“I was just ordained a deacon!”

That’s the headline for this heartfelt reflection by Deacon Christopher Gray, who was ordained last week at St. Peter’s at the Vatican and will be ordained a priest in a few months. From the Intermountain Catholic in Salt Lake City: At approximately 12:20 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4, a pilgrim from Latin America seated in [Read More...]

50 years after Vatican II, “radically changed relations” between Catholics and other religions

In the current issue of ONE magazine, I chat with Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald, Apostolic Nuncio to Egypt, about the 50th anniversary of Vatican II and, in particular, Catholic relations with Islam. A snip: ONE: One of the most significant documents the council produced remains “Nostra Aetate,” which addressed the Catholic Church’s relations with non-Christian religions. How [Read More...]

“A living faith in a world of change”

“During the Council there was an emotional tension as we faced the common task of making the truth and beauty of the faith shine out in our time, without sacrificing it to the demands of the present or leaving it tied to the past: the eternal presence of God resounds in the faith, transcending time, [Read More...]

Happy Year of Faith!

As the Holy Father kicks off this Year of Faith, Patheos is getting into the act, with a special page devoted to the occasion, featuring some lively and interesting discussion on all things faith-y. Elizabeth Scalia has the scoop: Every week throughout the Year of Faith that page will be showcasing Catholic voices from around [Read More...]

“Shocker” at synod: archbishop speaks out about women and discrimination

Catholic News Service has details from the remarks made Tuesday: New evangelization will never be possible without women who are proud and happy to belong to the Catholic Church, the president of the Belgian bishops’ conference told the Synod of Bishops. “Two-thirds of active members of the church are women,” and the primary evangelizers are [Read More...]

Benedict on Vatican II: “I remember I was a young professor of theology…”

Pope Benedict spoke eloquently and very personally about tomorrow’s anniversary of the opening of Vatican II. [He is shown above with Yves Congar during the council.] Below is the text of his remarks from today’s General Audience. — DGK We are on the eve of the day when we will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of [Read More...]

The mind boggles: when Clown Mass meets Roller Derby

Thanks, Kathy Schiffer, for ruining my day. The Portuguese translation (via Google) says: The Solemn Novena is the right way to achieve the blessings. Make an experience with God, to receive the graces of Mother Aparecida. Pray with us and live the joy of the Feast Padroeira. Presidida by Don Edson Tasquetto Damian, bishop of [Read More...]

Meet an undecided Catholic voter: African-American widow from Ohio who attends Mass daily

From CNN, an interesting glimpse at someone who could hold the future in her hands: The economy is Topic A for many in this battleground state as the November 6 election nears. They want to hear the presidential candidates answer the question: How will they get America working again? Voters here also care about poverty [Read More...]

For the month of the rosary, let your fingers do the praying

Patheos is launching a special project for the Year of Faith—details to come—and I’m helping to get the ball rolling with a short reflection on the rosary:  I still have my first set. Do you? It was given to me as a first communion gift: simple black beads with a plain plastic cross. They’re small, [Read More...]

Slash: Austria to close hundreds of parishes

This is stunning, from the National Catholic Reporter:   The Vienna archdiocese, which is one of the largest in Europe and extends from the Czech frontier down to the southern Alps, will undergo radical parish reforms, reducing its 660 parishes to 150 in the next 10 years. “This is the most comprehensive reorganization of the [Read More...]