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NYC priest to be ordained Albany's Catholic bishop

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The Rev. Monsignor Edward Scharfenberger of New York City is being ordained as the Catholic Diocese of Albany's 10th bishop.

The ordination Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Thursday afternoon will be broadcast live on cable TV and on the diocesan website, www.rcda.org.  Go to full article
Kateri Tekakwitha shrine in Fonda, NY. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmcordell/">Diane Cordell</a>, CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/">some rights reserved</a>
Kateri Tekakwitha shrine in Fonda, NY. Photo: Diane Cordell, CC some rights reserved

First Native saint "beacon of empowerment"

Catholics across Upstate New York and Canada are celebrating the canonization of a 17th century Mohawk woman. She'll become the first Native American saint in a ceremony this Sunday at the Vatican.

Kateri Tekakwitha (pronounced "gah-deh-LEE de-gah-GWEE-tah") was born in the Mohawk Valley, near what is today Albany. Smallpox killed her parents and partially blinded her when she was six. She fled her village and devoted her life to the Catholic Church at the Kahnawake Mohawk reserve near Montreal. She died when she was just 24 years old.

That church, St. Francis Xavier in Kahnawake, is holding vigils, masses, and other special events throughout the weekend.

Hundreds of faithful are travelling to Rome to witness the canonization in person. Among them is the mother of Darren Bonaparte, a Mohawk historian and author of a book called A Lily Among Thorns: the Mohawk Repatriation of Takeri Tekakwitha.

Bonaparte told David Sommerstein Kateri Tekakwitha's story needs to be seen in its historical context. He says the Dutch and the French were vying for Mohawk lands in the 17th century, spreading smallpox to the native people as they went.  Go to full article
Bishop Terry LaValley, Photo: Diocese of Ogdensburg
Bishop Terry LaValley, Photo: Diocese of Ogdensburg

Bishop blasts Obama HHS policy

The top Roman Catholic official in the North Country is blasting the Obama administration for requiring churches to provide health insurance to employees that includes services such as contraception and sterilization.  Go to full article
Bishop Terry LaValley
Bishop Terry LaValley

Catholic diocese rededicates to teaching "authentic" marriage

The Catholic Church leads opposition to New York's new law legalizing same sex marriage. In a statement over the weekend, Bishop Terry LaValley of the Diocese of Ogdensburg called the law "deeply disappointing and troubling."

The statement calls marriage between a man and a woman the only "authentic" marriage.

David Sommerstein spoke yesterday with Bishop LaValley about the new law and about his parishioners reaction to his statement.  Go to full article
Sister Jennifer Votraw (Source: Dioc. of Ogdensburg website)
Sister Jennifer Votraw (Source: Dioc. of Ogdensburg website)

For Roman Catholic leaders, same-sex marriage is a blow to marriage

A growing number of Americans see same-sex marriage as a civil right. But for the Roman Catholic Church, legalization of gay marriage represents another erosion of traditional marriage. In the eyes of the Church, the institution of marriage has already been battered by high divorce rates and by more children being born out of wedlock. Brian Mann spoke in-depth with Sister Jennifer Votraw. She's chancellor and director of communications for the Diocese of Ogdensburg.  Go to full article

North Country bishop reassigned

Roman Catholic officials in the North Country say the Bishop for the Diocese of Ogdensburg is being re-assigned. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Catholic churches close, consolidate in North Country

The Diocese of Albany is closing two North Country churches next year and four other churches will be forced to share priests. The decisions were announced on Saturday following a two-year process that included public input from Roman Catholics throughout the diocese. In Glens Falls, St. Alphonsus church will close. Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Granville will also shut down. Churches in Corinth and Lake Luzerne will merge and share a priest by next summer, but both buildings will remain open. Churches in Chestertown and Hague will also merge. In all, the diocese will close thirty-three worship sites. The downsizing reflects a growing priest shortage. In the 1960s, there were more than 400 priests in the diocese. That number is expected to drop below 100. Attendance has also declined in many churches. Bishop Howard Hubbard called the changes a "painful adjustment." He pointed out that the church where he worshiped as a child in Troy is one of the parishes slated to close.  Go to full article

"Project Truth" Probes Cornwall Pedophile Charges

A public inquiry into an alleged pedophile sex ring in Cornwall, Ontario is grabbing headlines in Canada. The Ontario government this week began a sort of "truth and reconciliation" process. As David Sommerstein reports, it's designed to lift the sordid cloud that's plagued Cornwall for years and promote community healing.  Go to full article
Michele Connery, of Vancouver Island and other women in ordination ceremony
Michele Connery, of Vancouver Island and other women in ordination ceremony

Catholic Women "Ordained" on St. Lawrence

Nine Roman Catholic women were ordained deacons and priests on Monday on a boat on the St. Lawrence River. The ceremony violated church law. The Vatican has never accepted women clergy. But it was a festive affair.  Go to full article

Parents and Teachers Picket to Save Catholic School

In ponchos and mittens, parents and teachers picketed the Catholic Diocese in Ogdensburg yesterday. They were protesting the decision to close St Mary's school in Potsdam. The elementary school will be closed at the end of this year. Church officials blame declining enrollment. But parents say that parishioners were divided on supporting the school.  Go to full article

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