Monthly Archives: March 2013

Michigan Catholic Conference’s lawsuit against HHS mandate dismissed as premature

Detroit — A federal judge in Ohio ruled March 22 that a lawsuit filed by the Michigan Catholic Conference and the Franciscan University of Steubenville against the federal government’s rule mandating coverage of birth control, abortion-inducing drugs and sterilzations in nearly all health insurance plans could not proceed, saying it was premature. Judge Algenon L.…

Parishioners respond

Archbishop Vigneron’s message was e-mailed to thousands of Catholics, Several took the time to write back. Here is a sampling. For more, visit the Archdiocese of Detroit’s papal transition blog, papaltransition.aod.org. “Thanks. Great letter! Great new Pope! “ Bob Baker • “Thank you for the uplifting words especially at this time of renewal for us…

Franciscans, Jesuits? That reminds me …

DETROIT — That the first Jesuit pope should choose Francis for his name calls to mind the tradition of Franciscan-Jesuit jokes. Often told by members of the respective orders themselves, they often have a double-edge, so that Franciscans come off as simple, but more spiritual, while Jesuits are depicted as brighter, but more worldly. Some…