Wow: the world’s best “virtuoso” napkin folder

Here’s a palate-cleanser for you: a remarkable display of a rarely-appreciated talent, napkin-folding.  After seeing this all the work involved, you may want to just use your sleeve.  These creations are just too pretty to ruin with gravy. From Huffington Post:  Guided by Joan Sallas’s hands, napkins transform into ornate structures, armadillos, giant griffins. But [Read More...]

Deacon sues government over contraception mandate

Some of you may remember Greg Hall who, as a deacon candidate three years ago, helped rescue the trapped Chilean miners.  He’s back in the news again: Greg Hall, a Roman Catholic church deacon in Houston, owns American Manufacturing Company in St. Joseph and filed a federal suit Tuesday evening, saying the contraception mandate violates [Read More...]

Newark defends Fr. Fugee appointment: “We’re doing exactly what we’re supposed to be doing…”—UPDATED

The Archdiocese of Newark is standing by its decision to appoint an accused child molester —one whose conviction was later reversed on a technicality—to be director of a diocesan office. From Catholic News Agency:   The Archdiocese of Newark affirmed its decision to allow a priest accused of abusing a minor to remain in ministry, [Read More...]

Meet John and Ann Betar, married 80 years

Not only that, but they’re Catholic.  Just in time for World Marriage Day this weekend comes this item from the New York Daily News:  One Fairfield, Conn., couple is receiving an early Valentine’s Day gift: recognition as the “longest-married” couple in the United States. John and Ann Betar have been married since Nov. 25, 1932, [Read More...]

With “Catholic Journal,” a deacon wades into the web

From Michigan Catholic:  Deacon Kurt Godfryd’s venture into Internet blogging has grown rapidly from a simple place to post his own homilies to a multi-faceted website for Catholic writers. “Sometimes, people come up to you after Mass, and ask if they can get a copy of your homily, and I was told the easiest way [Read More...]

What’s it like going to an atheist church?

The BBC went so we don’t have to. Details:  An “atheist church” in North London is proving a big hit with non-believers. Does it feel a bit like a new religion? Not many sermons include the message that we are all going to die and there is no afterlife. But the Sunday Assembly is no [Read More...]

End of an era: no more mail on Saturday

Not unexpected, but still something of a jolt:  Get ready for some big changes in your mail service. After losing $16 billion last year, the postmaster general will make announce Wednesday that the Postal Service intends to halt Saturday delivery of first-class mail by this summer, Aug. 1, CBS News has learned. That means most [Read More...]

Vatican official praises media for helping uncover sex abuse scandal

From the BBC:  The Vatican official charged with prosecuting sexual crimes has acknowledged that the US media helped the Church confront the abuse scandal. Father Robert Oliver, a lawyer from Boston, was speaking after being named as the Vatican’s “Promoter of Justice”. Officials said about 600 cases of abuse – most of which took place [Read More...]

Los Angeles considering capital campaign to raise $200 million

From the Los Angeles Times:  In the midst of renewed public outrage over its handling of clergy sex abuse, the Los Angeles Archdiocese is considering a $200-million fundraising campaign that could erase debts brought on by the scandal. The archdiocese has hired a New York company, Guidance In Giving Inc., to study the feasibility of [Read More...]

We’re pleased to announce the newest blogger at Patheos: Beyoncé

Well, certainly that’s the best explanation  for why, like the Super Bowl, we found ourselves tonight suddenly in the dark. Okay:so the Super Bowl people aren’t blaming Beyoncé and (to the best of my knowledge) she has more interesting things to do than spend her days in her jammies and fuzzy slippers blogging about Michael Voris. [Read More...]