Wallenda credits his faith for his historic walk above Niagara Falls

Those who saw this last night couldn’t help but be awed — and slightly terrified — at what was unfolding.  But in interviews after, a cheerful Nik Wallenda gave full credit to God and prayer for this astounding feat.  It’s something he’s spoken about candidly in the past: Wallenda told reporters it took “a lot of [Read More...]

The deacon who’s also a city councilman

It’s exceedingly rare for a deacon to hold elected office, but a paper in California looks at one who does: Over the last 10 years, the number of deacons in the Los Angeles archdiocese has more than doubled, increasing from about 160 in the early 2000s to 347 this year, including 14 deacons ordained last [Read More...]

Homily for June 17, 2012: 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for the readings] This year, as we celebrate our parish centennial, we’ve been marking key dates – the day of the groundbreaking, the day of the first census and so on.  We’ve been big on anniversaries, commemorating our beginnings. Well, here’s another anniversary, coming up later this summer. It goes back further than [Read More...]

“Bohemian Rhapsody” as you’ve never heard it before

Played, I swear, on a ukelele — “the underdog of all instruments.” Forget Tiny Tim tiptoeing through the tulips.  Listen instead to the musical stylings of Jake Shimabukuro, performing at a TED lecture two years ago. [Read more...]

About face: Catholic Health Association calls Obama birth control compromise “unworkable”

This is a big deal: Sharpening an election-year confrontation over religious freedom and government health insurance rules, the nation’s Catholic hospitals on Friday rejected President Barack Obama’s compromise for providing birth control coverage to their women employees. The Catholic Health Association was a key ally in Obama’s health care overhaul, defying opposition from church bishops [Read More...]

Ordination update: 14 new deacons for Los Angeles

The story, from The Tidings: “Receive the Gospel of Christ whose herald you have become. Believe what you read; teach what you believe; practice what you teach,” Archbishop José Gomez told 15 deacons ordained June 9 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, as he handed to each of them the Book of [Read More...]

Projection screens growing in popularity

I griped about this trend last year, but it seems to be spreading: On any given Sunday, one can walk into St. Francis of Assisi Church in Colorado Springs and hear the congregation singing. But a closer look reveals that many of those people are not using hymnals. Instead, they’re following lyrics and music projected [Read More...]

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“The mystery is invisible, no matter which way you turn…”

Benedictine Father Jeremy Driscoll recently discussed changes in the liturgy that followed Vatican II. CNS has the video below. Check it out. [Read more...]

“Is it too much to ask that grown-ups act like grown-ups?”

Over at the NCR Today blog, Heidi Schlumpf notices a trend in the Catholic blogosphere and observes: It is true that the anonymity and immediacy of this new medium makes it easier to engage in behavior many of us would never consider if we had to face the person we were talking to. (As an [Read More...]


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