“Catholic” but not “Roman Catholic”: a priest from the “United American Catholic Church” responds

You may remember that I wrote about Rev. William Freeman last month, in a post about Catholic weddings.   Though I quoted extensively from his own website, and used his own words, he took issue with my conclusions, and asked for an opportunity to respond. I agreed. You can read his essay here.  I think [Read More...]

Reversal: Accused Joliet priest who was returned to ministry is removed … again

You may remember this item from last week.  Well…the priest is now, once again, out: The Rev. F. Lee Ryan has been removed from public ministry again. Ryan, 79, who has been accused of inappropriate relations with a minor four decades ago, was put back into limited ministry last week after a ruling from the [Read More...]

Catholic Church opens its doors to Jewish neighbors in need for Rosh Hashanah

What a great story. Details: A ruptured pipe threatened to dampen Rosh Hashanah services on Long Island, but instead it brought neighbors of two faiths closer together. Synagogue leaders arrived at the Jewish Center of Island Park on Sunday to find the ground floor completely flooded. “The nipple of the pipe had burst, completely flooding about two-thirds [Read More...]

Hooray for Hollywood: how two stars reacted to paparazzi

A great idea, nicely executed by Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield. Details: In one slick, subversive move, Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone took a paparazzi moment and turned it into an act of kindness. The celebrity couple used the set of photographers waiting outside their New York City lunch spot on Saturday to help raise [Read More...]

Catholics then, Muslims now

In this morning’s New York Times, author and journalist Doug Saunders looks at the parallels between bigotry directed toward Catholics a century ago, and what is being directed toward Muslims today: For the first time in decades, it has become acceptable in some circles to declare that a specific religious minority can’t be trusted. During [Read More...]

Clarence Thomas: “I was going to be a priest…”

The notoriously silent Supreme Court justice had a few things to say recently about the law and his faith during an interview at the National Archives to mark the 225th anniversary of the Constitution. From the New York Times:  For the most part, Justice Thomas spoke somberly about the weight of history and the burdens [Read More...]

“In the end it will be the servants who save us all”

I’m reading Mark Shriver’s excellent tribute to his father “A Good Man,” and just came across this sterling passage, from a 1986 speech Sargent Shriver delivered to Peace Corps Volunteers. It could be a rallying cry for diakonia: “Stay as you are…be servants of peace…work at home as you have worked abroad, humbly, persistently, intelligently.  [Read More...]

In the e-mail: “His Excellency was smart not to bring permanent deacons into the diocese…”

A reader takes objection to this post about the lack of deacons in Lincoln, Nebraska.  He writes: I disagree with your post on the diaconate in the Diocese of Lincoln. His Excellency was smart not to bring permanent deacons into the diocese. There is very little theology behind the permanent diaconate which is agreed upon [Read More...]

Catholic high school opens Muslim prayer room

Not long ago, something like that would have been unthinkable. But it’s becoming a reality in London, Ontario in Canada. Details: Mother Teresa Catholic secondary school is turning a second-floor office into an Islamic prayer room — the first high school in the city, private or public, to do so. Carpet will soon cover the [Read More...]

“What’s wrong in the Vatican press office?”

That’s the question being posed by editor Robert Royal over at  The Catholic Thing — and it’s a good question: The Vatican hired Greg Burke in June, an experienced journalist at Catholic and secular outlets, as a special consultant to help with press communications. Given the multiple stumbles and misfires in recent years, it seemed [Read More...]


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