USCCB responds to SCOTUS health care ruling

The bishops released a statement a short time ago: Today the United States Supreme Court issued a decision upholding as a tax the provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that requires individuals to purchase a health plan—the so-called “individual mandate.” For nearly a century, the Catholic bishops of the United States have been and [Read More...]

Great moments in journalism: CNN on health care ruling — UPDATED

CNN’s website at 10:10 am ET:   CNN’s website at 10:13 am ET: UPDATE: Seems Fox botched it, too, according to this screen shot from Andrew Sullivan: Yahoo news has a little analysis of this kerfuffle, which compares it to “Dewey Defeats Truman.” [Read more...]

Fulton Sheen moves closer to sainthood

From the AP: Pope Benedict XVI has put Fulton John Sheen, the U.S. bishop whose radio and TV shows denouncing Communism and liberal psychology had a big following, on the path to sainthood. The Vatican said Thursday the pope formally recognized the `’heroic virtues” of Sheen, a former Rochester bishop who died in New York [Read More...]

Billboard urges Catholics to quit the church — UPDATED

The story: Commuters along I-30 in Arlington are seeing a controversial billboard that scolds bishops and urges Catholics to give up the church. It has inspired Catholic convert, Zachary Moore to send in his defection. I can’t be a Catholic anymore,” the Keller resident, said. Moore, who is part of Dallas-Fort Worth Coalition of Reason [Read More...]

Where the hell is Matt? Still dancing — and with even more reason to be on his toes

Remember this great video from a few years ago?  The tireless globetrotting dancer is still at it.  Stay with it to the end for a lovely surprise. [Read more...]

Homeless man documents his life on YouTube

This is where technology has taken us, and it’s eye-opening: A homeless man in San Francisco is using technology to give the world a new perspective on homelessness. His name is Henry Moses Thirkfield, affectionately known as Mo, and he’s been using a Flip Cam to document his day-to-day activities and his interviews with other [Read More...]

For priests: “Fall in love, stay in love, so love decides everything”

My pal Deacon Jim Keating was pleased to see the new deacons of Omaha featured here yesterday, and wondered if I could give a plug to Creighton University’s stellar Institute for Priestly Formation. Happy to! I know a couple guys who are there now—including Jeremy Canna, who spent his pastoral year at my parish.  For [Read More...]

Vatican: “Father Pavone is not now nor has ever been suspended”

That’s the statement being put out by Priests for Life: We are happy to announce that the Vatican has upheld Father Frank Pavone’s appeal and has declared that Father Pavone is not now nor has ever been suspended. Father Pavone remains a priest in good standing all over the world. We were confident all along [Read More...]

Closed Cleveland churches prepare to reopen

Details, from the Cleveland Plain Dealer: Cleveland Catholic Bishop Richard Lennon is expected to announce the appointments of up to five pastors Wednesday as he moves forward toreopen 11 mothballed churches. The bishop had said last month that he hoped to have all 11 — most of them closed for more than two years — [Read More...]

RIP, Nora Ephron

  Sad news for all writers, journalists, movie lovers and people who couldn’t get enough of “When Harry Met Sally” and “Sleepless in Seattle”: Nora Ephron, the writer and director of American film classics such as “When Harry Met Sally” and “Sleepless in Seattle,” died today at the age of 71. Ephron died in a [Read More...]


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