Worth a thousand words, Anglican edition

Behold, the 17 new Catholic deacons—soon to be priests—who were once Anglican priests in the UK. They were ordained today for the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. Ad multos annos! UPDATE: This item crackled across the wire yesterday, with news about the ordinariate in the United States: A former Episcopal priest, Matthew Venuti [Read More...]

In 2012, everything is a big production

Did we even have normal lives before YouTube and Vimeo? We’ve had wedding processions go viral, and “Thriller” dances at weddings become worldwide phenomena.   Sometimes, entire cities have gotten into the act. Now another entry in the “Can you top this for sheer video exhibitionism?” sweepstakes: a marriage proposal that includes everything—tossed flower petals, [Read More...]

Priest charged with abuse now works for the TSA in Philadelphia

Details, from the New York Daily News: A Catholic priest removed from the ministry ten years ago for sexually abusing young girls has found another job — with the TSA. Thomas Harkins, once a priest at churches throughout South Jersey, now works as a TSA supervisor at the Philadelphia International Airport, CBS Philly reports. He was [Read More...]

“Rome sees the Eastern Catholic Churches in America as essentially inconsequential”

That’s the bitter assessment of one Ruthenian Catholic priest, and it provoked an interesting essay in First Things on a subject we in the Latin Rite don’t hear about very much: Gathered for their ad limina, Eastern Catholic bishops from the U.S. were addressed last week by Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, [Read More...]

Kennedy widow: “It would be impossible to unravel my faith from the other aspects of my life”

She delivered the controversial commencement speech at Boston College today. Details: Victoria Reggie Kennedy called on Boston College law graduates Friday to seek change and justice by uniting people, invoking a practice she said her late husband Edward M. Kennedy embraced as a senator for 46 years. Kennedy did not touch upon how another Catholic [Read More...]

Homily for May 27, 2012: Pentecost Sunday

[Click here for the readings] If you had to name one of the most quoted speeches of the 20th century, one near the top of any list would be the inaugural address of John F. Kennedy in 1961, with his call: “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do [Read More...]

April 3, 33

According to some geologists, hat may be the date when Jesus was crucified. And here’s how they know: The International Geology Review investigated an earthquake that was said to have occurred the same date as Jesus’ crucifixion; which was most likely Friday April 3, 33 A.D. In Gospel of of Matthew, Chapter 27 says: “And [Read More...]

Ordination update: 29 new deacons for Peoria

It just may be one of the largest classes in the country this year, and the Catholic Post has details: In the moments before his ordination to the permanent diaconate last Saturday, Deacon Tom Gainey lay face down on the floor of St. Mary’s Cathedral with 28 of his classmates. As the assembly that filled [Read More...]

This changes everything: a revolutionary ketchup bottle

Memorial Day cookouts may never be the same, if this sucker ever gets into the marketplace. [Read more...]

“It is something glorious”

That is how one woman described the historic celebration earlier this month, marking the first African priest ordained for the Diocese of Palm Beach. Read more: Leonard Dim wiped away tears as he witnessed his first-born son, Leonard Onyeukwu Dim, receive the sacrament of holy orders and become the first African priest ordained for the [Read More...]


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