Pastor publishes parish evaluation of his priestly ministry

I’ve never heard of a pastor doing something like this, but I’m awfully impressed. Fr. Ken Simpson, from St. Clement Parish in Chicago, posted this candid evaluation of his job performance on the parish website: Dear Parishioners, Over the last few months I have been participating in a Periodic Review of Priestly Ministry. This coincides [Read More...]

Minnesota Catholic leaders disappointed in vote over marriage amendment

Details: Minnesota Catholic leaders issued statements on Wednesday expressing deep disappointment over the defeat of the proposed marriage amendment. The Minnesota Catholic Conference, the public policy arm of Catholic bishops in Minnesota, said that despite the setback, “our efforts to promote and defend the cornerstone social institution of marriage will continue.”… …Minnesota Catholic bishops have been [Read More...]

Group seeks to revoke tax-exempt status of Catholic Church

That chill you’re feeling isn’t the new nor’easter. It’s something else. Details: A public watchdog group is charging the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops with openly politicking on behalf of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and it wants the Internal Revenue Service to explore revoking the hierarchy’s tax-exempt status. “In completely unqualified terms, the IRS [Read More...]

Ordination update: 18 new deacons for Richmond

If you’re thinking, “Didn’t I read about that already?,” think again. This year’s ordination class was so large, it was split in two. Here’s the previous posting about the first group of 19. And here’s a link to biographies of the new batch, ordained on November 3.  (Thanks to new Deacon Tom Healey for keeping [Read More...]

Which professions have the most psychopaths?

Glad you asked. Details: First off, psychopath doesn’t just mean someone who cuts you up with a chainsaw — though the majority of people who do things like that are psychopaths. What’s the definition? Psychopathy is a personality disorder that has been variously described as characterized by shallow emotions (in particular reduced fear), stress tolerance, lacking [Read More...]

The religious vote

Here’s how it went, according to CNN’s exit polls:   [Read more...]

Dolan to Obama: “We pray that you will exercise your office to pursue the common good…”

The President of the USCCB wrote a congratulatory letter to the President of the United States: Dear President Obama, In my capacity as President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, I write to express my congratulations on your re-election as President of the United States.The people of our country have again entrusted you [Read More...]

“Virulent partisanship must yield to bold cooperation”

From Sister Mary Ann Walsh of the USCCB:  With the election over, it’s time for the nation to retake its noble position as the home of the brave. Certainly the next four years will mark a critical time for our nation, an opportunity to show our better selves after unprecedented political rancor. It’s long been [Read More...]

“Whether we have won or lost, Lord, keep us faithful…”

What’s the best thing to do the Morning After?  As we do every morning: pray. Rebecca Hamilton has this great prayer from the USCCB.  And the Concord Pastor offer this:  (This reflection was written on Tuesday afternoon, 11/6, before the results of the election were known.) Lots of people are very happy today, Lord, and almost [Read More...]

GOP asks: “Now what?”

Let the soul-searching begin: Mitt Romney’s loss to a Democratic president wounded by a weak economy is certain to spur an internecine struggle over the future of the Republican Party, but the strength of the party’s conservatives in Congress and the rightward tilt of the next generation of party leaders could limit any course correction. [Read More...]


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