“Partial-birth abortion is a sacrament in the Church of ‘Choice’…”

View image | gettyimages.com George Will nails it:  Even partial-birth abortion is — must be — a sacrament in the Church of “Choice.” This sect knows that its entire edifice depends on not yielding an inch on its insistence that what an abortion kills never possesses a scintilla of moral significance. In partial-birth abortion, a near-term baby [Read More...]

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A deacon who’s the wheel deal

I have to say, I admire any man who could get away with appearing in public dressed like this: The fact that he’s a deacon and is about to embark on a marathon cycling trip makes him downright heroic. From The Catholic Post in Peoria: Deacon Matthew Levy will spend his vacation in France this year, [Read More...]

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Report: women entering religious life later

View image | gettyimages.com Moments after posting this item about the new Little Sisters of the Poor, I stumbled on this report on women religious, which seems noteworthy: Marie Racine was well established, a software engineer for 17 years, when something happened. “We had a meeting, and all of the sudden when they introduced the new [Read More...]

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Say hello to four new Little Sisters

I got this nice note today from Sr. Marguerite, l.s.p., regarding my friends from the Little Sisters of the Poor in Queens: Attached are two photos of our newly professed Little Sisters. Bishop Andrzej Zglejszewski presided the Mass of Profession on Saturday,July 18th. In both photos, from L to R are Sr. Mercy Marie who [Read More...]

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Must-see video: the bread of life, up close and personal on the streets

I posted on this a few years ago, but I think it’s worth another look. Bishop James Massa preached about this video in his homily at my parish yesterday. It’s a fitting connection to the John 6 readings we’re encountering in the gospels over these summer Sundays—and a vivid reminder of just what “the bread of [Read More...]

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Pregnant mother facing deportation seeks sanctuary in Catholic mission—UPDATED

From the Atlanta Journal Constitution:  A pregnant El Salvadorian woman who has been ordered deported for illegally entering the U.S. has fled to an Atlanta-area Catholic mission, where she is seeking sanctuary with her two young children. Claudia Mariela Jurado recently cut off the electronic monitoring bracelet immigration authorities had attached to her ankle. She [Read More...]

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A new bishop drops by

We had the great privilege today of welcoming back to my parish Brooklyn’s newly ordained Bishop James Massa. Bishop Massa began his priesthood at our parish 29 years ago; it was his first parochial assignment after ordination, and he was chiefly responsible for introducing something new and different to the parish—RCIA—and was remembered by many longtime parishioners [Read More...]

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The veterinarian, husband and father who became a priest

Some may remember when I posted on Frederick Richard Lesser, a widower who was ordained a deacon earlier this year. In June, Deacon Lesser became Father Lesser: Frederick Richard (Rick) Lesser, the widowed father of three grown children, was ordained today [June 20] as a priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany. The ceremony [Read More...]

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“Be a deacon, a good and faithful servant”

Boston’s Cardinal Seán O’Malley recently ordained a man to the diaconate, as he continues a particularly long journey to the priesthood. He offered some important thoughts on the diaconate:  Tom Olson reached a milestone in his 11-year journey toward the priesthood, July 25, when Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley ordained the 35-year-old to the diaconate for [Read More...]

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Homily for August 2, 2015: 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Last week, millions around the world were shocked to hear that an American hunter had gunned down a beloved lion named Cecil in Zimbabwe. But there is another important story that also attracted attention, though it didn’t spark as much media coverage or outrage. But it should have. I’m speaking of the undercover videos involving [Read More...]

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