For sale on eBay: the pope’s zucchetto!

Place your bids now:  It’s a good thing this pope wears more than one hat. Pope Francis’ white skullcap is selling for close to $130,000 on eBay, after an Italian TV show host managed to finagle it out of his holy hands. The host of the comedy show “La lene” (The Hyenas) got up in the [Read More...]

“We are called to be a missional church…”

Elizabeth Scalia this morning offers some words of wisdom that strike me as very diaconal in nature—but with a message for all of us seeking to serve the Church and save souls—especially our own. To wit:  Incarnational Evangelization happens when Christian men and women leave the comfortable place of their own origin, just as the Word [Read More...]

Priest removes married gay couple from parish ministry

From The Billings Gazette in Montana: On Aug. 6, four days after the Rev. Samuel Spiering arrived as the new administrator of St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Lewistown, he met with parishioner Paul Huff to ask him if he and his partner, Tom Wojtowick, had gotten married. After Huff confirmed the fact, the [Read More...]

Ladies and gentlemen, Mark Shea sums it all up

The best thing I’ve read all day:  We need to become more fully Catholic, but in the sense of personal conversion, not in the sense of purging the church of lukewarm believers. By that I mean helping people to become more fully Catholic, as Pope Francis has been trying to do. This challenge, to me, [Read More...]

Bishop on divorced and remarried Catholics: “We’ve got to do something!”

It’s rare to hear a bishop be so blunt, but Providence Bishop Thomas Tobin is that and more in his column for his diocesan newspaper: I understand completely the arguments against taking a more “pastoral approach” to this topic, primarily that to do so would betray the sacred teaching of Christ we are obliged to [Read More...]

Dominican tapped to replace Cardinal Pell as Archbishop of Sydney

  Details:  The Bishop of Parramatta, Anthony Fisher, has been appointed the ninth Archbishop of Sydney, replacing the controversial Cardinal George Pell. The Vatican announcement comes several months after Cardinal Pell was appointed to a newly created Secretariat for the Economy in Rome, charged with cleaning up the Vatican’s finances. Bishop Anthony immediately committed the [Read More...]

“Catholic witchdoctors” in Bolivia?

photo by: Raphaël Verona  CNN has this glimpse at a curious strain of religion in Latin America, blending elements of Catholicism and magic. The notion of “Catholic gods” is bizarre and false, and some of this is just not Catholic at all, dwelling in a limbo between the sacred and the superstitious. But it’s an interesting phenomenon many [Read More...]

Joe Biden in Iowa: “You’re looking at a kid who had 12 years of Catholic education”

From The New York Times:  At a Vatican meeting a few years ago, Pope Benedict XVI unexpectedly asked Vice PresidentJoseph R. Biden Jr. for some advice. “You are being entirely too hard on the American nuns,” Mr. Biden offered. “Lighten up.” Last year, Mr. Biden seized on an audience with Pope Francis as another opportunity to praise the [Read More...]

Cardinal Dolan explains why he is serving as Grand Marshall in the St. Patrick’s Day parade

From his column in New York Catholic: I haven’t been in this much hot water since I made the comment, right after I arrived as your archbishop five-and-a-half years ago, that Stan Musial—my boyhood hero of my hometown St. Louis Cardinals—was a much better ballplayer than Joe DiMaggio! Now I’m getting as much fiery mail [Read More...]

Here’s a great way to help support vocations—and it’s an offer too good to refuse

The folks over at Vocation Boom, the non-profit working to boost vocations to the priesthood, contacted me this morning about a great opportunity for all of you to get involved in their project—and get something extra in return. They’re hoping to expand their offerings over the next several months. To do that, they need bucks. [Read More...]