Leading Italian bishop: Church must make “unconventional couples” feel at home

From Zenit:  Addressing a national conference on the liturgy on Wednesday, Bishop Nunzio Galantino said the Church must make everyone feel at home, including “unconventional couples”. “Couples in irregular matrimonial situations are also Christians, but they are sometimes looked upon with prejudice,” he said, according to Italian news agency ANSA. “The burden of exclusion from [Read More...]

Bigger wedding, happier marriage?

I wonder if this study was funded by a catering company. (And I wonder what the Kardashians would say…) Details:  A new report from the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia uses a longitudinal survey of recently married American couples to find correlations between spouses’ histories and the quality of their marriage. (“Marriage quality” is based on responses [Read More...]

Pope baptizes father of Korean ferry disaster victim—and the man takes the name “Francis”

Details:  On Sunday morning Pope Francis baptized 62-year-old Lee Ho-Jin – the father of one of the victims from the Sewol Ferry tragedy earlier this year – who took on the baptismal name “Francis.” Vatican Spokesman Father Federico Lombardi reported that the baptism was celebrated in 20 minutes without Mass. It was officiated by a [Read More...]

Understanding annulments

The National Catholic Register offers a helpful primer on annulments this week, beginning with a story about a deacon: Deacon Patrick O’Toole remembered how far away he felt from the Church 17 years ago. He wasn’t a deacon then — his wife had left, divorced him and took his children. He felt broken and angry, [Read More...]

People, look East

My blog neighbor Joanne McPortland has posted an excellent primer on the whole Orthodox-Catholic-Why-Can’t-We-Get-Communion-If-We’re-Divorced-And-Remarried debate: Cardinal Kasper and others are reminding us that justice and mercy are inseparable. In practice, what the West can learn from the East is not that marriage is no big deal (because it is the biggest of deals for us both) [Read More...]

UPDATE: Priest who shamed unwed mother at baptism faces probe, sanctions

Details: A priest who was caught on video shaming a single mother before the baptism of her baby in Cebu last Sunday now faces an investigation and sanctions from his own religious order. In a statement, the Congregatio Redemptoris said it was deeply saddened over the incident at the Sacred Heart Chaplaincy in Mandaue City [Read More...]

Baton Rouge Diocese condemns ruling that could compel a priest to testify about confession

From NOLA.com:  The Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge has issued a statement decrying a decision by the Louisiana Supreme Court that could compel a local priest to testify in court about confessions he might have received. The alleged confessions, according to legal documents, were made to the priest by a minor girl regarding possible sexual abuse perpetrated by another church parishioner. [Read More...]

Priest berates unwed mother at baby’s baptism: “The baby was born due to sin”—UPDATED

Here’s something else to throw on the agenda for the upcoming Synod: children born outside of wedlock. I’d argue it’s not just the couples involved that need counseling; judging from this, so do some clergy. The working document on the Synod notes about teenage mothers: Above all, they are to be esteemed for the love [Read More...]

Italian archbishop proposes 10-year ban on naming godparents to stop Mafia influence

Details:  After a pledge by Pope Francis to “excommunicate” mobsters from the Catholic Church, an archbishop in southern Italy has proposed a 10-year ban on naming godparents at baptisms and confirmations as a way to stop the Mafia from spreading its influence. Monsignor Giuseppe Fiorini Morosini, the archbishop of Reggio Calabria, wrote to Francis some [Read More...]

Scenes from an ordination

What a day. The Diocese of Brooklyn ordained 13 men to the priesthood today in a ceremony that stretched nearly three hours. The setting—the newly-consecrated Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph—was packed; the place seats about 1400 and there were a lot of standees in the back. It was a glorious liturgy, though. Below, some highlights. I [Read More...]


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