SSPX head: Rome no longer requires group to accept all Vatican II teachings

Details: The leader of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X said talks with the Vatican demonstrate that “Rome no longer makes total acceptance” of the teachings of the Second Vatican Council a condition for his group’s full reconciliation with the church. Accepting the council’s teaching is no longer “a prerequisite for the canonical solution” [Read More...]

“Girls Scouts USA does not have a relationship with Planned Parenthood”

Those are the words of the Girl Scouts’ Catholic CEO, spoken last week in Washington. Details: Girl Scouts of the USA is working with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops “to answer some questions they have,” the organization’s chief executive officer said May 30. Anna Maria Chavez, a Catholic who has been the Girl Scouts [Read More...]

In letter, Cleveland bishop acknowledges “growing disconnect” with priests, seeks to repair rift

Details: Bishop Richard Lennon has sent a conciliatory letter to the priests in the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, acknowledging that his relationship with many of them has deteriorated. In a letter obtained by The Plain Dealer, Lennon wrote to the diocese’s priests on May 21, saying “I have become aware of a growing disconnect between many [Read More...]

“Do this in memory of me…”

Lest we forget: while a lot of people consider these days to be the unofficial start of summer, they also serve to help us as a nation remember sacrifice, and loyalty, and pride.   Almost back-to-back, there’s Memorial Day, the anniversary of D-Day (today, 6 June) and then Flag Day (14 June) and, of course, [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words, Brooklyn edition

Behold: the world’s most beautiful water tower, a wondrous cathedral among the pigeon coops. Read all about it. [Read more...]

“I thought you’d never come back!”

That — or words to that effect — seems to be what this beagle is trying to say. The dog was a puppy when her owner left for Afghanistan, and is now seeing her for the first time in six months. All together now:  “Awwwwwww…” [Read more...]

NY Times: Plan B pill may not induce abortion — UPDATED

This will come as news to a lot of us who are pro-life.  But here’s what the Times is reporting: Labels inside every box of morning-after pills, drugs widely used to prevent pregnancy after sex, say they may work by blocking fertilized eggs from implanting in a woman’s uterus. Respected medical authorities, including the National [Read More...]

Ordination update: 11 new deacons for Rochester

From the Catholic Courier: Based on numbers alone, the deacon ordination held June 2 at Sacred Heart Cathedral would qualify as one of the more strikingly positive events in diocesan history. Eleven men were ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Matthew H. Clark. With eight becoming permanent deacons, this was one of the largest such [Read More...]

Pope sends jubilee wishes to Queen Elizabeth

Details: A letter from Pope Benedict XVI to Queen Elizabeth II was read out at a Service of Thanksgiving here in Rome on Tuesday, the final day of celebrations for her diamond jubilee. The Service at All Saints Anglican Church in Rome was attended by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Dean of the College of Cardinals, Cardinal [Read More...]

Egregious Twaddle is here! Awright!

That picture pretty much sums up my feelings right now. The terrific Joanne McPortland (longtime Friend of the Bench and frequent commenter, back when I had such things) is here at Patheos, at long last, with her blog Egregious Twaddle. I’ve been a fan of her twaddling for a while now, and after I read [Read More...]