Historic father and son ordination: “A great moment in the history of our faith”

It’s believed to be the first time in the U.S. that a father and son have been ordained at the same Mass. Details: “Charles Albert Hough the III.” Bishop Kevin Vann’s historic words rang out at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Keller as he called first the father… and then the son. “Charles [Read More...]

Great moments in journalism: in praise of commas

A headline from Huffington Post and the AP: [Read more...]

Teenage couple with Down Syndrome voted prom king and queen

How great is that? It happened on Long Island. Click the video below. View more videos at: http://nbcnewyork.com. [Read more...]

Great moments in journalism: CNN investigates its big boo-boo

Or, as a memo to the staff put it: As you all know by now, our initial reporting of the decision turned out to be wrong. Despite the best of intentions, we told our viewers and our online readers that the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act had been struck down when, in fact, [Read More...]

Ah. Marital bliss.

While one Hollywood Catholic gets hitched, another gets ditched. Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise were both raised Catholic — at one time, he reportedly even considered the priesthood — but other bright shiny objects seem to have distracted them. If you’d like a primer on the theology of divorce in the world of Scientology, look [Read More...]

On SSPX: “We could not accept, we could not sign…”

“You rightly ask me how things are going with Rome. Things are currently at a standstill. There has been a lot of back and forth, exchanges, letters and protests, but we are back to square one. We said we could not accept, we could not sign; that is all.” – SSPX head Bishop Bernard Fellay.  Read the [Read More...]

Alec Baldwin’s big fat Catholic wedding

For those keeping track of these things, the New York Post (my paper of record) had these details the other day: Baldwin, 54, and fiancée Hilaria Thomas (left), 28, will be married at the historic St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in Nolita, [Little Italy] but they didn’t mail out invitations. “They just told us to be [Read More...]

Homily for July 1, 2012: 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for readings.] If you’re looking for an improbable heroine for the Catholic faith, you couldn’t find anyone more improbable than 22-year-old Leah Libresco. Leah grew up Long Island.  Her family had no real religion to speak of. And it wasn’t until she went to Yale that for the first time she actually got [Read More...]

It’s not just a Catholic thing: an interfaith prayer service for “Fortnight”

Details: Amarillo residents of all faiths filled the pews at St. Mary’s Catholic Cathedral on Thursday evening for an ecumenical prayer service held in conjunction with similar events across the country. About 700 worshipers attended the service, which was presented as part of “Fortnight for Freedom,” a two-week period of prayer and other activities organized [Read More...]

What is happening at Medjugorje? — UPDATED

Periodically, people will write to me, wondering why I don’t post about the alleged apparitions in the former Yugoslavia. I have a couple reasons. First, as a member of the clergy, I don’t believe that I should be endorsing unapproved Marian apparitions. And secondly: I keep coming across essays like this one. I know many devout [Read More...]


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