On the road again

  I depart for Pittsburgh later this morning, to give a retreat to the diocese’s deacons and their wives in the scenic splendor of St. Vincent’s Archabbey in Latrobe. (Fifty years ago, my old pastor was a seminarian there, and his spiritual director was a fellow by the name of Rembert Weakland.) I’m looking forward [Read More...]

Will it be grandparents who save the faith?

One woman from Ireland is counting on it.  She’s entrepreneur Catherine Wiley, who has founded the Catholic Grandparents Association, and now bishops around the world are asking her to set up branches in their diocese. Details: Upon returning to her native Mayo, Catherine organised a grandparents’ pilgrimage in Knock in 2006, which 5,000 people attended. [Read More...]

Gallup: American confidence in organized religion at all-time low

Details:  According to a recent Gallup poll, the number of Americans who have faith in organized religion is at an all-time low. Only 44 percent of Americans today have a lot of confidence in organized religion, compared to 66 percent in 1973 when organized religion or church was the highest rated institution in Gallup’s “confidence in [Read More...]

Swing low, sweet flashmob…

Admit it: you have been waiting and WAITING for someone to do a gospel flash mob with “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.”  Haven’t you? Well, the wait is over. The setting: the University of Toronto, last month.  Chancellor David R. Peterson was about to depart after a six-year term. The faculty and students arranged a little [Read More...]

At the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, caring for the things they leave behind

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington has become a magnet for memories, and countless people leave at the wall their own personal tokens of love, gratitude and grief.  Catholic News Service looks at a remarkable corner of the Washington bureaucracy that helps care for these objects, many of which have religious meaning. [Read more...]

The drug dealer who became a monk

A remarkable vocation story from Vancouver, British Columbia: After years of a life of hedonism and drug addiction, he returned to the faith and for about a dozen years now he has been serving as a hieromonk (pastor-monk) in the Ukrainian Catholic Church. Father Taras (Terry) Kraychuk, who currently lives the monastic life in the [Read More...]

The (abridged) history of Western Music, told through “It’s A Wonderful World”

Here’s a fun little palate-cleanser for you, from the fiendishly clever folks at CDZA:  [Read more...]

“Fidelity oaths” spark controversy, resignations in Virginia — UPDATED

Details, from the Washington Post: Kathleen Riley knows her beliefs on the male-only priesthood and contraception put her at odds with leaders of her church. But as a fifth-generation Catholic who went to a Catholic school and grew up to teach in one, Riley feels the faith deeply woven through her. So when her Arlington [Read More...]

When celebrities return to the faith

Following reports that Katie Holmes is joining a Catholic parish in New York City, CNN looks at what happens when the famous are also among the faithful: Joseph Zwilling, the spokesman for the Catholic Archdiocese of New York, couldn’t confirm or deny that Holmes had joined the Church of St. Francis Xavier or any other [Read More...]

So, papa, how do you like the iPad I bought you?

This comes from Germany, but no translation is necessary. [Read more...]


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