For priests: “Fall in love, stay in love, so love decides everything”

My pal Deacon Jim Keating was pleased to see the new deacons of Omaha featured here yesterday, and wondered if I could give a plug to Creighton University’s stellar Institute for Priestly Formation. Happy to! I know a couple guys who are there now—including Jeremy Canna, who spent his pastoral year at my parish.  For [Read More...]

Vatican: “Father Pavone is not now nor has ever been suspended”

That’s the statement being put out by Priests for Life: We are happy to announce that the Vatican has upheld Father Frank Pavone’s appeal and has declared that Father Pavone is not now nor has ever been suspended. Father Pavone remains a priest in good standing all over the world. We were confident all along [Read More...]

Closed Cleveland churches prepare to reopen

Details, from the Cleveland Plain Dealer: Cleveland Catholic Bishop Richard Lennon is expected to announce the appointments of up to five pastors Wednesday as he moves forward toreopen 11 mothballed churches. The bishop had said last month that he hoped to have all 11 — most of them closed for more than two years — [Read More...]

RIP, Nora Ephron

  Sad news for all writers, journalists, movie lovers and people who couldn’t get enough of “When Harry Met Sally” and “Sleepless in Seattle”: Nora Ephron, the writer and director of American film classics such as “When Harry Met Sally” and “Sleepless in Seattle,” died today at the age of 71. Ephron died in a [Read More...]

Ordination update: 12 new deacons in Omaha

This happened in May, but I just got the first pictures today. Details: A deacon is called to be a sign of the Catholic Church’s permanent availability to the servant mysteries of Christ, which are embodied in such things as the spiritual and corporal works of mercy, said Deacon James Keating, director of the permanent [Read More...]

Woman sues over alleged abuse by Fr. Thomas Euteneur

Interestingly, Euteneur himself is not named as a defendant.  But this item was posted today on the website of Courthouse News Service: A Roman Catholic priest “kissed (a woman) on all parts of her body” during a so-called “exorcism” session, and “frequently explained full, passionate kisses as ‘blowing the Holy Spirit into’ her,” the woman [Read More...]

Historic: Queen Elizabeth visits a Catholic Church in Ireland

From Sky News: For the first time, the Queen has stepped inside a Roman Catholic church on the island of Ireland in what is being seen as a hugely symbolic moment. It came as she visited the town of Enniskillen – the scene of one of the worst atrocities of The Troubles – during a [Read More...]

The Life of Christ staged in prison: Jesus is a robber, and the devil is a rapist

Imagine the life of Christ told by inmates in jail — and you will have the astonishing production recently staged in Louisiana’s State Penitentiary in Angola.  NPR has more: The Life of Jesus Christ featured 70 inmates, men and women acting together for the first time — in costume, with a real camel, performing for [Read More...]

Fergie: good Catholic girl

Or so it seems, according this item: The Black Eyed Peas singer and her husband Josh Duhamel tend to enjoy low key weekends, thanking God for all he has given them rather than partying their nights away. Fergie told UsMagazine.com: ”On Saturday nights, we like going to mass, then dinner. ”It feeds our spiritual side, and it’s great [Read More...]

This ONE won

Periodically, when people hear I’m the Executive Editor of a Catholic magazine, they ask me which one. “ONE,” I reply. “Right,” they’ll say.  “But WHICH one?” And then we’re off to an Abbott and Costello routine. If anyone really wants to know WHICH one, it’s THIS one: ONE (shown above,) published by CNEWA.  At the [Read More...]


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