UPDATE: Fr. Everett Hemann dies

Some of you may remember this story about the Iowa priest diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and how he preached a message of “finding the joy” in the last months of his life. A reader sent me an e-mail, alerting me that Father Everett Hemann died Tuesday evening.  He was 66. Watch the final interview with [Read More...]

A former priest’s confession: how I ended up drowning in debt

A cautionary tale from financial expert Philip Cioppa — who just happens to be a former priest: Most of you don’t know it, but for 18½ years I served as a Roman Catholic priest. In 2001, I left the priesthood in excellent standing to pursue other avenues in life. When I left however, I was [Read More...]

Kansas law would require churches to host gay weddings — UPDATED

Details – and a grateful H/T to Marcel at Aggie Catholics: Religious liberty groups are blasting a proposed ordinance that would force churches in Hutchinson, Kan. to rent their facilities for gay weddings and gay parties. The Hutchinson City Council will consider adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the protected classes in the city’s [Read More...]

People are amazing: watch this video of a drummer without arms

You have to see this to believe it. This cat’s name is “cornelmunn” and as he notes: “I’m a disabled drummer and thought I would give youtube a go!” [Read more...]

Coming soon: Book of Deacon Saints

The superb deacon artist Lawrence Klimecki is embarking on a series of books illustrating the lives of saints and, according to a recent e-mail, he plans to begin with deacons: What makes these different from other saints books? In addition to a theme common to the saints in each book, I will be looking at [Read More...]

Obama’s “looming confrontation with Catholic activists”

This comes from The Hill, the political paper of record on Capitol Hill: President Obama has seen his standing among Catholic voters, a crucial segment of the electorate, slip in recent weeks, and a looming confrontation with Catholic activists could make it worse. Democrats want voters this year to focus on what they have branded [Read More...]

Give your mom an early Mother’s Day present

Show her this video and tell her “Thank you.” I just loved this.  I think you will, too. [Read more...]

“Test of Fire”: Must-see video for this election year

This says it beautifully. Just watch. And then share it with someone you know. [Read more...]

“The Church cannot not oppose this unjust mandate…”

“This represents an unprecedented intrusion by the federal government to force religious institutions to facilitate and fund a product contrary to their own moral teaching. The mandate purports to define which religious institutions are “religious” enough to merit the protection of their religious liberty. The Church cannot not oppose this unjust mandate. It is a [Read More...]

Awesome video: a little girl grows up before our eyes

Check this out: filmmaker Frans Hofmeester captured the growth of his daughter Lotte from birth to age 12 and put it together in a time-lapse video. [Read more...]


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