Sexism at the Synod?

Over at America’s blog “In All Things,” Fr. James Martin points out a significant oversight at the Synod: all the voting members are men, including one — Brother Herve Janson of the Little Brothers of Jesus—who is not ordained and is considered, technically, a layman. Why were there no laywomen? Read on:  Brother Janson said [Read More…]

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Homily for October 25, 2015: 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Last week, as I was walking home from work, heading up Third Avenue, I saw something you see often in New York: a woman sitting on the sidewalk, with a cup, asking for money. She was young, I’d guess in her early 30s. She didn’t look like someone I’d think of as “homeless” or destitute. [Read More…]

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Ordination update: 4 new deacons for Detroit

They were ordained by Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron on October 3 at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament. You can find profiles of them here.  And this piece in Michigan Catholic points out that all are Knights of Columbus: There are a select few who can partake in all seven sacraments in the Holy [Read More…]

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Great moments in advertising

This is why God made proofreaders. The word is “retinal.”  RETINAL. [Read more…]

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Peggy Noonan: “It was at CBS that I really learned the essentials of what professional journalists do”

She learned it the same way I did, from many of the same people, working in the same cramped studios with bad lighting and musty air in the bowels of what was once a dairy in midtown Manhattan. I arrived a few years after she had left. But clearly, not much had changed. Good times:  When I [Read More…]

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Pope Francis: “Times are changing and we Christians must change”

From this morning’s homily:  Taking his cue from the reading of St Paul’s letter to the Romans, Pope Francis’s homily reflected on the discernment that the Church needs to employ whilst looking at the signs of the times and doing what Christ wants. He noted how St Paul’s preaching stressed the freedom which has saved [Read More…]

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Is this a thing now? Churches being transformed into bookstores?

Someone sent me this blog post from a few years ago, showing the startling transformation of a Dominican church in Holland that was converted to a bookstore—complete with a coffee bar where the altar once stood: Details: We’ve seen some breathtaking libraries in the past and this bookstore is no exception when it comes to [Read More…]

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“Unsportsmanlike conduct”: football player penalized for thanking God after touchdown

From Syracuse.com:  Late in the first half of Mexico Central Academy’s regular-season football finale atVernon-Verona-Sherrill on Saturday, Tigers’ quarterback Dante Turo took a snap from center and bolted 73 yards for a touchdown. As he crossed the goal line well ahead of any V-V-S defenders, Turo, a devout Christian, raised his right arm and pointed skyward. He also held the [Read More…]

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Mmm, mmm good? Campbell’s unveils a gay dads soup commercial

Seems like everybody is hopping on the gay ad bandwagon.  Take a look at the latest. [Read more…]

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Trump: I’d close down some mosques, “I think that’s great”

This is what we have come to. From The Washington Post:  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would be willing to close some mosques within the United States in order to fight the Islamic State. In an interview on Fox Business, Stuart Varney asked Trump whether, if elected president, would take similar action as [Read More…]

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