Wisconsin clinic suspends abortions; pro-lifers hope for permanent stop

GREEN BAY, Wis. (CNS) — The only facility still performing abortions in the northeast Wisconsin has suspended abortions for the next six months. Planned Parenthood in Grand Chute suspended abortions in mid-October, citing a lack of medical staff. The building, and Planned Parenthood’s office in Appleton, remains open. While Planned Parenthood did not respond to…

Teen organists taking active role in parishes called ‘youth in action’

MINERAL POINT, Wis. (CNS) — A new generation of organists — all in their teens — is committed to providing a vital component of worship for the congregations at two Wisconsin parishes. “It’s just a great joy to see these young people stepping forward and to see Catholic youth in action,” said Father Monte Robinson,…

Pope Names Superior, Wisconsin Bishop Peter Christensen Bishop Of Boise City, Idaho, Accepts Resignation Of Bishop Michael Driscoll

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Peter F. Christensen, 61, of Superior, Wisconsin, as bishop of Boise City, Idaho, and accepted the resignation of Bishop Michael P. Driscoll, 75, from pastoral governance of that diocese. The appointment was publicized in Washington, November 4, by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States. Peter F….

U.S. couple at synod calls for ‘robust, creative’ family programs

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Existing diocesan programs and Catholic organizations aimed at helping Catholic families fulfill their vocation clearly are not strong enough to meet modern needs, a Wisconsin couple told the Synod of Bishops. “We must develop more robust and creative methods to share the fundamental truth that marriage is a divine gift from…