Just desserts: Let them bake cake—or not

Over at First Things, Elizabeth Scalia wades into the conscience wars over providing (or not) various services to gays: The question is no longer whether couples may marry, but whether a baker may refuse to sell them a wedding cake on the strength of his religious or moral conscience, without risking a lawsuit. Anyone can [Read More...]

Hey, it’s the pope!

John Allen in today’s Boston Globe offers some examples of what can only be called the Franciscan style: Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York is a member of a Vatican council that oversees the Synod of Bishops, a summit of Catholic prelates from around the world. The council meets every so often in a building a [Read More...]

Happily ever after: when a Catholic wedding takes place behind bars

From Carol Glatz at CNS comes this great heart-tugger of a story:  Even a jailed inmate can have a fairytale, Catholic wedding. The Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, ran a lovely story of one couple’s journey of preparation for the sacrament of marriage. It’s not your typical scenario: the couple had been together for 27 years, had [Read More...]

Wheel faith: Miami bikers raise funds for Catholic charity

 Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski sports his custom riding vest – a gift from the Florida Knights of Columbus group, Knights on Bikes – as he stands beside his Harley Davidson motorcycle before the start of the Poker Run. Photo: Tom Tracy/Florida Catholic First, Pope Francis auctioned off a Harley.  Now this. From Florida Catholic:  Computer [Read More...]

“Pope Mary and Pope Martha”

My blog neighbor Fr. Dwight Longenecker has a great insight into the two men in white now living at the Vatican:  Together, Mary and Martha represent prayer and action, and both are needed for the Gospel to move forward. Now at this crucial time in human history, the Church offers in these two living popes [Read More...]

Best description of Seattle. Ever.

Hot on the heels of last night’s less-than-cliffhanger Super Bowl, a much-too-gleeful Washingtonian (Mark Shea) captures the essence of his hometown with a sentence that will bedazzle and bewilder.  This will infuriate Broncovians, delight Seattle-ites, and leave in a stupor anyone who even attempts to diagram it. Behold: Here in the land of gentle whale [Read More...]

“There will always be those who reject truth; we need to make sure it isn’t our growling teeth that causes them to flee…”

I stumbled across this in a blog post by Diane Korzeniewski, about celebrated preacher Fr. Bill Casey, and it hit me between the eyes: Some mistakenly think that I am against pointing out problems facing Catholics, or among the members of the Church, or even confronting people with error.  That’s not the case.  What I [Read More...]

Sister tact: advice from a nun on how to keep peace in meetings

Here’s something you don’t see every day: a piece on corporate behavior and politics … by a religious sister. Details:  Thirty years ago, I became a Catholic sister as one way to live out my desire to make the world a peaceful place. Almost immediately, I ran into heartbreak. At age 30, I thought I [Read More...]

“My wife and I are atheists but our daughter wants to be baptized Catholic…”

With a H/T to Fr. Duffy, here’s a remarkable testimony, in London’s The Guardian:  Our little girl…has made a life-defining decision by herself. I couldn’t be more proud of her. But I cannot deny that what she said to my wife and I stopped us briefly in our slightly smug, religiously disinterested, bleeding-heart liberal tracks. [Read More...]

Thomas Aquinas on correcting bishops

Some insightful and important words from Diane over at Te Deum laudamas:  If all of us spent as much time with our noses in the Summa as we do perusing Catholic commentary about current events, we might actually become holy witnesses for the faith.  Some of what is out there is downright disturbing and a danger to [Read More...]