Here’s an idea for how to pick the pope…

How about a six-month time out? From today’s Letters to the Editor in the New York Times… To the Editor: My wish for the conclave is very practicable and would not require any adjustments to canon law. Have the cardinals declare a six-month interregnum and return home and ask their bishops to hold open diocesan [Read More…]

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Lest we forget: Christ left the church in the hands of ignorant humans, not angels

That’s one piece of wisdom from an interview by CNS with Nigeria’s Cardinal John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan: If Jesus had wanted a church free of scandal or problems, he would have put it in the hands of angels, not a humanity he loved, said Nigeria’s newest cardinal elector. “If you say the church needs to reform and [Read More…]

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Catholic support for gay marriage growing

That, according to a new poll. From Politico: Among Catholics, 54 percent back same-sex marriage, while 38 percent oppose it, the Quinnipiac University poll found. That’s a jump from December, when Catholic support for same-sex marriage was 49 percent to 43 percent. “Catholic voters are leading American voters toward support for same-sex marriage,” said Peter A. Brown, [Read More…]

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Key bishops oppose Violence Against Women Act

From the Washington Post:  Five key Catholic bishops are opposing the newly authorized Violence Against Women Act for fear it will subvert traditional views of marriage and gender, and compromise the religious freedom of groups that aid victims of human trafficking. The act…signed into law by President Obama on Thursday (March 7), is intended to [Read More…]

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Just what we’ve been waiting for: nuns doing the “Harlem Shake”!

Courtesy Sister Rose.  Check it out below. [Read more…]

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Deacon baptizes man on death row before scheduled execution

From the Georgia Bulletin: Warren Hill received the sacraments of the Catholic Church on Feb. 14, in a confined area near his cell where he was awaiting his execution in five days. Deacon Richard Tolcher, who had been meeting regularly with the 52-year-old and teaching him about prayer, the sacraments and the Catholic faith, baptized [Read More…]

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Notre Dame’s next commencement speaker: Cardinal Dolan

I can’t think of a better choice for the Fighting Irish, can you? From the AP:  Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, considered a longshot to succeed Pope Benedict XVI, will be the principal commencement speaker at the University of Notre Dame in May. As head of the nation’s largest Roman Catholic archdiocese and president [Read More…]

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Could “The American Pope” become the next pope?

In a profile a couple years ago, “60 Minutes” famously referred to Cardinal Timothy Dolan as the “American Pope”  Now, veteran Vatican observer Sandro Magister is taking a serious look at the possibility that Dolan might become THE pope: The mere hypothesis of the election of Dolan is fraught with terror. But Dolan as pope [Read More…]

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And now, a Village People jingle to back Cardinal Tagle for pope…

This has to be a first. Someone has cobbled together a version of “Y.M.C.A” endorsing the Philippines’ young Cardinal Luis Tagle for pope.   [Read more…]

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Making something beautiful in Brooklyn

A Brooklyn landmark is about to get an extreme—and much-needed—makeover. As a local website described it: A historic church in Windsor Terrace, the Holy Name of Jesus Church at 245 Prospect Park West, is receiving a big historical restoration. And as a tipster puts it, “This isn’t just any church overhaul: Holy Name was architecturally [Read More…]

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