Why does the pope rarely mention deacons? — UPDATED

A deacon reader writes: How does the pope preach to a morning audience on diakonia and never say the word “deacon” in his speech? Does this concern you that the pope has failed to mention the word “deacon” in any of his addresses in Mexico and Spain on his past trips?  He even started his homily’s [Read More...]

Original Mac Apple now for auction on eBay. Price? $99,995.

And the bids could take it even higher than that: Among personal-computer enthusiasts, there are many rare and desirable models from years’ past. The Apple Lisa. Steve Jobs’s NeXT computer. The Canon Cat. But there’s a machine selling on eBay right now that’s arguably the rarest of them all: a prototype of the original Apple Macintosh computer. As you might [Read More...]

What’s Darth Vader doing on the National Cathedral?

  Late today, I stumbled on this story, about a tour of the damaged cathedral — and noticed an unusual detail: The Washington National Cathedral will be offering tours of its unique stone carvings for the first time since the building was damaged by an earthquake last year. Tours exploring more than 100 gargoyles perched [Read More...]

“We must do good every day…”

Yesterday, I posted on the passing of Catholic philanthropist George E. Doty. Now there’s word that another great New York benefactor has died: Florence D’Urso of Pelham Manor, one of the most important benefactors of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, who was also responsible for restoring many works of art at the Vatican, [Read More...]

Ryan: Catholics can disagree about the budget

He made his remarks in a speech at Georgetown: U.S. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, under criticism from some fellow Catholics, said his financial plan’s call for cuts in federal aid to the poor is consistent with the church’s teachings. In a speech today at Georgetown University, a Catholic institution in the nation’s capital, [Read More...]

On Medjugorje

Now that Mark Shea has weighed in on this peculiar screed – wherein, it seems, I’m part of a vast all-male conspiracy — I just want to add my two cents. The author of that posting, one Stephen K. Ryan, is not unfamiliar to me.  He wrote me many months back, wondering why I don’t [Read More...]

Bill Cosby: “Nuns mean business when they come riding into town”

The comedian and his wife recently made a big donation to a Catholic community center in Baltimore, which was named in their honor.  And Bill Cosby had some hilarious things to say about God, money and nuns.  Read more here. But check out the video below. [Read more...]

Unborn child shot during the LA riots: “I was supposed to be dead. I have to give God thanks.”

As the media focuses attention on the 20th anniversary of the LA riots, a Los Angeles TV station tracked down the youngest victim — an unborn child shot in her mother’s womb. Details: Twenty years ago, amid the shock of the ongoing Los Angeles riots, there was a story that really grabbed headlines: The youngest [Read More...]

Giving back: the generous legacy of George E. Doty

A giant in Catholic philanthropy has passed away: George Doty, one of Fordham University’s biggest donors and the man who funded the restoration of the great dome of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. From CNEWA’s blog ONE-TO-ONE: Over the years, George and his wife Marie, who died in 2008, have given selflessly [Read More...]

“We’re not going to compromise”: Blessed Kateri shrine turns down New York tourism grant

Details: Officials from the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs have turned down a $750 tourism grant from Montgomery County to help pay for the canonization ceremony of Kateri Tekakwitha. The county Board of Supervisors awarded the grant in February, one of several given to area agencies to promote tourism. County officials believe as many [Read More...]