What, exactly, IS the magisterium?

If you think the magisterium is sitting for a class picture above, think again. Deacon Bill Ditewig returns to the blogosphere — yay! — with a new look for his blog, along with a fresh look at one of the most misunderstood terms in all Catholicism: If a quick survey of certain web sites is any [Read More...]

Parishioners gather to “hug” their church in the face of parish merger

It happened in the Diocese of Grand Rapids earlier today: Parishioners at St. Mary’s Catholic Church gathered to “hug” their church Sunday. They were hoping to send a message to the Diocese of Grand Rapids about a plan that would merge their parish with several others. The parishioners at St. Mary’s are concerned with the“Our [Read More...]

“Can you perform the wedding ceremony?”

I’ve lost track of the number of e-mails I’ve gotten like this one: I am a parishner at OLQM…I always look forward to reading your column in the bulletin as well as the readings in Mass. The reason I’m writing is because I am getting married on Saturday September 8th and I am having a [Read More...]

CARA survey: many U.S. Catholics parish shop

The group’s ongoing study of American Catholics is continuing to yield interesting nuggets, like this one: One of the most surprising aspects of the results so far has been how positive Mass attending Catholics are in their evaluations of their parish (…yet there are also many interesting sub-group differences here as well). I always remind [Read More...]

“Mediocrity is the norm for lectors”

If you’re dreading what you’ll hear proclaimed Sunday, you have plenty of company. From George Miller, at Catholic Online: As a past lector ministry head, I can recall times where my pastor agreed to make regular lector training and enrichment meetings mandatory. And when only half the lectors showed up despite his requirement, the reaction [Read More...]

Priest suspended for leading breakaway parish — UPDATED

Details: The Rev. Robert Marrone has been suspended from priestly ministry for disobeying an order by Cleveland Catholic Bishop Richard Lennon to remove himself as pastor of a breakaway congregation, according to a letter the priest wrote to his followers. Marrone and his congregation, the Community of St. Peter, broke away from the diocese to set [Read More...]

Why Anna Quindlen quit the church — UPDATED

I’ve always appreciated Anna Quindlen’s wry, elegantly shaped prose, going back to her “Life in the 30s” column she wrote for the Times back in the ’80s.  I read her sporadically after she went to Newsweek, and dipped into a couple of her novels when she tried her hand at fiction. So when I came [Read More...]

Embracing poverty: life at the Catholic Worker

What is it like to live and work among the poorest of the poor in New York City? From the Wall Street Journal, here’s a rare glimpse at the volunteers who live at the Catholic Worker: Felton Davis is one of a dozen folks who live and work at Maryhouse and St. Joseph House, East [Read More...]

“The worst thing you can do is send your kids to a Catholic school if you want them to retain their faith.”

Those are the attention-getting words of the founder of Domino’s Pizza and Ave Maria, Tom Monaghan. Here’s more: Around the time he sold Domino’s Pizza and the Detroit Tigers about 20 years ago, Tom Monaghan stopped doing most interviews. He devoted himself to Catholic education, most prominently by founding Ave Maria University, now based near [Read More...]

Jersey jolt: most Catholics in survey say Jesus sinned

The bishop of Camden is troubled by these findings — and with good reason: South Jersey Catholics know less about their faith and are less committed to its practice than their neighbors in other Christian denominations, according to a new survey that Bishop Joseph Galante calls “troubling.” It found that the Diocese of Camden’s 500,000 [Read More...]


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