Slim Tim: Doctor reveals that heavyweight church leader is on a diet

And he’s hoping the cardinal-designate will soon be a lesser man.  Details: Weight-loss guru Dr. Howard Shapiro tells us that Dolan, 61, has dropped approximately 25 pounds since he became a patient at his upper East Side practice in February 2011, and, he adds, he’d like to see the holy man double that figure in [Read More...]

Did they sing this at your parish today?

Given the readings, “Here I Am, Lord” is a natural.  We sang this at my place.  How about you? Here’s one of the prettiest versions I’ve heard, from a boys choir. [Read more...]

A hermitage gets a deacon

This is something a little unusual, and worth noting: a monk ordained a deacon for a small hermitage in Texas. Details: Brother Martin Mary’s first visit to the Mount Carmel Hermitage in Christoval touched his soul. A bright college kid from the Dallas-Fort Worth area with aspirations of attending medical school, Martin Mary spent an [Read More...]

Tebow didn’t win, but his bible verse still scored on TV

Maybe things didn’t turn out Saturday the way Tim Tebow might have hoped. But the gang at Focus on the Family used the big game to run the ad below — which, imho, is a winner. UPDATE: Melinda Henneberger in the Washington Post is less impressed: Though not exactly a Benetton commercial – I think [Read More...]

Dolan, the Big Cheese

As the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers prepare for tomorrow’s big game, it’s worth remembering, whimsically, the colorful headgear worn by a certain archbishop (now Cardinal-Designate) several years back, when he was newly ensconced in Milwaukee. Not everyone was charmed. But the man who would later be dubbed “America’s Pope” proved something: he [Read More...]

Homily for January 15, 2012: 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for readings.] “What are you looking for?” That question at the heart of the gospel is one that some of us need a lifetime to answer.  And the answer can change.  Some of us are looking for a good job, a spouse, a family, a fulfilling career.  Some of us may be looking [Read More...]

A Vatican observer weighs in on Tim Tebow

The director of the “Church and Sport” section at the Pontifical Council for the Laity — yes, there is such a section at the Vatican — has offered a few thoughts on the Tim Tebow phenomenon. From ZENIT: Legionary of Christ Father Kevin Lixey works in the Roman Curia helping the Church make a contribution [Read More...]

Ka-ching: the salaries of clergy

One of the most common questions I get asked from the people in the pews is: “What does the parish pay you?”  The answer: Nada.  Zip. Zilch.  Zero.  I receive no salary from the parish.  I don’t get stipends for Masses, baptisms or weddings, either. Deacons are, in every sense, volunteers.  Our “outside” jobs support [Read More...]

Wouldn’t it be easier just to read it online?

How one man reads a newspaper and turns the pages… H/T New Advent. [Read more...]

Inside The Heights, exclusive school for conservative DC Catholics

The New York Times takes a look at the school where Rick Santorum sent two of his sons: Are your jackets on, boys?” Joe Cardenas inspects his charges in a first-period freshman humanities class, sees that they are all appropriately blazered and standing tall, bows his head and begins the morning Hail Mary: “Hail Mary, [Read More...]


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