Obama, Palin, Jobs and the Beach Boys enter Bartlett’s—and there’s an app for that

Check it out: The 18th edition of the venerable reference work has just been released, the first for the electronic age and a chance to take in some of the new faces, events and catchphrases of the past 10 years. General editor Geoffrey O’Brien says he has expanded upon the trend set by his predecessor, [Read More...]

“Hungry and You Fed Me”: homilists for the homeless

Looking for preaching ideas for next year?  Look no further. I’m honored and humbled to be a part of this new book,  “Hungry and You Fed Me: Homilies and Reflections for Cycle C,” which collects sermons from a wide range of sources and puts them between covers for the first time, with sales going to [Read More...]

Rising after a fall: a deacon’s ministry to those with spinal cord injuries

With football season here, now is as good a time as any to take a look at the remarkable work being done by a deacon in the sports field — but OFF the field. He’s Deacon Don Grossnickle from the Archdiocese of Chicago, and he is the co-founder of Gridiron Alliance, described thusly: The Gridiron [Read More...]

In the e-mail: on vesting a deacon for his funeral

The following e-mail arrived Tuesday afternoon: On July 31, 2012 one of our deacons, Deacon Thomas Bates died of cancer after a brief illness. Deacon Bates was 63 years old and was ordained on May 24, 2007. I had recently purchased “Ordained to Serve”, Prayers and Blessings for Permanent Deacons, edited by Denis Robinson, OSB. [Read More...]

Gone with the windfall: Margaret Mitchell heir leaves estate to Archdiocese of Atlanta

This is huge, courtesy the Georgia Bulletin:  The Archdiocese of Atlanta has received a substantial gift from the estate of Margaret Mitchell’s nephew, Joseph, including a 50 percent share of the trademark and literary rights to “Gone With the Wind.” The estate of Joseph Mitchell included a multi-million dollar bequest to the archdiocese and the [Read More...]

“Same Call, Different Men”

This sounds like something to put on my “must-read” list.  From U.S. Catholic:  Same Call, Different Men: The Evolution of the Priesthood Since Vatican II presents a comprehensive portrait of the Catholic priesthood in the United States today based on sociological data on 960 priests and interviews with 60 others, both collected in 2009. First the [Read More...]

What St. Therese can teach deacons about the chalice

Last year, I posted an item by Taylor Marshall on the unique relationship between deacons and the chalice, in which he noted: Deacons in all rites and traditions, East and West, are associated with the chalice in the liturgy. Deacons literally “hold the Mystery of Faith” at the minor elevation of the Holy Mass. Whether [Read More...]

Jenny McCarthy’s “Bad Habits”

This little piece of publishing news first made headlines last fall, when literary lioness Jenny McCarthy announced she was taking pen to parchment to write a memoir called “Sinner”: McCarthy said of the new book: “Most young girls in my neighborhood played with Cabbage Patch dolls for fun. I played with Jesus, Mary, and Joseph [Read More...]

How Sargent Shriver planned JFK’s funeral: “He enacted his faith…”

Just in time for Father’s Day, Mark Shriver has published a memoir about his father called “A Good Man.”  At one point, he describes, powerfully and poignantly, how his father planned the funeral for JFK: I firmly believe that Dad’s faith in God gave him the strength and the discipline to orchestrate the funeral events— at [Read More...]

Vatican warns: book by American nun on sexual ethics could cause “grave harm to the faithful”

Details: The Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith warned June 4 that Mercy Sister Margaret Farley’s 2006 book, “Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics,” contains “erroneous propositions” on homosexual acts, same-sex marriage, masturbation and remarriage after divorce that could cause confusion and “grave harm to the faithful.” In a notification signed [Read More...]


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