Think you don’t need sunscreen? Think again

Just in time for summer: take a look at the shocking full-face picture here, and read the account in the New England Journal of Medicine of the 69-year-old truck driver shown above: Ultraviolet A (UVA) rays transmit through window glass, penetrating the epidermis and upper layers of dermis. Chronic UVA exposure can result in thickening [Read More...]

Let’s talk: Muslim-Catholic dialogue

Details: The 13th annual West Coast Muslim-Catholic Dialogue continued its study of sacred texts with presentations on the prophets Hud and Habbakuk as well as a joint discussion on the qualities of the believer in Islam and Catholicism. The meeting was held at the Center for Spiritual Development in Orange, California on May 22-23. Bishop [Read More...]

“What to make of Vice President Biden?”

That’s how Michael Gerson begins this surprisingly sympathetic piece in this morning’s Washington Post, and he adds: Sometimes he is gaffe-prone comic relief. Sometimes he is the possessor of the worst geopolitical judgment in Washington — as when he opposed the Osama bin Laden raid or advocated the partition of Iraq. And sometimes he seems [Read More...]

LCWR says Vatican report “unsubstantiated…flawed…lacked transparency”

The group released a statement this morning, which is reproduced below in its entirety from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious website: The national board of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) held a special meeting in Washington, DC from May 29-31 to review, and plan a response to, the report issued to LCWR by [Read More...]

Where to get your free donuts on National Donut Day

Those intrepid journalists at TIME magazine have performed an invaluable national service by reporting on this vital issue: Today is National Doughnut Day. What, you didn’t know the first Friday in June was National Doughnut Day? Now you do. More importantly, now you can find out which doughnut chains around the country are doling out [Read More...]

Why should you go to Mass? Here are some reasons

Below, a very effective video from the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. [Read more...]

Priest suspended for leading breakaway parish — UPDATED

Details: The Rev. Robert Marrone has been suspended from priestly ministry for disobeying an order by Cleveland Catholic Bishop Richard Lennon to remove himself as pastor of a breakaway congregation, according to a letter the priest wrote to his followers. Marrone and his congregation, the Community of St. Peter, broke away from the diocese to set [Read More...]

“This is the real war on women”

That’s how one Republican described the vote this afternoon that will not ban abortions based on sex selection: The House on Thursday fell short in an effort to ban abortions based on the sex of the fetus as Republicans and Democrats made an election-year appeal for women’s votes. The legislation would have made it a [Read More...]

Mary’s journey: a homily for The Visitation

For the Feast of the Visitation, here’s a portion of my homily from 2007 from the Solemnity of the Assumption, which used the same gospel reading. +++ The gospel today begins with a journey. “Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste…” This time of year, I think, a lot of us [Read More...]

“It’s a hit piece in the service of another agenda”

Mark Shea, as usual, cuts right to the heart of the matter concerning this report about Cardinal Timothy Dolan in the New York Times: There is much dudgeon the article. There is no dudgeon–none whatsoever–about the fact that exactly the same tactic is used to get rid of pervy public school teachers. This, and the lionization of [Read More...]


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