“Christ’s hands in the world”

Some inspiring stories of diakonia can be found in this piece by Sean Gallagher, about the ordination last weekend in Indianapolis: The enduring power of relationships between friends, wives and husbands and parents and children were deeply woven into the June 23 ordination of 16 men as permanent deacons and two men as transitional deacons at SS. Peter [Read More...]

Ordination update: 11 new deacons in Metuchen

From the diocesan newspaper: Bishop Paul G. Bootkoski reflected on the rich tradition of the diaconate in the Church in his homily to inspire the 11 newly-ordained deacons who will exercise their ministry at parishes in the diocese. At the Rite of Ordination to the Diaconate at Mass at the Cathedral of St. Francis of [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words, SCOTUS edition

From a friend’s FB page: [Read more...]

What, exactly, IS the magisterium?

If you think the magisterium is sitting for a class picture above, think again. Deacon Bill Ditewig returns to the blogosphere — yay! — with a new look for his blog, along with a fresh look at one of the most misunderstood terms in all Catholicism: If a quick survey of certain web sites is any [Read More...]

Catholic Health Association on SCOTUS: “We are pleased”

The group’s statement, from their website: The Catholic Health Association is taking time to carefully read and evaluate the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and may have additional comments once our review is complete. We are pleased that, based on an initial read of the ruling, the ACA has been found [Read More...]

“It is very well to sing ‘God Bless America,’ but how can He bless us if we hate?”

“Our unity must be in God or we will fall as other nations that have abandoned God have fallen and will fall. There are too many divisions and classes among us in America now; too many hates, too few deep loves; too much tolerance based on expediency and not enough tolerance grounded in charity; too [Read More...]

USCCB responds to SCOTUS health care ruling

The bishops released a statement a short time ago: Today the United States Supreme Court issued a decision upholding as a tax the provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that requires individuals to purchase a health plan—the so-called “individual mandate.” For nearly a century, the Catholic bishops of the United States have been and [Read More...]

Great moments in journalism: CNN on health care ruling — UPDATED

CNN’s website at 10:10 am ET:   CNN’s website at 10:13 am ET: UPDATE: Seems Fox botched it, too, according to this screen shot from Andrew Sullivan: Yahoo news has a little analysis of this kerfuffle, which compares it to “Dewey Defeats Truman.” [Read more...]

Fulton Sheen moves closer to sainthood

From the AP: Pope Benedict XVI has put Fulton John Sheen, the U.S. bishop whose radio and TV shows denouncing Communism and liberal psychology had a big following, on the path to sainthood. The Vatican said Thursday the pope formally recognized the `’heroic virtues” of Sheen, a former Rochester bishop who died in New York [Read More...]

Billboard urges Catholics to quit the church — UPDATED

The story: Commuters along I-30 in Arlington are seeing a controversial billboard that scolds bishops and urges Catholics to give up the church. It has inspired Catholic convert, Zachary Moore to send in his defection. I can’t be a Catholic anymore,” the Keller resident, said. Moore, who is part of Dallas-Fort Worth Coalition of Reason [Read More...]


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