The verdict: guilty

Details:  Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn today became the highest-ranking U.S. Catholic official convicted during the church’s decades-long child sexual abuse scandal. Following a short non-jury trial, Jackson County Circuit Court Judge John Torrence convicted Finn of one misdemeanor count of failing to report suspicions of child abuse but acquitted him on another count of [Read More...]

“Surely, you want those guest towels I embroidered with the Eight Beatitudes?”

In today’s New York Times, Margaret Carlson captures an experience all-too-familiar to many of us: packing up the family home to sell it.  It’s gorgeous and heart-breaking. Carlson has the makings here of a great memoir: I had left the house exactly as it was and exactly as they wished, with my brother, Jimmy, brain-damaged [Read More...]

The Jewish football giant who loved and supported Catholic schools

That would be Art Modell, one-time owner of the Baltimore Ravens, who died this week at the age of 87.  George P. Matysek, Jr. of the Catholic Review remembers him: A few days before the then-owner of the Baltimore Ravens was to be honored by the National Catholic Educational Association in 2003, I was assigned [Read More...]

The latest Trappist business: ice cream

They’ve given us everything from fruitcake and fudge to candy and soap and even bonsai trees and caskets.   (Of course, let’s not forget ale!) Now, the Trappists are getting into the ice cream business.  Details:  Scrumptious cookies, artisan butter, and fine butter-based candies: these are some of the products of Hokkaido’s Trappist abbey for [Read More...]

Study says Catholic regions of U.S. more likely to pick risky stocks

Maybe it has something to do with faith? From Financial Post:  Fish on Fridays, mass on Sundays, and risky mutual fund management throughout the week. That’s what a new study from the University of Georgia and Southern Methodist University says about funds based in predominantly Catholic areas of the U.S. “You would think generating profits [Read More...]

Meet the former Playboy centerfold who prays the rosary

From CatholicVote: In an interview with Fox News, former Baywatch star and Playboy Playmate Donna D’Errico talked about her recent hiking trip to Mount Arrarat, where she traveled to fulfil a lifelong dream of searching for Noah’s Ark. D’Errico says she’s wanted to search for the Ark since she was a child in Catholic School. So when [Read More...]

Sister Simone Campbell at DNC: “Our faith affirms that we are all responsible for one another”

The outspoken “Nun on the Bus” spoke at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night. You can read more about her appearance here.  Religion News Service has a complete text of her remarks.  But you can watch it for yourself below. [Read more...]

Judge will try Bishop Finn case; verdict expected Thursday

A precedent-setting case is about to come to a sudden and unexpected close. Details: The criminal case against the highest-ranking Catholic official in the U.S. to be charged with shielding an abusive priest is headed for a swift ending after prosecutors and the bishop’s lawyer agreed Wednesday to let a judge — not jurors — [Read More...]

Second coming: God returns to Democratic platform

It turns out, after yesterday’s debacle, God isn’t dead to the Democrats after all. Details: The Democrats opened the second night of their convention by adding God and Jerusalem to their platform, and awaiting the return of Bill Clinton. Approved on a voice vote, the party platform now mentions God and declares Jerusalem as the [Read More...]

Slash: Milwaukee to close, consolidate over 100 parishes

That will affect about half of all the parishes in the archdiocese.  From Catholic News Service:  The Milwaukee archdiocese will close or consolidate 103 of its 203 parishes through 2020. Church officials pointed to three principal factors during the next decade: •The number of priest retirements will exceed ordinations, resulting in a projected 40 percent [Read More...]


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