Divine Providence: in Rhode Island, Catholics are coming home

An evangelization effort seems to be paying off, according to the Providence Journal: Mass counts released Thursday by the diocese show that while Mass attendance among Rhode Island’s Catholics grew by a mere 1.9 percent between October 2009 and October 2010, that reversed a decline that had been observed over a number of years, as [Read More...]

Catholic professors slam Boehner: "Your record is at variance from the Church's ancient moral teachings" — UPDATED

It’s not often that a conservative Catholic speaker at Catholic commencement comes in for criticism from Catholics — but that’s exactly what has happened to the Speaker of the House. From the New York Times: House Speaker John A. Boehner, a Republican who grew up in a devout Roman Catholic family in Ohio, is scheduled to [Read More...]

"Love our Lady…"

I’m working my way through St. Josemaria Escriva’s “The Way,” and this jumped out at me this morning — apt thoughts for a deacon, and for this month devoted to Mary: “Love our Lady.  And she will obtain abundant grace to help you conquer in your daily struggle.  And the enemy will gain nothing by [Read More...]

Presbyterians vote to ordain gays as ministers, elders and deacons

Details from the New York Times: The outcome is a reversal from only two years ago, when a majority of the church’s regions, known as presbyteries, voted against ordaining openly gay candidates. This time, 19 of the church’s 173 presbyteries switched their votes from no to yes in recent months. The Twin Cities presbytery, which [Read More...]

Pfleger update: "I'll preach at other churches"

The controversial Chicago priest made a statement about his situation last night. Details from the AP and the Chicago Sun-Times: The Rev. Michael Pfleger, suspended by the archdiocese after suggesting he would leave the church if he is removed from his parish, says he will begin preaching at other churches if he is not reinstated [Read More...]

On IVF: "I believe there is an ethical path a couple can take…"

A father, and committed Catholic, states his case for the Church revising its teaching on in vitro fertilization (IVF).  His story began with a medical mixup, and turned into a moral and ethical quagmire. From CNN: On September 24, 2009, the day Carolyn gave birth to a very loved baby boy, who was immediately turned [Read More...]

"Your Holiness, it is time for women deacons…"

Somehow I missed this when it was published several days ago, but it’s worth a look: an open letter by researcher and author Phyllis Zagano on the thorny issue of women being ordained…not as priests, but as deacons. A snip: I am not writing to argue for woman priests. But you told me many years [Read More...]

"Gotta Share!": a social network musical

Only in New York. The gang from Improv Everywhere breaks into song at a conference — and it’s pretty funny. Keep your eyes peeled for the singing priest! [Read more...]

Newt ready to run

He plans to announce his plans on Wednesday — and two parts of his life will undoubtedly figure prominently in his campaign: his faith and his marriage. From the New York Times: Callista Bisek’s friends from rural Wisconsin were stunned when, well over a decade ago, she confided that she was secretly dating an older, [Read More...]

Arnold and Maria separate

It’s one of those stories where the people involved are so famous and familiar, no last names are necessary. From the Los Angeles Times: Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife, Maria Shriver, have separated, with Shriver moving out of their Brentwood mansion while the two determine the next step in their 25-year marriage. Shriver [Read More...]