Santorum: government is forcing Catholics to sin

He made the remarks while stumping for Mitt Romney in Ohio:  Former presidential hopeful Rick Santorum said Wednesday that President Barack Obama is “directly assaulting” religious freedom and that his administration has implemented policies that force Catholics to abandon their faith. “We have a president who, for the first time in American history, is directly [Read More...]

Bible belonging to Elvis goes on the auction block

I suspect it’s The King’s King James version, don’t you? Details from the BBC: A bible which once belonged to Elvis Presley is expected to fetch more than £20,000 when it is auctioned in Greater Manchester next month. The book was given to the legendary singer by his Uncle Vester and Aunt Clettes for his [Read More...]

Ryan and Biden: a tale of two Catholics

A helpful primer, courtesy Religion News Service via the Washington Post:  For the first time in U.S. history, both sides of the ballot include Roman Catholics: Democrats’ Vice President Joe Biden, and Republicans’ newly named vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan. Ryan, 42, still belongs to the Catholic parish, St. John Vianney in Janesville, Wis., where [Read More...]

When Timothy Dolan danced with the Cosmo queen

How’s this for a picture worth a thousand words? The story behind it: It was Oct. 20, 2010, about eight months after Ms. Brown’s husband of 51 years, David Brown, had died. Ms. Brown, who died on Monday at age 90, had donated $1 million to the Cardinal Hayes foundation, endowing a slew of student scholarships and [Read More...]

“Leaving in sorrow”: breakaway Catholics start new church in North Carolina

As you can tell from the image above, attendance isn’t exactly S.R.O. Details:  Our first reading Saturday comes from the Book of Kings, with an angel nudging an exhausted and distraught Elijah, telling him to get up and leave. The Rev. Tom Sanford and his congregation have done just that. Sanford left the Catholic priesthood [Read More...]

Hope: here’s a place where Catholic schools are booming

Welcome to Houston.  Details:  Little by little, Allison Cogburn embroidered her classroom walls with bold, bright letters in shocks of red, green, blue and yellow, with posters reiterating punctuation rules and parts of speech. On a shelf by the windows, rows of books beckoned, a reminder of the learning to come. On a table near the door, [Read More...]

Homily for August 15, 2012: Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

[Click here for readings] Last weekend, I was talking with someone in the sacristy and said that that, in my opinion, this is the best time of year to be in New York. The last two weeks of August may be hot, humid, mobbed with tourists. But: during rush hour, you can always get a [Read More...]

Dolan: Why I invited President Obama to the Al Smith Dinner

A keeper from the Cardinal, answering his critics: How can you justify inviting the President? Let me try to explain. For one, an invitation to the Al Smith Dinner is not an award, or the provision of a platform to expound views at odds with the Church. It is an occasion of conversation; it is personal, not partisan. [Read More...]

Paul Ryan surprises a Catholic parish by actually going to Mass—UPDATED

They had to make room for him and some Secret Service agents, too.  Details:  Greeting early morning worshippers at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Chuch in Charlotte on Sunday, Rev. Andre Mangango noticed the strangers with dark glasses and ear phones. Then he realized the reason they were there: A Secret Service contingent escorting Republican Rep. Paul [Read More...]

“Behold, the Mother of God has arrived!”

With tomorrow marking the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, one of the great feasts in the Christian calendar, a writer at L’Osservatore Romano looks at one depiction of this event in iconography: In the Byzantine tradition the first great celebration in the liturgical cycle is the Nativity of the Mother of [Read More...]


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