Cardinal Burke: five years on, work remains to make Latin Mass accessible

Five years ago today, 7 July 2007, the pope issued an apostolic letter expanding the use of the Tridentine Mass.  Now a leading advocate for that Extraordinary Form of the Mass is sizing up the success of that effort so far. Details: Five years after Pope Benedict XVI lifted most restrictions on celebration of the [Read More...]

Political discourse in 2012: #!*&%$!

The soaring rhetoric of ages past has crashed to earth. From the AP: What the $?&(! is going on with our politicians? The mayors of New York and Philadelphia and the governor of New Jersey let loose with a few choice vulgarities over the past two weeks in otherwise G-rated public settings, including a town-hall [Read More...]

From helmets to hardhats: the war veterans who are building the new World Trade Center in New York

This is inspiring, moving and just great. [Read more...]

“It’s like planning a wedding in six weeks with 2,000 guests”

That’s how one person involved described the process of putting together the installation of the new archbishop of Denver. Details: Among the summer’s most pressing questions: how long does it take to move a processional of 400 priests and deacons, up to 50 bishops and as many as four cardinals the length of two city [Read More...]

Melinda Gates on her Catholicism, and contraception

She speaks to CNN’s Sanjay Gupta below: Details from CNN: Responding to simmering controversy among Catholic bloggers about her new birth control program, Melinda Gates — a practicing Catholic — said she will not shrink from her role as an advocate for poor women. “Part of what I do with the (Gates) Foundation comes form [Read More...]

Cardinal Schonborn on Medjugorje

Cardinal Christoph Schonborn gave a wide-ranging interview recently to Our Sunday Visitor. A snip: OSV: Your decision to accompany pilgrims to Medjugorje has surprised some people, especially given the statements coming out of the local diocese and Rome that have questioned the authenticity of the apparitions. Could you give us some insight into how you [Read More...]

Atheist sues restaurant, charges discrimination over discount for diners who bring in church bulletin ad

Seriously? Yeah: A Manheim Township man [near Lancaster, PA] has filed a discrimination complaint against a Columbia restaurant that offers a 10 percent discount for diners who present a church bulletin on Sundays. John Wolff, who is an atheist, filed the complaint with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission against Prudhomme’s Lost Cajun Kitchen in Columbia. [Read More...]

Benny takes a break

So the pope is on vacation for a few weeks.  Looking over pictures of some of his recent vacations… …I can’t help but think he would just love to put on some flip flops and a bathing suit and cut loose. The gentleman above, btw: 93-year-old barefoot water skier George Alfred Blair. Enjoy the break, [Read More...]

“You can find love just about anywhere!”

This shot was taken by my goddaughter in Arizona, during her morning walk: I have a 3 mile route each morning here on the high desert. Mostly lots of rabbits and an occasional snake along the way. I thought this proves that you can find love just about anywhere! Someone made quite an effort on [Read More...]

Chaplains adjust to repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

Details: Col. Timothy Wagoner [shown above] has been an Air Force chaplain for 20 years, serving a denomination — the Southern Baptists — that rejects same-sex relationships. Yet here he was at the chapel he oversees, watching supportively as an airman and his male partner celebrated a civil union ceremony. “I wouldn’t miss it,” Wagoner [Read More...]