Retired Bishop Frank J. Rodimer of Paterson, N.J., died Dec. 6 at St. Joseph's Home for the Elderly in Totowa at age 91. He is pictured in an undated photo. CNS
Bishop Emeritus Frank J. Rodimer, who led the Diocese of Paterson from 1978 until his retirement in 2004, died Dec. 6 at the age of 91.
The announcement was made by Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli, current Bishop of Paterson, who expressed “great sadness” and called upon his flock to remember Bishop Rodimer and all who were close to him in their prayers.
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., shared this message upon learning about Bishop Rodimer’s death: "On behalf of the clergy, religious and faithful of the Diocese of Trenton, I express both our sadness at the passing of Bishop Emeritus Frank Rodimer, sixth bishop and native son of the Diocese of Paterson, and our joyful gratitude for his many years of priestly ministry in the Church. May God continue to bless the Diocese of Paterson and may Bishop Rodimer rest in the Lord's peace." More ... Friday, December 7, 2018
The abiding faith and selfless service of William F. Bolan Jr. was celebrated Nov. 3 during a Mass of Christian Burial among loving family, friends and colleagues in his parish church of St. James, Pennington. An advocate for the underprivileged and downtrodden during his 22 years as executive director of the New Jersey Catholic Conference, Bolan died Oct. 25. More ... Thursday, November 15, 2018
The New Jersey assisted suicide bill, which was scheduled for a vote Oct. 29, has been postponed to an undetermined later date.
Patrick R. Brannigan, executive director of the New Jersey Catholic Conference, the public policy arm of the state’s bishops, said that the delay is an opportunity for people to call their legislators and let them know why they oppose assisted suicide.
Physician-assisted suicide has been considered by the state Legislature without passing for more than six years. Now, with the legislation likely to be brought to a vote soon, there may be enough votes necessary to get it passed.
The “Aid in Dying for Terminally Ill Act” (A1504) is expected to be up for a vote Oct. 29 in the Assembly. The state Senate could move an identical bill (S1072) forward if the Assembly bill passes.
The bill would allow terminally ill adults of sound mind to obtain drugs they could take to hasten their demise. If passed, the bill could be on Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk before end of year.
Superstorm Sandy-weary diocesan and parish officials are lauding a Federal Emergency Management Agency policy change announced Jan. 2 that reverses a prior exclusion for religious organizations and houses of worship from applying for federal aid to recover from natural disasters.