The “twilight of Christianity” in Iraq

Sad and sobering news, from the New York Times: Iraq’s dwindling Christians, driven from their homes by attacks and intimidation, are beginning to abandon the havens they had found in the country’s north, discouraged by unemployment and a creeping fear that the violence they had fled was catching up to them. Their quiet exodus to [Read More...]

Scholar known for “Death of God” dies

Details: William Hamilton was a tenured professor of church history at a small divinity school in Rochester in April 1966 when Time magazine created a sensation with a cover article featuring some of the ideas he had been writing about for years in journals read mainly by ministers and theologians. In large red type against [Read More...]

Forget the priest, deacon or rabbi: my friend will do the wedding

That seems to be the way things are going, with online ministry services providing more and more instant wedding officiants. From the New York Times: For generations, getting married meant solemnly standing before an authority figure charged with upholding the rules of civil society or religious traditions. But when Amity Kitchen wed Matthew Saucedo in [Read More...]

Here we grow again: more Catholics, priests, deacons, seminarians worldwide

Some good news: The Catholic Church appears to be in good health, with a global increase in the number of faithful, bishops, priests – especially in Asia – deacons and seminarians. The decline of men religious seems to have halted however that of women religious continues, even if contradicted by their growth in Africa and [Read More...]

Splitsville: bowling alleys and churches part company

For the life of me, I can’t remember ever attending a church that had a bowling alley, but evidently it was a big deal for a while in some parts of the country. But that’s changing.  This, from USA TODAY: When Max Carson watched his bride Nancy walk down the aisle at St. Ann Catholic [Read More...]

Burying the last Belgian missionary in Hawaii

Scanning the Catholic press, I don’t think this item got much attention.  But it should have: Sacred Hearts Father Victorian (Stephen) Van den Eynde died on Feb. 11 in a foster care home in Pearl City, the last in a line of Belgian missionaries to Hawaii going back before St. Damien de Veuster, a group [Read More...]

“The Hands of Christ in a Broken World”: great new video on the priesthood

A big h/t to Jim Lackey at CNS, who just posted this gem from Salt + Light. It’s a brief glimpse at what it means to be a priest today.  Just watch. [Read more...]

Catholic radio spreading

And no place is it more prominent than in California: Thanks largely to the fundraising efforts of Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers, San Diego this week became the 26th city in the U.S. to turn on Immaculate Heart Radio. Together with San Francisco 1260 AM and Sacramento 1620 AM, this leaves LA as the only major California city [Read More...]

Pope: Church needs to promote, explain teaching on sexuality

Details, from CNS: Permissive attitudes toward sex, cohabitation before marriage and acceptance of same-sex marriage can damage individuals and are harmful for society, Pope Benedict XVI told a group of U.S. bishops at the Vatican. “It is in fact increasingly evident that a weakened appreciation of the indissolubility of the marriage covenant, and the widespread [Read More...]

On “honoring the communion line”

Last week, the Catholic Standard in Washington posted an editorial on receiving communion — clearly pegged to a story in the news — and it’s worth a read: In his last encyclical letter, “Ecclesia de Eucharistia,” Blessed John Paul II reminds us, “When the Church celebrates the Eucharist, the memorial of her Lord’s death and [Read More...]


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