“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...]

Scalia the prophet: “See how these Christians complain to one another”

This essay by Fr. Paul Scalia (son of Supreme Court Justice Antonin) popped up on my Facebook feed yesterday. “The Church Militant or the Church Belligerent?” was published eight years ago, but it seems even more pertinent—even prophetic—today. Read it all, but here’s a snip, from Catholic Answers: The Church, like a nation, must defend herself [Read More...]

Pope: you can’t “privatize” salvation

He made some astute and timely observations during his homily yesterday. From Vatican Radio:  Pope Francis says ecclesial elites who form cliques and scorn others are privatizing the faith and not following the way of Jesus.  His words came during his homily at morning Mass on Thursday (29th January) celebrated in the Santa Marta residence.  [Read More...]

Catholic congressman Tim Ryan: “Why I changed my thinking on abortion”

From HuffPo:  Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), a longtime opponent of abortion, announced in an op-ed on Tuesday that he now supports abortion rights after having talked to women in difficult circumstances throughout his home state. “I have sat with women from Ohio and across the nation and heard them talk about their varying experiences: abusive relationships, financial [Read More...]

Pope Francis will not confer palliums on bishops at the Vatican

From CNS: When Pope Francis celebrates the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul in June, he will set aside an element that has been part of the Mass for the past 32 years; the Vatican confirmed he will not confer the pallium on new archbishops during the liturgy. Msgr. Guido Marini, the papal master of [Read More...]

Bishop Coyne in the driver’s seat

As Burlington’s new bishop gets ready for his installation on Thursday, he’s continued blogging—and posting some unusual videos. The guy is a social media junkie. I’m not aware of any other bishops doing something quite like this: brief “On the Road” segments, that he evidently shoots with a small camera in his car as he’s [Read More...]

American Bible Society leaving New York

American Bible Society headquarters in New York via Wikipedia  A big deal, from The Philadelphia Inquirer:  The American Bible Society will give up its tony Broadway address for one in Philadelphia’s historic district. The society, which has had its headquarters in New York City for 199 years and has operations all over the world, will [Read More...]

At General Audience, Pope Francis speaks of the dignity of fathers

“St. Joseph with the Infant Jesus” by Guido Reni (c. 1620) via Wikipedia From Vatican Radio:  Pope Francis called on fathers to be present in the lives of their children pointing out that the absence of a ‘father figure’ can have grave consequences. Speaking on Wednesday during the weekly General Audience, the Pope continued in [Read More...]

One priest’s stunning pro-life witness

Fr. Mario Majano by Pete Baklinski / LifeSiteNews From LifeSite News:  When he was a young boy, Fr. Mario Majano, 28, used to think a hero was someone out of an action comic book, a “flash, bang, superpower” kind-of-person. As he grew older, Fr. Majano believed a hero to be someone who put themselves in harm’s [Read More...]

Pope Francis a “headache” for GOP presidential hopefuls?

Rick Santorum prays at a fundraiser in 2012 by Gage Skidmore / Wikipedia Commons From Bloomberg:  It is a new era for the Roman Catholic church, much to the dismay of three of its Republican members who are poised to run for president. On issues ranging from climate change, lifting the U.S. embargo on Cuba, and the demotion of an anti-gay [Read More...]


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