Analyzing ruling's implications will take time, say Church officials

Catholic News Service

June 29, 2015

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Analyzing the ramifications of the June 26 same-sex marriage ruling for the Catholic Church at the national, state, and local levels will take time, said Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore.

Texas Catholic Conference disappointed by Supreme Court's hold on abortion law

By Catholic News Service
July 1, 2015

AUSTIN (CNS) -- The Texas Catholic Conference expressed disappointment with the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 decision June 29 which temporarily blocks Texas from enforcing new requirements on abortion clinics that would force many of them to close. The Texas law requires the clinics to meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers when performing abortions.

Pope will visit as pastor, not politician, says Washington cardinal

By Richard Szczepanowski
Catholic News Service
July 1, 2015
Father James Pemberton

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Pope Francis will make history during his visit to Washington in September, when he becomes the first pope to address a joint meeting of Congress and he offers the first canonization Mass to be celebrated in the United States. Washington Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl outlined details of the pope's Sept. 22-24 visit to the nation's capital at a news conference at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington June 30.

Mary Goosens named new CFO, COO for diocese 

By Joan Kurkowski-Gillen
North Texas Catholic
July 1, 2015

FORT WORTH -- For the average person, understanding complicated spreadsheets, profit and loss statements, and the financial jargon that goes along with them is never easy. Mary Goosens is gifted with the ability to help people with limited business acumen learn about finances in language that’s clear and succinct.

Soccer star delights in her success, but says her faith keeps her grounded 

By Joseph Kenny
Catholic News Service
June 19, 2015

ST. LOUIS (CNS) -- "Ready to play some soccer?" Lori Chalupny asked the Holy Redeemer School fourth- and fifth-graders. The youngsters responded by quickly taking to the field at Nerinx Hall High School in Webster Groves, organized into groups for shooting, dribbling, and passing drills. Chalupny is a midfielder with the U.S. women's national soccer team competing in the World Cup this month.

Spanish-speaking faithful welcome diocese's newest religious order priest 

By Jacqueline Burkepile
North Texas Catholic
June 11, 2015

FORT WORTH -- On Sunday May 31, Bishop Michael Olson ordained Fray Pedro Romero Gutierrez, OFM Cap, as the newest priest in the diocese, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Fort Worth. Father Romero is a member of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin within the Mexico-Texas Vice-Province, also known as the Capuchin Franciscans.

Franciscan Friars of the Renewal say goodbye after eight years in diocese

By Jerry Circelli
North Texas Catholic
June 9, 2015

FORT WORTH -- After eight years of dedicated service to the homeless on the East Side of Fort Worth, the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal closed their Sacred Heart of Jesus Friary doors at the end of May and ventured to new areas to continue their mission. The Friars operated St. Benedict’s Mission on Cypress Avenue in a small building rented from the nearby Presbyterian Night Shelter.