Great moments in fashion design: the Kent State bloody sweatshirt

Hot on the heels of a tee shirt that resembled a concentration camp uniform comes this jaw-dropper from Urban Outfitters: Someone at Urban Outfitters needs a crash course in American history. The retailer has come under fire for selling a “vintage” Kent State University sweatshirt that looks like it is splattered with fake blood stains. The Ohio [Read More...]

Can The Rule of St. Benedict save inner city schools?

A new documentary evidently makes a persuasive argument:  One of the most astonishing things about how Catholic schools educate kids in our country’s worst neighborhoods is that they’re by and large serving a population that isn’t Catholic. It didn’t have to be this way. In fact, it almost wasn’t. That’s one bottom line of the [Read More...]

Archbishop Listecki’s vision

An overview on the results of a recent archdiocesan synod, from The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:  Catholic laity — the people in the pews — will play a more prominent role in the life of the church in southeastern Wisconsin in the coming years, according to a declaration issued Sunday by Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki. And local [Read More...]

“Every priest continues to be a deacon…for the Lord Himself became our minister, our deacon”

A reader sent along this homily that was delivered today by Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend for the ordination of deacons who will one day be priests for the Congregation of Holy Cross.  It ties in beautifully with the feast we celebrate this day—and it offers some thoughtful insight into diakonia and [Read More...]

They do: Pope marries 20 couples in St. Peter’s

From Vatican Radio:  To the simple strains of a harp, twenty grooms made their way up the central nave of St Peter’s Basilica with their mothers, followed by twenty brides dressed in white accompanied by their fathers. All of the couples were from the diocese of Rome and had come to be married, on the [Read More...]

Horror: ISIS releases video it says shows beheading of British hostage

Details:  The Islamic State has released a video claiming to show the beheading of British captive David Haines. The father-of-two, an aid worker, was abducted by militants in Syria last year. He appeared at the end of a video showing the beheading of US journalist Steven Sotloff earlier this month. In the video, which has [Read More...]

A deacon who is a doctor battles Ebola in Liberia: “He dropped everything to serve the Lord”

Here’s a humbling profile of a deacon who is serving in ways most of us can’t fathom. From The Rhode Island Catholic: According to the World Health Organization, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has infected at least 4,269 people, and claimed the lives of 2,288 as of Tuesday. It is the worst Ebola epidemic in [Read More...]

Powerful video: TV anchor announces on the air that he is dying of cancer

Details from AP:  A television news anchorman fighting brain cancer in Illinois told viewers he has only four to six months to live, but he hopes to work as long as he can. During a newscast on Thursday, Dave Benton told viewers of WCIA-TV in Champaign that doctors recently told him that his brain tumor [Read More...]

Pope Francis: “War is madness”

He made his comments during a visit to a memorial to soldiers killed in World War I. Details from AP:  Pope Francis urged the world Saturday to shed its apathy in the face of what he characterizes as a third world war, intoning “war is madness” at the foot of a grandiose monument to soldiers [Read More...]

Homily for September 14, 2014: Exaltation of the Holy Cross

If you want a sense of what this feast today is all about, you need to hear the story of Jim Schmitmeyer’s grandmother. Fr. Jim Schmitmeyer is a priest and writer from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, and in one of his books he describes the last days of his grandmother, who suffered from Alzheimer’s. “Everything [Read More...]


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