America magazine names new editor

And he’s the youngest ever: For over a century, America, the only national Catholic weekly magazine in the United States, has provided a provocative and distinctly Jesuit voice on religion, society, politics and culture.  That proud history continues today as America’s board of directors named Matt Malone, SJ its newest and youngest editor-in-chief.  Father Malone, 40, who [Read More...]

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‘Titanic’ theme song even makes Celine Dion feel sick [Read more...]

The world of “Beep Baseball,” blind America’s pastime

This was news to me, but it’s really quite remarkable: The rules of beep baseball are much like the original game, except the pitcher plays for the batting team and the bases are more like tackling dummies. (Also, the team names are way cooler. Minnesota Fighting Lions? Cleveland Scrappers?) It’s wild and fiercely competitive, and [Read More...]

NZ no-no: Bishops rule out using iPad for Mass — UPDATED

Just days after one of their priests sang the praises of using the iPad for Mass, New Zealand’s bishops have said, “Not so fast.” Details: The New Zealand Bishops have told their priests that only the official printed copy of the Roman Missal may be used at Mass and at the Church’s other liturgies. They [Read More...]

New name for Crystal Cathedral to be announced

It will happen Saturday: The Crystal Cathedral – a church that carries a name reflective of its glass-paned windows – will be renamed on Saturday. The Catholic Diocese of Orange plans to announce the new name of the church it bought in bankruptcy proceedings at a Saturday ordination of four priests. The new name for [Read More...]

History: first permanent deacons ordained in Ireland

‘Tis a wonderful thing: The first permanent deacons in the Irish Catholic Church were ordained in Dublin last night [Monday] by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin. The eight men ordained at the Pro-Cathedral are: Eric Cooney from Monkstown, who works in financial services; Gabriel Corcoran from Dundrum, a lecturer in the Dublin Institute of Technology; Gerard Larkin [Read More...]

Don’t start shopping for that retirement home in Florida yet…

…you might have to put it off a few years: American International Group Inc. (AIG) Chief Executive Officer Robert Benmosche saidEurope’s debt crisis shows governments worldwide must accept that people will have to work more years as life expectancies increase. “Retirement ages will have to move to 70, 80 years old,” Benmosche, who turned 68 last week, [Read More...]

What would you give the pope?

You won’t believe some of the things people have given him over the years. [Read more...]

Vatican warns: book by American nun on sexual ethics could cause “grave harm to the faithful”

Details: The Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith warned June 4 that Mercy Sister Margaret Farley’s 2006 book, “Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics,” contains “erroneous propositions” on homosexual acts, same-sex marriage, masturbation and remarriage after divorce that could cause confusion and “grave harm to the faithful.” In a notification signed [Read More...]

How silence works: “It is an aid, not an end in itself”

What’s it like to live with a vow of silence? Writer Jeremy Mesiano-Crookston wanted to find out, and so began an e-mail exchange with several monks at Oka Abbey in Quebec, the oldest Trappist monastery in America. It’s a fascinating dialogue, and sheds light on a world many of us don’t know: Are all your [Read More...]


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