Homily for February 1, 2015: 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

11th century fresco of Christ performing exorcism in the synagogue in Capernaum via Wikipedia  Several days back, just before the State of the Union speech, the New York Times ran a lengthy profile of the man who would be putting all those words in President Obama’s mouth: Cody Keenan, the 34-year-old speechwriter the President has [Read More...]

Aloha: 13 new deacons for Honolulu

I received the following email from Deacon John Coughlin, Co-Director of Permanent Deacon Formation for the Diocese of Honolulu: This is the first ordination of permanent deacons in the diocese since February of 2007 when the program was halted pending the completion of a thorough self-assessment. These men and their wives began their five year [Read More...]

The need for native-speaking priests and deacons in New Zealand

Danny Karetea-Goddard at his ordination in July 2014, from New Zealand Catholic. From Radio New Zealand: At the most recent New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference, Bishop Barry Jones voiced concerns that the Mass in Te Reo was slowly dying due to a lack of priests, who could conduct them in Maori. Bishop Jones, a Pakeha, [Read More...]

A “theology of housework”: it’s not just women’s work

Image: Good Housekeeping Magazine cover, 1908 / via Wikipedia  Over at Pray Tell, they’ve posted a reflection by Msgr. M. Francis Mannion, from Catholic News Agency, wherein he rhapsodizes about the domestic church and the joys of housework, as reflected in Kathryn Allen Rabuzzi’s “The Sacred and the Feminine: Toward a Theology of Housework”: I [Read More...]

Vatican announces bishops, alternates for upcoming Synod

The full list is here.    The Holy Father Francis, for the XIV General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which will take place in the Vatican from 4 to October 25, 2015 on the theme The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world , has ratified the election by [Read More...]

This never happens at my local Trader Joe’s

I wish it would. This was staged in London a couple years ago. For some reason, it slipped by my Flash Mob radar. Enjoy! [Read more...]

Is this the best commercial of the 2015 Super Bowl?

I don’t know what could top this.  Truly. [Read more...]

Meet the Jewish boy who grew up to be a married Catholic priest

I remember posting on (then-Deacon) Paul Schenck when he was ordained. He’s back in the news again;  a local paper in Pennsylvania covered his recent appearance at a Theology on Tap and discussed his work for pro-life causes: The Rev. Paul Schenck is a married Catholic priest. You may think that’s a poorly written sentence that should [Read More...]

Hail Mary Pass? Nuns rent out rooms at Phoenix monastery for Super Bowl, raise money for charity

From The Arizona Republic and azCentral:   You could say, it’s a different kind of Super Bowl experience. “I’ve never been in a convent or ministry where there haven’t been football fans,” said Sister Linda Campbell from the Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery in West Phoenix. The 66 year old nun is a self-proclaimed die hard Arizona [Read More...]

“No one wants to join a church that lacks joy”

From The Burlington Free Press:  The Most Rev. Christopher Coyne, the Roman Catholic Church’s first blogging priest to be elevated to bishop, has been formally installed as the head of the statewide diocese of Burlington. More than 900 people jammed into St. Joseph Co-Cathedral in Burlington for the Installation Mass., which was broadcast internationally both [Read More...]