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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Lent to go: church offers drive-thru fish fry

From The Detroit News:  On Fridays during Lent, just a little before 4 p.m., a line of cars starts to wrap around Inkster Road in Redford Township. It’s not a line for a popular fast food chain, but the fish fry drive-thru at a local Catholic church. The men’s club at St. Robert Bellarmine and [Read More...]

Is there a “Francis Effect”? Let’s look at the numbers.

The research blog at CARA (Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate) at Georgetown offers some intriguing new statistics.  Among other things, the declining number Catholics over the last few decades seems to have stopped, and the Catholic retention rate appears to be holding steady: To date there has been a lot of talk but little [Read More...]

Knights of Columbus: false “smear campaign” forced them to withdraw from Boston parade

From Catholic News Agency:  The Massachusetts Knights of Columbus withdrew from the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Boston on Sunday, saying that their motives for participating in the parade – which this year included a gay activist group – have been misrepresented.The Knights asked people to pray during the march in honor of St. Patrick, [Read More...]

Knights of Columbus responds: “The State Council deeply regrets the violation of policy…”

The latest on the St. Patrick’s Day parade story:  On Thursday afternoon, the Knights of Columbus Virginia State Council posted an updated statement to its website: It said the state council “reaffirms the longstanding policy of the Knights of Columbus not to invite or bestow honors on public officials who do not support the legal [Read More...]


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