“This is Why We Need the Cathedral…”

Kate Monaghan in First Things offers some eloquent sentiments about faith, beauty, and the human heart, all tied to the current and ongoing restoration of New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral: The first time I sat inside the cathedral for Mass—long before I worked so closely with St. Patrick’s—I saw a woman with several plastic bags alternating [Read More…]

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So, the Pope Picks Up the Phone and Makes a Call…

And John Thavis reports part of a recent conversation he had with Argentine journalist Jorge Milia: Pope Francis spoke endearingly about Pope Benedict, whom he calls “el viejo” — literally, “the old man,” but a term that carries with it affection and respect. “Today I was with el viejo, and we talked a lot. It’s a [Read More…]

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Following Pope’s Call, Priest Puts Mercedes Up for Sale

Any takers? Details:  It may be back to a bicycle for a Colombian priest who’s heeding Pope Francis’ call for austerity. The Rev. Hernando Fayid said he’s going to sell his white Mercedes Benz E200 convertible with a black top following the pope’s recent statement that it wounds his heart to see a priest in [Read More…]

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“A Pope Like None Before”

That’s the headline accompanying this piece by veteran Vatican-watcher Sandro Magister, who offers his take on the early days of the Franciscan pontificate, and why there is a “benevolence of secular public opinion” toward him: One key element of Francis’s popularity is his personal credibility. As archbishop of Buenos Aires, he lived in a modest [Read More…]

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Catholic Healthcare Group Launches Support Program for Families of LGBT Youth

Details:  Saint Peter’s Healthcare System- a Catholic institution – announced it is conducting a study in cooperation with the Rutgers University School of Social Work to explore ways to help families adjust to the news that their son or daughter is lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. As part of the study, the program will provide [Read More…]

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One Man Argues Against Restricting Abortion: “Casual Sex Will Become More Difficult to Come By”

Honestly, I thought this was a joke. But it seems he’s serious. This is what Texas pro-choicers are arguing for?  Seriously? Snip, from author Ben Sherman: For those of us guys who like girls — you know, like them like them — and want to have relationships with them that may last anywhere from a few minutes [Read More…]

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“This Man Who Had Given Everything He Had to Others Had One Last Lesson to Give…”

My blog neighbor Tom McDonald has just lost his father after a long illness, and writes powerfully and poignantly of a life lost and lessons learned: He wasn’t suffering, mind you. Hospice does wonders in that regard, and morphine is a beautiful thing. He just was in that shadowy land between life and death. Everyone [Read More…]

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Hundreds Offer to Adopt Unborn Down Syndrome Baby Days Before Planned Abortion

A remarkable example of the power of social media:  When the Rev. Thomas Vander Woude learned about a young couple planning to abort their unborn baby that had been diagnosed with Down syndrome, the priest reached out and offered a deal: Deliver the child and he would help find an appropriate adoptive family. But he had to [Read More…]

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Pope Used 20-Year-Old Fiat for Lampedusa Visit

Is this a sign of things to come? From the Los Angeles Times:  Pope Francis is on the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa, where instead of tooling around in the popemobile, he’s making his rounds in a borrowed 20-year-old Fiat Campagnola. He also has let it be known how he feels about priests and nuns who [Read More…]

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Buenos Aires Erects Statue of Pope; Francis Orders It Removed

Attractive, isn’t it? Details:  A life-size sculpture of Pope Francis was installed yesterday on a patio outside Buenos Aires’ cathedral, where Jorge Bergoglio presided over daily Masses before he became pope in March. The sculpture, made of fiberglass and resin, is in a courtyard closed to the public, but can be glimpsed from the street, [Read More…]

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