Why a liberal Catholic won’t leave the Church

Award-winning journalist (and Friend of the Bench) Paul Moses offers the reasons why he stays in today’s Wall Street Journal:  The new tone that Pope Francis has set in Rome seems to have quieted, at least for the moment, the movement aimed at persuading liberal Catholics to leave their church.Last year, the Freedom From Religion [Read More…]

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Boom: Little Rock diocesan seminary enrollment at highest level in nearly 50 years

Details:  The Diocese of Little Rock’s seminarian count is getting back to levels it enjoyed in the 1960s. For the first time since 1965, the diocese boasts 41 seminarians, up 27 percent from 2012 and up 56 percent in the past 10 years. “We have a very different future than we did eight years ago,” [Read More…]

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Church sign celebrates how Jesus had “two dads”

Honk if you’re offended. Source.  [Read more…]

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Worshipping at the altar of Apple

Some years ago, Umberto Eco posited the notion that computers are like religion: The fact is that the world is divided between users of the Macintosh computer and users of MS-DOS compatible computers. I am firmly of the opinion that the Macintosh is Catholic and that DOS is Protestant. Indeed, the Macintosh is counter-reformist and [Read More…]

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Ann Rodgers, star religion reporter, becomes Communications Director for Diocese of Pittsburgh

She made the announcement on her Facebook page: I will be leaving the Post-Gazette on Sept. 5 to become communications director for the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh. I haven’t swum the Tiber, but they told me that 33 years of wading in it have saturated me enough to do this job. I am deeply grateful [Read More…]

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Little boy struck by minivan tells driver: “Forgive me, it was my fault”

Details:  An 11-year-old is recovering in the hospital after he was hit by a car on the way to school this morning, police said. South Bend Police Capt. Phil Trent said the boy, a student at St. Joseph School, darted onto Colfax Avenue, just east of St. Louis Boulevard, around 8 a.m. A woman driving [Read More…]

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Pope on Syria: “Dialogue and negotiation is the only option”

From CNS:  Dialogue and negotiations are “the only option for putting an end to the conflict and violence” in Syria, said Pope Francis and Jordan’s King Abdullah II. As Western leaders expressed strong convictions that the Syrian government carried out a chemical weapons attack against its own citizens and vowed to take action, Pope Francis [Read More…]

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Study: clergy at higher risk for depression, anxiety

Details:  Clergy are often relied upon to guide others through difficult times, but a new study has found that the very nature of their work could put them at greater risk of developing depression and anxiety themselves. Researchers from the Clergy Health Initiative at Duke Divinity School interviewed over 1,700 United Methodist pastors by phone and [Read More…]

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Rape victim consoled by phone call from Pope Francis: “Now I know that I am not alone…”

He really is the world’s pastor. Read on:  A 44-year-old woman from Argentina said that after writing a letter to Pope Francis telling him that she had been raped by a local police officer, the Pope called her personally to tell her, “You are not alone.” “The Pope told me he receives thousands of letters [Read More…]

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First look: “Mary of Nazareth” trailer

This fall’s must-see Catholic movie?  Fr. Donald Calloway got an early look and raved: The most stunning portrayal of the Virgin Mary on film. It will make you want to love her more than ever. An absolute masterpiece! Yes, my friends, I can assure you that we finally have a movie that gets Mary totally [Read More…]

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