Texas church accused of violating IRS rules

Details:  A local Catholic church appears to have violated IRS rules — and Catholic doctrine — by endorsing a presidential candidate in a church bulletin. St. Raphael Catholic Church on the city’s East Side might have violated an Internal Revenue Service rule that prohibits tax-exempt churches from taking sides when it comes to candidates seeking [Read More...]

VIDEO: Cardinal Dolan’s prayer at the Democratic National Convention

In case you missed it Thursday night, video below. Text follows. Text, courtesy Fr. Mike (thanks!) With a “firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence,” let us close this convention by praying for this land that we so cherish and love: Let us Pray. Almighty God, father of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, revealed to [Read More...]

The loneliest person at the convention? A pro-life Democrat

That’s the impression you get from Rebecca Hamilton, who talks about what it’s like to be thought of as “extinct”: It is not possible to be a pro-life Democrat and be well-liked or supported by your party. The pressures other Democrats put on pro life Democrats to compromise their beliefs are enough to squeeze a [Read More...]

The verdict: guilty

Details:  Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn today became the highest-ranking U.S. Catholic official convicted during the church’s decades-long child sexual abuse scandal. Following a short non-jury trial, Jackson County Circuit Court Judge John Torrence convicted Finn of one misdemeanor count of failing to report suspicions of child abuse but acquitted him on another count of [Read More...]

“Surely, you want those guest towels I embroidered with the Eight Beatitudes?”

In today’s New York Times, Margaret Carlson captures an experience all-too-familiar to many of us: packing up the family home to sell it.  It’s gorgeous and heart-breaking. Carlson has the makings here of a great memoir: I had left the house exactly as it was and exactly as they wished, with my brother, Jimmy, brain-damaged [Read More...]

The Jewish football giant who loved and supported Catholic schools

That would be Art Modell, one-time owner of the Baltimore Ravens, who died this week at the age of 87.  George P. Matysek, Jr. of the Catholic Review remembers him: A few days before the then-owner of the Baltimore Ravens was to be honored by the National Catholic Educational Association in 2003, I was assigned [Read More...]

The latest Trappist business: ice cream

They’ve given us everything from fruitcake and fudge to candy and soap and even bonsai trees and caskets.   (Of course, let’s not forget ale!) Now, the Trappists are getting into the ice cream business.  Details:  Scrumptious cookies, artisan butter, and fine butter-based candies: these are some of the products of Hokkaido’s Trappist abbey for [Read More...]

Study says Catholic regions of U.S. more likely to pick risky stocks

Maybe it has something to do with faith? From Financial Post:  Fish on Fridays, mass on Sundays, and risky mutual fund management throughout the week. That’s what a new study from the University of Georgia and Southern Methodist University says about funds based in predominantly Catholic areas of the U.S. “You would think generating profits [Read More...]

Meet the former Playboy centerfold who prays the rosary

From CatholicVote: In an interview with Fox News, former Baywatch star and Playboy Playmate Donna D’Errico talked about her recent hiking trip to Mount Arrarat, where she traveled to fulfil a lifelong dream of searching for Noah’s Ark. D’Errico says she’s wanted to search for the Ark since she was a child in Catholic School. So when [Read More...]

Sister Simone Campbell at DNC: “Our faith affirms that we are all responsible for one another”

The outspoken “Nun on the Bus” spoke at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night. You can read more about her appearance here.  Religion News Service has a complete text of her remarks.  But you can watch it for yourself below. [Read more...]


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