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...]

An American in Paris: “Religion in France is far from dead…”

My colleague at CNEWA Michael La Civita went to France for Easter and expected to find a secularized country utterly devoid of Catholic fervor. But he found something very different: I wandered down to my favorite neighborhood, Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Entering the dark medieval church that gives the district its name, I lighted some candles, offered a [Read More...]

Pastor who declined gay marriage petition gets standing ovation

Earlier, I posted about parishes in Seattle that were declining to take part in the petition drive against same sex marriage. Now, some reaction from the pews: The congregation at Seattle’s Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church gave the Rev.. Tim Clark a standing ovation Sunday when he announced that the parish would not [Read More...]

Meeting them where they are: a profile of an “intentional parish” in Brooklyn

I missed this on Good Friday — I was otherwise engaged — but it’s worth a read.  It looks at a growing phenomenon in the Church: people seeking out parishes outside of their geographic boundaries. From the New York Times: St. Boniface attracts an average of 700 people a weekend, remarkable when only about a [Read More...]

Welcome back: the return of the “reverts”

It’s happening more and more, and not just among Catholics.  From USA TODAY: Bruce Boling will celebrate Easter Sunday this weekend among Southern Baptists, just as he did when he prayed at a tiny Kentucky church where his family filled half the pews. After decades away from faith, “I slowly began to see what I [Read More...]


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