On the wedding announcements page: priest assists at same sex wedding?

A wedding announcement in this Sunday’s New York Times: Roger Thomas Danforth and Richard James Termine were married Friday evening in New York. The Rev. David C. Parsons, a Lutheran minister, officiated aboard the Lexington, a chartered yacht, on the East River, with the Rev. Michael DeVito, a Roman Catholic priest and a cousin of Mr. Termine, [Read More...]

First of its kind: New Orleans opens house of discernment for women

Details:  With finger sandwiches, prayers and the good wishes of dozens of visiting nuns, the Archdiocese of New Orleans on Wednesday turned over a vacant Uptown rectory where single women will live together while deciding whether to undertake lives as nuns. Archbishop Gregory Aymond, who dedicated the St. Rita Parish rectory to its new use, said the Magnificat [Read More...]

Olympic swimmer dedicates her medals to Mary

Details, from Catholic News Agency: Spanish swimmer Mireia Belmonte offered her two silver medals from the London 2012 Olympic Games to Our Lady of Monserrat in Barcelona. The 21-year-old – who won silver in the 800 meter free-style and the 200 meter butterfly – posed for a picture before the image of Our Lady of [Read More...]

Whatever happened to confession? — UPDATED

Recently, Rick Santorum mentioned something in public that Catholics rarely talk about at all anymore: confession.   It was startling, and not just because a politician mentioned it on the stump.  It was a reminder that a sacrament that once seemed commonplace has virtually vanished in some parts of the world. A writer in the [Read More...]

Homily for August 19, 2012: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for readings] In the fall of 1930, America was sinking deeper and deeper into the worst economic crisis in its history, the calamity that became known as the Great Depression. Tens of thousands of New Yorkers found themselves suddenly out of work – eventually one in six people in New York, some 300,000, [Read More...]

Deacons at work: Chicago’s Zacchaeus House

Check out this video from the Archdiocese of Chicago, describing the impressive work of deacons trying to help men looking for a second chance. Check out the group’s website, too. [Read more...]

Something new to give up for Lent!

Wow.  Pizza + Cinnabon = ???? A hard-working foodie at Zagat’s decided to check it out: Since its founding in 1985, “Life Needs Frosting” has been the mantra forCinnabon, the bakery synonymous with the gold standard of cinnamon rolls worldwide. But this month, things have taken a savory turn at Atlanta’s Cumberland Mall location, a testing [Read More...]

The write stuff: Bulwer-Lytton winners announced!

And here’s a good one, winner in the category of Vile Puns: Though they were merely strangers on a train, as she looked North by Northwest though the rear window, Marnie knew beyond a shadow of a doubt the trouble with Harry was that he was a psycho – his left and right hand middle [Read More...]

Vietnamese villagers ordered to replace church cross with picture of Ho Chi Minh

Details:  Government authorities from a district in the Central Highlands last week compelled ethnic villagers to remove Catholic pictures and items from their chapel and replaced them with images of Ho Chi Minh last weekend. “After local Catholics finished prayers in the chapel on Sunday morning, local government authorities came and asked them to remove [Read More...]

“Catholics for Obama” changes its tune

While one group of liberal Catholics is suggesting prayers for the conversion of Paul Ryan, another group that hailed Obama in 2008 as “pro-life” isn’t saying so this time. Details:  Catholics for Obama has launched its 2012 initiative with a focus on economic issues, in an apparent shift from its 2008 presentation of the presidential [Read More...]


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