“Always interpret everything in the most favorable light”

Wise words for a Monday morning, from Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh.  It’s something we all need to hear these days: We are called to live love, to reflect that Divine Love we remember in Divine Mercy Sunday. It is a love that calls us to mercy, and that calls us to charity which is [Read More…]

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Something to sink my teeth into

I thought the new header for the blog, shown above, looked familiar, but I couldn’t put my finger on it.  Then it came to me: it’s an awful lot like the title card from a favorite afternoon TV show from my youth: I hadn’t thought about that in years. Curious, I did a little Googling [Read More…]

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How do you like the redesign so far?

We’re tweaking, but let’s drop in on one of our bloggers, who is working with the design team to update her page… [Read more…]

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Pardon our dust

This weekend, you might hear the sound of hammering and sawing, with earth being moved and walls going up.  There’s some construction work going on here at Patheos.  The site is being redesigned, some new features are being installed, and you may stumble upon some sawdust.  My boss Elizabeth says it shouldn’t disrupt things too [Read More…]

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For Holy Week: comments closed

We’re entering one of the Christian calendar’s holiest times — and one of the busiest.  Beginning Thursday, I’ll be involved in nine liturgies over four days. I’m going to turn off comments for the week.  Blogging will be lighter, too. I think a little quiet will do us all good. Meantime, if you’re wondering why [Read More…]

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Fr. Marcel’s statement: “I did the only thing a faithful Catholic priest could do” — UPDATED

From Catholic News Agency: Here are the facts: On Saturday, February 25th I showed up to officiate at a funeral Mass for Mrs. Loetta Johnson. The arrangements for the Mass were also not my own. I wish to clarify that Ms. Barbara Johnson (the woman who has since complained to the press), has never been [Read More…]

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Are blog comments a “joke”?

A good question: In the early days of the Internet, there was hope that the unprecedented tool for global communication would lead to thoughtful sharing and discussion on its most popular sites. A decade and a half later, the very idea is laughable, says Gawker Media founder Nick Denton. “It didn’t happen,” said Denton, whose [Read More…]

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We’ve got “Grace”!

That would be “Seasons of Grace,” the terrific blog by Kathy Schiffer, which has just landed here at Patheos. Face it: How could I not love a blog whose author begins her biography by saying, “Kathy Schiffer is the wife of a deacon…” Let me pull up a chair.  I want to hear more. And [Read More…]

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“Whatever we do, and however strongly we feel, we do it charitably, we do it civilly.  We don’t judge the motives of other people. We just try, in a confident, peaceful, inviting way, to make our position felt, to invite other people to respect it.” — Cardinal Timothy Dolan this morning. Read the whole story. [Read more…]

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From Cardinal Dolan: “We have to be realistic and prepare for tough times…”

From his blog today: The President invited us to “work out the wrinkles,” and we have been taking him seriously.  Unfortunately, this seems to be going nowhere: the White House Press Secretary, for instance, informed the nation that the mandates are a fait accompli (and, embarrassingly for him, commented that we bishops have always opposed Health [Read More…]

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