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...]

Weigel: Church should get out of the civil marriage business

From his weekly column, published today: It seems important to accelerate a serious debate within American Catholicism on whether the Church ought not pre-emptively withdraw from the civil marriage business, its clergy declining to act as agents of government in witnessing marriages for purposes of state law. If the Church were to take this dramatic [Read More...]

Eastern Catholics explain value of married priests

It’s happening at a seminar in Rome.  From CNS: In Eastern Christianity — among both Catholics and Orthodox — a dual vocation to marriage and priesthood are seen as a call “to love more” and to broaden the boundaries of what a priest considers to be his family, said Russian Catholic Father Lawrence Cross. Father [Read More...]

St. Dorothy of New York?

Can I hear an “Amen”? Details: The U.S. bishops, on a voice vote, endorsed the sainthood cause of Dorothy Day, the co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement, who was famously quoted as saying, “Don’t call me a saint. I don’t want to be dismissed so easily.” The endorsement came at the end of a canonically [Read More...]

And now for something completely different: 10 bets you will always win

Check this out and amaze your friends at this year’s office Christmas party.   [Read more...]

Ordination update: 9 new deacons in La Crosse

They were ordained by Bishop William Patrick Callahan on October 27. The men shown above are, from left to right: Ray Heitzinger, Greg Kaiser, Bryan Hilts, Bob Reidl, Erv Burkhardt, Bishop William Callahan, Tom Skemp, Bob Zietlow, Tom Tierney, Jerry Ruesch. Congratulations and welcome, brothers!  Ad multos annos!  [Read more...]

Bishops approve document on preaching

From CNS:  The U.S. bishops approved their first new document in 30 years on preaching Nov. 13, the second day of their annual fall general assembly in Baltimore. The document, “Preaching the Mystery of Faith: The Sunday Homily,” encourages preachers to connect the Sunday homily with people’s daily lives. The vote was 227-11, with four [Read More...]


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