She’s Queer. She’s Here. And Now She’s Explaining Why.

“She” is the always-engaging and surprising Eve Tushnet:  When I became Catholic in 1998, as a college sophomore, I didn’t know any other gay Christians. I’d been raised in a kind of pointillist Reform Judaism, almost entirely protected from homophobia; when I realized I was gay it was, if anything, a relief. I thought I [Read More…]

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Venezuela’s Food Shortage Could Mean Running Out of Bread and Wine for Communion

Details:  When it comes to Venezuela’s growing scarcities, not even the Roman Catholic Church has received a dispensation. Church officials say food shortages and foreign exchange restrictions are causing a lack of ingredients needed to celebrate Mass: altar wine as well as wheat to produce communion wafers. They say the wheat flour used for the [Read More…]

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So, What’s a Deacon?

My friend Deacon Stephen Byers from the Diocese of Pittsburgh offers some excellent answers in this week’s edition of the diocesan newspaper: On Saturday, June 15, in a ritual dating back to the time of the apostles, Bishop David Zubik will ordain 25 men at St. Paul Cathedral to the order of deacon for service [Read More…]

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Think Mass Is Too Long? Pope Francis Has A Solution.

The answer is joy! From this morning’s homily:  The Holy Spirit is the “author” of Christian joy and to proclaim the Gospel we need to have joy in our hearts gifted us by the Spirit of God. There is a certain understanding of Christian life that is marked by sadness, but long faces cannot proclaim [Read More…]

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Meet a Pro-Life Democrat: Patheos’ Rebecca Hamilton Profiled by CNS

Behold:  Oklahoma State Rep. Rebecca Hamilton sees no conflict between her pro-life views as a Catholic and being a stalwart Democrat who has served 18 years in the state Legislature. Hamilton, who represents South Oklahoma City, told Catholic News Service during a break this morning in the 2013 National Religious Freedom Conference in Washington that her pro-life stance [Read More…]

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Ohio State President on Notre Dame: “You Can’t Trust Those Damn Catholics…”

I’m sure he meant it in jest. Details:  The president of Ohio State University said Notre Dame was never invited to join the Big Ten because the university’s priests are not good partners, joking that “those damn Catholics” can’t be trusted, according to a recording of a meeting he attended late last year. At the [Read More…]

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The Only Thing Worse Than a Bridezilla

Is a T-Rex who is eager to catch the bouquet. As a deacon reader noted: “This is another reason why we don’t do garden weddings…” Get a load of this incredible wedding picture below, by the very imaginative J. Quinn Miller. Visit this link to read all about it and catch the funny annotations. [Read more…]

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Fr. Andrew Greeley Dies

Details:  The Rev. Andrew Greeley, the outspoken Roman Catholic priest, best-selling novelist and sociologist known for his deeply researched academic appraisals and sometimes scathing critiques of his church, died Wednesday night, several years after fracturing his skull in a freakish fall. The Rev. Greeley died in his sleep at his apartment at the John Hancock [Read More…]

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Will We Ever Get Complete Texts of the Pope’s Daily Homilies?

Today, the Vatican seemed to indicate no. Here’s the statement from Fr. Federico Lombardi: The very great interest aroused by the Pope’s brief homilies in the course of the Masses celebrated every  morning in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta, poses and continues to pose  often the question  from different parts  on the possibility [Read More…]

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It’s an iPhone Case! It’s a Bottle Opener! It’s an iPhone Case AND a Bottle Opener!

What a piece of work is man,” wrote Shakespeare. And here’s why. You might be amazed at some of the ingenious ways people have found to incorporate the iPhone case into daily life—making the ubiquitous smartphone even smarter and more useful! From CNET:  Apple’s iPhone introduced a whole new category of technology and unlocked an endless stream of [Read More…]

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