Historian (and Anglican deacon) predicts Catholic schism

He’s not the first to raise the “s” word — our fair Anchoress has done so, too — but he’s now put his theories into a new book. Details: Influential church historian Diarmaid MacCulloch said he believes Christianity faces a bright future, but predicted the Roman Catholic Church will undergo a major schism over its [Read More...]

“The most thankless job in Christendom” — UPDATED

That would be … being a bishop. As fate would have it, I’m attending the ordination of two of them tomorrow (including one who is my new pastor), so Joanne McPortland’s plaintive post couldn’t be more timely: Which Catholic job would I least want to have? Head of the Vatican Bank? President of the LCWR? [Read More...]

That special bond between father and daughter

You can’t put a price on memories like this.  Watch what happens when big, brave Dad agrees to go on the scariest ride at the amusement park with his little girl. [Read more...]

Researchers reveal how much you need to be happy

At last it can be told — and it may be less than you thought: Is it crazy to question how much money you need to be happy? The notion that money can’t buy happiness has been around a long time — even before yoga came into vogue. But it turns out there is a [Read More...]

Lutheran synod backs Catholics in HHS fight

Details: The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod joins Roman Catholic officials in opposing proposed federal guidelines that would force many religious organizations to pay for contraceptives through health insurance, the synod’s president said Monday. “The church shouldn’t be forced to act against its Christian conscience,” the Rev. Matthew Harrison told The State Journal Register during a visit to [Read More...]

Social media advice for seminarians

This comes from the good folks over at Jesus Creed, my blog neighbor here at Patheos, and while it’s not specifically geared toward Catholic seminarians, its truths are universal and offer some old fashioned common sense: Social media has changed the way we interact with one another. Sometimes it is for the good, sometimes not. [Read More...]

UPDATE: Priest who denied communion to lesbian leaves archdiocese

Another chapter — perhaps the final one — in the saga that broke earlier this year: A priest who denied communion to a lesbian at her mother’s funeral is no longer in ministry with the Archdiocese of Washington, a spokeswoman for the archdiocese said Monday. Rev. Marcel Guarnizo, who served at St. John Neumann parish [Read More...]

Illinois priest banned from pulpit

The “Improvising Priest” has had his preaching faculties removed.  Details: A priest forced out of his parish by Belleville’s Catholic bishop for improvising prayers during Mass will no longer be able to preach in public as of today. The Rev. William Rowe said Monday that Bishop Edward Braxton has suspended him and removed his “faculties,” [Read More...]

Episcopal Church approves ordaining transgender people

Details: The Episcopal Church on Monday overwhelmingly voted to allow the ordination of transgender people. At its triennial General Convention in Indianapolis, the church House of Deputies approved a change to the “nondiscrimination canons” to include “gender identity and expression.” The move makes it illegal to bar from the priesthood people who were born into [Read More...]

They remember Nora

The stars came out in the afternoon in New York City today — all to pay tribute to writer/director/friend to everyone, Nora Ephron. Details: Of course there were recipes — different recipes in the programs the ushers handed out. One was for coconut macaroons. “Makes about 22,” it said. That would not have been enough [Read More...]


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