“This does not seem right to me”: when a priest uses someone else’s homily

I received the following e-mail this morning: Dear Deacon Greg: Today during Mass our pastor read your homily for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, with hardly a word changed and without acknowledging that someone else had written it. This is at least the third time this has happened, and it appears to me that [Read More...]

A first: anchorwoman appears on Egyptian TV wearing head veil

Details, from the Associated Press: A female Egyptian news presenter appeared on state television wearing a veil for the first time on Sunday after the Islamist-dominated government lifted an effective ban that had been in place for decades under secular-leaning regimes of the past. The ban on female news readers wearing the Islamic veil had [Read More...]

Another threat facing Catholic schools

It’s the charter school system, according to this analysis from Education Week: The nation’s Roman Catholic schools have labored for decades under increasingly adverse economic and demographic conditions, which have undermined their finances and sapped their enrollment. Today, researchers and supporters say those schools face one of their most complex challenges yet: the continued growth [Read More...]

One deacon’s story: “Really, what I do is listen…”

Writer Tom Loewy from the Galesburg Register-Mail in Illinois spent some time recently chatting with a deacon, and shared part of the conversation: If you can take the time to listen, you learn something knew every day. And you are fortunate to be given the opportunity to hear. That fact was hammered home as I [Read More...]

Cardinal Dolan: “Just because we pray with someone or we eat with someone doesn’t mean we agree with them”

Kathryn Jean Lopez had a chance to chat with Cardinal Dolan in Tampa, and he shared his thoughts about the conventions and the Al Smith Dinner: “I am just hoping that a more conciliatory posture might especially be a light to the world and salt to the earth in a time when divisiveness and almost [Read More...]

Martini: Church is “200 years out of date”

Details of the late Cardinal’s final interview are emerging, and they have a few surprises: The former archbishop of Milan and papal candidate Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini said the Catholic Church was “200 years out of date” in his final interview before his death, published on Saturday. Martini, once favored by Vatican progressives to succeed [Read More...]

“We sin when we put priests on pedestals and idolize them…”

From the great Joanne McPortland: The thing is, we sin when we put priests on pedestals and idolize them. I think that’s what Jesus cautioned against when he told us to call no man father. Yes, priests are due the respect of their office—as is every person made in God’s image. But holiness is not [Read More...]

Archbishop rebukes priest who took part in same sex wedding

A Catholic blogger in Brooklyn has a followup to this story from a couple weekends ago: Statement from the Archdiocese of Hartford regarding Fr. Michael DeVito August 24, 2012: Archbishop Henry J. Mansell has met with Father Michael DeVito regarding the priest’s participation in a same-sex marriage ceremony involving a cousin in New York City [Read More...]

Secret Service investigating “Pray for Obama” sign

It’s not the sign that’s causing trouble, but the Bible verse accompanying it. Details: The Secret Service is looking into a sign posted in Victoria, Texas. The sign says “Pray for Obama”, but it’s the scripture quoted below those words that is raising eyebrows: Psalms 109:8. Psalms 109:8 reads, “Let his days be few, and let [Read More...]

Homily for September 2, 2012: 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for readings] “From within people, from their hearts, come evil thoughts…” In the gospel we just heard, Jesus speaks of the roots of sin – and even goes on to list some examples.  He accuses the Pharisees of hypocrisy for worrying more about how they cleanse their hands, but not how they cleanse [Read More...]


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