Did Pope Francis say he approves of divorce?

Some people seem to think so. It popped up repeatedly in headlines last week. Huffington Post, for example, posted a story by RNS with this headline: “Pope Francis Says Divorce May Be ‘Morally Necessary’ To Protect Kids. The New York Post also reported: “Pope Francis: Divorce can be ‘morally necessary’” The story itself, however, is more [Read More...]

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Pope approves decrees of canonization for St. Therese’s parents

Details:  Pope Francis approved on Saturday the decrees allowing for the canonization of Louis and Zelie Martin, the parents of St. Therese of the Child Jesus (of Lisieux). The Holy Father approved the decrees allowing Louis and Zelie Martin to be canonized during the Ordinary Consistory in the Apostolic Palace of the Vatican. The couple [Read More...]

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Charleston’s amazing grace

View image | gettyimages.com My friend Fr. Gregory West of Charleston, South Carolina sent me the above snapshot, taken last week. The caption reads: Gregory West leads a prayer in front of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church after a mass shooting killed nine people. Fr. West adds: This was snapped by a Getty Images [Read More...]

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Ordination update: 14 new deacons for Washington

Details:  Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, ordained fourteen men as permanent deacons for the Archdiocese of Washington at a Mass of Ordination today at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.In his homily, Cardinal Wuerl reflected on the ordination taking place in an age of renewed focus on our Catholic identity [Read More...]

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Journey to Genesee: “Those who think they have arrived have lost their way”

I spent Saturday afternoon visiting with my sister, who lives part of the year in Geneseo, New York, about an hour’s drive southeast of Buffalo. She arranged for us to get a private tour of a place I’ve always wanted to visit: The Abbey of the Genesee, a well-known Trappist monastery just a short drive [Read More...]

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The viewpoint that dare not speak its name

View image | gettyimages.com Someone mentioned this bit of news to me tonight. I didn’t believe it. But it’s true:  The editorial board of PennLive/The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa. is taking a hardcore stance against those who disagree with the Supreme Court ruling to legalize gay marriage. “As a result of Friday’s ruling, PennLive/The Patriot-News will no longer [Read More...]

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A great night in Buffalo

I’m pleased to announce that CNEWA’s ONE magazine tonight won 12 awards at the annual Catholic Press Association gathering, including 1st Place for General Excellence (Mission Magazines). Among other things, the judges wrote: First-rate journalism. Consistently strong reporting and research, not simply quotes and descriptions. Any one of the news features in a given issue could easily have [Read More...]

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Will this man become the first U.S. martyr saint?

From Aleteia:  There has never been a canonized martyr from the United States, but a vote at the Vatican this week may lead to an Oklahoma priest becoming the first. A special Theological Commission at the Congregation of the Causes of Saints in Rome voted Tuesday to formally recognize Father Stanley Rother a martyr. The [Read More...]

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USCCB on SCOTUS gay marriage ruling: “Move forward with faith, hope, and love”

From the USCCB website:  The U.S. Supreme Court decision, June 26, interpreting the U.S. Constitution to require all states to license and recognize same-sex “marriage” “is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). [Read More...]

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Great moments in journalism: the Philadelphia story and bias

  View image | gettyimages.com I was struck by these two competing headlines this morning. They offer quite a study in contrasts. From Voice of America: Catholic Church to Welcome Homosexuals at Philadelphia Meeting. A U.S. bishop says homosexuals will be able to attend a global meeting of Catholic families in Philadelphia during a visit [Read More...]

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