“Pentecost is alive!”

Every now and then, when folks hear where I work, they go…”Huh?” We like to say that  Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) is one of the best-kept secrets of the Catholic Church. Well, to try and spread the word, this year we’ve produced our first-ever online multimedia Annual Report, packed with information, photos and [Read More...]

“Forever”

Elizabeth Scalia, astonishing as ever, finds a spark of the divine in the most surprising places—even on a postage stamp:  At the absolute baseline of the life of faith we are asked a question: do you trust me? We are creatures who, since Eden, have willfully embraced the illusion that we are in control of everything, when in [Read More...]

Video: Cardinal Dolan’s speech at the Al Smith Dinner

Happily, someone was able to isolate the Cardinal’s remarks and posted this clip this morning on YouTube. I imagine a text will be posted later on his blog. This was a fitting and inspiring end to the evening, and deserves wider circulation.  Take a look. [Read more...]

Romney and Obama at the Al Smith Dinner

Here they are, below, for those who missed it. It hasn’t popped up on YouTube yet, but if you go to this C-Span link and skip ahead to about the 26-minute mark, you’ll catch Cardinal Dolan’s great closing comments and benediction. [Read more...]

Ordination update: 9 new deacons in Detroit

From Michigan Catholic: Archbishop Allen Vigneron told the 2012 ordination class of permanent deacons that they were being consecrated particularly to the work of proclaiming the Gospel of Christ. “The ordinary minister of the Gospel (at Mass) is the deacon,” the archbishop said in his homily at the Oct. 6 ordination. And he bade the [Read More...]

There goes the printed word—or, at least, the printed page

As someone who makes his living in a world populated by paper, ink and staples, I found the Newsweek news both significant and unsurprising.  The death of the print edition was considered inevitable; it wasn’t a question of if, but when.   Now, people are dissecting the cadaver. Jeremy Lott notes:  With today’s news that Newsweek will [Read More...]

If you do nothing else online today…

Bookmark this page.  That’s the Year of Faith page for Patheos, and it can drive you nuts trying to find it in the dense and challenging mountain of Patheos columns, blogs, resources, videos, essays and ads.  But once you have found it, it’s a veritable treasure trove.  There’s gold in them thar hills! Elizabeth Scalia [Read More...]

Incredible: man’s transformation after face transplant

This seems like something you’d find in the Weekly World News at the supermarket checkout. But this is just remarkable—and inspiring. I might even call it miraculous. From Huffington Post:  Seven months after receiving the most comprehensive face transplant in history, 37-year-old Richard Lee Norris is now able to come out of the shadows. “For the past [Read More...]

Want to attend the Al Smith Dinner?

You can, from your living room. A sharp-eyed reader noted that the dinner is listed on the C-SPAN (1) schedule, for 9 pm ET tonight. Remember: it’s white tie. Dress accordingly. [Read more...]

“Any discussion of reviving the female diaconate must not include Holy Orders…”

Writer David Alexander takes a long and pretty exhaustive look at the question of women deacons, and offers these conclusions: Pending sufficient review of the historical and theological evidence at the official level, where its implications may be fully considered, it seems premature to anticipate any canonical framework whereby an office of deaconess would be [Read More...]


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