Jimmy Carter Links Catholic All-Male Priesthood to “Human Rights Abuse”

From an interview with TIME magazine: I think there’s a slow, very slow, move around the world to give women equal rights in the eyes of God. What has been the case for many centuries is that the great religions, the major religions, have discriminated against women in a very abusive fashion and set an [Read More…]

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Los Angeles Breaks Ground for Plaza Honoring Oscar Romero

From the Los Angeles Times:  Members of the Salvadoran community in Los Angeles realized a long-awaited dream Saturday when groundbreaking began on a plaza to honor Msgr. Oscar A. Romero, a Catholic archbishop who was slain in 1980 during El Salvador’s civil war. Romero, an outspoken advocate for the poor and a revered figure for [Read More…]

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Homily for June 23, 2013: 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

I spent most of last week in Denver for a conference, and flew home late yesterday afternoon. Approaching New York, our plane took a path up the Hudson, to circle around toward LaGuardia. As we began our descent, we swept over parts of New Jersey, and then turned toward Manhattan. Looking out my window, I [Read More…]

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Ordination Update: 25 New Deacons for Washington

Here’s the first snapshot of the new deacons of the Archdiocese of Washington, ordained just today. The press release:  Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, ordained twenty-five men as permanent deacons for the Archdiocese of Washington at a Mass of Ordination on Saturday, June 22 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate [Read More…]

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Just Hanging Out in Denver

It’s not often that I find myself sandwiched between two archbishops, but I did Friday night, when I had the privilege of serving as deacon for a Mass concelebrated by Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez and Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila. The occasion was the closing liturgy for the 2013 Catholic Media Conference in Denver. Archbishop [Read More…]

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Catholic League: “Reaction by Conservatives to Obama’s Speech in Ireland is Simply Insane”

The statement, which may surprise some people, from Bill Donohue: There are plenty of reasons to be critical of President Obama’s policies as they relate to the Catholic Church, and I have not been shy in stating them. But the reaction on the part of conservatives, many of whom are Catholic, over his speech in [Read More…]

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How Important is the Homily?

Here’s one writer who thinks its importance is being overestimated—and we have Vatican II to thank (or blame). Details:  So, how important is the homily at Holy Mass? It depends on who you ask. If you pose the very same question to a Catholic who is fortunate enough to regularly assist at the Traditional Latin Mass, [Read More…]

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Cardinal Dolan Makes First Visit to New York City Mosque: “You Love God, We Love God…”

Details:  Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York, made his first visit to a mosque in New York City and it was the Albanian Islamic Cultural Center in Tompkinsville where he met with Muslim and other faith leaders. The cardinal spent more than two hours touring the mosque and the Miraj Islamic School and [Read More…]

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Utah Church Offers Liturgy of Reparation Following Sunday’s Shooting

Details:  “I love you, Tara.” These were the first words Jim Evans uttered to his wife after being shot in the head by his son-in-law during a worship service Sunday at the St. James the Just Catholic Church. Tara Evans was one of more than 150 congregants who gathered at the church Thursday for a [Read More…]

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Ordination Update: 11 New Deacons for Belleville

Details:  Eleven men were ordained May 25 in an almost three-hour liturgy as permanent deacons in the Diocese of Belleville. Some acknowledged their nervousness, but all were excited and happy to have reached their ordination day, which heralds a new chapter in their lives of service to the church. All of the men have participated [Read More…]

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