On priests and political activism

As we enjoy some relative quiet between the two conventions (and a long holiday weekend!) now might be a good time to reacquaint ourselves with the Church’s teaching on clergy and their involvement in politics. First, there are these remarks from Blessed John Paul II, titled “Priests Do Not Have a Political Mission”: The Church [Read More...]

Meet the “new men”: the priests of tomorrow

From Catholic News Service comes this excellent video, featuring brief profiles of five of the men who have just arrived at the North American College in Rome to begin studies for the priesthood. Take a look. [Read more...]

RIP, Cardinal Martini

One-time papal contender Cardinal Martini has died: Italian Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, a renowned biblical scholar and former archbishop of Milan, died Aug. 31 at the age of 85 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Pope Benedict XVI met privately with the cardinal during a visit to Milan in June, and was informed of [Read More...]

Cardinal Dolan’s closing prayer at the GOP convention

From his blog: With firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, let us pray: Almighty God, father of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Jesus, we beg your continued blessings on this sanctuary of freedom, and on all of those who proudly call America home.  We ask your benediction upon those yet to be born, and [Read More...]

“Please let Fr. Groeschel know we love him very much…”

This e-mail arrived today, from a nurse, regarding the Fr. Benedict Groeschel story: I have been thinking of him alot lately– I say the rosary at 9 pm when he leads it on the radio. He reminds me of the sweet religious that I was privileged to take care of at a Dominican nursing facility. [Read More...]

Madonna, still gunning for the church

New Jersey Star Ledger writer Tris McCall describes what happens in the star’s latest concert: The lights went down, and we were in Troyes Cathedral, or perhaps Fordham University. A gigantic glowing crucifix, several stories high, hung over the stage. It was the centerpiece of a handsome Old World church built of light and shadow [Read More...]

Statement from Fr. Benedict Groeschel and his order

I had meetings at the parish tonight, followed by Benediction, so missed this news when it broke earlier.  Hopefully, this brings this whole unhappy chapter to a close. Below is the full statement from the Friars and Fr. Benedict: Statement from the Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal: The Community of the Franciscan [Read More...]

On Groeschel: statement from the National Catholic Register

Just posted on their website in place of the Fr. Groeschel interview: Child sexual abuse is never excusable. The editors of the National Catholic Register apologize for publishing without clarification or challenge Father Benedict Groeschel’s comments that seem to suggest that the child is somehow responsible for abuse. Nothing could be further from the truth. [Read More...]

Archdiocese of New York responds to Fr. Benedict Groeschel

Following this bombshell, a statement was released this afternoon from Archdiocesan spokesman Joseph Zwilling (h/t to Fr. Michael Duffy): “The comments made by Father Benedict Groeschel that appeared on the website of the National Catholic Register are simply wrong.  Although he is not a priest of the Archdiocese of New York, what Father Groeschel said [Read More...]

A Mormon’s journey to Catholicism

A compelling read, from First Things:  Early in the evening of May 28, 2010, I am attending Mass in the majestic Basilica di Sant’Apollinare next to the Pontificia Università della Santa Croce in Rome. From Utah I have come as a scholar to deliver a paper at an international conference on the work of the [Read More...]


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