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Bishop Edward T. Hughes, retired bishop of Metuchen, N.J., dies at 92

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Retired Bishop Edward T. Hughes of Metuchen, N.J., who was described as an untiring and outspoken defender of life, died Christmas Day. He was 92.

A funeral Mass was scheduled for Jan. 4 in the Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi in Metuchen. Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington, will celebrate the liturgy.

Bishop Paul G. Bootkoski of Metuchen mourned the bishop's death in a Dec. 26 statement, describing him as a "faithful and humble servant" of God.

Remembering a great woman and role model

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When I first met Bishop Jane Holmes Dixon, we had an informal lunch and talked about her groundbreaking role as the first woman Episcopal Bishop of Washington, D.C., and the second woman bishop in the United States, following Bishop Barbara Harris of Massachusetts.

We talked about the fact that women can’t even be deacons in the Catholic church (yet), but she pointed out that no struggles for gender equality are easy. Catholic women, she believed, would eventually be accepted into all levels of the priesthood.

Fr. Z, Michael Voris hosting Lenten Caribbean retreat

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Two of the Catholic blogospheres most conservative voices are headed out to sea.

Michael Voris and Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, two frequently polemic right-wing Catholic internet personalities, have announced they will be hosting a Lenten cruise to the Caribbean.

According to Voris, the cruise includes “prayer, Mass, confession, talks, and sharing — all in the beautiful setting of a cruise to the Caribbean.”

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