RIP, Dean Jones: the man who stopped running from God

The celebrated actor from countless Disney films in the '60s died today at age 84, from Parkinson's. You may know him best from this:But his life was far more interesting and complicated, according to Christianity Today:For years he had deceived himself into believing that the Hollywood lifestyle would satisfy him, but it had only left him depressed and suicidal. He addictively sought the comforting roar of audience approval, but such pursuits had only shattered his first marriage … [Read More...]


Chaput slams Trump’s “belligerent bombast” on immigration

The Archbishop of Philadelphia delivered these remarks last night: Immigration can be a tough issue. At least one of our presidential candidates has already made the national immigration debate ugly with a great deal of belligerent bombast. His success in the polls shows that many people – including many good people – are very uneasy about the direction of our country. And immigration is a topic with obvious economic, national security and legal dimensions.For the Church, immigration is main … [Read More...]

A death row inmate’s conversion: “It was Catholics who had shown me so much love and kindness”

A remarkable odyssey, from Sister Camille D'Arienzo in NCR.She interviews David Hammer, 56, serving a life sentence without parole in Tucson, AZ:Sr. Camille: 15 years have gone by since you first contacted me. You were an inmate in Allenwood, Pa., anticipating a January 1999 execution. Your … [Read More...]

Have you seen Aleteia lately?

Elizabeth Scalia, of happy memory, just dropped me a line and asked me to take a look at the site's shiny new redesign—and it's a stunner.Clean. Elegant. Eye-catching. Easy to navigate. Inviting. The screen shot here doesn't do it justice.Take a look for yourself.  Kick the tires. Te … [Read More...]

A Catholic Worker responds to the scandal in Des Moines: “There is an underlying clericalism I find deeply disturbing”

You may remember this story from last week—wherein a bishop moved to forbid Mass at a Catholic Worker house in Iowa, after a "woman priest" presided at a liturgy there—and now my blog neighbor Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble has an interesting followup.This comes from Charles Beard, who is part of a C … [Read More...]

Pew survey: U.S. Catholics “remarkably accepting” of non-traditional families

I don't think there's much here that's surprising. But it offers a good snapshot of the flock Pope Francis will be meeting when he arrives on these shores later this month:When Pope Francis arrives in the U.S. for the World Meeting of Families later this month, he will find a Catholic public … [Read More...]

John Lawrence, Iowa seminarian, dies in his sleep

This heartbreaking item appeared on the Diocese of Des Moines Office of Vocations Facebook page Tuesday night: Please keep in your prayers seminarian John Lawrence, who died in his sleep last night. Keep in prayer his family and the seminarian community. Information regarding funeral arrangements … [Read More...]

Must-see video: first clip from pope’s satellite conference on ABC

In a word: wonderful. Just watch.ABC Breaking News | Latest News Videos … [Read More...]

From bar brawler “badass” to deacon

A great vocation story, about the chaplain for the New Orleans office of the FBI, via The New Orleans Advocate:   Dan Haggerty takes great delight in recalling the biblical story of Saul, the one-time scourge of Christians, and how Saul became St. Paul on the road to Damascus.The white-maned, w … [Read More...]

The Anchoress hoists anchor: Elizabeth Scalia departs Patheos to take the helm at Aleteia

I'll let her tell you herself:Effective the close of business yesterday, I have resigned my position as Managing Editor of the Catholic Channel. I have loved working with all of Catholic channel writers, who have become real friends and partners-in-prayer, and this gig has been inspiring and … [Read More...]

For Year of Mercy, pope allows all priests to grant absolution for abortion, permits confession with SSPX priests

From a long letter on the jubilee issued today: The tragedy of abortion is experienced by some with a superficial awareness, as if not realizing the extreme harm that such an act entails. Many others, on the other hand, although experiencing this moment as a defeat, believe that they have no other … [Read More...]

Must-see TV: Pope Francis answers questions from Americans on ABC Friday

Kate O'Hare has the scoop: In a special edition of ABC News’ “20/20,” airing Friday, Sept. 4, anchor David Muir — who was raised Catholic, but no word on whether he still practices the Faith — sits down at the Vatican with Pope Francis to answer satellite questions from Americans, in advance of the … [Read More...]

Adventures in diakonia: no, I’m Catholic…really…

So I was in the checkout line at the store a few days back, and the woman at the cash register noticed the deacon cross embroidered on my shirt.She brightened. "Oh, are you Methodist?," she asked. I laughed. No, I said, and explained.I can't blame her. Understandable mistake. … [Read More...]

“We do not ‘target non-Catholics,’ nor do we seek to exclude anyone…”

You may remember the story from several days back, regarding a new policy for schools in Springfield, Illinois. Over the weekend, the diocese posted a response to the article in question, published in the Springfield newspaper: First, it is important to state that the Catholic Church invites all … [Read More...]

What we have come to: students asked to use “gender-neutral” pronouns

I thought this was a joke. But no.From The Associated Press:  University of Tennessee students have been asked to use gender-neutral pronouns such as "ze."The University of Tennessee Office for Diversity and Inclusion is asking students and faculty to use the pronouns in order to create a … [Read More...]

Meet “the Steven Spielbergs of Christian cinema,” the masterminds behind “War Room”

From Variety: Outside of evangelical circles, the names Alex Kendrick and Stephen Kendrick are likely to be met with blank stares. But thanks to low-budget hits like “Fireproof” and “Courageous,” the brothers have transformed themselves into Steven Spielbergs of Christian cinema. Their names abo … [Read More...]

The man who became a bishop at 32

That would be Cardinal Francis Arinze, who on Saturday marked his 50th anniversary as a bishop—a milestone almost unheard of. He was ordained to the episcopacy in 1965, at the age of 32, becoming the youngest Roman Catholic bishop in the world. He spoke with Vatican Radio recently:Although now re … [Read More...]

Scranton installs nun as first parish life coordinator

From The Scranton Times-Tribune:When Diocese of Scranton Bishop Joseph C. Bambera envisions the future of diocesan churches, he sees St. Patrick’s Church in White Haven as a model. The church has a priest, the Rev. Michael J. Kloton, who also oversees Immaculate Conception, a separate, i … [Read More...]