Oh no!

The world as we know it is coming to an end. Details:  Hostess Brands — the maker of such iconic baked goods as Twinkies, Devil Dogs and Wonder Bread — announced Friday that it is asking a federal bankruptcy court for permission to close its operations, blaming a strike by bakers protesting a new contract [Read More...]

Great moments in academia: Fordham slams Ann Coulter, welcomes Peter Singer

Details: Late last week, the College Republicans announced on Facebook that they would be having Ann Coulter as their fall speaker, and they created a Facebook for the event. Well, as Ann Coulter does draw a strong response from both sides, there were many angry responses directed at the College Republicans for inviting such a [Read More...]

“Dear friends, open your eyes and look around you…”

On Friday the Vatican published Pope Benedict XVI’s much anticipated message to young people as they begin the countdown to World Youth Day celebrations in Brazil, July 2013.  A snip: Dear friends, open your eyes and look around you. So many young people no longer see any meaning in their lives. Go forth! Christ needs [Read More...]

Boom: Little Rock’s big deacon class of 40

Some happy news, from the Arkansas Catholic: For the first time in a decade, the Diocese of Little Rock will ordain new deacons to minister and serve the Catholic faithful in Arkansas. Bishop Anthony B. Taylor will ordain 40 candidates this month in Rogers and Little Rock, more than double the number for the last [Read More...]

On the horizon: revised Liturgy of the Hours

But don’t give away your old set just yet. A new translation is years away. From Catholic News Service: Just a year after U.S. Catholics began using the new English translation of the Roman Missal at Masses, the bishops agreed Nov. 13 to have work begin on a revision of the Liturgy of the Hours. [Read More...]

Faithful fin fan: meet the chaplain for the Miami Dolphins

From Florida Catholic:  It is not his “dream job” — that would be the priesthood, says Father Manny Alvarez. But “this other gig does come in a close second,” added the Twitter and Facebook-posting sports fanatic. Earlier this year, Father Alvarez, ordained in 2001, was asked to be the team chaplain for the Miami Dolphins. [Read More...]

Woman dies in Ireland after being denied an abortion—UPDATED

Details: The debate over legalizing abortion in Ireland flared Wednesday after the government confirmed a miscarrying woman suffering from blood poisoning was refused a quick termination of her pregnancy and died in an Irish hospital. Prime Minister Enda Kenny said he was awaiting findings from three investigations into the death of Savita Halappanavar, an Indian [Read More...]

“How to make an adult baptism stylish!”

From the TV show “Big Rich Texas” (sorry, I’ve never seen it), some helpful advice on the most fabulous way to become a Christian. That sound you hear is my mind, boggling. [Read more...]

Go ahead. Call her a saint.

One of the most famous quotes of Dorothy Day is “Don’t call me a saint. I don’t want to be dismissed that easily.” With news of her cause for canonization moving forward, Fr. James Martin did a little digging to find out where and when she said that: That quote is probably the biggest barrier [Read More...]

Here it is: final draft of bishops’ document on preaching

H/T to my blogging comrade and neighbor Fr. Michael Duffy for finding this. Read it all here.  [Read more...]


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