Bishop Michael Olson’s first talk at Theology on Tap was part Catholic Answers Live and part stand-up comedy routine. Drawing an overflow crowd at BJ’s Brewhouse in Hurst May 5, Bishop Olson pulled a Pope Francis-like move in opting for an off-the-cuff question-and-answer session with his young adult audience.
Father Gerald Cooney died Saturday, May 3. Fr. Cooney had been a priest since 1950 and was the longest-ordained priest of the Diocese of Fort Worth. He was also the founding pastor of St. Bartholomew Parish in Southwest Fort Worth. “He was a really solid Catholic priest. He went exactly by what the Church teaches,” said Julia Vecera, who had known and been friends with Fr. Cooney since he helped establish St. Bartholomew in 1969.
Seasoned Vatican journalist John Allen, Jr., didn’t spare the hyperbole while discussing Pope Francis and the impact he’s having on popular culture, the media, and the Church. Addressing a Texas Christian University audience April 22, the CNN analyst and author told listeners when Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected pope March 13, 2013, “he burst like a supernova on the global scene and captured the imagination of the world.”