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Posted: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has ruled that an accusation of child sexual abuse against the Rev. John P. Fitzgerald, 68, of the Diocese of Pittsburgh “has not been proven.” It could not be determined with certainty whether the abuse did or did not occur.

In addition, the Congregation has directed Bishop David Zubik to take appropriate action that provides for the welfare of all parties involved, including the welfare of the public.

Bishop David Zubik has fun with some of the young students during a Feb. 21 pastoral visit to the DePaul School for Hearing and Speech in Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood.

Bishop David A. Zubik has issued a dispensation for Saint Patrick's Day. However, Catholics are still encouraged to abstain from meat. Those who choose not to abstain are encouraged to do another act of self-sacrifice in the spirit of the season of Lent. For full text see the below letter.

Reformation service has been changed to April 4

As a sign that animosity can heal into friendship, Catholic and Lutheran leaders in Southwestern Pennsylvania are holding a shared commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

The first event will be “An Evening of Repentance” for harm done by followers of each tradition to the other. A public prayer service will take place on April 4th in St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Cathedral, Munhall.

Learn about marriage annulments

Divorced Catholics and everyone else who may be interested in learning about the annulment process are welcome to attend a free workshop with  Jay Conzemius, JCL, judge and moderator of the Diocesan Tribunal. He will speak at four locations. Topics include: theology of marriage; ministry of the tribunal; marriage annulment types; Pope Francis’ changes to marriage law; the no-fee process in the Diocese of Pittsburgh; why, when and how to start the petition for annulment; and an overview of the annulment process.


Staff Writer

There are two groups of people who particularly need the support of the church, said Deacon Ralph Bachner. People who have lost a loved one to death and those who are struggling with separation and divorce.

But while the losses are similar, he found that there was often little ministry to the latter.

Catholics in the Diocese of Pittsburgh are invited to discover the true meaning and impact of what happened to them on the day they were brought to the baptismal font.

“Back to the Font,” a morning of reflection, is an opportunity this Lent to consider and renew the call to discipleship as followers of Jesus.

Shared governance model expected in future in other regions of the Diocese of Pittsburgh

Bishop David Zubik of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh today announced a regional education system designed to ensure vibrant and sustainable Catholic elementary schools in the North Hills region as part of the On Mission for The Church Alive! planning initiative.

Effective in the fall of 2017, ten Catholic elementary schools in the North Hills will become a ministry of all 32 parishes in the region, which will provide support for all of the schools. Each school will continue to have a principal while a regional administrator will supervise operations.


A few months ago I made a September pilgrimage to Cape Cod. The Cape is my back story. I was a kid there, a teenager, a college guy. My honeymoon was in Cape Cod and we introduced it young to our own kids. My parents retired to the Cape and we visited them with the grandkids.

A big part of my Cape memories are rooted in my older brother, John. We were kids there together in 1960s summers, grown-ups visiting together later on.

By Father Frank D. Almade

The numbers are staggering. Americans watch an average of more than four hours of television a day. If you add this up over a year, it’s 61 days. If you add this up over 40 years, it’s just shy of seven years. Phew! That’s a lot of TV watching. What useful things could we do if we left our easy chairs and broke away from the “boob tube?”