Homily for June 10, 2012: Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ — UPDATED WITH AUDIO

[Click here for readings] For audio of this homily, from the 11:30 am Mass, click the green arrow below. Last week, we marked the anniversary of D-Day, the invasion that began the end of World War II.  If you go on the Internet, you can find some remarkable stories of Catholic priests who ministered to [Read More...]

“You’re not special”: the ultimate commencement speech

From English teacher David McCullough, who offered these gems to the Wellesley High School graduating class in Boston: Your ceremonial costume… shapeless, uniform, one-size-fits-all. Whether male or female, tall or short, scholar or slacker, spray-tanned prom queen or intergalactic X-Box assassin, each of you is dressed, you’ll notice, exactly the same. And your diploma… but [Read More...]

The theology of “The Avengers”

Those who enjoyed this movie (count me in!) might also enjoy Fr. Michael Denk’s theological ruminations on it in Crisis: The Hulk, as compellingly played by Mark Ruffalo, is a man at war with himself.  In one scene where mass destruction is evident Captain America says to Bruce Banner (Hulk’s alter-ego): “Doc… I think now [Read More...]

Anyone miss the comments?

Well, then, here.   A grateful h/t to Joanne McPortland, who always knows how to crack me up. [Read more...]

Just in time to celebrate St. Ephrem the deacon…

…four men will be ordained deacons on his feast, 9 June, in Sioux City. Pictured above, from a recent retreat: Dan Carney, Holy Trinity Parish, Fort Dodge; John Rudd, St. Patrick’s Parish, Estherville; Father Brent Lingle; Jorge Fernandez, Cathedral of Epiphany Parish; and Paul Kestel, St. Mary’s Parish, Storm Lake. Soon-to-be Deacon John Rudd dropped [Read More...]

Is the “Fortnight for Freedom” a “Fortnight to Defeat Obama”?

One observer thinks so: The Catholic Church practically invented politics, so it may be asking too much to expect American bishops to steer completely clear of affairs of state. There are times when they couldn’t if they wanted to and they feel this is one of those times. The upcoming “Fortnight for Freedom” campaign to [Read More...]

Benedict celebrates Corpus Christi

You can read his homily for the occasion here.  And see him in action below. [Read more...]

Pelosian Theology

“I do my religion on Sundays, in church, and I try to go other days of the week; I don’t do it at this press conference.” – Nancy Pelosi, when asked her views regarding Catholic teaching on contraception. [Read more...]

Ordination update: 13 new deacons for Philadelphia

From the Philadelphia Standard & Times: The June 2 ordination ceremony for Philadelphia’s newest permanent deacons was strikingly similar to the May 19 ordination ceremony for its newest priests. One noticeable difference was that the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul was much more crowded for the deacons, which is reasonable because there were [Read More...]

First same-sex religious “commitment” ceremony performed by Army chaplain

Details from CNN: A same-sex ceremony between an enlisted woman and a civilian woman on a U.S. Army post last month drew protests from lawmakers Thursday. The “private religious ceremony” took place at Fort Polk in Louisiana in May, post spokesman Scott Stearns said, but he would confirm few other details. Rep. John Fleming, a [Read More...]


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