Ordination update: 18 new deacons in Spokane

It happened Friday night.  Profiles of the men can be found here.   Names of the ordained and their wives (thanks to Eric Meisfjord, Director of Communications for the Diocese): José Aparicio, (Graciela) Bonifacio Arebalo, (Maribel) Craig Blomgren, (Cindy) H. Roy Buck, (Marge) Brian Ernst, (Julie) James Evermann, (Maureen) Dan Glatt, (Debby) Thomas Heavey, (Mary) [Read More...]

Paul Ryan’s Catholicism—UPDATED

After the news about Paul Ryan, analysis has begun to pour in. An overview, from CNN’s Belief blog: Mitt Romney’s selection of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate promises to cast a spotlight on American Catholicism in an election year when the tradition has already been a major focus. Ryan, a Catholic [Read More...]

Homily for August 12, 2012: 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for readings.] A few weeks ago, the Columbus Dispatch newspaper in Ohio printed a story about a First Communion – but it’s one unlike any other you may have heard. It says something beautiful, I think, about the power of the Eucharist, the “bread of life.” But it is also a story of [Read More...]

Reports: Romney selects Catholic Paul Ryan as running mate

Some weeks back I wondered, “Will Romney pick a Catholic?”  Now, all indications are that the answer is yes:  Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will announce his running mate at the beginning of a four-day, four-state bus tour in Norfolk, Virginia, on Saturday at 9 a.m. ET, his campaign announced in a statement late [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words, Olympics edition

This really is pure gold. With a grateful h/t to The Crescat, who has more shots like this the world should see: Caption: Ethopian runner and Orthodox Christian, Meseret Defar, shows the image of Our Lady she carried in her shirt after she won the gold medal in the 5000m race. [Read more...]

Though more priests are using iPads, Vatican writer insists only books are proper for Mass

Bishops have used them to preach, and priests have used them to celebrate Mass.  And it seems the popularity of the iPad for liturgical use continues to grow:  According to TheJournal.ie, priests are using the devices to do everything from reading the gospels to downloading blessing and even updating their Twitter accounts. “It’s very handy,” says [Read More...]

From LCWR: talks with Vatican will continue, group will not “compromise its mission”

Details:  An American nuns group rebuked by the Vatican said Friday it would hold talks with the bishops appointed to overhaul the organization but would not “compromise its mission.” Sister Pat Farrell, president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, called a Vatican assessment charging the sisters with tolerating dissent a “misrepresentation.” But she said [Read More...]

“Mercy killing”: Is this the next pro-life frontier?

This piece in the Los Angeles Times should set off alarm bells: Murder or mercy killing? One story that dominated headlines this week raised that question in a particularly dramatic fashion: An Ohio man is accused of shooting to death his ailing wife of 45 years, possibly as part of a “death pact” promise to [Read More...]

NY Times: gay couples face pressure to have children

Welcome to the 21st century. Details:  When the jubilant couple were wed in June, they exchanged personalized vows and titanium rings, cheered the heartfelt toasts and danced themselves breathless. Then, as the evening was winding down, unexpected questions started popping up. One after another, their guests began asking: Are you going to have kids? When [Read More...]

On St. Lawrence, deacon: “He loved Christ in his life, he imitated him in his death”

August 10 marks the feast of St. Lawrence, deacon and martyr.  From a homily by St. Augustine:  The Roman Church commends this day to us as the blessed Lawrence’s day of triumph, on which he trod down the world as it roared and raged against him; spurned it as it coaxed and wheedled him; and [Read More...]


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