Activists fight new Catholic hospital in Maryland

And they’re arguing that the real issue is the separation of church and state. Details: Opponents say they have not exhausted their options for fighting a proposal to build a Catholic hospital on the grounds of Montgomery College in Germantown, despite approval of the plan last week by the state Board of Public Works. The [Read More...]

Following the Black Sheep Dog down the rabbit hole — UPDATED

I wasn’t planning to re-open this can of worms, but here goes.  I couldn’t help but be shocked by what I discovered late today over at John Corapi’s new website. At the top is the text of his now-infamous farewell to the priesthood — wherein he states, bluntly, “I am not going to be involved [Read More...]

RIP, Clarence Clemons

Let’s face it: we could all use a little dose of awesomeness right about now. Here, then, the awesome Clarence Clemons, with that guy from New Jersey, nearly 30 years ago — all sweetness and youth and rowdy, unstoppable, laugh-out-loud joy.  Crank up the speakers and travel back in time.  Because tramps like us, baby, [Read More...]

For Trinity Sunday: the Sign of the Cross

“This morning, mass began with something that most of us probably take for granted, and hardly think about. We do it so often. It’s the sign of the cross. In the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit. It’s not just a gesture that we use to punctuate prayer. It’s not [Read More...]

Happy Father's Day, Dad

We love you and miss you. 50 years ago: Summer 1961 [Read more...]

Ordination update: 18 new deacons for San Antonio

June is bustin’ out all over — with deacons! Some details, from the local paper: This year’s class of deacons includes men with varied and interesting backgrounds, each with their own unique story of faith. They include a former captain of the swim team of the U.S. Air Force Academy, a former railroad president and [Read More...]

What can an ex-priest do? — UPDATED

With the Corapi news, it’s a question many are asking. A few years ago, Jimmy Akin posted a good and clear-headed summary that, as far as I know, still holds: 1) He can’t celebrate any of the sacraments except for hearing deathbed confessions. It is especially noted that he can’t give homilies. 2) He can’t [Read More...]

Who is Fr. Shawn Ratigan?

The Kansas City Star has done a remarkable job of digging into this headline-making priest‘s early life, including his childhood and years in the seminary: Records from Conception Seminary College in Conception, Mo., show that Ratigan entered the school as a freshman undergraduate in 1996, 12 years after he graduated from high school. And though [Read More...]

Corapi, the morning after — UPDATED

You don’t have to look far to find a lot of wide-ranging reaction to the Big News around the blogosphere. First up, Max Lindenman, who says something a few people have wondered about in e-mails to me: The man is deeply distraught — that much is obvious. I’ll also venture the guess that he’s either [Read More...]

Fr. Corapi speaks: "I'm not going to be involved in ministry as a priest anymore…"

A recorded statement, below … You can also read the text over at his website.  No official statement or reaction yet from his order.  Stay tuned. UPDATE: Elizabeth Scalia has her first reaction to the tape – and it’s similar to my own.  I kept waiting for something, anything, that would point back to God, [Read More...]