New school policy targets parents “not living in accord with church teaching”

It also requires non-Catholics to attend Mass and contribute to the parishes. Details, from The Springfield State Journal Register:  The Springfield Catholic Diocese’s new school policy could call into question parents’ lifestyles, especially if they go against Catholic teaching, and takes a new approach toward a more Protestant tradition of tithing. The Family School Agreement [Read More...]

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Homily for August 23, 2015: 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

It could be one of the most important questions you ask yourself: Why are you Catholic? What keeps you coming back here week after week, year after year? In a time when so many other faiths are out there, offering what they claim is an easier, less difficult path to God—including a church right down [Read More...]

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Praying with the sheep: pope joins faithful in the pews for Mass at St. Peter’s

Does anyone recall a pope ever doing this? From Vatican Radio: Pope Francis surprised the faithful in St. Peter’s Basilica on Friday when he attended the 7:00 morning Mass at the Altar of St. Pius X in the church. It was the feast day of the saint. The Mass was celebrated by Msgr. Lucio Bonora, [Read More...]

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“Catholics for Choice” bakes a cake for Planned Parenthood

How nice. From the group’s press release:  Women’s health clinics across the country will again be harassed by the antichoice movement this weekend. In response, Catholics organized to remind clinic staff that we stand with Planned Parenthood and support the important work they do. Today, Catholics for Choice delivered cakes and messages of goodwill to women’s clinics [Read More...]

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Great moments in journalism: attack on a woman becomes an attack on “women priests”—UPDATED

The story is horrible: The man who attacked and seriously burned a Queens woman Wednesday night — splashing her in the face with a Drano-like substance — snuck up and ambushed her as she walked alone to her car, law-enforcement sources said.  “Can I ask you something?” the assailant said, before hurling an off-brand drain cleaner in [Read More...]

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Pregnant nun costumes for Halloween? Fine. Caitlyn Jenner? Maybe not.

I don’t remember much public anxiety about Halloween costumes that might offend Catholics—like, say, this one or this one.  But there’s now controversy brewing over reports of a Caitlyn Jenner Halloween costume, with some fretting it might be considered “insensitive”: Halloween probably isn’t the best time to deal with an incredibly sensitive subject like gender reassignment. [Read More...]

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Saluting a Florida deacon from Trinidad—and Brooklyn

I had the good fortune of meeting Deacon Lionel Roberts when I visited his parish and gave a mission there last winter. I was thrilled to learn he had originally been ordained for the Diocese of Brooklyn—and, even better, he was in the same class as my pastor’s father, Deacon Larry Sanchez. Now he’s getting more [Read More...]

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Catholic deacon presiding at a lesbian wedding in Mississippi?

This popped up in my newsfeed this morning: part of a profile of writer, stand-up comic and cancer survivor Tig Notaro—who, not insignificantly, happens to be gay. She’s also about to get married to her longtime girlfriend, Stephanie: When Stephanie comes up, Tig’s face softens and she can’t help but smile. “We’re inseparable,” she says. [Read More...]

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Meet the Pope Francis plush toy

This thing is selling like hotcakes—or, maybe, Pennsylvania scrapple: A company in Montgomery County [Pennsylvania] is producing a cute and cuddly version of the leader of the Catholic Church to celebrate Philadelphia’s upcoming visit from Pope Francis. …”They’ve already sold 50,000 pontiff dolls, with orders coming in from as close to home as City Hall to [Read More...]

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Fruits of Fatima? Russia plans to build tallest statue of Jesus in the world

Check this out:  The statue was cast in 2013 by Tsereteli, the famous Georgian-Russian sculptor, known for his gigantic projects such as a statue of Peter the Great in Moscow and ‘The Tear of Grief’ in the United States, dedicated to the struggle against world terrorism. The monument stands 50 metres taller than the world [Read More...]

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