Ordination update: 9 new deacons in St. Louis

The following email arrived this afternoon, with the above photo: On June 2nd of this year the following men were ordained to the Diaconate in St. Louis by Archbishop Robert Carlson. In attendance was retired Bishop Robert Herman and the director of the Diaconate, Msgr. Michael Witt. The photo attached are the new deacons with the [Read More...]

When a father becomes Father

Some in the church are taking a closer look at the married priesthood, with one married priest about to release a book on the subject. From the August issue of U.S. Catholic: Father Donald Paul Sullins, a married priest and sociologist at Catholic University of America in Washington, has researched the reactions of American Catholics [Read More...]

Minor league: atheists sponsor baseball game in St. Paul

Really.  You can see the  billboard for the event below. From the Washington Post: For one hot August night, the St. Paul Saints, a Minnesota minor league baseball team, will become the “Mr. Paul Aints” in a game sponsored by a local atheist group.Dubbed “A Night of Unbelievable Fun,” the Aug. 10 game against the [Read More...]

World’s coolest Olympics commercial

G’day!  This hails from a TV station in Australia, promoting their coverage of the games that begin (I can’t believe it) next week. [Read more...]

Where the faith is thriving in Brooklyn and Boston: “All are welcome”

In the U.S. Catholic blog, writer Cathy O’Connell-Cahill describes visiting a couple neighborhood churches this summer (one, in fact, in my diocese…) Details: A stroll after a great dinner at Bamonte’s restaurant in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn (photos of Gary Sinise and Harrison Ford on its walls, along with Brooklyn Dodger greats) brought us [Read More...]

Bringing soldiers “a sense of hope of the Resurrection” — UPDATED

How can soldiers deal with grief and loss in a time of war, yet still hold fast to their faith?   That’s a subject a Catholic bishop addressed in a recent interview:  The role of military chaplain is a challenging one, providing spiritual care, a sympathetic ear or simple words of comfort for those serving [Read More...]

“There is a wisdom to wrong notes”

The writer here returns to the piano at the age of 50 — and finds some valuable life lessons in the keyboard: Many a man or woman upon reaching a certain age will splurge on a Ferrari, trade in city life for a new start as a country squire or wed a trophy spouse. My [Read More...]

Why are Catholics losing ground in Brazil?

Some answers and analysis, from the International Business Times:  At least 1 million evangelical Christians took part in Saturday’s annual “March for Jesus” in Sao Paulo, demonstrating the growing trend of Protestantism in Brazil. With 123.2 million of 191 million Brazilians identifying as Catholic according to 2010 census data, the South American nation still holds [Read More...]

SSPX leader: “We cannot keep silent…”

Bishop Bernard Fellay gave an interview that was published on the society’s website.  Details, via CNS: The head of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X said he would inform the Vatican soon on the society’s official position on Vatican efforts to bring the group back into full communion with the church. The response will [Read More...]

Wipeout: stunning video of a mudslide in action

How’s this for “Natural Law”: it’s a law of nature that everything rolls downhill—including mud, trees and debris.  Watch what happens when a massive mudslide begins to roll toward the banks of a river, and a couple people escape with only seconds to spare. This was captured by a Canadian film crew last week. [Read more...]


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