SSPX: Dialogue with Vatican is Over

Details:  On the 25th anniversary of the illicit ordination of four bishops by traditionalist Bishop Marcel Lefebvre, the Society of Saint Pius X indicated a definitive break of talks with the Catholic Church. In a statement June 27, three of the four bishops originally ordained by Lefebvre expressed “their filial gratitude towards their venerable founder [Read More…]

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“Well, screw that!”

With those three little words, The Anchoress opens the floodgates (or, perhaps, unlocks the pen?) on the subject of cursive penmanship: I was told that cursive isn’t taught any longer because “with computers and texting it is not required.” Well, screw that! If something is not absolutely required in life, it’s not worth teaching? Do [Read More…]

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Everybody Dance Now: Disco Flash Mob at Church Wedding

You have to see this to believe it. I think it’s safe to say that wedding flash mobs have now officially jumped the shark. And it seems it was the minister’s idea.  From HuffPo:  One English couple didn’t wait until their wedding reception to start dancing — they got their groove on in the middle [Read More…]

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Putting Out into the Deep: Priest Celebrates “Boat Mass” in Knoxville

An unusual custom continues: Father Joe Campbell’s streak of consecutive boat Masses without a rain-out is intact. Father Campbell held Mass June 15 for about 85 people enjoying Norris Lake on Father’s Day weekend. It was his 22nd Mass on the water. And just as before, word spreads among Catholic boaters on Norris Lake that [Read More…]

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In Soviet Georgia, Fears About “666” on ID Cards

Now for something completely different. Details:  When Tea Tsulukiani became Georgia’s justice minister her task seemed tough, but straightforward: Take former corrupt officials to task and build an apolitical, widely trusted institution. She worked hard, and, finally, made a chilling discovery: Many of Georgia’s government-issued personal IDs contain the number 666, which is, of course, the [Read More…]

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Must-see Video: Stephen Colbert’s Heartfelt Salute to His Mom

Take four minutes and see Stephen Colbert in a new and unexpectedly moving role: a loving son. The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Indecision Political Humor,Video Archive   [Read more…]

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Wow. How’s THIS for a Vibrant Parish?

Here in Denver for the Catholic Media Conference, I was struck by the bulletin for a local parish, which shows a whopping seven deacons. I visited the parish website and found even more astonishing facts (as of December 2012): Registered individual Catholics: 15,730 Registered Catholic families: 4,500 Estimate of young adults (8-25): 1,649 Estimate of [Read More…]

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Praise Cheeses: Trappists Keep Alive Tradition in Bosnia

Details: Three Roman Catholic monks are fighting to keep alive a monastic cheese-making tradition in Bosnia that has been passed down by word of mouth for 130 years. The pale yellow Trappist cheese made by monks of the Marija Zvijezda monastery once graced the tables of royal courts in Vienna and Belgrade, survived two world [Read More…]

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In Rare Move, Diocese Gets into the Funeral Home Business

Details:  The Catholic diocese of Sacramento has purchased a funeral home in Land Park, making it only the fifth diocese in the nation to offer mortuary services. The local Catholic Church’s purchase of the George Klumpp Chapel of Flowers on Riverside Boulevard followed more than 18 months of discussion and inquiries by the diocese, according [Read More…]

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Catholic Church Praises “Breakdancing Jesus” Mural in England

Details: A new 30-ft piece of street art depicting Jesus breakdancing has attracted praise – from the Catholic church. A spokesperson for the Diocese of Clifton said the new piece should “get people talking about religion” in Bristol. The giant mural, painted next to The Canteen – a Stokes Croft diner part-owned by Bristol mayor [Read More…]

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