What defrock?!

This happens with some frequency, so it might be a good idea to look at a term that has become fairly common in the media: “Defrock.” Lately, a few places have used that word, or a variation of it, to describe what was done to that Polish monsignor who announced that he was gay and had [Read More…]

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Who was behind those stories about the pope’s brain tumor?

The Italian media are wondering:  Conspiracy theories worthy of a Dan Brown novel sprouted in the Italian media on Thursday, with accusations that Pope Francis’s enemies were looking to undermine him after a newspaper reported he had a brain tumor.  The Vatican angrily denied Wednesday’s story, calling it irresponsible and inexcusable, but rather than fading out [Read More…]

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From John Paul, a message for our time—and all times

The great pontiff’s feast day is today, and you’ll find this inspiring (and timely) gift in the Office of Readings, from his first homily as pope: The new Successor of Peter in the See of Rome today makes a fervent, humble and trusting prayer: Christ, make me become and remain the servant of your unique [Read More…]

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A Muslim mother offers blessing to her son, a newly ordained priest

Here’s something you don’t see every day: Details: A Muslim mother gave her blessing and support to her son who recently became one of the 11 newly ordained priests from the Societas Verbi Divini (SVD) order in the presence of Archbishop Vincensius Sensi Potokota. Robertus Belarminus Asiyanto, 31, was ordained last Oct. 10 at the [Read More…]

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Synod documents show insufficient support for changes in Communion

View image | gettyimages.com Details from The Wall Street Journal:   Newly released documents show Catholic bishops are unlikely to back Pope Francis’ drive to let church members who have divorced and remarried receive Communion, threatening to set back one of the pope’s signature initiatives. Position papers prepared during a high-profile meeting on family issues indicate conservative [Read More…]

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He’s out: Bishop suspends Polish gay priest

View image | gettyimages.com Not surprising:  A Polish priest who lost his job at the Vatican earlier this monthafter revealing that he is gay and has a boyfriend was indefinitely suspended Wednesday by the church in Poland from performing the functions of a priest. Rev. Krzysztof Charamsa, 43, came out as gay and criticized the Vatican [Read More…]

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Saluting “Back to the Future”—and Biff Tannen, Catholic!

Who knew?  Well, anyone who hasn’t been living in a cave knows that today is a big deal for “Back to the Future” fans. What you may not know is that the iconic villain of the trilogy, Biff Tannen, was played by a devout Catholic, Thomas F. Wilson. He now has his own website, promoting [Read More…]

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Church sign of the month

From some clever Catholics in southern Maryland: [Read more…]

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Meet the Imam who sat next to the pope

Last night, I attended the bi-annual joint Clergy Convocation for the Diocese of Brooklyn— bringing together priests, bishops and deacons for Evening Prayer, fellowship and (of course) a great meal. This year’s after-dinner talk included a panel discussion on the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate. One of the presenters was a young Imam, Khalid Latif, [Read More…]

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Vatican denies report Pope Francis has brain tumor

From Reuters:  The Vatican denied on Wednesday an Italian media report that Pope Francis has a benign brain tumor. “The circulation of entirely unfounded news regarding the health of the Holy Father by an Italian newspaper is gravely irresponsible and unworthy of attention,” chief Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said in a statement. “Furthermore, as [Read More…]

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