In the email: “I’m the Catholic Deacon who married Tig Notaro…”

You may remember this story from over the summer: Catholic deacon presiding at lesbian wedding in Mississippi?  It was about stand-up comedian and breast cancer survivor Tig Notaro: Her family is completely on board, including the Catholic deacon cousin who’s agreed to marry them. “They’re like, This is going to be the biggest thing to hit the [Read More...]

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Things you should know about Catholic weddings—but probably don’t

Marking her anniversary yesterday (congrats!), Simcha Fisher today calls up some memories of her own nuptials, and points to this very good piece at the USCCB website, which shatters a few popular myths about Roman Catholic weddings: In some traditions, at the conclusion of the procession into the Church, the presiding minister may ask, “Who [Read More...]

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Can we do better than just “Pre-Cana”?

I think most thoughtful Catholics would say “Yes.” And some bishops at the Synod seem to agree. From National Catholic Register: Could marriage preparation by itself become a thing of the past for couples approaching the wedding altar? The idea of a “marriage catechumenate” — a period of formation for marriage that would cover a [Read More...]

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Circle of life: priest administers baptism to great-nephew from his sick bed

Beautiful story, from The Boston Pilot:  On Oct. 3, senior priest Father John McCormick baptized his great-nephew Owen Rourke, pouring water over the 3-month-old’s head and blessing him, just as he had done for all his other family members — but this time was different. Father McCormick administered the sacrament from his sick bed in [Read More...]

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From the Synod: Chicago’s Cupich on divorce, conscience, reconciliation

One archbishop’s take, via NCR: The Catholic church has to respect decisions divorced and remarried people make about their spiritual lives after they examine what their conscience is telling them to do, Chicago’s Archbishop Blase Cupich said during a press briefing. Cupich — one of nine Americans attending the ongoing Oct. 4-25 Synod of Bishops and one of [Read More...]

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“Attention, sinners: Confessions now being heard outside Cinnabon…”

From Catholic News Agency:  In the South American nation of Colombia – where an estimated 70 percent of the population identifies as Catholic – it is not unusual to encounter Catholic priests at a cathedral, or perhaps at a religious school or hospital. Seeing scores of priests at a shopping mall, on the other hand, [Read More...]

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In memo to priests, NJ archbishop sets guidelines for “preserving and protecting the Catholic faith”

David Gibson at RNS has details: Even as Pope Francis and Catholic leaders from around the world debate ways to make the Catholic Church more inclusive, Newark Archbishop John Myers has given his priests strict guidelines on refusing Communion to Catholics who, for example, support gay marriage or whose own marriage is not valid in [Read More...]

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Confessions of a new confessor

From Ethika Politica comes this view from the other side of screen, via Fr. Gabriel Toretta, OP:  As a newly ordained priest, I get asked all kinds of questions to which the speaker already knows the answer, things like “What was it like being ordained?” (Indescribable), “How do you like your new parish?” (It’s great), [Read More...]

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Why can’t deacons anoint the sick?

This issue comes up periodically, and it’s been raised again in the blog Pray Tell: The question of whether a permanent deacon may anoint the sick has come up in our time because of pastoral need. This has been argued against on the basis that the anointing of the sick also forgives sins and a [Read More...]

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What is adultery, anyway?

Some provocative thoughts on the subject, from Commonweal’s Cathleen Kaveny, and how this might relate to Communion for the divorced and remarried: Some insist that because a sacramental marriage endures until one’s spouse dies, the church must treat the second marriage as adulterous. But is “adultery” the best way to describe the sin of a [Read More...]

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