Some chaplains returning to ministry during shutdown

An update from Catholic News Service:  Some civilian Catholic chaplains, unable to perform religious duties at U.S. military bases during the first weekend of the federal government shutdown, were getting back on the job as the shutdown continued into its second week. “We’re now being told priests can return to work,” John Schlageter, general counsel [Read More…]

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Archbishop of Canterbury encourages Anglicans to embrace the Sacrament of Reconciliation

From the Telegraph:  The Most Rev Justin Welby advised churchgoers that it could be an “enormously powerful” experience to unburden themselves to a confessor, even if it was not always a “bunch of laughs”. His comments came as he addressed the heads of other churches – including the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in [Read More…]

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“Odds are that we will probably be all right…”

Or so sing the boys from Barenaked Ladies—probably best-known as the group behind the theme song for “The Big Bang Theory” (Bazinga!) The video for their new single offers a reassuring message of survival from TV newscasters as the world comes to an end. Right about now, I think that’s something we all need to [Read More…]

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Quote of the day: “It’s because I fell in love with Jesus”

“I spoke last evening with the confirmation kids at my parish.  I told them the main reason that I became an active Catholic and eventually a priest.  It’s because I fell in love not with an idea or an ideology or a bunch of rules.  It’s because I fell in love with Jesus.  And falling [Read More…]

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Whatever happened to the real child in “The Exorcist” case?

Well, this explains a lot: evidently someone once possessed by the devil grew up to work for the U.S. government. This little news nugget comes to us just in time for Halloween, as Hollywood releases a new DVD of the classic film to mark its 40th anniversary (!). The Daily Mail goes back to the [Read More…]

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Pope Francis on what it means to be “catholic”

From his general audience today: In the Creed, we profess that the Church is “catholic”; in other words, she is universal. We can understand this catholicity in three ways. First, the Church is catholic because she proclaims the apostolic faith in its entirety; she is the place where we meet Christ in his sacraments and [Read More…]

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Flip this house: can demons hurt resale value?

And now for something completely different, from the business pages of the Los Angeles Times:  They came to the Las Vegas mansion in waves, chasing tales of ghosts and murder. Some came to gawk or snap photos in front of its black metal gate. Others came to worship Satan. Thrill seekers broke in and drew pentagrams [Read More…]

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Man steals monstrance containing Eucharist from New Mexico church

Details: It was a brazen, and blasphemous crime. A Catholic community in northern New Mexico is beside itself after a man burst into the adoration chapel at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, and stole something very precious to them. The priest at Sacred Heart told News 13 this is the highest form of desecration [Read More…]

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Historic: Pope Francis calls an Extraordinary Synod on the family

Such synods are rare.  This one will be only the third of its kind ever.  Details from the National Catholic Register:  Pope Francis has called an Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the theme “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization”, the Vatican has announced. The synod, which [Read More…]

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The Christmas billboard war begins early

It looks like everybody is getting a jump on the season this year. From the New York Times:  If the evangelical organization Answers in Genesis was looking to take its message to a secular audience, it would be hard to do better than the heart of Times Square at noon on Monday. Wedged amid an advertisement urging [Read More…]

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