Dress up for Mass?! Absurd.

Well, looking around the pews on any given Sunday, I get the impression that’s what some people seem to think. I wrote about that a couple years ago. Now a blog dubbed The Catholic Gentleman has taken up the cause. The author offers some advice:  While I think every man should dress up for mass, [Read More...]

In Texas, “the Body of Christ is suffering greatly”

A deacon from Austin writes: Please keep the people of West, Texas in your prayers. One of the newly ordained deacons, Deacon Ron Sykora, is from the parish there, St. Mary of the Assumption. The Church and buildings are OK, but the Body of Christ is suffering greatly. Vatican Radio adds: Rescuers in central Texas [Read More...]

"I have decided not to accept the call to Holy Orders…" — UPDATED

A reader sent me the link to this bulletin, which carries the note below from a deacon candidate responding to the disturbing news in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.  He was scheduled to be ordained a deacon last weekend, but withdrew at the last minute. His statement: Dear Holy Family Parish: After a great deal [Read More...]

What Catholics don't know

That’s the notion I’m chewing on this week over in my column, “All Things New.” A snip: A couple years ago, during Easter season, a man stopped me after church one Sunday. He was perturbed. “What’s all this Latin doing in the mass?” he asked. “What do you mean?” “All this Latin!” he said, exasperated. [Read More...]

A lost generation? Maybe not

Some highlights of the big conference at Fordham earlier this week, on 20-somethings and the Church, courtesy CNS: Catholic young adults aren’t as attached to the church as their counterparts from the 1940s and 1950s, but they are hardly a lost generation and have not abandoned the faith, according to speakers at a two-day forum [Read More...]

A Raven Catholic

A couple years ago, I posted this interview with the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens, John Harbaugh, who talked candidly and passionately about his Catholic faith. Now the reporter who did that interview, George Matysek of the Catholic Review, has posted excerpts as a video online.  Check it out below. [Read more...]

Growing the flock

What does it take to make a parish come alive? A local paper in Santa Clara, California has been taking a look at the various religions that make up its diverse community, and it’s concluding its series with a profile of a large and thriving Catholic parish that owes much of its vibrancy to the [Read More...]


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