UPDATE: Gay Iowa grad reaches compromise with diocese over scholarship presentation

Details: The gay advocacy organization that provided Prince of Peace Catholic School senior Keaton Fuller with a $40,000 scholarship has prepared a script to be read at a May 20 graduation ceremony with the blessing of Bishop Martin Amos. The diocesan superintendent of schools will read the script but a representative of the Eychaner Foundation’s [Read More...]

What kind of movie can you make using six lines in three minutes?

That was the challenge for filmmakers two years ago, as part of an unusual contest sponsored by Phillips.    It was described thusly: The contest, which received over 600 entries from around the world, invited aspiring filmmakers to create an original short film using the same six-line dialogue as the Cannes Lions award-winning Parallel Lines [Read More...]

Married deacons: it’s okay. You can have sex with your wives.

Somehow, this slipped under the radar a few months back.  There’s been much debate, here and elsewhere, about the canon law requiring all clergy, including married deacons in the Latin rite, to observe continence and abstain from sex. In January, the USCCB issued the following letter to bishops, from Bishop Robert Carlson (Chairman of the [Read More...]

Seminary numbers highest in over 20 years

From NCR: U.S. Catholic seminary enrollment in theology this year is the highest in almost a quarter-century, the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate reported in the spring issue of its quarterly newsletter, The CARA Report. The reported growth in seminarians, however, does not begin to match the growth in the U.S. Catholic population, [Read More...]

BREAKING: Vatican investigating Legion of Christ priests for sexual abuse

Details: The Vatican is investigating seven priests from the troubled Legion of Christ religious order for alleged sexual abuse of minors and another two for other alleged crimes, The Associated Press has learned. The investigations mark the first known Vatican action against Legion priests for alleged sexual assault following the scandal of the Legion’s founder, [Read More...]

Pelosi: my faith “compels me” to support same-sex marriage

Details: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that her Catholic faith “compels” her to “be against discrimination of any kind” and thus for same-sex marriage. A reporter asked Pelosi: “Many of the people that are opposed to gay marriage cite their religion as the reason why they’re opposed. You’re a Catholic that supports gay [Read More...]

Fr. Robert Barron named Chicago seminary rector

Exciting news for the church in Chicago — and for the young men at Mundelein Seminary: Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, has named Rev. Robert L. Barron as the rector/president of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary, effective July 1, 2012.  He had been serving as the Francis [Read More...]

Religious order produces show on Broadway — and it bombs

In fact, it was one of the biggest duds of the Broadway season: a musical version of the 1992 Steve Martin movie “Leap of Faith,” about a con artist turned preacher. The expensive, long-aborning show is closing this weekend, after a very brief run — and this piece in the New York Times dissects what [Read More...]

Encouraging intelligent conversation in the comments

A comment about comments, from the Washington Post: I think the problem with commenters isn’t so much a technology issue as a social one. Somehow we’ve rewarded, or at least learned to tolerate, a world where the drive-by insult is the norm. As we crank up the ease and pace of our “social” interaction while [Read More...]

Keeping it classy: the new cover of TIME

Just what we all want on our coffee table at home. Read more here. Also, a mother explains why she breast-fed for so long in this essay. [Read more...]


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