A corner of the U.S. where the Church is growing

It’s in Florida: For years, Cathy Cardinal was a spiritual pilgrim, filing into government offices in Viera to take Holy Communion while praying alongside her fellow believers for a permanent place to worship. “After a while, the government building got too small for what we needed. It was confusing for a while, but we were [Read More...]

It’s official: Crystal Cathedral is Catholic

Or, at least, legally it is.  It’s now owned by the Catholic Church.  Details: The Crystal Cathedral, one of the nation’s best-known Protestant churches, is now owned by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange. Escrow closed Friday afternoon on the $57.5 million court-ordered sale, the diocese said. The congregation led by Robert H. Schuller and [Read More...]

Say it ain’t so: church where Babe Ruth was baptized being sold

An era is ending: A renowned city architect designed St. Peter the Apostle Church 170 years ago. Irish laborers dug the foundation by hand, donating their labor to build it. And its early parishioners spared no expense in adorning their house of worship. They installed an elaborate white marble altar, with a life-size statue of [Read More...]

For crying out loud: a pastor’s message to parents

I wrote about this issue last summer.  And I noticed today that a Queens pastor I know has taken the bull by the horns (or the baby by the diaper) and posted this on his parish’s Facebook page: One of the things we try hard here is to create a welcoming and child friendly atmosphere [Read More...]

Pensacola’s oldest church named minor basilica

The announcement was made earlier this week: Pensacola’s oldest Catholic church has been designated one of the nation’s 72 minor basilicas under an order by Pope Benedict XVI. The parish of St. Michael the Archangel, which traces is roots to the 16th century exploration of Northwest Florida, was canonically established in 1781. The current church [Read More...]

A “seismic shift” in Catholic America

Some perspective on what is happening in Philadelphia and elsewhere: From Philadelphia to Newark, N.J., New York to Boston, Cleveland to Chicago to Detroit and beyond, the church of the immigrants is going the same route as the old industrial America of our forebears. The huge plants — churches, schools and parish halls — markers [Read More...]

Another jaw-dropping church renovation

See below… and read the story behind it here. Love it or hate it, you have to admit: it’s a dramatic difference.  I’m reminded of something Fr. George Rutler said a couple years ago, when  I had the privilege of meeting him and serving as a deacon at his gorgeous Church of Our Saviour, in [Read More...]

Out of bounds: “The notion of a stadium so close to this historic building is not comforting…”

There are concerns now being raised about the proposed locations for a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings: Two proposed new stadium sites for the Minnesota Vikings professional football team, especially one only 300 feet from the Catholic Basilica of St. Mary, have the church’s rector “very concerned.” “I can’t imagine how our thousands of [Read More...]

Here come the Anglicans: details on America’s first ordinariate

This broke while I was away from my desk, in the middle of the Sunday Marathon of Masses, but Rocco has all you need to know: In an unprecedented Sunday announcement — a significant sign of Rome’s degree of seriousness about the effort — the Vatican’s press bulletin gave official word of the erection of [Read More...]

“God’s igloo”: Germans build Catholic church made of ice

I shudder to think what baptisms would be like. Details: A church built entirely of ice and snow has opened in Bavaria — a century after villagers first built a snow church in an act of protest. The church at Mitterfirmiansreut, near the Czech border, is more than 65 feet in length and boasts a [Read More...]


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