True grit—UPDATED

No matter where you stand on the issue of gun control, you can’t help but be moved at watching this powerful testimony.   (Her handwritten text is pictured above). Ladies and gentlemen, Gabby Giffords, speaking before the Senate Judiciary Committee on gun control. UPDATE: An alert reader pointed me to this item in The Atlantic, [Read More...]

The truth about dishonesty—and how confession helps us change our behavior

A colleague at work said, “Hey, you should put this on your blog,” and sent me the link. It’s a cleverly animated lecture by Dan Ariely, an expert in the field of “behavioral economics” (yeah, I don’t know what it is, either). Anyway: a few minutes into this secular head-scratcher about human behavior, he talks about [Read More...]

For Catholic Schools Week: in praise of my parish’s school

With Catholic Schools Week now at its midway point, I thought I’d repost something from last year: a homily I preached at a special Mass honoring my parish’s school (shown above) and its alumni.  DGK. ++  A lot of people don’t know this, but when I was in formation, studying to become a deacon, Msgr. [Read More...]

In rare operation, Iraq war vet receives double arm transplant

Brendan Marrocco lost all four limbs in the war, but as he explains in the video below, what was most devastating was losing his arms. The miracle of science may have helped change some of that. Watch the PBS video below. And you can read more about his journey at his website. What an amazing [Read More...]

Ordination update: 29 new deacons in Galveston-Houston

Details, from the Texas Catholic Herald News:  Twenty-nine men received the sacrament of Holy Orders in a Mass celebrated Jan. 26 at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. For each, it marked the end of six years of rigorous study and pastoral formation — and the beginning of consecrated life in the Permanent Diaconate of [Read More...]

“A historic moment”: Catholic, Protestant churches agree to recognize each other’s baptisms

 Details:  Leaders of U.S. Roman Catholic and some Protestant churches will sign a historic agreement Tuesday in Austin by which the two traditions will formally recognize each other’s liturgical rites of baptism. The product of seven years of talks among five denominations, the agreement will be signed at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at a prayer service [Read More...]

Preserving Catholicism’s diversity: “We’re not talking about nostalgia”

Here are a couple glimpses at the work being done by the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (also known as The Place That Pays the Deacon’s Mortgage). Recently, my boss Msgr. John Kozar visited Rome for a series of conferences and meetings, and the good people at Rome Reports dropped by to chat with him [Read More...]

How married priests live—UPDATED

Reading about the new married priest in Buffalo, and thinking of other priests in similar circumstances, a reader gripes: As my wife pointed out, this guy at 65 …with no pension…will now camp in a free rectory with free utilities, a car and stipends… Whoa. Not exactly. I contacted the Anglican Ordinariate. A source there clarified: Some, [Read More...]

EWTN announces anchor for daily news show

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:  Say so long soon to Colleen Carroll Campbell, former Post-Dispatch staffer, who is moving to Washington to anchor a daily program on EWTN. Campbell will be moving from Kirkwood for the new assignment. The show — logically labeled “EWTN Daily News with Colleen Carol Campbell” — is slated to debut June 3. “We’re hoping the [Read More...]

Maronite patriarch will compose text for Way of the Cross

This is pretty big news:   Recalling his trip to Lebanon and inviting the whole Church to remember the problems of and the Christian communities in the Middle East in their prayers, the Holy Father has invited―through his cardinal secretary of state―His Beatitude Bechara Boutros Rai, O.M.M., Patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites, to prepare [Read More...]