From Bridgeport Bishop Frank Caggiano:  As our nation continues to grapple with the practice of separating children from their families at the border, we must distinguish our political feelings on this issue from the actual teachings of the Lord Jesus, who is the fullness of Truth Himself. As a son of immigrants, the thought of separating children from their parents as an instrument of immigration policy is personally very troubling to me. It is also inconsistent with our moral values… Read more

It’s not often you hear a Hollywood speech like this one. Actor Chris Pratt — about to hit the screens in “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” — was honored at the 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards yesterday. He delivered an earthy, frank, funny, gross, yet inspirational speech that encouraged young people to learn how to pray, reassured them that God loves them — and also offered practical advice on how to minimize bathroom odor at a party. I’ll say this:… Read more

While in Wisconsin for the Catholic Media Conference, I got to attend Mass at Green Bay’s beautiful St. Francis Xavier Cathedral and meet Bishop David Ricken. About the cathedral:  Saint Francis Xavier Cathedral was consecrated on November 20, 1881 after five years of construction.  The original cost of $35,000 was contributed by the immigrant population of the area, the Bavarian Mission Society in Germany, including a donation from King Ludwig I and friends of Bishop Francis Xavier Krautbauer, the second Bishop… Read more

 Seriously. Read on, via CNA:  Every single vocation story is different, but Sr. Rita Clare (Anne) Yoches is probably one of the more unusual. Sr. Rita Clare, who this month will profess final vows with the Franciscan Sisters T.O.R. of Penance of the Sorrowful Mother, was a four-time national champion professional football player prior to entering the convent. Yes, that’s American football. (She was a fullback.) Nowadays, the only football Yoches is playing is the annual two-hand touch game she organizes with… Read more

Details from CatholicPhilly.com:  Sixteen men drawn from various walks of life — chemist, doctor, driver, sales director, engineer, pharmacist and accountant, just to name a few — were ordained as permanent deacons by Archbishop Charles Chaput on the morning of June 9 at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul. …In his homily Archbishop Chaput spoke of the level of alienation in society today including loneliness as a mounting health problem, and the rising rate of suicide — for… Read more

The former top advisor to President Trump went on ABC News This Week on Sunday to talk about the White House’s controversial move on immigration — enforcing a policy that separates parents from children at the border — and spoke about growing criticism from religious leaders, including Pope Francis. From the transcript, in Bannon’s interview with correspondent Jonathan Karl: KARL: So what about the religious leaders? What about — you have the evangelicals, people like Franklin Graham calling it disgraceful,… Read more

Somehow this slipped off my radar screen, but the man who was a legend among surfers in Southern California died in late April:  Beloved Rev. Christian Mondor, known for starting the annual Blessing of the Waves in Huntington Beach, died Wednesday just two days before his 93rd birthday, Sts. Simon & Jude Catholic Church told its families Thursday. “He loved life to the fullest and the people to whom he ministered, fighting to stay with them until the very end,” Rev…. Read more

Details:  White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Sunday “nobody likes” the Trump administration’s policy of separating families who cross the border illegally, but indicated President Trump will not act unilaterally to change it. “As a mother, as a Catholic, as somebody who’s got a conscience … I will tell you that nobody likes this policy,” Conway said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “Congress passed the law that it is a crime to enter this country illegally. So if they don’t like that law, they… Read more

From an op-ed in today’s New York Times by Charles Camosy, of Democrats for Life: What does “pro-life, pro-family” really mean? The idea behind that phrase has long been an important organizing principle for pro-life groups like Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council. For many who work for these organizations — or who vote for candidates endorsed by them — being “pro-life, pro-family” is not a euphemism for opposing abortion and same-sex marriage. It acknowledges that protecting children, including ones… Read more

From CNA:   In a speech to a family association Saturday, Pope Francis again stressed that God’s vision of the family is between a man and a woman, and compared the abortion of children who are sick or disabled to a Nazi mentality. “I’ve heard that it’s fashionable, or at least usual, that when in the first few months of pregnancy they do studies to see if the child is healthy or has something, the first offer is: let’s send it… Read more

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