What’s up with the Jesuits?

Blogger and teacher Matt Emerson poses the question over at the CNN Belief blog:   Is Andrew Garfield, star of films such as “The Social Network” and “The Amazing Spiderman,” considering the priesthood? Last month, paparazzi snapped a picture of Garfield walking as he carried “The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything,” the Rev. James Martin’s insightful overview [Read More...]

Raising Cain: “Why do so many religious people feel they have to attack their brothers in the faith?”

Fr. Dwight Longenecker looks at the phenomenon: One of the most discouraging things about religious life is to witness brothers fighting one another. Why do so many religious people feel they have to attack their brothers in the faith? Because there’s something sick going on within a lot of religious people and religious groups. I [Read More...]

Tony? Is that you?

Fascinating stuff for today, the feast of St. Anthony of Padua: The University of St. Anthony of Padua’s Anthropology Museum, together with a team of international forensic researchers, have attempted to reconstruct the face of St. Anthony using only a digital copy of his skull. Using the latest 3D technology, the researchers worked to recreate [Read More...]

CATO: Catholics Addicted to Outrage

Know anybody like this? Diane at Te Deum laudamus! clearly does: Each of us puts a face on our Catholic faith, for good or for bad, whether it is in person, or online (anonymous or not). We need to convey the hope we have within; not a sense of anger, bitterness, hopelessness and despair.  We [Read More...]

“I wish to allow God to surprise me…”

So I’m here in Illinois, surrounded by cornfields and truck stops, in an oasis of leafy tranquility run by some kindly Franciscan nuns. (The picture above is a stunning window in a small prayer space called “The Canticle Room,” depicting St. Francis’s famous “Canticle of the Sun.”) I’m preaching a retreat to deacon candidates about [Read More...]

Beautiful ways to say “You can make a difference”

From my blog neighbor Tony Rossi:  Today we’re highlighting the top three winners in The Christophers’ 24th Annual Poster Contest for High School Students. Each year, students – grades 9 through 12 – are invited to create a poster that visually interprets the theme, “You Can Make a Difference.” This year’s contest drew over 1,000 [Read More...]

“Don’t set yourself against your Mother!”

I grow weary. I’m weary of the fighting. The name-calling. The ad hominems. The sneers and finger-pointing. I’m weary of the Catholic-against-Catholic warfare that has left too many muddied and bloodied. I’m weary of Catholics hurling accusations at bishops, notably the Bishop of Rome, in an effort to divide the faithful and turn the flock [Read More...]

I’m sure there are tasteful ways to incorporate a newborn baby into a wedding. This isn’t one of them.

In a sling sewn into a wedding gown, being dragged down the aisle by the bride (who is, of course, also the mother). Kathy Schiffer has the scoop.   [Read more...]

The perils of celebrity priests

Over at Catholic Answers, Michelle Arnold has a thought-provoking piece about the perils of celebrity priests.  And she offers a valuable check list with some warning signs: I cannot presume to offer advice to priests on how to avoid the trap of celebrity. I can only leave that to the discernment of the priest and [Read More...]

Intrinsic evil: what the Catholic Church teaches about torture

Over the last 24 hours, in the wake of the Sarah Palin NRA comments, I’ve heard from many Catholics who are evidently unfamiliar with the church’s teaching on torture. Here’s one clear statement, from St. John Paul II, in his 1993 encyclical Veritatis Splendor:    80. Reason attests that there are objects of the human [Read More...]


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