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Archbishop Chaput Said to be Pope's "Personal" Choice to Head Philly Archdiocese

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist Pope Benedict XVI's appointment of Denver Archbishop Charles J. Chaput to head the embattled Archdiocese of Philadelphia is being seen as a clear sign of what kind of prelates the Pope trusts to lead the Church in America.

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Archbishops of New York and Philadelphia “Bet” on World Series

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist

In a joint release from the Archdioceses of New York and Philadelphia, Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York and Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia have placed a friendly wager on the outcome of the 2009 World Series.

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Bishops Remember the Vulnerable in Health Care Debate on Respect Life Sunday

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist In a statement to mark Respect Life Sunday, October 4, Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia called attention to those who are most vulnerable in recent debates on health care reform – the unborn, the poor, the elderly and the immigrant – and called upon Catholics to “examine how well we, as a nation and individually, are living up to our obligation to protect the rights of those who, due to age, dependency, poverty or other circumstances, are at risk of their very lives."

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Bishops Express Support for Christopher West

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Writer Two Pennsylvania prelates have issued a statement of support for the embattled Christopher West, whose work promoting Pope John Paul II's "Theology of the Body" came under fire after he made controversial statements on ABC’s Nightline last spring.

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