“St. Thomas definitely landed on this very spot…”

Today the Latin church marks the feast of the celebrated “Doubting Thomas,” the skeptic who became a saint. Tradition holds that after the resurrection, St. Thomas the Apostle traveled to India.   But what happened after that? Here’s a glimpse at the region he visited, from two years ago in the pages of ONE: “St. [Read More...]

Just in time for vacation season: hotel swaps the Bible for Kindle

Ladies and gentlemen, the future is here (or, at least, in Britain): From today, all 148 rooms at the Hotel Indigo will contain a Kindle e-reader pre-loaded with a copy of the Bible. The hotel is claiming to be the first in Britain to offer such a service. Guests are also permitted to download a [Read More...]

Absolution at Gettysburg: the story of Fr. William Corby

A fascinating and timely piece by the good doctor, Pat McNamara: On the hot afternoon of July 2, 1863, the Union Army’s Irish Brigade, a unit composed predominantly of Catholic immigrants, waited for the order to go into action. It was the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg, a three-day conflagration that saw over [Read More...]

On Alec Baldwin’s wedding and his daughter’s “illegitimate” status

Last week, a New York tabloid noted that celebrated hothead Alec Baldwin was having a big Catholic wedding (his first in the church) at the city’s storied basilica, Old St. Patrick’s (shown above).  It also reported that in the eyes of the church his daughter from his marriage to Kim Basinger is considered illegitimate.  One [Read More...]

Pope as Trump: He tells Slovak bishop, “You’re fired”

It doesn’t happen often, but it happened today, and NCR’s John Allen takes note: Pope Benedict XVI today added another name to the growing list of Catholic bishops fired on his watch, removing Archbishop Róbert Bezák of Trnava, Slovakia, from office. A 52-year-old member of the Redemptorist order, Bezák had served as archbishop of Trnava, [Read More...]

Muller and deacons: “Only a man can represent this relation of Christ with the Church”

The new head of the CDF, Gerhard Muller, has written extensively on the priesthood and diaconate, and gave an interview 10 years ago that shed light on his strong feelings about women and the diaconate: Q: Is the diaconate a sacrament in its own right? Müller: The Church teaches clearly that the sacrament of orders [Read More...]

On SSPX: “The Pope is not going to give in…”

“The Pope hopes for reconciliation — that’s the Pope’s job. The ministry of Peter is above all to preserve the unity of the Church. So, apart from whatever personal interest Pope Benedict might have, he shares his concern with John Paul II. As you know, he has been involved in this from the beginning. The [Read More...]

Levada out, Muller in at CDF

Details: Anticipated for months, it’s finally official — at Roman Noon this Monday, the Pope named Bishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller of Regensburg as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, accepting the retirement of Cardinal William Levada a year after the highest-ranking American in Vatican history reached the canonical age of 75. With the appointment of the [Read More...]

Does the faith of a president matter?

One author suggests that it doesn’t. Details: He called himself a “life-long Quaker and a church-going Christian,” and at first there was no reason to doubt him. He played piano in the church, taught Sunday school, and praised Jesus at revivals. His mother thought he was going to be a missionary. His friends said he [Read More...]

The “10 Commandments” of blogging

Some weeks back, a writer working on a book project dropped me an email and asked if I could help answer the following question: “In your opinion, what are the ‘ten commandments’ that Catholic bloggers should keep in mind while pressing on in their digital mission?” Well.  It was an idea I found instantly both [Read More...]


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