Best. Catholic. Wedding. Video. Ever.

A couple months ago, FOTB (Friend of the Bench) Paul Morisi—Coordinator of Adolescent and Young Adult Faith Formation for the Diocese of Brooklyn—got hitched. He’s just posted a video of that happy event. And it’s glorious. This is a must-see. Full of romance, sentiment, joy and—really—faith. If this doesn’t brighten your Monday, nothing will. Congratulations, [Read More...]

Husband, father, deacon—and soon, a priest

From  Thirteen years ago Jim Cardosi’s wife, Cindy, discovered she had little time left to live. In 2002 she experienced symptoms resulting from a neurological illness that by 2005 would be identified as frontotemporal dementia or Pick’s Disease, which Cindy developed in her mid-40s. She required full-time care, so Jim retired from the military. [Read More...]

Ahead of the Synod, proposing a change for the Sacrament of Penance

From Chiesa in Italy, come details of one theological proposal that would not permit communion for the divorced and remarried, but would extend sacramental grace: The author is the Dominican theologian Thomas Michelet, of the theological faculty of Fribourg, Switzerland.Fr. Michelet’s proposal is to institute an “ordo paenitentium” for those who find themselves in a persistent [Read More...]

Minnesota gets a married priest

Details:  Vaughn Treco, a married man, grandfather of two and former Anglican priest, has received the approval of Pope Francis to be ordained to the Catholic diaconate and priesthood in early May. His ordination as a Catholic priest who is married is allowed as an exception to the normal requirement for celibacy. Upon ordination, Treco [Read More...]

Pope Francis on the crisis of marriage: “Let us not be afraid to invite Jesus and Mary to the marriage feast”

Details from Vatican Radio:  Pope Francis appealed for equal pay for equal work today, calling compensation disparity a “pure scandal”. The Holy Father made his remarks during the course of his catechetical reflection on marriage and family at his weekly General Audience in St. Peter’s Square on Wednesday. In discussing the causes of family dissolution, [Read More...]

Just another typical Catholic wedding—complete with gunshots

My traveling companion and blog neighbor Marge Fenelon captured on video a particularly lively part of the Greek Catholic Melkite wedding in Jordan I wrote about last week: the entrance of the bride and groom. You have to see this. And listen for the gunshots. That moment almost gave me a coronary. A Melkite deacon reader, after [Read More...]

Pittsburgh eliminates fees for marriage annulments

Welcome news. Let’s hope this is the beginning of a trend. Details:   The Diocese of Pittsburgh has eliminated fees for annulments in keeping with comments by Pope Francis that the church should make it easier for some divorced Roman Catholics to remarry and receive other sacraments. “My staff and I have long dreamed of [Read More...]

After being suspended for sham gay marriage, priest is reinstated

Details:  A Catholic priest suspended for ‘marrying‘ an immigrant to help him stay in the UK has been reinstated. Father Donald Minchew was removed from his position at St Mary’s Catholic Church and as leader of Croydon Ordinariate a year ago after admitting entering into a civil partnership with Pakistani national Mustajab Hussain. In a letter sent [Read More...]

Martin O’Malley on being Catholic and supporting gay marriage

The possible Democratic candidate made his remarks in an interview with The Des Moines Register. See video. Footnote: The former governor of Maryland conveniently overlooks the Catholic church’s teaching on this particular issue: If it is true that all Catholics are obliged to oppose the legal recognition of homosexual unions, Catholic politicians are obliged to do [Read More...]

Historic: first married couple to be canonized together

From Zenit:  Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, informed recently that the parents of Saint Therese of Lisieux – Louis and Zelie Martin –, will be canonized this October, coinciding with the Synod on the Family, which will take place at that time in the Vatican. Thanks be to [Read More...]