A man in formation writes: “I’m quickly becoming frustrated…I’m bored to death”

The following comment appeared today in a post on married priests.  I’d like to hear what deacon readers think: I am currently in formation for the permanent diaconate.  I have often thought in the back of my mind that, at some point in the not-so-distant future, the door will open wider for a married priesthood [Read More...]

“The church is called to be an equal opportunity critic”

Fr. Frank Pavone looks at the Church’s role in politics in this morning’s Washington Post: The church is called to be an equal opportunity critic. She must have the freedom to challenge all, across political lines, with the Gospel call to repentance. The institutional church in the United States has at times been called “the Democrats [Read More...]

First look: “Les Mis” on the big screen

Fans of the blockbuster musical — you know who you are — will appreciate these shots from the Daily Mail, with the first glimpses of Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean and Russell Crowe as his nemesis Javert.  Others in the cast include Anne Hathaway as Fantine, and Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter as [Read More...]

Study: suicide rate higher among Protestants than Catholics

Details: Religion can influence suicide rates, a new study shows. While data have long shown that Protestants are more likely to commit suicide than Catholics, the relationship remains little understood. The study by Professors Sascha Becker (University of Warwick, U.K.) and Ludger Woessmann (University of Munich, Germany) demonstrates a causal link between Protestantism and suicide. [Read More...]

Why they leave: former Catholics explain — UPDATED

This story first broke in the New Jersey press last week, but is now getting more attention.  The report below is in this morning’s USA TODAY: As part of a survey to understand why they have stopped attending Mass, a few hundred Catholics were asked what issues they would raise if they could speak to [Read More...]

Move aside, Susan Boyle

Must-see video alert! The latest sensation from “Britain’s Got Talent.”  It’s 17-year-old Jonathan Antoine and 16-year-old and Charlotte Jocanelli, performing “The Prayer.” Un.  Real. Or, as Simon Cowell put it:  “Wow.  Wow.  Wow.”  (You’ll need to click thru and watch it on YouTube.  Do.  It’s worth it.) [Read more...]

219 Catholic couples married in mass wedding

It happened in Uganda: Pomp and excitement engulfed Christians of Nebbi Cathedral, in Nebbi Town on Saturday as 219 couples exchanged marriage vows to remain together till death does them apart in a mass wedding. The wedding was organized by Nebbi Catholic diocese and sponsored by friends and well-wishers through St Peters Clever, Mulagu community [Read More...]

Love one another: Christians raise money for atheist to have eye surgery

Wow.   An amazing story from Texas.  H/T to Nancy over at What She Said. Check this out: Patrick Greene says he has always been “treated like dirt” by Christians because of his atheistic beliefs. That recently changed, leaving Greene “completely flabbergasted.”It happened when some Henderson County Christians offered Greene financial assistance with a medical [Read More...]

Poached: Easter egg hunt canceled because of aggressive parents

It was supposed to happen in Colorado.  Not this year, though.  Details: An annual Easter egg hunt attended by hundreds of children has been canceled because of misbehavior last year. Not by the kids, but by the grown-ups. Too many parents determined to see their children get an egg jumped a rope marking the boundaries [Read More...]

Think your parish doesn’t need an app? Think again

The digital world is changing – and fast: For a while now, tech pundits have talked about mobile as the future of computing.  Many non-tech-pundits have responded with skepticism.  Sure, there are a lot of people with iPhones.  But the best web browsing experience is with a desktop computer, right?  And besides, why should we [Read More...]


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