Confirmation controversy: another teen also “chose not to enter into full communion” over same sex marriage

The story that broke last week keeps widening.  The latest: The teenager who was not confirmed at the Catholic church here after he publicly supported same-sex marriage was not the only student who was denied the religious sacrament for backing gay marriage, the church’s priest said in a letter made public Friday. In the letter, [Read More…]

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That teenager who was denied Confirmation? There’s more to the story

The media firestorm has so far not included anything more than cursory comments from the parish priest.  Until now. From LifeSite News: The parents of a 17-year-old boy in Minnesota are claiming that their parish priest denied their son the sacrament of Confirmation because he posted a photo in support of gay ‘marriage’ on his [Read More…]

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Congratulations, George and Treasa!

FOB (Friend of the Bench) and assistant managing editor of the Catholic Review in Baltimore, George Matysek, tied the knot this weekend at Charm City’s historic basilica — just in time for the annual fall gathering of the USCCB just down the road. George’s new sister-in-law writes about the wedding here.  The happy couple has been [Read More…]

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A sacrament on the digital continent

A remarkable and utterly 21st century experience from Concord Pastor Fr. Austin Fleming: Yesterday afternoon I was called by a hospice chaplain at a local nursing home to come and administer the Anointing of the Sick to a dying resident.  I found “Maria” in the company of her three daughters and a son-in-law.  Maria is [Read More…]

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After Sandy, parish unites to save a couple’s wedding

I don’t know about you, but I could use a little good news about now.  Check this out, from the Trenton Monitor: Take one bride and groom whose plans for their special day intersected with the wrath of Hurricane Sandy, mix with a parish united in the desire to see them wed by candlelight despite [Read More…]

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When is a “Catholic” wedding not really Catholic?

When it is performed by this fellow, “Chaplain Bill,” who operates a service he calls “Progressive Catholics & Interfaith Weddings.”   Someone alerted me to his operation after reading this post, about a Catholic priest who assisted at a wedding involving two men. So what, exactly, is the “Progressive Catholics” wedding service?  In a nutshell, it [Read More…]

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Whatever happened to confession? — UPDATED

Recently, Rick Santorum mentioned something in public that Catholics rarely talk about at all anymore: confession.   It was startling, and not just because a politician mentioned it on the stump.  It was a reminder that a sacrament that once seemed commonplace has virtually vanished in some parts of the world. A writer in the [Read More…]

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Fly the faithful skies: Miami Airport to offer Mass

Details:  Prayer is on the move in South Florida. First, the Archdiocese of Miami began streaming catechism through an app. Now it’s about to hold weekly Mass at the airport. Religion-to-go is all about accommodating the faithful wherever they are. And where they often are is the airport. Starting 7 p.m. Aug. 18 and every [Read More…]

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33 years later, man receives forgiveness for shooting police officer and is received into the Catholic Church

A stunning story of forgiveness in Ohio.  (H/T New Advent.): Ron McClary, debilitated by multiple sclerosis, lay on a stretcher yesterday at Holy Family church and tried to speak as the widow of the Columbus police officer he shot in 1979 placed her hand on his arm. As he struggled, she stopped him. “I forgive [Read More…]

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Come Holy Ghost: Class receives Sacrament of Confirmation in hospital with leukemia patient

A Texas reader sent this my way, describing it as “awesome” — and she’s right. Read on:  Alexis Enriquez was sitting in a hospital room at Cook Children’s Medical Center May 14 when doctors delivered some disappointing news. The 15-year-old high school freshman, undergoing treatment for a third bout of leukemia, was scheduled for a [Read More…]

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