For 9/11: “We pray, very simply, in remembrance…”

“It is difficult to capture what this anniversary means to us as Americans, as New Yorkers, as Catholic Christians.  The things we feel are almost beyond words.  We are still, in many ways, groping in the dark, struggling to find a way to deal with what happened, and how much our lives and our world [Read More...]

The deacon who’s helping to run Tara

Last month, I posted on the historic bequest of Margaret Mitchell’s estate to the Catholic Church.  Now, here’s a look at one of the key figures involved, Deacon Steve Swope. From CNS: Steve Swope, the deacon who is overseeing the late Joseph Mitchell’s multimillion-dollar “Gone With the Wind” bequest to the Archdiocese of Atlanta, discovered [Read More...]

Gay couple sues church for refusing to sell them house

It happened in Massachusetts.  Details:  A gay couple from Massachusetts has sued the Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester for allegedly refusing to sell them a mansion because church officials were concerned they would host gay weddings at the site. James Fairbanks and Alain Beret filed their discrimination suit Monday in Worcester Superior Court. They allege [Read More...]

Ordination update: 11 new deacons in Milwaukee

I suspect there will be a complete write up soon in the archdiocesan paper, but last week the Catholic Herald offered a preview: Eleven men will be ordained deacons of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee by Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist on Saturday, Sept. 8. The deacons will serve [Read More...]

Thousands turn out for 400th anniversary of Cuba’s Our Lady of Charity

Details:  The festival of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre, patroness of Cuba, drew thousands of people to Masses and processions that were marked by messages of love and unity for Cubans on and off the island, where this year the 400th anniversary of the finding of the saint’s image is being held. Just [Read More...]

Report: Anglicans discuss sharing cathedral with Catholics in New Zealand

Details are sketchy, but if it happens it would truly be historic: Anglicans in Christchurch are talking about sharing a cathedral with the Catholics, a move that would have worldwide ramifications. OLIVIA CARVILLE reports. Rebuilding Christchurch’s two wounded cathedrals into one ‘unprecedented’ Anglican-Catholic super-cathedral is under discussion at top levels in the Anglican Church. The [Read More...]

Parishioners tackle purse snatcher during Mass

Details: The suspect accused in a string of purse thefts in Pittsburgh’s Troy Hill section is now in police custody after being arrested Sunday morning during a church service. “The individual came in about 10 minutes after the service started, and he sat right here, about five pews from the back of the church,” said [Read More...]

Writing as sacrament: meet Deacon Ron Hansen

When my worlds collide: a former colleague of mine from CBS News, Bob Faw, profiles Catholic writer and deacon, Ron Hansen for the fine PBS program “Religion & Ethics Newsweekly.” It’s superb.  Just watch. Watch Catholic Writer Ron Hansen on PBS. See more from Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly. [Read more...]

“Ephphatha!”

“At the heart of today’s Gospel (Mk 7, 31-37) there is a small but, very important word. A word that – in its deepest meaning- sums up the whole message and the whole work of Christ. The Evangelist Mark writes it in the same language that Jesus pronounced it in, so that it is even [Read More...]

“Attention, white Anglo-Saxon Protestants: your days of running things are over”

That’s how Dean Obeidallah  begins this opinion piece, and he has a point: Attention white Anglo-Saxon Protestants: Your days of running things are over. You have jumped the shark. But there’s no need to feel bad for WASPs. They’ve had an amazing run. Every single president in our nation’s history, except for John F. Kennedy [Read More...]


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