Despite official rebuke, Cardinal Mahony maintains high public profile

From the Los Angeles Times:  When Archbishop Jose Gomez stripped his predecessor, Cardinal Roger Mahony, of public duties for mishandling clergy sex abuse cases, a church spokesman said the retired prelate’s life would remain largely the same with one exception: confirmations. No longer would Mahony preside at springtime rites in which teenagers receive the sacrament that [Read More…]

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Ordination update: 7 new deacons in Camden

From the Catholic Star Herald:  On May 4 at Church of the Incarnation in Mantua, Bishop Dennis Sullivan ordained seven men to the order of the diaconate. After the calling and presentation of the candidates, litany of supplication (above), and laying on of hands, the candidates were vested with the stole and dalmatic. The new [Read More…]

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“Gatsby,” great and otherwise

With all the attention being lavished on the new adaptation of “The Great Gatsby,” I was reminded of a visit I paid to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s grave a couple years ago — and my bemusement at finding there a bottle, a glass and a book (see above.) The grave, at St. Marcy’s Catholic Church in [Read More…]

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Newark hires high-profile criminal defense attorney

Details:  The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark has hired Michael Critchley, a high-profile criminal defense lawyer, as prosecutors continue to investigate recent activities of a priest who allegedly molested a 13-year-old boy more than a decade ago. In another development on Wednesday, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the New York archbishop who wields enormous influence among bishops [Read More…]

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Remarkable: Christie and McGreevey and the importance of second chances—UPDATED

At a time when politics has been reduced to a bloody contact sport, this appearance of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and his predecessor Jim McGreevey — who resigned after admitting a homosexual affair—is both remarkable and unexpectedly moving. It speaks to what politics should be, not what it is. Details:  Seemingly unlikely but evidently [Read More…]

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Catholic soldier claims harassement over her Muslim-sounding name

From the Associated Press:  Sgt. 1st Class Naida Hosan is not a Muslim – she’s a Catholic. But her name sounded Islamic to fellow U.S. soldiers in Iraq, and they would taunt her, calling her “Sgt. Hussein” and asking what God she prayed to. So before deploying to Afghanistan last year for her second war [Read More…]

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Pope Francis on joy: melancholy Christians are like “pickled peppers”

His message from today’s daily homily, via Vatican Radio:  Christian joy is a pilgrim joy that we cannot keep ‘bottled up’ for ourselves, or we risk becoming a ‘melancholy’ and ‘nostalgic’ community. Moreover, Christian joy is far from simple fun. It is something deeper than fleeting happiness, because it is rooted in our certainty that [Read More…]

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Here’s something you don’t see every day: a three-year-old saying Mass—UPDATED

A friend in Florida sent this my way, with an explanation: Samuel Jaramillo from Medellin, Colombia; 3 yrs. old, orphan of both parents. Being raised by his grandmother, who attends daily Mass with him since he was a baby. On his wish list last Christmas – a Mass kit. And look what happened next.  And [Read More…]

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Fr. Pavone holds service to name babies aborted by Gosnell

From the Washington Times:  A Catholic priest presided over a service Thursday to give proper names to the 45 babies whose bodies were found in the West Philadelphia abortion clinic of Dr. Kermit Gosnell. He is charged with killing five people – a patient and four viable babies that prosecutors say were born alive. He has [Read More…]

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Tabernacle stolen from Michigan church

Details:  Detectives from the state police post in Mt. Pleasant are looking for information in the theft of a Tabernacle from a church in Isabella County. A Tabernacle, which holds communion wafers, was stolen from St. Charles Of Leaton Catholic Church Friday, state police Detective Sgt. Gary Green said. In the church, the Tabernacle, which [Read More…]

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