Study: Christian population declining in U.S.; “unaffiliated” now outnumber Catholics

View image | gettyimages.com From The Wall Street Journal:  Amy Boyle grew up in the Roman Catholic Church, singing in choir and serving as an altar girl. But Ms. Boyle, now a 35-year-old L.A. resident and mother of twin baby boys, left the faith as a young adult—joining the ranks of Americans who don’t identify with [Read More...]

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Cardinal to celebrate Mass for LGBT Catholics

From U.K.’s The Catholic Herald Cardinal Vincent Nichols will celebrate Mass with a “pastoral outreach” to gay Catholics in central London on Sunday. Same-sex attracted Catholics, along with their families, will attend the Mass at Farm Street Jesuit Church in Mayfair at 6.15pm. It is the first time a cardinal has celebrated a Mass “welcoming” [Read More...]

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Actress Maria Bello: “I’m proud to call myself a Catholic”

The star of “ER” and “The Cooler” has just published a series of personal essays on the “labels we give ourselves,” in which she discusses, among other things, being bipolar and bisexual. She was born and raised Catholic, and talked about that in an interview with The Daily Beast:  What might surprise a lot of people is [Read More...]

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Millennials speak up: stop trying to make church “cool”

View image | gettyimages.com From Rachel Held Evans in The Washington Post: Bass reverberates through the auditorium floor as a heavily bearded worship leader pauses to invite the congregation, bathed in the light of two giant screens, to tweet using #JesusLives. The scent of freshly brewed coffee wafts in from the lobby, where you can [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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Faith in the center ring: how Ringling Brothers ministers to Catholics under the big top

CNS’s Chaz Muth and Tyler Osborn have produced this lively look at one of the most unusual ministries in the Church. Check it out (and check out that chasuble!): The Arlington Catholic Herald has more: The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Blue Tour came to Fairfax in April with 16 performances at the [Read More...]

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Parish cancels pig wrestling competition after backlash

In Wisconsin:  St. Patrick Parish in Stephensville has called off its decades-old annual pig wrestling event following animal cruelty accusations. It is instead planning a new competitive game, a “human foosball tournament in the mud,” the Outagamie County Catholic parish said Tuesday. “After much prayer and many hours of discussion, we realize that what we [Read More...]

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Lay minister wearing a deacon stole?

A deacon reader passed this along. This question popped up at Zenit and is answered by Fr. Edward McNamara: Q: In Vietnam, the Eucharistic minister wears a deacon’s stole, as you can see in the attached picture. Is this right? — N.T., Vietnam A: Our reader accompanied the question with a photo of a gentleman [Read More...]

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Michigan priest urges parishioners to arm themselves: “We’re not in Mayberry anymore, Toto”

From The Detroit Free Press:  An Ann Arbor Catholic priest has urged his parishioners to arm themselves and attend classes at Christ the King parish to earn a concealed pistol license (CPL). In a letter sent to Christ the King parishioners recently, the Rev. Edward Fride explained why he believed it was necessary to get [Read More...]

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Want to prove you’re a good Catholic? Get your papers in order!

An excellent nudge, from Commonweal:  Want to prove you’re a good Catholic? I’m afraid you’ll have to do more than feed the hungry and teach your children the Lord’s Prayer in at least four modern languages and one or two dead ones. The absolute steel test for proving you’re a good Catholic has little to [Read More...]

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