Italian priest offering couples a “baby bonus”

View image | gettyimages.com From The Telegraph: A town in Tuscany is offering a “baby bonus” of €2,000 (£1,420) to encourage larger families, as Italy frets over its low birth rate. But there are conditions – couples must be Italian and committed Catholics who were married in church, and the bonus only kicks in with [Read More...]

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Archbishop Vigneron softens tone on communion for those who support same sex marriage

From The Detroit Free Press:  On the eve of hosting an international conference for priests and educators about outreach to gay Catholics, Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron has backed away from controversial comments that suggested Catholics who support gay unions and marriage should refrain from receiving the sacrament of Communion. “Whenever it comes to Communion, the [Read More...]

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Church in Spain declares transgendered person not “suitable” to be a godparent

From Huffington Post in Spain: Alex Salinas is 21 years old. He was assigned female at birth, but is now living as his authentic self as a man. He is a “firm believer” and wants to be a godparent at his nephew’s baptism but the diocese of Cadiz and Ceuta is standing in his way. [Read More...]

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New York Times: Gay, transgender Catholics urge Pope Francis to take a stand

From this morning’s paper:  Lui Akira Francesco Matsuo said he was standing in line for communion one Sunday at his Roman Catholic church in Detroit when a fellow parishioner pulled him aside: Didn’t he know that the archbishop had just urged supporters of same-sex marriage not to take communion? Mr. Matsuo, who is transgender, left and never [Read More...]

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Polish president rescues host during Mass

H/T to Gerard Nadal, who posted this remarkable item on Facebook: On the National Thanksgiving Day, which was established in late 18th Century to commemorate Poland’s patriotic struggle for independence, thousands of the inhabitants of Warsaw took part in an annual open-air Holy Mass, also massively attended by top state officials with the President-Elect Andrzej [Read More...]

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Denver announces plan to restore order of sacraments

Following in the footsteps of Honolulu, the Archdiocese of Denver is moving to put the reception of First Communion after Confirmation:  Archbishop Samuel Aquila will host a live phone call at the end of the month to discuss his initiative to restore the sacraments of initiation—baptism, confirmation and Eucharist—to their original order, which places confirmation [Read More...]

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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...]

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It’s that time again: First Communion

Some shots from the big event at my parish this morning. The atmosphere seemed less chaotic than usual—and the parents were well-behaved. (I credit our administrator—who read them the riot act, nicely, before the Mass began.) Tomorrow, they get a chance to wear their communion outfits one more time, for their first Sunday Mass. I hope [Read More...]

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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...]

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Bishop plans to return sacraments of initiation to “their proper order”

Below is part of a letter issued last week by Bishop Larry Silva, from Honolulu: Dear parents, priests, deacons, youth ministers, faith formation staff and Catholic school administrators, I am writing this letter to invite you to take an active role by reading the articles regarding the plan to return the sacraments of initiation to [Read More...]

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