Diocese of Nashville, other groups join in suits over HHS ruling

The number of groups suing the government over the contraception mandate continues to grow: The Diocese of Nashville, along with seven Middle Tennessee Catholic entities, have filed suit in Federal Court seeking to block a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services mandate requiring them to provide coverage for oral contraception as part of the [Read More...]

Something’s brewing in Milwaukee: deacons!

Below is a snapshot of Milwaukee’s newest deacons, ordained just last weekend.  As the director notes in an e-mail: “These men are the first class of deacons to be formed entirely using the New Directory… in Milwaukee.  We are very proud of them!”  Congrats! [Read more...]

Is Catholic journalism just PR?

There’s a question for the ages.  This is something everyone who works in church media wrestles with — and the question isn’t an easy one to answer, especially when the organization you’re covering, the Church, is also the one signing your checks. But John Burger, late of the National Catholic Register, got one answer following [Read More...]

Great moments in irony: Hillary Clinton on religious tolerance

“The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others.” – Statement on Benghazi attacks [Read more...]

Want to be ordained? There’s an app for that

Well, you won’t actually be a real priest, minister, rabbi or bishop, but you will be able to see what you’d look like if you were. Details: From the supremely useful to the breathtakingly inane, there’s a cell phone application out there to fulfill all your needs — even the ones you didn’t know you [Read More...]

Poll: Obama holds lead among Catholics

This, from the Daily Caller: A new poll by a Catholic advocacy group shows President Barack Obama has a slight lead over Gov. Mitt Romney among non-Hispanic Catholics, despite the stalled economy and his 2012 establishment of church regulations requiring them to fund contraception and abortion-related services that they abhor. The poll of 2,629 likely [Read More...]

Best love letter. To Michigan. Ever.

I’ve never even been to Michigan, and I’m in love with it. Check out this delightful sing-a-long video produced to promote the state, shot in 50 cities with a gazillion or so people and a whole lotta heart. (And get a load of the altar servers!) [Read more...]

Sign of the times: a new monthly magazine devoted to exorcism

Who says publishing is a dying industry? Details: With exorcism booming in Poland, Roman Catholic priests have joined forces with a publisher to launch what they claim is the world’s first monthly magazine focused exclusively on chasing out the devil. “The rise in the number or exorcists from four to more than 120 over the [Read More...]

40 years on: the permanent deacons of Canada

Our friends in Canada are marking an auspicious event: the 40th anniversary of the first class of permanent deacons beginning their formation. The Catholic Register has more:  Forty years ago this month, the permanent diaconate came to English Canada with the launch of a deacons’ program in the archdiocese of Toronto. That followed the launch [Read More...]

Five words, two numbers: how a father’s note on 9/11 reached his family

A heartrending new take on September 11, from the Stamford Advocate:  The note is just five words and two numbers. Randy Scott scrawled these five words and two numbers on a piece of paper on Sept. 11, 2001, while at work at Euro Brokers Inc. in the World Trade Center. But if a picture is worth a thousand words, [Read More...]