Alec Baldwin, lector

His big fat Catholic wedding made news, and now his role as lector at Mass is getting attention—not all of it, evidently, favorable. From my paper of record, the New York Post:  For most, a Sunday church service is a moment for peace, worship and reflection — unless Alec Baldwin is in your congregation. Sources tell us [Read More...]

“Apart from my Catholic faith and relationship with Jesus, I am certain I would be dead”

Over at Catholic Lane you will find this astonishing confession by Anthony Schefter, titled “Catholic But Mentally Ill.”  Here is a life most of us can’t imagine.  (And thanks, Mark Shea, for the tip!) A snip:  Apart from my Catholic faith and my relationship with Jesus I am certain I would be dead. It’s as [Read More...]

Losing faith: Ireland abandoning religion faster than almost any other country

Troubling news:  The Republic of Ireland is abandoning religion faster than almost every other country worldwide, a massive global survey on faith reveals. Only Vietnam has seen a bigger drop in people declaring themselves to be religious over the past seven years, a period when the Catholic Church in Ireland has been rocked by sex-abuse [Read More...]

At the Olympics, Mass appeal

They aren’t just playing.  They’re praying:  The Catholic Church of England and Wales is taking advantage of the Olympic Games to evangelize London locals, the thousands of tourists in the city for the events, and the athletes as well. Speaking to Vatican Radio, James Parker, Catholic executive coordinator for the Olympic Games, reported that not [Read More...]

At dissident Catholic liturgies, even animals receive communion

Incredible, but true. Details, from The Age in Australia: Father Greg Reynolds wants his church of dissident Catholics to welcome all – ”every man and his dog”, one might say, risking the non-inclusive language he deplores – but even he was taken aback when that was put to the test during Mass yesterday. A first-time [Read More...]

Hospitality, perpetual adoration planned near Olympics

From the Catholic Herald:  Twenty-four hour exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will be held in St Francis of Assisi’s church, Stratford, east London, throughout the Olympic Games, it has been announced. Not just in London but throughout the country the Church is gearing up for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Priests and religious will [Read More...]

The unique ministry of deaf Catholics

They can hear the call like no one else — and also respond like no one else. Details from the B.C. Catholic in Vancouver: The Church needs deaf Catholics and their gifts for they can reach people for the Gospel that only they can reach. That’s the message Archbishop Terrence Prendergast gave delegates at the [Read More...]

Maryland Olympic swimmer: “I always pray before a race”

From CNS:  When teenage swimming sensation Katie Ledecky slices through the water during the 800-meter freestyle race at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, she may not be able to hear the roaring cheers of adoring fans back home, but she’s convinced they will be with her in spirit. “Everybody has been so great this [Read More...]

Where the faith is thriving in Brooklyn and Boston: “All are welcome”

In the U.S. Catholic blog, writer Cathy O’Connell-Cahill describes visiting a couple neighborhood churches this summer (one, in fact, in my diocese…) Details: A stroll after a great dinner at Bamonte’s restaurant in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn (photos of Gary Sinise and Harrison Ford on its walls, along with Brooklyn Dodger greats) brought us [Read More...]

Why are Catholics losing ground in Brazil?

Some answers and analysis, from the International Business Times:  At least 1 million evangelical Christians took part in Saturday’s annual “March for Jesus” in Sao Paulo, demonstrating the growing trend of Protestantism in Brazil. With 123.2 million of 191 million Brazilians identifying as Catholic according to 2010 census data, the South American nation still holds [Read More...]


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