The pope will have the last word: Francis to write document following Synod

Details: The Vatican’s second most powerful figure said Wednesday that Pope Francis will pen a document following the recently concluded Synod of Bishops on the family, something that until now no Vatican official had confirmed. Speaking to the ANSA news agency, Italian Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, said the pontiff will write an [Read More...]

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Dear CNBC…huh?

Dear CNBC: Things looked so promising Tuesday, didn’t they? Remember this headline from The New York Times?: CNBC May be the Big Winner of the Next Republican Debate  Remember this excited quote from Becky Quick?: “Fantastic!” she said. “This is our time.” But 48 hours later, this is what the world—even in the left-leaning media—is saying: CNBC’s [Read More...]

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John Boehner on the power of the Holy Spirit

This is something exceptional: the departing Speaker of the House, discussing candidly his Catholic faith and how it led to his decision to resign. [Read more...]

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Bishop to deacons: “I want you to be a witness in your parish”

From The Trenton Monitor:  Coming together as a brotherhood, deacons of the Diocese of Trenton were challenged by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., to live up to the summons issued by Pope Francis on his recent trip to the United States. “When the Pope met with us, he told us to focus our energies on [Read More...]

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NYC board reportedly to vote on removing “St. Patrick” from annual parade

  View image | gettyimages.com The late Cardinal John O’Connor must be turning over in his crypt. The scoop:  [Parade board director] John Lahey has called a meeting of the parade’s board of directors for Thursday, October 29, the purpose of which is a vote on several proposed changes to the organization’s bylaws. According to the [Read More...]

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High school students volunteer to serve as pallbearers for those who die alone

Some may remember the story I posted last year about Jim Skerl, the teacher at Cleveland’s St. Ignatius High School. In 2002, he established a group called the St. Joseph of Arimathea Pallbearer Society, made up of young men who volunteer to serve as pallbearers at the funerals of people who had no one to bury them.  [Read More...]

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How the Catholic Church forever changed Jewish life

At the clergy convocation in my diocese last week, a rabbi got up to speak about the 50th anniversary of Nostre Aetate and noted this sobering fact: when he was growing up in New Jersey in the 1960s, he would try to time his departure from school so that he wouldn’t run into the Catholic kids who [Read More...]

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In the email: “I’m the Catholic Deacon who married Tig Notaro…”

You may remember this story from over the summer: Catholic deacon presiding at lesbian wedding in Mississippi?  It was about stand-up comedian and breast cancer survivor Tig Notaro: Her family is completely on board, including the Catholic deacon cousin who’s agreed to marry them. “They’re like, This is going to be the biggest thing to hit the [Read More...]

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Ordination update: 15 new deacons for Orange

From Orange County Catholic: A total of 15 men were ordained as permanent deacons for the Diocese of Orange Oct. 17 by Bishop Kevin Vann at St. Columban Church—all members of the “Hands of Christ” deacon class of 2015. “We are blessed to welcome so many new deacons into the permanent diaconate within our diocese,” said Bishop Vann. [Read More...]

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Cardinal Pell on Synod document: “People should read it, not what was spun to them”

View image | gettyimages.com From Aleteia:  The Synod on the Family may have concluded in the Vatican, but a “virtual synod” is now underway in the media. And one high-ranking cardinal is urging people not to believe the spin. On Sunday morning, prior to the noonday Angelus, Aleteia spoke with Cardinal George Pell, Prefect of the Vatican Secretariat [Read More...]

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