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Monday, August 29, 2011

Crusading Croziers - Week 16

Bishop Finn [6 pts]

Letter To The Editor that supports Bishop Finn, but it generated plent of awful comments [5 pts]

Column in the Catholic Key [1 pt]

Bishop Lynch [2 pts]

Blogpost - Omniscient I Am Not And Have Never Been [1 pt]

Blogpost - Share-a-thon [1 pt]

Bishop Coyne [115 pts]

Aug 22 - 20 tweets [20 pts]
Aug 23 - 19 tweets [19 pts]
Aug 24 - 14 tweets [14 pts]
Aug 25 - 20 tweets [20 pts]
Aug 26 - 18 tweets [18 pts]
Aug 27 - 12 pts [12 pts]
Aug 28 - 10 pts [10 pts]
Blogpost - Good Advice To Bloggers [1 pt]
Podcast - Multicultural Parish, part 3 [1 pt]

Total for Crusading Croziers in Week 16: 123 points

Dubuque Fighting Saints - Week 16

Bishop Nickless - Facebook- 24 Aug 2 posts - 2 points
Bishop Brustkewitz - Newspaper column (note column is dated 19 August but it wasn't put up until this week - 1 point
Cardinal DiNardo - Main celebrant & homilist, Mass @ KC Convention - 3 points
News article about upcoming Blue Mass at which he will be main celebrant - 1 point

7 points total

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Kung's Bane Week 16

Many smackdowns this week with the Bishops coming out swinging.  Sex abuse house cleaning before the start of the school year.  World youth Day news from last week that just hit the papers.  Lots of juicy stuff.  I know the Crusading Croziers wanted to be on our heels, but it looks like they will have to keep their new canary tweeting away to try to catch up.  Good luck to them!

Chaput [29 ]
[1 point] article in diocesan site
[3 points] Blessing a new community center in Denver.
[3 points] One of his final masses at The National Western Complex Friday night.  Posted August 26 by local Fox station.
[3 points] Part 2 of an interview with Thomas Peters

[5 points] "I love Fox News", Lots of swears and foul language.  Look out!
[5 points] Washington post editorial.

[5 points] "Chaput-in-mouth disease" explained.
[4 points] 4 Facebook posts

Olmsted [17]
[5 points] The Women Priests made a several-pointed argument against the policy against female alter servers in Phoenix' Cathedral.  Point #5 mentions "The Bishop of Phoenix" and bashes his "dying" form of "rigid" Catholicism.
[5 points] the NC Reporter agrees with the women priests on this.  Check out the last paragraph!

[5 points] New statement by diocese released on new allegations of sexual abuse.

[1 point] The Bishop's Hour episode, "Why the New Roman Missal, a new program, encourages chastity, and future saint Dorothy Day.
[1 points] 6 quotes of Bishop Olmsted on immigration and Mary in newsletter.

O'Malley [60 ]
[3 points] Making financially sound decisions for priest funds.
[1point] blog post
[3 points] Special Mass in Toledo, Spain for WYD
[3 points] Talk with young people about the Catholic history of Toledo and of Catholic Spain.

[9 points] Three talks for WYD catachesis, two on Wednesday and one on Thursday

[3 points] Mass Thursday after his catachesis
[3 points] Stations of the cross Friday night at Plaza del Cibeles
[3 points] Mass in Madrid at San Francisco
[3 points] Mass with Benedict XVI at the airbase
[3 points] To Santo Tomas in Toledo to see an El Greco painting.
[3 points] Closing mass on Sunday
[3 points] Good bye dinner Sunday evening

[5 points] Boston Catholic Insider slams O'Malley who is less than responsive to questions about pensions and nepotism.
[5 points] Open letter to victims of sexual abuse.

[5 points] New site database of clergy accused of abuse of minors. NCRegister reported this as well.
[5 points] Martha Coakley, Attorney General for Massachusetts faulted O'Malley for not listing priests accused in other diocese or those who left the priesthood before charges were leveled.  A slam albeit misinformed.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Kung's Bane week 15

Chaput [26]
[3 points] Philly Inquirer story with quotes about "The order that shaped Philadelphia's next archbishop"
[2 points ] Facebook posts
[5 points] Chaput is not being hard enough on politicians in Colorado.  August 18.

[3 points] Article 8/16by Chaput for Whitherspoon Institute, "Nation of Faith, Nation of Immigrants"
[5 points] Rant against Chaput and sex abuse legislation in Colorado.
[3 points] WYD speech, "Intimacy with Christ" as part of the Night of Joy.

[5 pointsArchbishop Chaput: NY Times, Newsweek, CNN, MSNBC Not ‘Trustworthy’ on Religion.  Full text is here.

O'Malley [47]
[5 points] put a priest on administrative leave in Roslindale.  Reported August 14.
[5 points] Even though O'Malley suspended a priest in Roslindale, SNAP is unsatisfied with how he's handled that situation.

[3 points] Induction of Nun into Catholic Hall of fame, reported August 15.
[18 points] Deconsecrated 6 churches.  This required his presence, a prayer, and yes, it was public!

[5 points] Even though O'Malley suspended a priest in Roslindale, SNAP is unsatisfied with how he's handled that situation.
[5 points] Posting of Cardinal Sean's ordinaiton, slamming the crazies for believing in "the rapture".  Stand up routine at the beginning of the homily!

[3 points] special mass for the Assumption of Mary.
[3 points] "Established in Christ" WYD catachesis.

Next week's post will deal more with WYD appearances.

Olmsted [10]
[1 point] New episode of The Bishop's Hour radio show.
[3 points] Latino Leaders' Summit with lots of quotes from his talk, 8/15/11
[1 point] Death Penalty article in diocesan newspaper.
[5 points] Olmsted should overturn the "no girls" rule for alter servers in Phoenix Cathedral, but does not.

Crusading Croziers - Week 15

*Note* - On Substitution Day, the Crusading Croziers released Bp Tobin and replaced him with Bp Coyne, Auxiliary Bishop of Indianapolis. He's expected to provide much-needed offense as the Croziers push towards taking control of the Eastern Conference.

Bishop Finn [0 pts]

Bishop Lynch [2 pts]

Blogpost - My Uncle, The Prisoner Of The State [1 pt]

Blogpost - Death Comes To The Somalis [1 pt]

Bishop Coyne [111 pts]

Podcast - One Pastor, Multicultural Parishes Pt 2 [1 pt]

Twitter Aug 15 [14 pts]
Twitter Aug 16 [19 pts]
Twitter Aug 17 [13 pts]
Twitter Aug 18 [13 pts]
Twitter Aug 19 [15 pts]
Twitter Aug 20 [19 pts]
Twitter Aug 21 [17 pts]

Totals for Week 15: 113 points

Standings - Week Fourteen

Sorry for the delay in updating the standings! I completely missed the Week Thirteen scores - but they've been included in the new standings. Mea culpa! Mea maxima culpa!

Well - Substitution Day has come and gone, with only two teams - Kung's Bane and Crusading Croziers - participating. KB picked up Cardinal O'Malley of Boston (releasing Bishop McManus), while the Croziers snatched Bishop Coyne of Indianapolis to replace Bishop Tobin. Both players have already made strong contributions to each team, and the dynamic of the Eastern Conference may be forever changed.

Kung's Bane continues to reap the benefits of Archbishop Chaput's move from Denver to Philadelphia, and the continued press coverage helped propel them past the Boys of Sunday into first place (along with O'Malley's double-digit first week debut)! But...don't count BoS out just yet. Nor the Crusading Croziers, as they racked up an impressive triple digit point total, led by newcomer Coyne's 93 point performance. Interestingly, the Boys of Summer failed to post a point total in week 14...have they thrown in the towel with half the season remaining??

The Western Conference leaderboard has remained steady the past 3 weeks, as The Pertinacious Papists, the Vicious Vicars and the Mighty Mitres held onto their positions, and the point spread among them is widening.


1. Kung's Bane [441]
2. Boys of Sunday [393]
3. Crusading Croziers [262]
4. Dubuque Fighting Saints [116]
5. Zealous Zucchettos [64]


1. Pertinacious Papists [224]
2. Vicious Vicars [144]
3. Mighty Mitres [108]
4. Heresy Hunters* [97]
5. Purple Padres* [20]

[#] = total points

* - suspended for 2011 season

It's becoming apparent that interest is waning among several teams, with two already undergoing voluntary suspension. The League Office, in the spirit of maintaining interest among all the managers, has declared that any team that was unable to participate in the Substitution Day proceedings is still eligible to do so, if the managers state their intention in the combox before the end of this week. So - if you want to replace one of your players, you are free to do so. And remember - players from the suspended teams (The Heresy Hunters and The Purple Padres) are eligible.

Dubuque Fighting Saints - Week 15

Bishop Nickless - Presided @ Opening Mass for Heelan Catholic School System (public appearance) - 3 points
Globe column on opening of new school year - 1 point
Facebook posts - 15 Aug, 1 post - 1 point
Bishop Brustkewitz -
Cardinal DiNardo - Vatican radio interview - 3 points

8 points

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Mighty Mitres Week 14

Many thanks and felicitous salutations to the kind Larry for allowing me a bit of extra time with my post.  We have been slammed around our house what with moving furniture, sanding and sealing the floor, working on my Etsy sale items,  finishing up our pond (it has water now and I get to start the landscaping), having two weekend daylily sales, and the usual everyday stuff that continues no matter what else you have to do.  When do I get to retire??

Bishop Etienne:

Two blog posts

Bishop Cordileone:


Bishop Conley...

is in Madrid for World Youth Day which should qualify him for at least a gazillion points.  I've taken bus loads of kids to ICYC (Idaho Catholic Youth Conference) and allow me to say it is beyond hard work.   I can't imagine taking a huge group to Madrid. 

Live from Madrid, Spain. Special Edition of ‘Life on the Rock’, talk show where hosts Fr. Mark Mary and Doug Barry will give viewers some insights into the upcoming World Youth Day. Broadcasting from the Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid. Scheduled guests include Bishop James Conley, the Auxiliary Bishop of Denver
The Camino de Santiago is an ancient pilgrimage route across northern Spain, ending in Compostela, the site of St. James the Greater’s relics (bones). St James was buddies with Jesus, he even was published in the Bible, he’s kind of a big deal. Because he is a big deal, millions of pilgrims have traversed the globe to walk the Camino de Santiago, ending at the tomb of St. James. The traditional route begins in France and is around 500 miles of grueling mountain passes and wide open plains. However, as our fearless leader, the one and only Jason Wunsch once said, “The beginning of the Camino is from your front door.” Our group, led by Bishop James Conley of Denver, will traverse the last 100 miles of the Camino in 5 days.
 Best I could do in my state of utter exhaustion is 4 points.
Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh!!!!!!!!!  I need to get more organized!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Vicious Vicars - Week Fourteen

The Vicious Vicars
Update: Summer is hard to combine with blogging. I need a new routine. I need to find a new way to find articles. EVERY WEEK I find tons of points I missed from the previous week. I dont know how to best find the stuff while it can still count for me :(

Cardinal Burke
Link - Article in NCRegister on the Future of Courage [3pts]

Archbishop Carlson
Link - Weekly Column: St. Louis Review [1 pt]
Link - Article: Eucharist as Center of Parish Life [1 pt]
Link - Invitation of St. Louis Catholics to 2012 Intl Eucharistic Conference [1 pt]

Bishop Vasa
Link- Special Mass for St. Bernard turns 125 [3 pts]

TOTAL: 9 Pts

Crusading Croziers - Week 14

Bishop Finn [6 pts]

Op-ed in NY Times stoking the fires against Bishop Finn [5 pts]

Column in Catholic Key [1 pt]

Bishop Lynch [2 pts]

Blogpost - "New Madrid Fault" [1 pt]
Blogpost - "Hope For The Future" [1 pt]

Bishop Coyne [93 pts]

Blogpost - "Addenda" [1 pt]
Blogpost - "Prayer in Time of Economic Trouble" [1 pt]
Podcast "One Pastor - Multicultural parishes Part I" [1 pt]
Aug 8 - 17 tweets [17 pts]
Aug 9 - 13 tweets [13 pts]
Aug 10 - 16 tweets [16 pts]
Aug 11 - 5 tweets [5 pts]
Aug 12 - 13 tweets [13 pts]
Aug 13 - 13 tweets [13 pts]
Aug 14 - 13 tweets [13 pts]

Total for week 14: 101 points

Kung's Bane Week 14, The Fierce Franciscans!

Cardinal O'Malley and his bishball bat
Kung's Bane is pleased to welcome Cardinal Sean O'Malley to its roster.  Cardinal O'Malley is a great slugger and an excellent compliment to his fellow Franciscan, Charles "Boom Boom" Chaput.  We look forward to a fantastic rest of the season.  The Sox have pulled ahead of the Yankees in baseball and Kung's Bane may just follow their lead by passing The Boys of Sunday in the Eastern Conference!

Chaput [57]
[5 points] Sex Abuse attack, lots of misinformation, Philly Inquirer August 7
[5 points] Loads of swears in this gossip column about gay parents of child in Catholic school.

[5 points] Article in The State, South Carolina's Home Page.  Attacking Boom Boom for sex abuse legislation he helped to kill.  Lots of good detail, but low on the facts Chaput was dealing with.
[5 points] Chaput and the church's evangelical "coming out" party by Jamie Manson, August 8 in the Reporter

[3 points] Zappolo's People interview on Denver's Fox affiliate.  Aired August 8. HE WILL GET SLAMMED FOR THIS.  He said "homosexuality is a disability."  Get ready for the onslaught.
[3 points] August 9 Special mass for Deacon Day @ St. Joan of Arc parish
[3 points] 2 Catholic Foundation meetings @ JP II center August 11
[1 points] Article in Diocese newspaper

[3 points] Catholic Association of Latino Leaders Conference August 11-14
[2 points] Two Facebook posts
[5 points] His words last week are making lots of waves.  Reported only as a public appearance, but he slammed religiosity and sinful clerics.  Setting the stage for being a slugger in Philly.

[5 points“Destructive, irresponsible and un-Christ like” for California catholic Daily.  August 9
[[5 points] Same Sex Marriage issue, against because it's so visible, i.e. he's hypocrite.

[5 points] Posted August 13 news report of installation local Philly channel 6.  Another bash by another SNAP person.  Joanna something or other.
[2 points] 2 tweets via BishopFeed
[0 points] A really good article about Chaput for an Alaska paper.

O'Malley [31]
[3 points] Flying with a bunch of teens to World Youth Day on Friday
[1 point] Posted homily at deaconate ordination
[3 points] Priest's appreciation dinner video posted to diocese news.  Appearance last week.
[5 points] Accused of secrecy in Sex Abuse crisis, August 8.

[5 points] Priest writes about soft bishops and mentions O'Malley and the late Ted Kennedy.
[5 points] Wants to include gay couples in Catholic schools because he can't fight public opinion.

[1 point] Diocesan newspaper post
[3 points] In Denver for a send-off mass for pilgrims for World Youth Day. Aug. 10 article
[1 point] Mass on Monday honoring woman who worked at parish 45 years.
[3 points] Lunch and reception Monday.
[1 point] Blog post.  The Cardinal had lots of private dinners and priestly cookouts this week.
[1 point] Prayer by O'Malley published August 13.

Olmsted [3 points] Bishop's Hour promo video

Dubuque Fighting Saints - Week 14

Bishop Nickless - Facebook posts - 1 on 10 Aug, 1 on 11 Aug - 2 points
Appearance at sendoff for those who went to World Youth Day - 3 points
Cardinal DiNardo - Blog post 9 Aug - 1 point
Appearance at Archdiocesan Youth Conference - 3 points
Bishop Brustkewitz - nothing
Total 8 points

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Pertinacious Papists - Week 13

Late again...and I missed substitution day, so I'm stuck with my two-bishop team for the rest of the season :-/. Banner week all around.

George - 23 points

Made an appearance at the 80th anniversary celebration of the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women - 3 points
Made an appearance at the wrap-up event for the archdiocese's Theology on Tap program - 3 points
Celebrated a special Mass for the 100th anniversary of a local parish - 3 points
Gave the keynote address for the Collegeville National Symposium on Lay Ecclesial Ministry (ugh) - 3 points
Bashed by a commentator in America magazine - 5 points
Blog-ish post on the archdiocese's website - 1 point
Five Facebook posts - 5 points

Vigneron - 4 points

Published an op-ed in a Detroit newspaper - 1 point
Issued a statement remembering the life of a local champion of peace - 1 point
Issued a letter about the sale of the JPII Cultural Center - 1 point
Signed on to a statement by the Michigan Catholic Conference regarding immigration - 1 point

Total - 27 points

Monday, August 8, 2011

The Vicious Vicars - Week 13

Ok as usual it was a crazy weekend in Alaska, so I am just getting to this. Being without my laptop since Saturday night hasnt helped either. (Sometimes we stay at friends: "in town.")

Cardinal Burke:
Conference Keynote - Knights of Columbus "States Dinner"[3 pts]
Conference Keynote & Mass - Queen of Americas Guild [3pts + 1 pts] NB: Burke did a lot here, but I only want to give him 1 extra point, it isn't fair to rack up a bunch of points based on this or that.
Quoted - Cdl. Burke told Judie Brown to be "persistent" in effort to get Canon 915 enforced [1 pts]

Archbishop Carlson:
Cathedral Restoration - St. Joseph's in Sioux Falls - former diocese [1 pts]
Column - St. Louis Review - Spiritual Works of Mercy[1 pts]
Facebook - Collection Request [1 pts]

Bishop Vasa:
Interview - Al Kresta on Being a Bishop [1 pts]

Total: 12pts

I know there are more points out there, just don't have time to do it cuz of my post about the Catholic Hospital here, and trying to keep up with my 18mos old. UGH! Life gets so in the way of BISHBALL! :) Plus missing last week... I could be running this town Fantasy Sports Clergy League!

Crusading Croziers - Week 13

Bishop Finn

Article highlighting criticism of Bishop Finn and the work he's done in the diocese. [5 pts]

Bishop Tobin

Opinion in the Rhode Island Catholic [1 pt]

Two Facebook posts [2 pts]

Bishop Lynch

Blogpost: Didn't Catch Much, Except A Good Rest [1 pt]

Totals for Week 13: 9 points

Mighty Mitres Week 13

I hope I'm not late.  I had to perform a major clean-up of my computer.  Running better now.

Bishop Cordileone:

American Red Cross, LDS and Catholic churches unite in Bay Area blood drive
"I felt strongly that we should do something to highlight blood as the gift of life," Cordileone said. "Christ gave his blood for us – his life, his very self – and he calls us to do likewise for others."
 Bishop Conley:

Aug. 2: Opening Mass, Knights of Columbus Supreme Convention, Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel (9:30 a.m.); Supreme Convention States Dinner (7:30 p.m.)

Bishop Etienne:

2 Blog posts

That comes to 4.  Wow!  I'm really burning up the interwebs with all these points. 


Someone emailed me last week and it was accidentally deleted before I could respond.  They kindly offered help for my poor team.  If it was you (and you know who are) please email me again with some helpful tips.  Around the house I'm called the "search queen", but I seem to be having some real issues when it comes to tracking my bishops.  Thanks...

adrienne at icehouse dot net

Kung's Bane, lucky 13!

Chaput  [47]

[5 points] The Moderate Voice posted about the Catholic church's ongoing sex abuse scandals.  Chaput is mentioned among the "guilty".
[5 points] A Regali in Chaput's Clothing, post slamming both men.

[3 points] Actions news 6 report about Chaput, posted to internet August 2.  Better late than never!
[3 points] Mass and homily Sunday to welcome bishops for Knights of Columbus convention in Denver.
[3 points] Mass Tuesday to open convention of Knights.  Here's a cool video
[1 point] One facebook post.

[ 5 points] The Church Doesn't Get It, Why Chaput is the Wrong Answer.  by Robert Huber.  I got so pissed at this I left a comment!
[5 points] Bad Faith: The Catholic Church's Pointless Campaign Against LGBT Rights by Casey and Mary Ellen Lopata.  Published in RD Magazine online August 3.

[5 points] Women and the Papacy by Christopher Brauchli
[0 points] The band of Potawatomi recognized their own Bishop Chaput in a lovely article.
[3 points] Luncheon for Knights Convention where the film Christiada was introduced.  Looks to be a good flick!
[3 points] August 1 news conference announcing Knights initiative for Haitian relief.
[3 points] Busted Halo did a radio interview with Chaput on August 4.
[3 points] Interview with Catholic TV

Olmsted [3 ]
[1 points] The Bishop's Hour, weekly radio show.  This week, August 1 about Haiti and the making of a saint.
[2 points] Two videos in defense of marriage (English and Spanish) posted on Prop 102 site August 1.

McManus [1]

[1 point] Catholic TV televised July ordinations to the deaconate by Bishop McM

Dubuque Fighting Saints - Week 13

Cardinal DiNardo - USCCB Statement on Obama administration requiring insurance to pay for contraceptives - 1 point

Bishop Bruskewitz - Bishops & Priests - X column - 1 point

Public appearance: News story about presentation @at the Cathedral of the Risen Christ in Lincoln by Dr. Gianna Emanuela Molla, daughter of Saint Gianna Beretta Molla. Bishop Bruskewitz gave some welcoming remarks @ the event (Diocese Welcomes Saint’s Daughter) - 3 points

Bishop Nickless - 2 Facebook page entries 1 August, 1 entry 4 August - 3 points

8 points

The Boys of Sunday - Week 13

Archbishop Timothy Dolan [23 pts]
Link 1 - [1 pt] Blog post
Link 2 - [1 pt] Blog post
Link 3 - [1 pt] Blog post
Link 4 - [1 pt] Weekly radio show
Link 5 - [3 pts] Interview with EWTN's Raymond Arroyo
Link 6 - [5 pts] Religion Dispatches criticizes Dolan's remarks on the threat of homosexual marriage.
Link 7 - [5 pts] Suspends a priest accused of touching a teenage girl
Link 8 - [1 pt] Dolan, as USCCB head, comments on dissenting theologian (page 3 of article)
Link 9 - [5 pts] Dolan attacked by SNAP for alleged sexual abuse mishandling. They also claim mishandling in another instance.

Bishop Robert Morlino [13 pts]
Link 1 - [1 pt] Facebook post (8/4)
Link 2 - [3 pts] Attended Priestly Fellowship Day
Link 3 - [3 pts] Attended Zucchetto Club Gathering
Link 4 - [3 pts] Attended Lumen Christi Society Gathering
Link 5 - [3 pts] Preside and Preach at Mass for 150th Anniversary, Holy Redeemer, Perry

Archbishop Jose Gomez [19 pts]
Link 1 - [2 pts] Facebook posts (8/7, 8/1)
Link 2 - [1 pt] Video of a homily
Link 3 - [3 pts] Blessed World Youth Day participants before heading off to the conference
Link 4 - [1 pt] Penned article on immigration for the National Catholic Register
Link 5 - [3 pts] Keynote speaker at conference of African American Catholics
Link 6 - [5 pts] Religion Dispatches attacks Gomez on homosexuality.
Link 7 - [1 pt] Twittered (8/8)
Link 8 - [3 pt] Delivered speech at 129th KofC convention

My unofficial tally: 55 pts

Sunday, August 7, 2011

2011 Fantasy Bishball Substitution Day Event

Friday, August 5, 2011

Standings - Week Twelve

Below are the standings after Week Twelve:


1. Boys of Sunday [338]
2. Kung's Bane [303]
3. Crusading Croziers [152]
4. Dubuque Fighting Saints [100]
5. Zealous Zucchettos [64]


1. Pertinacious Papists [197]
2. Vicious Vicars [123]
3. Mighty Mitres [98]
4. Heresy Hunters* [97]
5. Purple Padres* [20]

[#] = total points

* - indefinite hiatus

It appears that the Heresy Hunters and Purple Padres will be disbanded for the remainder of the season (provided no one volunteers before Sunday 8/7 11:00 PM EST to manage them). Thus, their players will be available for Substitution Day, along with all currently unselected bishops. Those players are:

Cardinal Wuerl
Bishop Paprocki
Archbishop Sheehan
Bishop Aquila
Bishop Gracida
Bishop Slattery

Any player selected from the above list has to be surrendered to the original team at the close of the 2011 Bishball Season.

Is anyone else considering participating Sunday? So far, The Crusading Croziers, Kung's Bane and The Zealous Zucchettos are committed. Show up on Sunday if you want to participate (or just sit in on the proceedings).

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Pertinacious Papists - Week 12

Sorry for the tardiness this week. Here we go:

George - 10 points

Celebrated a special sending-off Mass for World Youth Day participants - 3 points
Celebrated the 50th anniversary mass for a local Hispanic mission - 3 points
Published a column in the archdiocesan newspaper - 1 point
Three Facebook posts - 3 points

Vigneron - 8 points

Appeared on Al Kresta's show talking about the feast of St. Anne, patroness of Detroit - 3 points
Celebrated a special Mass for the feast of St. Anne at the cathedral - 3 points
Quoted in an article about the pending sale of the JPII Cultural Center in D.C. - 1 point
Quoted in an article about the state of the archdiocese's finances - 1 point

DiNoia - nothing

Total - 18

Monday, August 1, 2011

Mighty Mitres Week 12

Bishop Cordileone:

Statement on St. Joseph the Worker parish in The Catholic Voice.  It's dated Aug. 8th but was published a few days ago.  Beacon of social justice will continue its work .  Personally I would consider this a smack down of the parishioners who are complaining about just about everything.   It is gentle (in the Italian way) of saying,  "I heard what all of you said and I really don't give a cr*p."  Read it and draw your own conclusions. 

And the revised diocesan statement (pdf) concerning SJW parish:  

On July 31, Sunday (8AM) Bishop C. celebrated a Pontifical Mass in the Extraordinary Form

Bishop Conley


Bishop Etienne:
I guess someone bought him a laptop 'cause he managed 3 blog posts while traveling.  May I also say his photos are topnotch and worth a peek.    His blog 
I'll count this week at 7 (I'm not counting the diocesan statement)

Dubuque Fighting Saints - Week 12

Cardinal DiNardo - Blog post on death of Archbishop Sambi, 28 July - 1 point
Blog post on respect for conscience rights, 25 July - 1 point

Bishop Nickless - Facebook page entries, 2 on 25 July, 2 on 26 July, 2 on 27 July - 6 points
Total 8 Points

Kung's Bane Week 12

Archbishop Charles "Boom boom" Chaput [61 ]

For those of you who have become discouraged by Kung's Bane's rise in power, fear not. Now is the time to slam Chaput. His enemies have got to do it before they can get to know him. Before he works his Christlike ways on the citizens of Philadelphia and makes them all fall in love with him, they need to attack. I don't blame them and I welcome the points. After September 8th, it should die down pretty quickly.

[3 points] Visit to shrine of Saint Katherine Drexel.
[3 points] Centennial mass for St. Louis parish Sunday, July 24 at 10am.
[3 points] Interview after the Centennial mass with CBS story here
[1 point] Bishop's mass that "mysteriously" packed the cathedral and was reported on diocesan news

[5 points] Editorial that contains a slam toward the bottom. Praise for Chaput in first 3/4 of article then the zinger.
[5 points] In both a blog and the Philly Daily Times, Chaput said to be against victims etc.

[5 points] July 26, Rainbow Sash Movement video. Gay rights, sex abuse, gay clergy, etc. [5 points] Chaput is puppet of Rome, authoritarian, etc. by David O'Brien, oped in Philly Inquirer, also quoted on University of Dayton website. July 27
[5 points] "Chaput Brings Culture Wars to Philadelphia" I learned of this slam of Chaput by reading a post which opposed it by William Saunders. "uses Eucarist as a weapon" Reprint in CathNews July 27.

[5 points] America Magazine's Raymond Schroth summarizes two interviews of Chaput and adds his two cents. "Misogynist with compassion and sensitivity" was my favorite line. There is so much more!
[5 points] Very Chilly Pundit Philly, a recap of all the smack-downs aimed at "Archbishop Rush Limbaugh"

[3 points] 3 Facebook posts
[1 points] Posting regular homily of Sunday mass on Archdiocese website and as a podcast on itunes and RSS
[3 points] July 27 posted, Steubenville of the Rockies, blessed those teens considering religious life.
[3 points] Episcopal ordination in South Dakota. July 27
[0 points] Zenit says Chaput invited to be one of 8 prelates to teach at World Youth Day.
[0 points] Gay Catholic columnist for Philly Inquirer, Kevin Riordan is inspired by Chaput. Is hell freezing over?
[0 points] Excellent opinion piece in LA Times.

[5 points] Our good friend Michael Winters called Chaput "nasty" in comarison to the late Archbishop Sambi.
[5 points] Suburban Philly paper sides with SNAP on Chaput. To bad they don't listen to what he says.

[1 point] Tweet July 26

20:30 Archbishop Chaput explains HOW TO PRONOUNCE HIS NAME!

Bishop Olmsted [12]
[1 point] Thank you message for CDA donations.
[ 1point] The Bishop's Hour 7/25 broadcast, Prison Ministry, Hollywood, etc.
[0 Points] Catholic Underground podcast supposes that Bishop Olmsted may replace Chaput in Denver.
[0 points] Defense of Olmsted's 2009 decision. "Flower on the door" is a really thought provoking article.
[5 points] Smack down about his excommunication of St. Joseph's hospital. Blog by
[5 points] Another bash about the excommunication of St. Joseph's in an opinion piece for

McManus [9]
[3 points] Interview for Worcester community paper. "Bishop McManus looks to the future."
[3 points] Interview on marriage annulments on Catholic TV on July 25.
[3 points] Concelebration funeral mass for a Monseigneur (Lou Piermarini), evidence posted July 25