Penn State dedicates Catholic center with a familiar name: Paterno

Details: Sue Paterno’s dream came to fruition Saturday morning while she was surrounded by close friends and family. The Suzanne Pohland Paterno Catholic Student Faith Center was dedicated and opened at 10 a.m. during a Eucharistic celebration and blessing ceremony. The Paternos helped to raise the money for the $6.5 million structure. Paterno’s children and [Read More...]

Taylor Swift’s “Ronan”

Last night was evidently the first time she’s performed this song in public: “Ronan” is dedicated to a 4-year-old boy who died last year of neuroblastoma. Swift, 22, wrote the song after reading the blog of Ronan’s mother, Maya Thompson, who is credited as a co-writer. According to a person familiar with the show, but [Read More...]

What do Catholic women think about contraception? You might be surprised

A new report casts the question of artificial birth control into a new light—and suggests a leading problem isn’t dogma, but disinformation. Once again, bad catechesis rears its ugly head. Details: While the data indicates that most Catholic women do not fully support the Church’s teachings on contraception, the results also do not show the sweeping [Read More...]

Homily for September 9, 2012: 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for readings] Reading this miracle story in Mark’s gospel this week, the first person I thought of was Sarah Churman.  Sarah Churman was born 30 years ago completely deaf.  All she could hear was something that sounded like a chain saw. Hearing aids didn’t help, but she was sensitive to vibrations. If someone [Read More...]

Christian pastor jailed in Iran for three years freed

You may remember I mentioned him recently in a homily.  Now, at last, he’s out. The photo above shows him being reunited with his family outside the prison. Details: Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who was originally sentenced to death in his native country for his Christian faith, was acquitted of apostasy charges and released from [Read More...]

In rare move, Obama proclaims 3 national days of prayer to remember 9/11

As the anniversary approaches next week, the president has issued a proclamation and a call to prayer: President Barack Obama signed a proclamation released by the White House on Friday that the next three days (Friday through Sunday) will be National Days of Prayer and Remembrance in honor of the victims of the Sept. 11 [Read More...]

Cardinal Wuerl to seminarians: “You will need to be a voice of invitation”

The Cardinal Archbishop of Washington has published a letter to men preparing for the priesthood that touches on a wide range of topics but stresses, first and foremost, fidelity. From the Archdiocesan vocation website, DC Priests: Your need to be well grounded in authentic Catholic teaching is important, first for your own participation in the [Read More...]

My next job

I do a lot of this already… [Read more...]

The next big thing: candy corn Oreos!

This news made my week: The internet is abuzz today with a photo of Candy Corn Oreos making the rounds. The Oreo camp has confirmed to HuffPost Food that they are indeed real and they will be available exclusively at Target starting next week for a suggested retail price of $3.59. I can’t put it [Read More...]

Sold: Philadelphia sells cardinal’s residence

From the Associated Press:  The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is selling a property known as the cardinal’s residence to an adjacent Roman Catholic university for $10 million. Saint Joseph’s University announced Friday that it has signed a letter of intent to acquire the nearly 9-acre estate. The purchase will close in a few weeks. The property [Read More...]


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