Better late than never: Ireland to get first permanent deacons

Details, from the Independent: The first married men to be permitted to baptise children and officiate at weddings will be ordained in the Irish Catholic Church next month. The church is looking to deacons to do some of the jobs of the clergy because vocations to the priesthood are at an all-time low. And eight [Read More...]

Answering the call — at a baseball game

From Major League Baseball … a fan with faith. And a phone. [Read more...]

All about Eve

That would be Eve Tushnet, who has just arrived at Patheos with her self-titled blog. As Elizabeth Scalia notes: I think Eve Tushnet’s name became much more widely known in 2010, when the New York Times profiled her, identifying her in the opening graph as that (to them) most exotic of all creatures, a “the celibate, [Read More...]

Embracing poverty: life at the Catholic Worker

What is it like to live and work among the poorest of the poor in New York City? From the Wall Street Journal, here’s a rare glimpse at the volunteers who live at the Catholic Worker: Felton Davis is one of a dozen folks who live and work at Maryhouse and St. Joseph House, East [Read More...]

The joy of sects

Is the Catholic Church becoming little more than a sect? Jamie Manson, a columnist at NCR offers this observation: With its attacks on same-sex marriage, battle against providing adequate health care for women, hostile takeover of LCWR and inquisition into the Girl Scouts, the hierarchy continues to make itself an embarrassing media spectacle in a [Read More...]

Another giant falls: New Orleans paper may cease daily publication

Grim news in the media world: The New Orleans Times-Picayune, which distinguished itself amid great adversity during Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, is about to enact large staff cuts and may cut back its daily print publishing schedule, according to two employees with knowledge of the plans. Newhouse Newspapers, which owns the Times-Picayune, will apparently [Read More...]

New York ordains just one priest — and his first Mass is in Latin

Details: Today Fr. Patric D’Arcy, newly ordained priest of the Archdiocese of New York, celebrated his first Mass - a Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form – amid the Gothic splendor of Blessed Sacrament Church. Many clergy and seminarians were in attendance. A schola performed both chant and polyphony, including Allegri’s Miserere. The website for the Archdiocese [Read More...]

Vatican publishes rules on Virgin Mary sightings

It’s unclear if this is connected to the ongoing investigation into Medjugorje, but it’s an interesting development at the end of the month devoted to Mary. Details: The “Norms Regarding the Manner of Proceeding in the Discernment of Presumed Apparitions or Revelations” have been in use since 1978, but until now had been available only [Read More...]

Chaplain removed for bringing wine into prison

It happened in South Carolina: For a quarter century, Monsignor Ed Lofton has served as one of 86 volunteer chaplains at the Charleston County jail. Bringing calm to inmates and jailers alike is considered essential to his mission. But carrying wine into a facility where alcohol is labeled as contraband hasn’t come without controversy. He [Read More...]

Poll: number of “pro-choice” Americans at record low

Details: A record low 41 percent of Americans call themselves ‘pro choice’ on abortion, with the number sliding among independent voters, a key political group, a Gallup poll released on Wednesday showed. The results of the May poll come as abortion and contraception supporters have come under increasing pressure in Congress and across the United States. “Pro [Read More...]


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