Will it be grandparents who save the faith?

One woman from Ireland is counting on it.  She’s entrepreneur Catherine Wiley, who has founded the Catholic Grandparents Association, and now bishops around the world are asking her to set up branches in their diocese. Details: Upon returning to her native Mayo, Catherine organised a grandparents’ pilgrimage in Knock in 2006, which 5,000 people attended. [Read More…]

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Gallup: American confidence in organized religion at all-time low

Details:  According to a recent Gallup poll, the number of Americans who have faith in organized religion is at an all-time low. Only 44 percent of Americans today have a lot of confidence in organized religion, compared to 66 percent in 1973 when organized religion or church was the highest rated institution in Gallup’s “confidence in [Read More…]

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“Fidelity oaths” spark controversy, resignations in Virginia — UPDATED

Details, from the Washington Post: Kathleen Riley knows her beliefs on the male-only priesthood and contraception put her at odds with leaders of her church. But as a fifth-generation Catholic who went to a Catholic school and grew up to teach in one, Riley feels the faith deeply woven through her. So when her Arlington [Read More…]

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When celebrities return to the faith

Following reports that Katie Holmes is joining a Catholic parish in New York City, CNN looks at what happens when the famous are also among the faithful: Joseph Zwilling, the spokesman for the Catholic Archdiocese of New York, couldn’t confirm or deny that Holmes had joined the Church of St. Francis Xavier or any other [Read More…]

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Katie Holmes reportedly returns to Catholic Church

Details: Five years after revealing that she had started to study Scientology, Katie Holmes has officially returned to the Catholic faith, registering as a parishioner at the Church of St. Francis Xavier in New York City. “Everyone is thrilled to have Katie join us,” a member of the church’s choir told me. “She has not [Read More…]

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Reminder: “There’s no vacation from Sunday Mass”

Miami’s Archbishop Thomas Wenski published this column in his diocesan newspaper this week, and it bears reprinting: When I was a young seminarian, the rector, before dismissing us for our summer break, would admonish us: remember, guys, there’s no vacation from a vocation. This was certainly wise advice — we were after all still seminarians even [Read More…]

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What, exactly, IS the magisterium?

If you think the magisterium is sitting for a class picture above, think again. Deacon Bill Ditewig returns to the blogosphere — yay! — with a new look for his blog, along with a fresh look at one of the most misunderstood terms in all Catholicism: If a quick survey of certain web sites is any [Read More…]

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Parishioners gather to “hug” their church in the face of parish merger

It happened in the Diocese of Grand Rapids earlier today: Parishioners at St. Mary’s Catholic Church gathered to “hug” their church Sunday. They were hoping to send a message to the Diocese of Grand Rapids about a plan that would merge their parish with several others. The parishioners at St. Mary’s are concerned with the“Our [Read More…]

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“Can you perform the wedding ceremony?”

I’ve lost track of the number of e-mails I’ve gotten like this one: I am a parishner at OLQM…I always look forward to reading your column in the bulletin as well as the readings in Mass. The reason I’m writing is because I am getting married on Saturday September 8th and I am having a [Read More…]

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CARA survey: many U.S. Catholics parish shop

The group’s ongoing study of American Catholics is continuing to yield interesting nuggets, like this one: One of the most surprising aspects of the results so far has been how positive Mass attending Catholics are in their evaluations of their parish (…yet there are also many interesting sub-group differences here as well). I always remind [Read More…]

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