Illinois woman seeking to become a deacon

Details, from the Chicago Tribune: Lynne Mapes-Riordan, of Evanston, hopes women will one day serve as Roman Catholic deacons. After 800 years, she could be one of the first. Growing up, she never gave ordination a second thought. But then she learned that, unlike the church’s verdict barring female priests, the question of female deacons [Read More...]

When is a “Catholic” wedding not really Catholic?

When it is performed by this fellow, “Chaplain Bill,” who operates a service he calls “Progressive Catholics & Interfaith Weddings.”   Someone alerted me to his operation after reading this post, about a Catholic priest who assisted at a wedding involving two men. So what, exactly, is the “Progressive Catholics” wedding service?  In a nutshell, it [Read More...]

Report: 11-year-old Christian girl with Down syndrome arrested in Pakistan, charged with burning Quran

Details:  An 11-year-old Christian girl has been arrested and detained on charges of blasphemy for allegedly desecrating pages from the Quran in the Pakistan capital Islamabad. According to a statement released by the President’s office on Sunday, the girl, identified as Ramsha, was accused by a local resident of burning pages of the Muslim holy [Read More...]

NY Times: Some Catholic schools retooling for the wealthy

Details:  Catholic schools have been bleeding enrollment and money for years, and many have been forced to close. But some, like St. Stephen of Hungary, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, have found a way to thrive — attracting a more affluent clientele by offering services and classes more commonly found in expensive private schools. [Read More...]

Does Paul Ryan have a “Catholic problem”?

Ed Morrissey just had to ask:  That question has come at me several times in the nine days since Paul Ryan joined the Republican ticket as Mitt Romney’s nominee — and not meant in the same way that JFK had a “Catholic problem” in 1960.  People wondering about Ryan’s relationship with Catholic voters usually results [Read More...]

Followup: first Mass celebrated at Miami International Airport

You may remember this posting from a few weeks back, announcing weekly Mass at Miami’s airport. A local TV station was there for the first liturgy.  Video below.  (And check out those deacons!) [Read more...]

Mitt at prayer: Mormon reporter covers his trip to Mormon church service—UPDATED

Last week brought us a glimpse at Paul Ryan attending church.  This week, it’s Mitt Romney’s turn.  An interesting item from the New York Times “The Caucus” blog, which posted excerpts of today’s pool report from McKay Coppins of Buzzfeed: “Following an hourlong drive from their Concord, NH hotel, your pool arrived in Mitt Romney’s [Read More...]

On the wedding announcements page: priest assists at same sex wedding?

A wedding announcement in this Sunday’s New York Times: Roger Thomas Danforth and Richard James Termine were married Friday evening in New York. The Rev. David C. Parsons, a Lutheran minister, officiated aboard the Lexington, a chartered yacht, on the East River, with the Rev. Michael DeVito, a Roman Catholic priest and a cousin of Mr. Termine, [Read More...]

First of its kind: New Orleans opens house of discernment for women

Details:  With finger sandwiches, prayers and the good wishes of dozens of visiting nuns, the Archdiocese of New Orleans on Wednesday turned over a vacant Uptown rectory where single women will live together while deciding whether to undertake lives as nuns. Archbishop Gregory Aymond, who dedicated the St. Rita Parish rectory to its new use, said the Magnificat [Read More...]

Olympic swimmer dedicates her medals to Mary

Details, from Catholic News Agency: Spanish swimmer Mireia Belmonte offered her two silver medals from the London 2012 Olympic Games to Our Lady of Monserrat in Barcelona. The 21-year-old – who won silver in the 800 meter free-style and the 200 meter butterfly – posed for a picture before the image of Our Lady of [Read More...]


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