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...]

“A gay man I consider a saint…” — UPDATED

This morning Mark Shea tackled a tough subject with a kind of grace and compassion that couldn’t help but leave me impressed.  There’s a benevolent wisdom here, and mercy, too: One of the people I admire most in the world, who I regard as an inspiration and, very likely, as a saint was a gay [Read More...]

Wisconsin bishop warns parishioners of censure for spreading “rumors and gossip”

Details: Madison Catholic Bishop Robert Morlino has moved to quell a backlash against a group of conservative priests in Platteville by warning parishioners they risk formal church censure unless they stop spreading “rumors and gossip.” The action by Morlino, which two Catholic scholars called highly unusual, appears to include the possibility of offenders being prohibited [Read More...]

“We must do good every day…”

Yesterday, I posted on the passing of Catholic philanthropist George E. Doty. Now there’s word that another great New York benefactor has died: Florence D’Urso of Pelham Manor, one of the most important benefactors of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, who was also responsible for restoring many works of art at the Vatican, [Read More...]

Giving back: the generous legacy of George E. Doty

A giant in Catholic philanthropy has passed away: George Doty, one of Fordham University’s biggest donors and the man who funded the restoration of the great dome of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. From CNEWA’s blog ONE-TO-ONE: Over the years, George and his wife Marie, who died in 2008, have given selflessly [Read More...]

How the cookie crumbles: Catholics and the Girl Scouts

There’s been some controversy about whether Catholics should support the Girl Scouts, and even if it’s appropriate to buy their cookies.  Catholic News Service takes a closer look: Tina Kent credits the Girl Scouts for teaching her skills in leadership, conflict resolution and critical thinking and for giving her an appreciation for the outdoors and [Read More...]

Detroit parish holds first “blessing of the purses”

This is something new to me: Churches have long held special ceremonies to bless the sick, pets, bikes and more. Now a church in Detroit has celebrated its first “Blessing of the Purses.” The first annual event, held Sunday at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, was aimed at praying for financial stability in a city that [Read More...]

Quote of the day, on SSPX

“The response, the new response, is rather encouraging. But there are still developments that will be made, and examined, and decisions which should be taken in the next few weeks.” – Fr. Frederico Lombardi, head of Vatican Press Office More details here. [Read more...]


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