Meet an undecided Catholic voter: African-American widow from Ohio who attends Mass daily

From CNN, an interesting glimpse at someone who could hold the future in her hands: The economy is Topic A for many in this battleground state as the November 6 election nears. They want to hear the presidential candidates answer the question: How will they get America working again? Voters here also care about poverty [Read More…]

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Slash: Austria to close hundreds of parishes

This is stunning, from the National Catholic Reporter:   The Vienna archdiocese, which is one of the largest in Europe and extends from the Czech frontier down to the southern Alps, will undergo radical parish reforms, reducing its 660 parishes to 150 in the next 10 years. “This is the most comprehensive reorganization of the [Read More…]

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Catholic actor Kevin James: “You don’t want to do anything that doesn’t glorify God”

Who knew? From CNS: He doesn’t exactly advertise it, but the “king of Queens” is a Catholic family man. Kevin James, who played Doug Heffernan for nine seasons on the CBS sitcom and has since branched out into movies, has no problem talking about his values and how it affects his career. “I am involved [Read More…]

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Who we are: the latest statistics on U.S. Catholics

The USCCB has just posted the latest figures. Details: How many Catholics are there in the United States? What was the total enrollment of Catholic elementary and high schools in the United States last year? How many people are served by Catholic hospitals annually? The answers to these questions (77.7 million, 2 million and 88.5 [Read More…]

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Traditional worship on the rise among young Catholics in Canada

From the Catholic Register: The pre-Vatican days of Latin-language Masses are on the rise among Catholic youth. In Ottawa, St. Clement’s parish moved its daily traditional Latin Mass to St. Anne’s Church in Lowertown to accommodate its growing congregation, including many young families. Michael and Rebecca Trolley, a couple in their 20s, are very active [Read More…]

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Can the German bishops do this? — UPDATED

The news out of Germany last week left a lot of people surprised — even shocked.  Now the blogger Fr. John Boyle takes a closer look at what Canon law has to say on the subject: It would seem to me that the burden of proof is with the ecclesiastical authorities to verify that one [Read More…]

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Church seeks donations to pay for ads to defeat same-sex marriage

Details from the Minnesota Star-Tribune: Minnesota Roman Catholics will receive a letter this week from the state’s bishops, urging them to donate money for television ads asking voters to say yes to a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. For many of the more than 400,000 Catholic households expected to get the letter, it marks [Read More…]

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From home plate to lunch plate: meet the Baltimore umpire who serves the hungry

From CNS and Baltimore’s Catholic Review: When Major League Baseball umpire Mark Wegner, a Catholic, is in Baltimore to work at an Orioles game, one way he likes to spend his spare time is by helping people in need. “I have free time, and I try to use it productively, but nothing is more productive [Read More…]

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A doctor’s witness: “I get to see the likeness of God every day”

From the New York Times, a profile of hope steeped in faith: Forty years ago, long before the recent afternoon when Dr. Joseph Dutkowsky knelt at the warped feet of his 4-year-old patient, he was a small-town teenager approaching his Catholic confirmation and needing to select a patron saint. He made an unlikely choice, a [Read More…]

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German bishops will refuse sacraments to those who don’t pay “church tax”

At a time when more Germans are leaving the Church and fewer are being baptized, the bishops have embarked on a bold crackdown. Details, from Huffington Post and Reuters: Germany’s Roman Catholic bishops have decreed that people who opt out of a “church tax” should not be given sacraments and religious burials, getting tougher on [Read More…]

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