The vocation that Lincoln lacks: permanent deacons

With all the news this week about the retirement of Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz of Lincoln, Nebraska, one detail that went largely unmentioned was his diocese’s lack of deacons. The diocese has a significant number of priests, of which the bishop is justly proud. But deacons are another matter. According to the diocesan website, there are [Read More...]

Cardinal Dolan on humor, joy and the spiritual life

He appeared at Fordham University last night, in a conversation with Stephen Colbert that was moderated by Fr. James Martin, SJ.  Here’s part of the cardinal’s opening remarks: My assignment was to share with you for a few moments what you might call the theological reasons for laughter. Why would a person of faith be [Read More...]

In Lebanon, pope issues call for religious freedom in Middle East

It couldn’t be a more timely or urgent declaration. Details: Pope Benedict XVI presented a major document calling on Catholics in the Middle East to engage in dialogue with Orthodox, Jewish and Muslim neighbors, but also to affirm and defend their right to live freely in the region where Christianity was born. In a ceremony [Read More...]

“Not guilty of grave delict”: Joliet priest permitted to resume limited ministry after abuse accusation

A reader sent this my way with a note: “Don’t these guys understand how bad this looks to the public, especially when the won’t consent to talk about the decision but hide behind Canon Law?” Details: The Diocese of Joliet is not denying that the Rev. F. Lee Ryan had inappropriate sexual relations with a [Read More...]

“Planned Parenthood was created for the sole purpose of killing children that look like mine”

Details: Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), who has four adoptive children of African American, Hispanic, and Native American descent, said on Friday that Planned Parenthood “was created for the sole purpose of killing children that look like mine.” “Like the pro-slavery forces who invaded Kansas, the pro-abortion forces in Washington and elsewhere want us to believe [Read More...]

“The cross is something wonderfully great and honorable…”

“Had there been no cross, Christ could not have been crucified. Had there been no cross, life itself could not have been nailed to the tree. And if life had not been nailed to it, there would be no streams of immortality pouring from Christ’s side, blood and water for the world’s cleansing. The legal [Read More...]

The most influential Catholic you’ve never heard of

I’m in Washington for some meetings at the USCCB this week, and the gentleman in the picture sat next to me at dinner Thursday night. He introduced himself. “Hi, I’m Mike Lewis,” he said. I asked him what he does. “I’m a graphic designer for the USCCB,” he replied. I nodded. Long pause. “Remember the [Read More...]

Our Sunday Visitor plans Philadelphia edition

The press release: Our Sunday Visitor and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia have partnered to replace the Archdiocese’s former newspaper, Catholic Standard and Times, with a special Philadelphia edition of Our Sunday Visitor’s OSV Newsweekly. OSV Newsweekly is the largest national Catholic weekly in the country. Former Catholic Standard and Times subscribers will now receive Archbishop [Read More...]

AP: Man behind anti-Muslim film is “a southern California Coptic Christian with a checkered past”

The Associated Press reports: The anti-Muslim film implicated in mob protests against U.S. diplomatic missions in the Mideast received logistical help from a man once convicted of financial crimes and featured actors who complained that their inflammatory dialogue was dubbed in after filming. The self-proclaimed director of “Innocence of Muslims” initially claimed a Jewish and [Read More...]

USCCB launches Spanish-language Facebook page

Details: As part of their continued efforts to reach the growing number of Hispanic Catholics, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops announced this week it’s launched a Spanish-language page on Facebook. Found at www.facebook.com/USCCBEspanol, the page features “a variety of updates from USCCB on news, issues of concern to the Catholic Church and faith-building resources,” [Read More...]


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