More divorces spell out religious practice in custody agreements

And it can create quite a few complications. From the Washington Post: A cultural shift in thinking about parenting and gender roles has led to a surge in divorced couples agreeing to more detailed shared custody arrangements that increasingly spell out how they will practice and talk about their religious faith. Agreements of the past [Read More...]

Taking Jesus to the people

It turns out this dramatic display last week wasn’t an isolated incident.  The pastor at St. Raymond’s in Downey, California has done this at least once before. (H/T to Diane at Te Deum). Below is an event from last summer. By way of comparison, it’s worth taking a look at another kind of “Eucharistic flash [Read More...]

Shock: number of married couples hits record low

Details, from the Washington Post: The proportion of adults who are married has plunged to record lows as more people decide to live together now and wed later, reflecting decades of evolving attitudes about the role of marriage in society. Just 51 percent of all adults who are 18 and older are married, placing them on [Read More...]

Something we never see, but should

It happened recently at our parish mission, and it was something I’ll never forget. The mission had an extraordinary turnout: what started with a couple hundred stalwart souls on Monday grew night after night, until the closing liturgy had a packed church of, I’d guess, close to a thousand people. But the most memorable of [Read More...]

A Catholic wedding performed without a net

Remember the good old days before Vatican II, when people took sacraments seriously and priests treated the liturgy with reverence? Behold, a Catholic wedding in France from 60 years ago.   [Read more...]

O’Malley’s message to lapsed Catholics: “We miss you, we love you”

“My dear brothers and sisters: please know that we miss you, we love you, and we hope you will rejoin our Catholic family for our Sunday Mass. Some of you have drifted away from the Church and have been waiting for a good time to return. I pray that you will consider this the time [Read More...]

“What does an old, celibate, Catholic bishop have to say about marriage?”

If anyone was wondering about that when they attended a recent talk by Bishop R. Walker Nickless in Sioux City, they may have gotten some surprising answers: He provided several examples of his experiences dealing with marriage. “I am one of 10 children. I watched my parents grow in their married love for 57 years,” [Read More...]

Doing a 180: Phoenix reverses communion decision

A surprising change of course, reported in the Arizona Republic: Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of Phoenix has backed away from his ban on using consecrated wine for Communion at most Masses, a decision that was originally met with widespread outcry. In an explanation of his decision in a letter to the priests of the diocese, [Read More...]

“Communion under both kinds is…encouraged and is expected to be the norm”

That’s the sentiment of Bishop Patrick McGrath of the Diocese of San Jose  who, breaking with recent trends in other parts of the country, has issued a statement for his own diocese: In light of recent statements by the bishops of the Dioceses of Phoenix and Madison regarding the limited use of Holy Communion under [Read More...]

But who’s counting? — UPDATED

A commenter in another post noted that his parish keeps track of how many confessions are heard on any given weekend, and then publishes the tally in the Sunday bulletin. Color me surprised. This is something new to me.  Parishes routinely announce other sacraments — baptisms, weddings, even confirmations — but I’ve never heard of [Read More...]


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