SOLT of the earth: son of tribal chieftan ordained to priesthood

And now for something completely different. The Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity  or SOLT (Fr. Corapi’s order) has proudly announced the ordination of its first native priest from Papua, New Guinea. Before the ordination, Fr. Peter Ripa — the son of a tribal chieftan — donned traditional dress, seen below. From [Read More...]

Married priests: a "temporary aberration"

That, according to at least one high-ranking Vatican official: Married priests will be only a temporary aberration within the Anglican Ordinariate, says Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican’s secretary of state. Speaking in an interview in the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore  Romano, and in recently published extracts from his forthcoming book, A Great Heart: Homage to John Paul II, [Read More...]

On bin Laden: Jesus wept

Jim Tighe, a deacon candidate whose brother died on 9/11, offers a very personal, prayerful response to the bin Laden news: As a disciple of Christ, my life is given to his work. It is the work of bringing people into the light, not condemning them to the darkness. Osama Bin Laden was always easy [Read More...]

To life: mother with deadly condition refuses to abort child

And, incredibly, mother and child are both doing well. Details, from the UK’s Daily Mail: A brave mother risked her life and ignored doctors’ advice to terminate her baby after rare pregnancy hormones triggered tumours all over her body and led to a collapsed lung. Donna Hewetson, who also suffered ruptured kidney in her bid [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words — and so true!

A couple of blogs have posted this — h/t Eric Sammons — so I figured I’d join the herd.   Click to enlarge. [Read more...]

Biden's beads

From the New York Times account of the death of bin Laden: “On Sunday afternoon, as the helicopters raced over Pakistani territory, the president and his advisers gathered in the Situation Room of the White House to monitor the operation as it unfolded. Much of the time was spent in silence. Mr. Obama looked ‘stone [Read More...]

New seminary to be named for Blessed John Paul

It will be in Washington, DC, according to CNS: Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington has announced that the new archdiocesan seminary opening for the fall semester will be named for Blessed Pope John Paul II. The seminary, which will be located in Northeast Washington will serve as a college-level pre-theology house of formation, with [Read More...]

"I have finally met the God I had heard about…"

Over at Christianity Today, writer David Weiss offers a searing and poignant glimpse at mental illness — his own — and how it led him more deeply into his faith: I need to remind myself often how fortunate I am to have a loving family that supports me, gifted doctors who understand mental illness, medicine [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“Even as more-mainstream media outlets attempt to downplay blogs and blogging as being a force for nothing much beyond self-promotion, the pope has been ahead of the curve, urging priests, religious and lay folk to embrace social media as a powerful means of evangelization, and a source of Catholic clarity in a very noisy, confused [Read More...]

Peru leader credits Blessed John Paul with bin Laden death

From the AP: Peruvian President Alan Garcia says Pope John Paul II should get credit for the death of Osama bin Laden. The late pope was beatified on Sunday and Garcia says: “His first miracle was to remove from the world the incarnation of evil, the demonic incarnation of crime and hatred, giving us the [Read More...]