Homily for February 3, 2013: 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

F. Scott Fitzgerald famously said there are no second acts in American life.  But he never met Abby Johnson. Some of you may have heard of her. Abby Johnson worked for eight years for Planned Parenthood in Bryan, Texas.  She started out as an escort, helping women into the clinic, walking them past protestors—sometimes encountering [Read More...]

Child abuse? Bad. Sloppy baptismal records? Worse.

That, at least, is the attitude on display in some of the documents released this week in the burgeoning Los Angeles abuse scandal.  The Los Angeles Times explains:  In some cases, the behavior that drew the greatest ire of the hierarchy involved breaking church rather than criminal laws. After first learning of Michael Baker’s abuse [Read More...]

Like the Latin Mass? You’ll love this.

This is a beautifully produced video promoting the Latin Mass.  The Vimeo blurb says it was shot by Two Sense Films at Incarnation Catholic Church in Tampa.  [Read more...]

The cardinal strikes back: Mahony publishes private letter to Gomez

This afternoon, Cardinal Roger Mahony posted the following on his blog:  Friends in Christ, This morning I sent this letter to Archbishop Jose H. Gomez giving the history and context of what we have been through since the mid-1980s.  There is nothing confidential in my letter.   I have been encouraged by others to publish it, [Read More...]

Two buds: check out Budweiser’s sweet Super Bowl ad

And just keep repeating: “Men don’t cry.  Men don’t cry.  Men don’t cry.” [Read more...]

Ed Koch’s last question: “Do you miss me?”

This is pretty great. The New York Times got the former mayor to sit down for a video obit. Anyone who wonders why this guy was so special will get a wonderful answer here. And to your question, Mr. Mayor: yes.  My wife caught me blinking back tears this morning when I heard WCBS radio [Read More...]

Obama offers new religious opt-out for HHS mandate—UPDATED WITH REACTION

From AP:  The Obama administration is announcing a broader opt-out for religious nonprofits that object to providing health insurance that covers birth control. The administration is allowing religious nonprofits to offer coverage that does not include contraception. In such a case, a third-party issuer will handle all business related to providing birth-control coverage for women, [Read More...]

Sanctuary: San Francisco church opens its pews to the homeless

Huffington Post has a longer look at this project this week, but the San Francisco press has been covering it for a while. The undertaking is, in a word, remarkable: The ornately painted ceiling, stained-glass windows, huge marble columns and organ pipes high above the wooden pews could make St. Boniface Church a stop on any San Francisco [Read More...]

“Cardinal Mahony’s La Cosa Nostra”

That’s the stinging title of this piece from Real Clear Religion by George Neumayr (h/t New Advent) that bears reading this morning, as the aftershocks of yesterday’s temblor continue to shake Los Angeles. A snip: Referring to [Boston's Cardinal] Law, Cardinal Mahony piously told the press that “he would find it difficult to walk down [Read More...]

Ed Koch, RIP

He was a New York original—almost as iconic as the Empire State Building—and he has the unusual distinction of being the only mayor to co-write a bestselling book with a cardinal. Former mayor Edward Koch died early Friday morning at the age of 88, from congestive heart failure. Among other things, he had a deep [Read More...]


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