NCR: Standing ovation for Sister Margaret Farley at theologians meeting

Details from National Catholic Reporter: Mercy Sr. Margaret Farley addressed for the first time publicly Friday evening the Vatican’s harsh criticism of one of her books, saying it points to “profoundly important” questions facing the Catholic community regarding the roles of truth and power. Speaking slowly, and at times faltering for words, Farley, a prominent [Read More...]

Corpus Christi FAIL: “I was thisclose to walking out…”

When I hit my knees tonight, I may have to thank God that I didn’t have the kind of Corpus Christi Sunday that Joanne McPortland had: No procession, no Tantum ergo, no Adoro te devote, no Panis angelicus—that was a given. But I expected at least a couple of reminders of the mystery we were celebrating, the Most [Read More...]

Corpus Christi at my parish in Queens

A few shots from this afternoon.  The priest with the Blessed Sacrament is Fr. Antonin Kocurek who, in addition to serving as an assistant in the parish, ministers to immigrants in our diocese from the Czech Republic. [Read more...]

WSJ: Vouchers breathe new life into Catholic schools

How’s this for a little good news: Chicago Catholic elementary schools saw enrollment increase 3% this year and 1% last year—the first two-year growth spurt since 1965. Greater Boston elementary schools had a 2% bump—the first in 20 years. And Los Angeles, Indianapolis and Bridgeport, Conn., also added desks for the first time in years. [Read More...]

For Corpus Christi: “God in the Streets of New York”

That’s the title of this short, beautiful film produced by Grassroots Films, following a Eucharistic procession through the streets of New York.  Take four minutes and watch. This is Corpus Christi: the Body of Christ. [Read more...]

The way we were: June 8, 1968

One of many heart-rending images captured by photographer Paul Fusco from a window on RFK’s funeral train.  See the gallery here. And check out the full collection of pictures at Magnum Photos. Were we ever that young and innocent? [Read more...]

Transcendent

That’s the only way to describe this stunning picture, from the recent ordination of deacons in Hartford: [Read more...]

Crystal Cathedral’s new name: Christ Cathedral

  Well, that’s simple to remember, isn’t it? Details: The Crystal Cathedral received a new name Saturday: Christ Cathedral. The name for the anticipated central worship space for Orange County’s Catholics came from more than 4,100 submissions, and received the Vatican’s approval in April. The diocese plans to move into its new cathedral next June, [Read More...]

Want to see a deacon ordination?

Behold, the delayed stream of today’s ordination of deacons in Orlando. (FWIW: The processional is one of my favorites: “Out of Darkness,” which I selected for my Mass of Thanksgiving following my own ordination five years ago…) N.B.: The video will only be available for viewing until 11 pm EST on 9 June. I hope [Read More...]

Remembering St. Ephrem, the “Harp of the Holy Spirit”

Today is this great deacon saint’s feast.  I rather like the icon of him, shown above.  Those of us who spend a lot of our time poised over pages of words — or screens of text — can relate.  He has three desks, and too many words to keep track of! A little background on [Read More...]


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