I’m ready to roll for vocations. Are you?

View image | gettyimages.com   My blog neighbor and FOTB Fr. Mike Duffy is plugging the Biking4Vocations event: I’ve been following along as two priests and three seminarians travel from St. Augustine Florida to Rockville Centre, New York raising awareness for vocations to the priesthood. They’ve been doing a fantastic job – check out their progress at Biking4vocations.org and make sure to pray for them. Any one that has been to one of my Masses knows that I always add a special inten … [Read More...]

First Female Bishop Consecrated At York Minster

“To refer to God purely as male is just unhelpful to many people now”

View image | gettyimages.com My blog neighbor Fr. Dwight Longenecker called attention yesterday to this item in The Telegraph, which notes a persistent trend among some in the Church of England to refer to God as a female:Support is growing within the Church of England to rewrite its official liturgy to refer to God as female following the selection of the first women bishops.Growing numbers of priests already insert words such as “she” and “mother” informally into traditional serv … [Read More...]

This is our Church: more Catholics, more parishes, fewer priests

View image | gettyimages.comSome highlights of a CARA report released today: Arguably, the three most important indicators of “vitality” for the Catholic Church are the number of Catholics, the number of parishes, and the number of priests....Overall, the global Catholic population has gro … [Read More...]

Pope Francis: Civilization is measured by its ability to protect life

From Vatican Radio:“The degree of progress of a civilization is measured by its ability to protect life, especially in its most fragile stages.” These were the words of Pope Francis during an audience with the Science and Life Association, who are celebrating their 10th anniversary. The Hol … [Read More...]

Report: Pope’s new encyclical to be called “Laudato sii”

Catholic News Agency reports:Taken from St. Francis of Assisi’s “Canticle of the Sun” prayer praising God for creation, the likely name of the Pope’s upcoming encyclical was informally announced just weeks before its anticipated publication.Fr. Giuseppe Costa, director of the Vatican Publishing H … [Read More...]

Hundreds gathered in Arizona to protest Muslims—and then this happened

That rally—in which armed protestors stood outside a mosque, wore profanity-adorned t-shirts about Islam, and screamed—resulted in this epiphany for a couple of the protestors:Jason Leger, a Phoenix resident wearing one of the profanity-laced shirts, accepted an invitation to join the evening pra … [Read More...]

Like father, like son: deacon’s son ordained a priest

From The Georgia Bulletin:When the economic recession of the early 1990s hit the Garcias in a personal way, the Miami family with Cuban roots on both sides was in serious danger of collapse. “We went through some rocky times in our marriage when we lost my computer business, but what saved our m … [Read More...]

Ordination update: 14 new deacons for Erie

My friend Deacon Dennis Kudlak posted this snapshot this afternoon on Facebook.The diocesan website has this information, preceding the event: The Most Reverend Lawrence T. Persico, Bishop of Erie, will preside at the ordination to the Holy Order of Deacon on Friday, May 29, 2015 beginning … [Read More...]

Ordination update: 2 new deacons for Juneau

The Diocese of Juneau Facebook page has been updated with fresh pictures from last night's ordination.I can't put it better than this: Congratulations to our new Diocese of Juneau deacons, Steve Olmstead and Mike Galbraith, who were ordained by Bishop Edward Burns in a beautiful celebration at … [Read More...]

Bishop on new deacon: “The most remarkable path of anyone I have ever ordained”

Next step: the priesthood.Details from Arkansas Catholic:  “Wait, no, that’s not right.”So said Bishop Anthony B. Taylor during the Promise of Elect, as before him stood Norman McFall, a seminarian over whose diaconate ordination Mass Bishop Taylor was presiding May 20.“That’s the one ab … [Read More...]

Homily for May 31, 2015: The Most Holy Trinity

This weekend marks the end of an era, as my old CBS colleague Bob Schieffer makes his last appearance on “Face the Nation.” He’s retiring at the young age of 77, after 46 years at CBS News—capping a career that began as a reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in the 1960s.Friday, the New York … [Read More...]

Massachusetts high school to be named for Pope Francis

It's believed to be a first. Details: The new name of the combining Cathedral and Holyoke Catholic high schools has been announced: Pope Francis High School. The name of the school was chosen by a group of Cathedral and Holyoke Catholic students working with school officials. The recommendation … [Read More...]

Cardinal Burke compares Irish to the pagans for endorsing gay marriage

From The Tablet in the U.K.:Ireland has gone further than paganism and “defied God” by legalising gay marriage, one of the Church’s most senior cardinals has said. Cardinal Raymond Burke, who was recently moved from a senior role in the Vatican to be patron of the Order of Malta, told the Newma … [Read More...]

Vatican archbishop overseeing World Meeting of Families under investigation for embezzlement

From Philly.com:  The Vatican archbishop in charge of overseeing the World Meeting of Families is reportedly under investigation for possible embezzlement, according to several European news organizations.Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, … [Read More...]

From “nones” to nothing: study charts what may be America’s least religious generation

View image | gettyimages.comA press release, from San Diego State University, offers some sobering statistics: In what may be the largest study ever conducted on changes in Americans' religious involvement, researchers led by San Diego State University psychology professor Jean M. Twenge found … [Read More...]

Taking the plunge: number of weddings held at religious institutions drops to just 28%

View image | gettyimages.comA few days ago, I posted on the rising expenses of the wedding industry—and an alert reader pointed me to this release from a couple months back, which helps put it in context:The Knot 2014 Real Weddings Survey can be broken down on a region-by-region basis across … [Read More...]

Juneau to ordain 2 deacons

From the diocesan website: With praise and thanksgiving to Almighty God The Diocese of Juneau joyfully announces and invites you to the ordination of Steven B. Olmstead and Michael Galbraith to the Holy Order of Deacons by Most Reverend Edward J. Burns, Bishop of Juneau on Friday, May … [Read More...]

Ordination update: 6 new deacons for Sioux Falls

From the Diocese of Sioux Falls website: The Ordination to the Order of Deacon took place on May 28, 2015 at The Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Sioux Falls. Bishop Paul J. Swain ordained James Bregel, William Kappler, Roger Puthoff, William Radio and Joseph Tegethoff as permanent deacons and Barry … [Read More...]