About face: Catholic Health Association calls Obama birth control compromise “unworkable”

This is a big deal: Sharpening an election-year confrontation over religious freedom and government health insurance rules, the nation’s Catholic hospitals on Friday rejected President Barack Obama’s compromise for providing birth control coverage to their women employees. The Catholic Health Association was a key ally in Obama’s health care overhaul, defying opposition from church bishops [Read More...]

Ordination update: 14 new deacons for Los Angeles

The story, from The Tidings: “Receive the Gospel of Christ whose herald you have become. Believe what you read; teach what you believe; practice what you teach,” Archbishop José Gomez told 15 deacons ordained June 9 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, as he handed to each of them the Book of [Read More...]

Projection screens growing in popularity

I griped about this trend last year, but it seems to be spreading: On any given Sunday, one can walk into St. Francis of Assisi Church in Colorado Springs and hear the congregation singing. But a closer look reveals that many of those people are not using hymnals. Instead, they’re following lyrics and music projected [Read More...]

Looking for a way to start Sunday’s homily? Here.

You can thank me later. Readings are here. [Read more...]

“The mystery is invisible, no matter which way you turn…”

Benedictine Father Jeremy Driscoll recently discussed changes in the liturgy that followed Vatican II. CNS has the video below. Check it out. [Read more...]

“Is it too much to ask that grown-ups act like grown-ups?”

Over at the NCR Today blog, Heidi Schlumpf notices a trend in the Catholic blogosphere and observes: It is true that the anonymity and immediacy of this new medium makes it easier to engage in behavior many of us would never consider if we had to face the person we were talking to. (As an [Read More...]

Heart afire

“The Sacred Heart is nothing less than an image of the way that Jesus loves us: fully, lavishly, radically, completely, sacrificially.  The Sacred Heart invites to meditate on some of the most important questions in the spiritual life: In what ways did Jesus love his disciples and friends?  How did he love strangers and outcasts?  [Read More...]

Great moments in journalism, Amanpour edition

My blog neighbor and editor Elizabeth has a kick-ass takedown of Christiane Amanpour’s pitiful interview with Sr. Joan Chittister.   You can see the conversation for yourself — best viewed through the fingers over your eyes, when they aren’t in your ears — over at the Te Deum blog. The Anchoress notes: Chittister also allows Amanpour [Read More...]

Ordination update: 8 new deacons in Worcester

The Catholic Free Press has details: What led you to become a permanent deacon? “I like to pay back to God, because he give me more than I need. When I came in America I have nothing in my hand, absolutely nothing. When I escaped from Vietnam to America, I lost my first child and [Read More...]

And a twist of grace

An old colleague and friend — and former boss from CBS News — who lives on Long Island dropped me a note today: Went into the city last night for a retirement party for one of the bartenders who works for the LIRR. He told some good commuting stories. He was working on a train [Read More...]


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