First same-sex religious “commitment” ceremony performed by Army chaplain

Details from CNN: A same-sex ceremony between an enlisted woman and a civilian woman on a U.S. Army post last month drew protests from lawmakers Thursday. The “private religious ceremony” took place at Fort Polk in Louisiana in May, post spokesman Scott Stearns said, but he would confirm few other details. Rep. John Fleming, a [Read More...]

Inspiration: one teen’s journey from homeless to Harvard

This just makes you sit up and go “Wow.”  Read on: Dawn Loggins returned from a prestigious academic camp last summer and discovered her parents had abandoned her. So she did the only thing she knew. She adjusted. She went to live with a friend’s mother. She took a part-time job as the custodian at [Read More...]

See you at Spago: Georgia parish sets out to produce faith-based film

While most parishes are busy raising money to fund schools or fix the plumbing, a thriving parish in the Archdiocese of Atlanta is trying to raise funds to produce a movie.   In fact, it bills this as “the first major motion picture from a Catholic parish.” From the Georgia Bulletin: Efforts are underway at [Read More...]

A Corpus Christi homily: “It is astounding to consider what bread can become”

With the Holy Father celebrating Corpus Christ today in Rome, and in anticipation of our own celebration of the feast in this country on Sunday, below is part of my homily for the feast from 2007. +++ When I was young and first living on my own – way back before I was married – [Read More...]

SSPX head: Rome no longer requires group to accept all Vatican II teachings

Details: The leader of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X said talks with the Vatican demonstrate that “Rome no longer makes total acceptance” of the teachings of the Second Vatican Council a condition for his group’s full reconciliation with the church. Accepting the council’s teaching is no longer “a prerequisite for the canonical solution” [Read More...]

“Girls Scouts USA does not have a relationship with Planned Parenthood”

Those are the words of the Girl Scouts’ Catholic CEO, spoken last week in Washington. Details: Girl Scouts of the USA is working with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops “to answer some questions they have,” the organization’s chief executive officer said May 30. Anna Maria Chavez, a Catholic who has been the Girl Scouts [Read More...]

In letter, Cleveland bishop acknowledges “growing disconnect” with priests, seeks to repair rift

Details: Bishop Richard Lennon has sent a conciliatory letter to the priests in the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, acknowledging that his relationship with many of them has deteriorated. In a letter obtained by The Plain Dealer, Lennon wrote to the diocese’s priests on May 21, saying “I have become aware of a growing disconnect between many [Read More...]

“Do this in memory of me…”

Lest we forget: while a lot of people consider these days to be the unofficial start of summer, they also serve to help us as a nation remember sacrifice, and loyalty, and pride.   Almost back-to-back, there’s Memorial Day, the anniversary of D-Day (today, 6 June) and then Flag Day (14 June) and, of course, [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words, Brooklyn edition

Behold: the world’s most beautiful water tower, a wondrous cathedral among the pigeon coops. Read all about it. [Read more...]

“I thought you’d never come back!”

That — or words to that effect — seems to be what this beagle is trying to say. The dog was a puppy when her owner left for Afghanistan, and is now seeing her for the first time in six months. All together now:  “Awwwwwww…” [Read more...]


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