Three’s company in Brazil, with civil union between three people

From the BBC:  A notary in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo has sparked controversy by accepting a civil union between three people. Public Notary Claudia do Nascimento Domingues has said the man and two women should be entitled to family rights. She says there is nothing in law to prevent such an arrangement. But [Read More...]

Catholic school uniforms: the thigh’s the limit

A staple of the Catholic school girl’s uniform is beginning to disappear.   Check this out, from Canada:  Kilts are falling out of fashion with Catholic high schools in Windsor-Essex. The Windsor Essex Catholic District School board said it’s moving away with the kilt because girls are rolling them up too high. In recent years, [Read More...]

Pope to altar servers: “You are close to the altar, close to the Lord”

Details, from CNS:  Marking the feast of the martyrdom of St. John the Baptist, Pope Benedict XVI said Christians must not bow to the pressure of the powerful who demand a denial of Christ or of the truth he taught. “The truth is the truth and there is no compromise,” the pope said at his [Read More...]

“The new anti-Catholicism is a more urbane version…”

There’s a rare interview in the National Catholic Register with the New York Times’ youngest columnist, Ross Douthat, who also happens to be a devoted Catholic.  Among other things, he talks about Paul Ryan and Cardinal Dolan: Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget proposal has generated controversy about his integrity as a Catholic, with bishops and lay [Read More...]

Santorum’s emotional call in support of life

From Rick Santorum at the GOP convention tonight: Four and a half years ago I stood over a hospital isolette staring at the tiny hands of our newborn daughter who we hoped was perfectly healthy. But Bella’s hands were just a little different – and I knew different wasn’t good news. The doctors later told [Read More...]

“Dolan, by being present to both parties, is being a good shepherd…”

Anyone wondering why Cardinal Dolan would dare to set foot on the stage of a political convention — of either party—should see what Elizabeth Scalia has to say on the subject: Dolan, simply by being present to BOTH parties in this horrifically divided and stressful year, is being a good shepherd, a good physician. Our nation is [Read More...]

BREAKING: Dolan to pray at Democratic convention

His office’s statement, via First Things: Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, has accepted an invitation to deliver the closing prayer at next week’s Democratic National Convention. As was previously announced, he will also be offering the closing prayer at the Republican Convention on Thursday of this week. It was made clear to the [Read More...]

Great moments in journalism: Bias? What bias?

This just in: dog bites man. In other news, someone is suggesting that the New York Times is biased:  Arthur Brisbane, the departing public editor at the New York Times, has accused the paper of having a progressive bias, even as he champions its disciplined approach to fair and balanced reporting. “When The Times covers [Read More...]

Cardinal Dolan asks candidates to sign “civility pledge”

Details: Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who sparked controversy by agreeing to deliver the closing blessing at the Republican convention in Tampa this week, on Monday (Aug. 27) drew further attention to his political role by asking both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama to sign a “civility pledge” promoted by a leading conservative Catholic activist. The archbishop [Read More...]

“Boss, I love you…pray for us!”

If you read nothing else this night, you have to read this eloquent, heart-felt, heart-breaking tribute by Rocco Palmo to his beloved grandmother, “The Boss.” You’ll be grateful you did.  I know I am. Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her… [Read more...]


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