A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose is a rose is a rose…

Ten thousand of them, in fact.  Below is a snapshot from the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe in Orlando, which every year celebrates both Mary and all mothers will memorial roses on Mother’s Day.  They often stay in bloom and in place for two or three weeks after the [Read More...]

How New Yorkers say “Thank you, Mom”

If you somehow missed Mother’s Day, it’s not too late to say “Thank you, Mom.”  Check out how these New Yorkers did it. [Read more...]

Catholic Worker stages protest at Obama headquarters in Chicago

Details: Dozens of demonstrators dashed into the Loop building housing President Barack Obama‘s campaign headquarters this morning, slipping past security guards and running up escalators as they kicked off what they called a “Week Without Capitalism.” Eight protesters were led out in handcuffs about half an hour later after they refused to clear the lobby. They [Read More...]

Judging a bookstore by its covers

My blog neighbor Nancy French visited a bookstore in Tennessee the other day and got an eyeful: There, right next to the nice Civil War section (this is Tennessee, after all) is apparently a “sexuality” section, showing various sexual positions in plain view.  And when I showing, I mean showing. One book promised to make this [Read More...]

My pastor, the bishop

Two weeks ago, the Pope named two new auxiliary bishops for the Diocese of Brooklyn. Now, we’ve learned, one of them will be the new pastor at my parish. He’s Msgr. Paul Sanchez — shown above, concelebrating Mass with Brooklyn’s Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio. From his biography: The Most Reverend Paul Sanchez was born November 26, [Read More...]

Satan’s address to the graduates

You may remember this post, announcing that the Prince of Darkness would be speaking at a small Jesuit university.  The text of his remarks is below.   DGK +++ Thank you. (loud applause) Thank you all very much. Thank you, Fr. Despereaux. Please, folks (continued applause), please be seated. A little restraint every now & [Read More...]

Christ’s message to bloggers: “Love one another.”

“Love one another,” says Jesus. That means loving people, not judging them. That means bearing with them when we disagree with them, not attacking them at the slightest hint of a difference of opinion on church teaching. That means giving them the benefit of the doubt, not jumping down their throats when you think they’ve [Read More...]

“With each ‘The Blood of Christ’ I spoke, my heart grew more glad…”

Last week, I swapped emails and had a great phone conversation with the husband of Marcia Morrissey — that would be Ed Morrissey, the blogging genius behind Hot Air. Ed wrote me yesterday to share some happy news: he’d just served for the first time as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. Great!, I said. [Read More...]

Cardinal Dolan on “The Law of the Gift”

The Catholic University alumnus spoke to its graduating class this weekend: Just six days ago, Pope Benedict XVI, in addressing bishops from Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming, spoke warmly of Catholic education here in the United States, and of the need of our Catholic colleges and universities “ . . . to reaffirm their [Read More...]

First TIME, now Newsweek

The weekly newsmagazines have lost their collective minds.  TIME magazine offered us this jaw-dropper last week.  And now, Newsweek ups the ante. Tina Brown, editor of Newsweek, is quoted here as saying “Let the games begin.”  What’s next? [Read more...]


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