Ohio Graduation Speaker Dropped Over Support for Gay Marriage

Details:  A local politician says he was asked to step aside as the commencement speaker at a Catholic high school in Columbus because he has been an advocate for same-sex marriage rights. Franklin County Commissioner John O’Grady offered the explanation yesterday after a parent told The Dispatch he had failed to show up at Saturday’s graduation at [Read More…]

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Beautiful Picture: Prayer Before a Wedding

Since we’re in the middle of wedding season, now seems a good time to post this picture, which apparently caused a sensation when it first appeared online a few months ago. This blog post, by the bride, explains the story behind it: she and her groom holding hands in prayer moments before their wedding, trying [Read More…]

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Retired Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn Joseph Sullivan Dies

A good man and a great priest. Details: Retired Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn, the Most Reverend Joseph M. Sullivan, died June 7, 2013, after a May 30th car accident on the Long Island Expressway in Syosset, New York. Bishop Sullivan was critically injured in the three-car collision and was immediately airlifted to [Read More…]

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Jim Gaffigan, hipster Catholic

From Michelle Boorstein in the Washington Post comes this profile of funnyman Jim Gaffigan: Gaffigan seems to effortlessly embody the idea the Catholic Church and other denominations are desperately promoting: You can be a devout member of mainstream American life. You don’t have to leave God in order to live in the regular world. With [Read More…]

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Yee haw: Behold, the Texas Bible

I kid you not. A gentleman by the name of John Dyer has developed an app that translates the Bible for Texans: Just about any time I teach from the Scriptures I have to point out a place where the English Bible says “you,” but the original Hebrew or Greek indicates you plural rather than you singular. [Read More…]

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When Was the Last Time a Pope Did THIS?—UPDATED

From CNS, tweeting about the pope’s meeting with students today: Pope ditches prepared speech saying it wud be “too boring.” Opts for 30 min Q&A w/ students from Jesuit schools. Personally, I’m looking forward to the write-through on this one.  Meantime, you can read what he was supposed to say here.   UPDATE: Vatican Radio [Read More…]

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One Church, Two Paths: Contrasting Chaput and O’Malley—UPDATED

Over at NCR, Tom Roberts looks at these two leading American prelates—both Capuchins, former classmates, now among the most prominent archbishops in the United States—and sees two different views of the church. He comes to this conclusion: The contrasts in the two prelates are apparent and have to do with personality as well as ecclesiology [Read More…]

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Benedict: “I’m fine. I live like a monk.”

A friend visited the retired pope and offered this report about his new life, according to Catholic World News: “I’m fine. I live like a monk,” Benedict XVI told an old German friend who visited him recently at his new residence in the Mater Ecclesiae monastery on the Vatican grounds. Manfred Lutz, a German scholar [Read More…]

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Funeral Arrangements for Joe Marotta—UPDATED

Joe’s parish, Holy Cross Catholic Church in Lynchburg, Virginia, posted the following late today: Services for Joe Marotta will be as follows: Prayer service – Sunday 7-8:30pm Funeral Mass – Monday 2:00 with a reception and burial to follow Holy Cross Catholic Church 710 Clay Street Lynchburg, Virginia  24504 On her Facebook page, Joe’s wife, Katie, [Read More…]

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Walking the Walk: Catholic NFL Star Declines Invitation to the White House Because of Obama Abortion Stance

Details from Sports Illustrated: Retired Ravens center Matt Birk spoke out Thursday morning on Minnesota’s KFAN about his reason for declining an invitation from President Barack Obama to be at the White House during the team’s visit a day earlier. Birk, a six-time Pro Bowler who was on the Ravens’ 2013 Super Bowl team, said [Read More…]

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