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...]

Catholic actor Kevin James: “You don’t want to do anything that doesn’t glorify God”

Who knew? From CNS: He doesn’t exactly advertise it, but the “king of Queens” is a Catholic family man. Kevin James, who played Doug Heffernan for nine seasons on the CBS sitcom and has since branched out into movies, has no problem talking about his values and how it affects his career. “I am involved [Read More...]

At the synod: news media cover the Church in a way that is “full of lies”

Details from Catholic News Service:   The Catholic Church needs to use its media and social networks to spread the faith because much of the news media cover the church in a way that “is full of lies,” Hungarian Cardinal Peter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest told the Synod of Bishops. Across Europe, there is “a spreading [Read More...]

Romney says he won’t pursue abortion legislation

Good to know. This, from the Wall Street Journal: Mitt Romney continued his shift to the center Tuesday, saying he wouldn’t pursue any abortion legislation if he wins the presidency. “There’s no legislation with regards to abortion that I’m familiar with that would become part of my agenda,” Mr. Romney told The Des Moines Register’s [Read More...]

“No religious affiliation” for one in five Americans

From Catholic News Service: People who say they are unaffiliated with any religion constitute nearly 20 percent of the American public, making them almost as numerous as Catholics, who accounted for 22 percent of participants in a new Pew Research Center study released Oct. 9. The survey of 2,973 adults conducted this summer found people [Read More...]

Is there room for Christians in the Middle East?

My colleague at CNEWA, Michael J.L. La Civita looked at that question in a speech this weekend: Is there a future for Christians — indeed for any minority — in this new Middle East? What role will religion play, especially Islam, in governing these peoples? And, is Islam compatible with the so-called democratic aspirations expressed [Read More...]