't count for any points.

You can't claim credit for multiple citations. For instance - and I'll repeat this example - if Cardinal Burke is speaking at a conference, and you link to a Youtube video of it, you get 3 points. If 25 other blogs link to that video, or talk about the cardinal's speech, you don't get an additional 25 points. You also can't get points for a transcript of his talk - you can only claim one instance (and if you're smart - and you are, because you're playing Fantasy Bishball - you'd take the higher point value anyway).

Same thing goes for if a bishop publishes a homily in his diocesan paper, and also links to it at his Facebook page and his blog. That's still only 1 point.

Now - let's say Bishop Cordileone publishes a book. Adrienne would get 3 points for that. If EWTN interviews him about his book, she gets an additional 3 points. However, she would get -0- points for an NC Register book review, because it wouldn't be written by Cordileone (most likely). However, if some pro-gay advocacy group organized a protest at Barnes & Noble because of his book, that would be 5 points. So, it is possible to get multiple points on one occasion depending on the context.

Or - let's say a bishop announces that he is removing a priest from his ministerial functions, and there are newspaper stories five days in a row in which the bishop is quoted. If they're all original articles, with original quotes, and not merely reprints of the same one, then that's 3 points per article, along with the 5 points for the priest's removal. Again, though, other people's blog posts or analyses of those articles are exempt.

You can't write blogposts about your own bishops expecting to get points - in fact, managers' blogs are exempt from any point opportunity. In other words, no sandbagging. Getting an email from a bishop doesn't count either - it has to be a public thing. However, if you have pull in the Catholic blogosphere, and you can convince another blogger to interview a bishop on your team, then you get a 50 point deduction. Just kidding! If you have strings, go ahead and pull 'em.

Basically - just use common sense. This is meant to be fun, and I don't want to bog the game down with finely detailed rules and conditions. As long as everyone has fun, and I end up winning, then it will be all good.

At the end of the day, with all the links that managers will provide, we get access to stuff that other bishops do and say, things we might not ordinarily be aware of. We get the opportunity to learn from the successors of the Apostles, and I think that's a really cool thing. We get a deeper appreciation of our faith, and maybe grow in holiness.

Managers are free to charitably challenge other managers if they want - I imagine most of that will just be friendly smack talk - but I highly doubt that will happen all that much. Except with Joe - he's going to challenge every point, cos that's how he rolls. So watch out for him.

Beyond that, I can't think of any other rules. Let's just have fun - it is, after all, just a game. Right, Joe?

Dubuque Fighting Saints - Week 10

Cardinal DiNardo - Speaking at Cafe Cathlica on 12 July 2011 - 3 points
Appearance at Archdiocesan Prayer Breakfast - 3 points

Bishop Nickless - Globe article interviewing him on his using technology - 3 points

Bishop Brustkewitz - Bishops & Priests - VIII, column - 1 point

Total 10 points

Kung's Bane Week 10

41 Points for us all!

Chaput [22]
(3 points) Mass on Sunday in the Cathedral. Here is the homily.

(3 points) Committee of Vicars and Directors meeting at the John Paul II Center at 9:30 am.

(1 point) Facebook post on July 12

(1 point) used The Archbishop's words as their thought of the day. Here it is.
"Pick up your cross and follow me."

"The world urgently needs a re-awakening of the Church in our actions and in our public and private witness...We need really to believe what we say we believe. Then we need to prove it by the witness of our lives.

(3 points) In an article for The National Catholic Register, Archbishop Chaput sets forth Muslim education and their use of the Koran to teach reading and their culture's educational habit of discussing the Koran at length every day as an example for Christians. Indeed, the Archbishop says that the Muslims got that idea from us!
Muslims didn’t develop their admirable piety in a vacuum. They borrowed their reverence from Jews and early Christians, who had a profound love for the written Word of God in the Old and New Testaments. The lesson for us today is simple. American Catholics have the one true Word of God in the Bible. If we took just one hour of the time we waste on television every day and used it to study and pray over the Gospels, we’d be fundamentally different people, and our country and our world would be transformed.
(1 point) Blog on the LG Magazine site has a post about Archbishop Chaput, "Our Choices Shape Our Eternity."

(1 point) Mentioned as one of four archbishops who might take Regali's place in Philadelphia in an article published July 14 by The National Catholic Register.
(3 points) Posted July 15, this is a video of Archbishop Chaput tending to his Hispanic, charismatic flock. He discusses the Holy Spirit.

(1 point) A Deacon's Wife muses how wasting time has eternal consequences. She quotes the good Archbishop.

Future Cardinal of Chicago or Philly?
Cardinal Rigali
Cardinal Rigali of Philadelphia
(1 point, because they mentioned him)
(3 points, because it's a big paper)
(5 points, because there is urgent talk for him to be Cardinal, reverse Smack-down, a lifting up!)
Pick one of the above, not sure how it figures.
Dated July 15 in The Vatican Insider newspaper, journalist Marco Tosatti writes,

Archbishop of Denver, Charles Chaput, a man of Indian origin, is the next likely choice for succession. His name also came up for the Archdiocese of Chicago, whose head, George, is facing health problems and could ask the Pope for a substitution. But the current uncertainty regarding Chicago could push the Vatican to resolve the Philadelphia crisis first

(1 point) Dated July 17, blogger OneCatholicNews quoted a Zenit interview of Catholic visionary, Timothy Busch.

ZENIT: The tagline for the Napa Institute is “Equipping Catholics in the Next America.” What is meant by the “Next America?”
Busch: The “Next America” is a concept developed by Archbishop Charles Chaput, who has advised throughout the development of the Napa Institute. In a wonderful essay that he published on the First Things Web site, Archbishop Chaput describes a “next America” in which American religious loyalties are “steadily softening” and “Catholics will likely find it harder, not easier, to influence the course of American culture, or even to live their faith authentically.” Why? Because the culture is becoming increasingly secularized and skeptical of orthodox religious observance.
I made the quote above the color of wine because Busch is a man after my own heart. This is how the article begins,
NAPA, California, JULY 15, 2011 ( The Napa Valley, known for its high-quality wine industry and for being a top destination for wine lovers, will be the gathering spot this July for committed Catholics interested in discussing the future role of faith in the United States.
The Napa Institute, founded by Timothy Busch, will launch its first annual conference July 28-41 at the Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa. The institute seeks to promote and defend Catholic thought and beliefs in an increasingly secular society, which the institute refers to as “the next America.”
Only Catholics would think to make sure they can get a good glass of wine in a perfect climate as they discuss the religious future of the church. I love this!

Busch is a man after my heart. He's having a conference in Napa Valley at the end of the month.

(1 point) Whispers in the Loggia's post compares the censure of the Bishop in Cleveland with that of the Bishop in Queensland last year. Archbishop Chaput was dispached by the Vatican to handle that Australian issue.

MONDAY, JULY 11, 2011

Cleveland Rocked: Vatican Probes Bishop, Church Closings

(1 point) A short July 16 post on the Always Jason blog musing that Archbishop Chaput is long overdue to become a Cardinal.
Olmsted [11]

(3 points) In an interview posted July 13, The Spitzer Center's site features a video and article from Bishop Olmsted.

(3 points) The Bishop's Hour radio show. A production of the Diocese of Phoenix, Bishop Olmsted speaks to his flock every Monday at 10am on Immaculate Heart Radio. This episode was made available this week online.

(1 point, 5 points) Bishop Olmsted was mentioned in an AZ Central article about the very low rates of contributions to the Catholic Church.
Giving to a major Catholic fundraising effort has declined to its lowest level in 12 years, the fourth consecutive year that donations have dropped. Read more:
The article then speculates that the reasons for the decline could include Bishop Olmsted's excommunication of a hospital, his opposition to gay marriage, etc. The smack-down is in the comments!

The real reasons are three fold. 1. The economy. 2. This bishop and his arch conservative minions are obsessed with two subjects, abortion and homosexuality, thus they lack spirituality, but somehow they find money to inject themselves into governmental policy matters. 3. The hierarchy is also obsessed with rules, regulations and the "proper" procedures on all matters of dogma, which removes the spirirtual and humanity from the Church. Thus it is clear many people are voting with their feet and wallets.
Read more:
McManus [7]

(3 points) Public appearance with other bishops from Massachusetts at a conference that explores morality and cutting edge scientific practice. This was reported in a blog on July 12.
signatories include Bishop George Coleman of the Diocese of Fall River, Bishop Timothy McDonnell of the Diocese of Springfield and Bishop Robert McManus of the Diocese of Worcester.
(3 points) Interview about the future of Catholic education on CatholicTV.

(1 point) Message board post about McManus on Catholic Forum Fisheaters. It's through the Diocese of Boston.
Diocese of Worcester is my old home....Bishop McManus has taken some good public stands, but the diocese overall is just a big happy-clappy NO mess.
I would never have found this without Google. This message board is for the hardcore Latin crowd.

The Boys of Sunday - Week 10

Archbishop Timothy Dolan [3 pts]
Link 1 - [1 pt] Blog post
Link 2 - [1 pt] Column in diocesan paper
Link 3 - [1 pt] Weekly radio show

Bishop Robert Morlino [7 pts]
Link 1 - [1 pts] Presided over Finance Council meeting (facebook 7/14)
Link 2 - [3 pts] Attended a cookout with the diocesan deacons
Link 3 - [3 pts] Presided at 175th anniversary Mass at St. Thomas parish

Archbishop Jose Gomez [15 pts]
Link 1 - [1 pt] Homily
Link 2 - [3 pts] Presided at diaconate ordination
Link 3 - [1 pt] Column in diocesan paper
Link 4 - [2 pts] Facebook posts (two on 7/12)
Link 5 - [3 pts] Attended ecumenical event to support the poor and hungry
Link 6 - [5 pts] Queerty criticizes Gomez for opposing California legislation that would require homosexual history to be taught in schools

My unofficial tally: 25 pts

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Standings - Week Nine

Here are the FBL standings after Week Nine. Don't look now, but Kung's Bane is now in third place in the Eastern Conference. Chaput and Company are making a run!


1. Boys of Sunday [254]
2. Crusading Croziers [125]
3. Küng's Bane [99]
4. Dubuque Fighting Saints [74]
5. Zealous Zucchettos [64]


1. Pertinacious Papists [146]
2. Heresy Hunters [97]
3. Vicious Vicars [95]
4. Mighty Mitres [85]
5. Purple Padres* [20]

[#] = total points

* - indefinite hiatus

Monday, July 11, 2011

Pertinacious Papists - Week 9

Sorry for my tardiness again this week -- everything is back to normal after this weekend. Yet another slow week for my boys.

George - 5 points

Had a lovely NCR columnist critique his view of marriage that he presented in a recent column in the archdiocesan newspaper - 5 points

Vigneron - 1 point

Had a quote published in a Detroit newspaper about what freedom means - 1 point (I don't think this is enough to qualify as an interview)

DiNoia - nothing

6 points! Yippee!

Crusading Croziers - Week 9

Bishop Finn (2 pts)

Column in Catholic Key diocesan paper (1 pt)

Clergy announcements listed in Catholic Key paper (1 pt)

Bishop Tobin (5 pts)

Article in National Catholic Reporter criticizing Bishop Tobin for his stance against civil unions for gays in Rhode Island (5 pts)

Bishop Lynch (0 pts)

Nuttin'. On vacation for the entire month. I expect -0- points for July.

Total for the Crusading Croziers for Week 9: 7 points

The Vicious Vicars - Week 9

Cardinal Burke
Link - Papal Speculation [1 pt]

Archbishop Carlson
Link - St. Louis Can Lead in Catholic Ed [1 pt]
Link - Speaker at Young Adult Group [1 pt]

Bishop Vasa
Lots of commentary about him becoming Bishop - which I got points for last week.

Total: 3 Points

Mighty Mitres Week 9

Bishop Etienne:

Sunday, he celebrated the annual outdoor Mass commemorating the First Mass in the Rockies by Jesuit Fr. DeSmett.

Here he is looking all bishopy at his outdoor Mass

 One blog post - but he did go horseback riding wearing  very Western looking garb.  Does that count as an extra point?  heh

Here he is looking all cowboyish in the great outdoors


Bishop Conley:

Two special Masses - one for a youth event and one for the blessing of a chapel. 

July 9: Mass, Steubenville of the Rockies, Colorado Convention Center, Wells Fargo Theater (9:30 a.m.)
July 7: Mass and blessing of chapel, Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) headquarters, Golden

Article in First Things:  America’s Atheocracy 
Unfortunately, in our day, those “decrying the Christian religion” have seized the captain’s seat in America—in the academy, the media, the government and courts. The result is a kind of publicly enforced religious indifferentism, or what recent Popes have called “practical atheism.” The Constitution insists that no religious test shall ever be required for public office. But our society, in effect, now imposes an “irreligious test.” To take part in civic life, Americans must first agree to think and act as if they have no religious convictions or motivations.

America today is becoming what I call an atheocracy—a society that is actively hostile to religious faith and religious believers.  
He goes on to smack down abortion and homosexual "marriage." 

Bishop Cordileone:  

Was obviously so tired from his smack down of last week he had to take this week off.  

Soooooo - I'm only coming up with four points, once again NOT scoring Conley's article.  I'll leave that up to Larry. 

Kung's Bane Week 9

34 Points for Kung's Bane!

Archbishop Chaput [21]

(3 points) An article in the Colorado Indpendent about Archbishop Chaput's comments on the Supreme Court's restrictions on video game violence shows that he tends to stir up the pot quite a bit whenever he speaks. That's why he's our MVP. Here, author John Tomasic brings several political and religious writers' work to bear on the Archbishop's stance.

Legal writer Emily Bazelon posted a constitutional view of the video game case as it approached the court last year. Bazelon is no “First Amendment absolutist,” as she put it, but she’s not sure the government would be properly fulfilling its role in U.S. life by helping parents choose what games are appropriate for their children to play.
To justify a limit on speech…. courts have to find that the state has a compelling interest and has used the least restrictive means to achieve it. Let’s stipulate for a second that the research on the link between playing games and acting more aggressive is good enough, despite the reasons for skepticism. What about the least restrictive means part? Does it really make sense to bar older teenagers from buying violent games? By 15 or 16, do they really need the state acting as their protector?
(5 points) In the online paper "Escapist",that claims to be "the voice of the gaming generation," Archbishop Chaput was lambasted for standing up for Christ. In a puerile rant that ended the article, Escapist writer, Mike Thompson said...

However, this piece isn't all that surprising to read, since Chaput has been an opponent of violent videogames since the 1999 Columbine shootings. He claims the massacre was "indirect but brutally real proof" of the effect games have on kids. On top of this, back when he addressed a special session of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation two weeks after the shootings took place, Chaput claimed that violence in games had a "direct impact on youth and is among the roots of real-life violence."
Seeing as how Chaput was a pretty adamant foe of games back then, it's not surprising that he still hates them. That said, I'm willing to bet that Catholic priests have done more harm to the youth of the world than videogames have, though this wasn't something that the Archbishop addressed in his article.

The Archbishop took the hit from the short-sighted youth block and stood up for what is right. Bravo!

(3 points, but I think it should be 5) Pope Chaput? That's what writer, Thomas Peters said this week. Quoting the Vatican's Dr. Robert Moynihan, Archbishop Chaput is the most likely candidate to be the first American pope. AND HE'S ON MY TEAM. Boooyaaah!

“Europe is in crisis, demographically and morally,” he said to me. “For this and other reasons, it may be time, in the not-too-distant future, for an American Pope. A possible candidate will have to have had a strong formation, perhaps in one of the traditional religious orders. . . .”
Then he looked at me intently. “It may be time,” he said, “for a cappucino.”
What Potemra misses is that this could be a veiled reference to one of the most influential religious-order Archbishops in the United States: Abp. Charles Chaput of Denver (who is a Capuchin franciscan).
(1 point) An article dated July 7, published by The Brown Pelican Society, and titled, "Bishop Chaput and the Politics of The Devil" explores the Archbishop's words in an address he gave in the spring and compares it to other political thinkers and philosophers, among them; Francis Fukuyama, John Courtney Murray, and Leon Kass.

The irony is this: the search for human perfection implied in modern science—or at least, the kind of science accountable to no moral authority outside of itself—leads all too easily to a hatred of imperfection in the real human persons who embody it with their disabilities. The simplest way to deal with imperfections is to eliminate the imperfect. In our daily lives, Kass warns, “the eugenic mentality is taking root, and we are subtly learning with the help of science to believe that there really are certain lives unworthy of being born. . . .
(1 point) Facebook post on Wednesday.

(3 points) Mass at Steubenville of the Rockies, July 10 at 11:10

(3 points) Mass at the Cathedral Sunday night at 6:30pm.

(1 point) Blog post quoting this week's sermon by Archbishop Chaput

(1 point) Quote of Chaput on Daily Catholic Blurb

‎"I expect to die in bed. I expect my successor to die in jail. I expect his successor to die a martyr." - Archbishop Charles Chaput

Bishop Olmsted [9]

(3 points) As reported July 5 in The Catholic Sun, Bishop Olmsted said mass for a Knights of Columbus event. Here is a quote.
June 25, celebrate by Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted, bishop of Phoenix. During his sermon, Bishop Olmsted praised the Knights for their works of charity and unflinching support of
the sanctity of life and the sacrament of marriage.
(3 points) Posted July 3, 2011 Bishop Olmstead expresses his gratitude for Goretti Group speakers presenting about chastity and the Theology of the Body at the 1st BiNational Hispanic Congress for Respect Life and Evangelization -

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(3 points) Lifeteen article from July 5, reporting that Bishop Olmsted celebrated mass Tuesday with the youth.
Each one of the Masses throughout the week was beautiful and moving in its own unique way, each refocusing us all on the Source and Summit of our faith, the Eucharist. We were even privileged enough to celebrate the Eucharistic Liturgy on Tuesday with our own Bishop of Phoenix, the Reverend Thomas J. Olmsted
Bishop McManus [4]

(1 point) In an update to St. Catherine's School website, Bishop McManus was praised for dedicating the refurbished church. This addition was published July 5.
Air conditioning was installed in the church in 1972 Our beautiful church was refurbished and re-dedicated on May 3, 1974 by Bishop William McManus.
Hey, I know it's weak, but they've got Dolan! I'm combing the web to bring Kung's Bane back! Work with me here.!

(1 point) As more and more parishes in Worcester are being consolidated, Bishop McManus is making statements about the consolidations. I like the "profane but not sordid" quote from this local Catholic article.
Noting the new parish starts with a debt of about $2.5 million, McManus observed, "To increase this indebtedness will only serve to place an extreme and unwarranted financial burden on this parish." In a separate decree specific to Sacred Heart, he added it "is to be closed and may be relegated to profane but not sordid use."
(1 point) This fresh-faced lad is a new priest just ordained by the good Bishop. He's just put up his bio on his new parish website. Congrats, Father Nick!

He was ordained a priest last year on Saturday, June 26th at St. Paul's Cathedral in Worcester by Most Rev. Robert J. McManus Bishop of Worcester. In June of 2011 he received a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Gregorian University in Rome.

(1 point) In the blog, "Traditional Catholic Looking for a Wife," blogger Chris Whittle takes a local parish to task for inviting the late Senator Edward Kennedy's wife to speak. He urges people to write to their good shepherd, Bishop McManus.

Chris Whittle, traditional Catholic
(Latin Lover)
looking for a wife
With that said, she should not be allowed to speak since it is against the Catholic teaching to support abortion of any kind. Nothing against her and her late husband personally, it is just not the Catholic teaching to have this. So as the whole entire project, for which they want to raise $875,000 to renovate the building. In order to end his heretical project, I am asking all Massachusetts residents, especially those living in the Diocese of Worcester, Catholic or not, to write a letter to His Excellency, Bishop McManus, to stop this project. His chancery address is as follows: