Sparring over Sebelius

Things are getting interesting in the Archdiocese of Washington.  Details: The already-boiling debate about Georgetown University’s decision to invite Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to speak during graduation hit the highest levels of Catholic Washington on Tuesday, with the region’s archbishop slamming the school’s president for the “shocking” invitation and saying the real issue [Read More...]

Homily for May 17, 2012: Ascension Thursday

[Click here for readings] It’s tempting to see the Ascension, the conclusion of Christ’s earthly ministry, as an ending. But to think of it that way is to see it backwards. What we celebrate today is really a beginning. As we heard in Matthew’s gospel, moments before his Ascension, Jesus told his followers very simply: [Read More...]

Portland to ordain largest number of priests ever

With ordination season kicking off, Oregon is about to set a local record next month: Archbishop John G. Vlazny will ordain 10 priests on Saturday, June 9, at St. Mary’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The Mass of ordination will begin at 11 a.m. This is the largest ordination class of Portland diocesan priests ever, according [Read More...]

People who live in glass houses

Well, you can now do that in Japan. I have two questions. 1. Where’s the bathroom? 2. Don’t you need a lot of Windex? Check out more pictures here. [Read more...]

“As a priest, I am terribly saddened…”

The following comment appeared in response to the posting on Fr. Thomas Williams.  I think it deserves a wider audience, so I’m posting it here separately. +++ “As a priest, I am terribly saddened by reading most, if not all of these comments. These comments only mirror the lived experience the majority of priests face [Read More...]

Another celebrity priest falls: Fr. Thomas Williams

Details: Today Fr. Thomas Williams, LC, ThD has released a brief statement in which he admits to having a relationship with a woman and fathering a child. He will be taking a year away from public ministry. This is the statement in full: “A number of years ago I had a relationship with a woman and fathered [Read More...]

Report: wrong man executed in Texas

I have to wonder how many other times this has happened. Details: He was the spitting image of the killer, had the same first name and was near the scene of the crime at the fateful hour: Carlos DeLuna paid the ultimate price and was executed in place of someone else in Texas in 1989, a report [Read More...]

When Jacob met Tyler: making beautiful music together

From the YouTube description: Our eight-year-old blind-autistic son Jacob enjoying some fine acoustic guitar by a musician in downtown Lawrence, Kansas on May 13, 2012. Tyler … Thank you so much for letting Jacob feel the music! “Tyler” is bluegrass musician Tyler Gregory. Take two minutes and watch something charming and inexpressably sweet. [Read more...]

“The pope’s image must be respected”: Benetton apologizes, retracts offending ads

You may remember the controversial ads that popped up around the world a few months back (you can find them at this link, and read about them here).  The company behind them, Benetton, has now apologized: This morning a note from the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J., was issued [Read More...]

Called to “the Office” of Marriage

Elizabeth Scalia — briefly picking up her pen while still on hiatus from her cell — has an utterly different take on marriage that is well worth pondering: If all proclaiming Christ are accepted to baptism, one might wonder, then why not all to marriage? I think it comes down to offices, and the equality [Read More...]


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