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...]

Givenchy puts Mary on new collection of menswear

Details: Eclectic was the word to describe Day Three of Paris menswear week. Friday’s spring-summer collections had a little something for everyone: from the high-waisted gangster styles of film noir to fashions evoking Brazilian soccer and even the Catholic Church. In one collection — which its designer called the longest fashion show in history — [Read More...]

Michelle Obama makes the Catholic case against the HHS mandate?!

Well, Ed Morrissey thinks so — and  he’s got a point: In a speech today to a conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the First Lady explained her concept of citizenship by likening it to the ministry of Jesus.  Her explanation corroborates the same point that the US Conference of Catholic Bishops have been making [Read More...]

Sr. Simone Campbell calls health care law “pro-life,” vows to protect it

She posted this today at Huffington Post: I was on the highway when I first heard about the Supreme Court’s healthcare decision, riding with the other “Nuns on the Bus.” We were watching CNN coverage, dejected by the initial (erroneous) report that the Affordable Care Act had been overturned. And then, after NETWORK’s Communications Coordinator [Read More...]

Recovered: priest’s $6,000 stolen chalice

But in so many ways, it’s not something you can put a price on. Details, from the St. Louis Review: When he was ordained to the priesthood four years ago, Father Noah Waldman took some of the money he had saved over the years and bought himself his first chalice. The handmade vessel was commissioned [Read More...]

Catholic bloggers: missionaries at the keyboard

From the Shameless Self Promotion Desk: Catholic News Service, via the Boston Pilot, has a writeup on the blogging panel I took part in last week in Indianapolis: Blogging offers the Catholic Church one more way to evangelize for the faith while reaching new audiences, especially young people, a panel of Catholic bloggers told a [Read More...]

Ordination update: 6 new deacons for Orlando

From Florida Catholic: As one journey ended, another began June 9 as six men from the Diocese of Orlando received their holy orders and were ordained permanent deacons by Bishop John Noonan at St. James Cathedral. The day was filled with joy and love as family and friends gathered to witness this blessed event. “Today [Read More...]

Deacons, priests, nuns and laity to serve as Olympic chaplains

Details, from U.S. Catholic and CNS: Some people are simply gifted at sport; they excel at any challenge involving a ball, a stick or a physical contest nearly as soon as they turn their hands to it. One such person is Father Geoff Hilton, a priest from Salford Diocese in the north of England, who [Read More...]


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