Catholic Church donates to repair National Cathedral

This “national church” commands the highest point in Washington and remains a significant spiritual and historical landmark — and so the Archdiocese of Washington is pitching in to help repair some of the damage from last month’s earthquake: The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington is donating $25,000 to help repair the Washington National Cathedral, which sustained [Read More...]

Beware of sharp notes from the choir

What does a priest do if he wants to build a church, but no one will let him?  In Russia, one priest found a unique answer: an inflatable chapel. Details: It is the idea of the Catholic parish priest of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsk, Father Krzysztof Kowal, who having failed to obtain permits and funding to build a [Read More...]

Do you still have to attend Mass during a hurricane? — UPDATE

A friend from my parish called, wondering if there was any policy about Mass and bad weather, or if any of the three dioceses in our region had issued a statement on Hurricane Irene. Here’s what I found. All three have  statements on their websites from their respective bishops. From Nicholas DiMarzio in Brooklyn: “In [Read More...]

Shaken: quake damage at cathedral worse than first reported

The National Journal reports: The original reports of the damage were fairly dismissive. Talking Points Memo did a slide show of damage to buildings in the D.C. area, and led with three pictures of tiny pieces of rubble on the front steps. The sarcastic captions read, “See it?” and “Look closely; it’s there,” and have [Read More...]

Trying to save lives with "Operation Ceasefire"

A California initiative is seeking to stem the tide of gang-relateed violence, and churches are now playing a role. From Catholic San Francisco: Hugo Chavez was shot four times, falling to the ground in his gravel driveway, while his younger brother drank beer in the back garden on a jasmine-scented July night in East Palo [Read More...]

Crystal clear: diocese issues statement on cathedral bid

“The prevailing goals are to see creditors satisfied, adequately provide for all constituents and stakeholders, and accommodate the Diocese of Orange’s need for a new cathedral, while respecting the CCM ministry and its legacy. It is the Diocese’s intention to safeguard Rev. Schuller’s cherished landmark from potential commercial development or general purpose uses. ‘This sanctuary [Read More...]

Diocese of Orange increases its offer for Crystal Cathedral

Despite recent reports indicating that the fabled megachurch isn’t for sale, the Diocese of Orange has upped the ante, and raised its bid. Details: Chapman University and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange appear to be the front-runners to buy the bankrupt Crystal Cathedral, although a new suitor has emerged, according to documents filed in [Read More...]

Dwindling church attendance? Where?

Not in one corner of Texas, where this huge new church is opening.  Details: An average of 1,200 people have packed weekend Masses at St. Jerome Catholic Church in recent years, testing the modest structure completed 35 years ago. At the time, it was suitable for this rural congregation southeast of San Antonio. With 3,700 square [Read More...]

What's the worst church innovation of the last 50 years?

How about “crying rooms”? From All Things New: But is a crying baby really such a problem that it demands its own special room? Clearly, some priests think so. I once heard of a priest who would interrupt mass—smack in the middle of the Eucharistic Prayer—if a baby started to howl. He’d wait until the [Read More...]

Pastor: Crystal Cathedral not for sale

The Catholic Diocese of Orange submitted a bid last week — in cash, for  $50 million — but it seems the place is no longer on the market. From the Orange County Register: The Crystal Cathedral, Orange County’s iconic megachurch built by Robert H. Schuller, is not for sale, Sheila Schuller Coleman, senior pastor of [Read More...]


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