CATO: Catholics Addicted to Outrage

Know anybody like this? Diane at Te Deum laudamus! clearly does: Each of us puts a face on our Catholic faith, for good or for bad, whether it is in person, or online (anonymous or not). We need to convey the hope we have within; not a sense of anger, bitterness, hopelessness and despair.  We [Read More...]

Getting a leg up on summer: here comes the short suit

The horror, the horror:  Retailers are starting to push a new trend in menswear: the short suit. The ensemble looks like a regular suit from the waist up, with a sport coat over a button-down shirt and sometimes a tie or bowtie. Instead of trousers, however, the suit’s bottoms are cropped at the knee. J. [Read More...]

I think Pope Francis would like this guy

Anyone who caught the Tony Awards last night saw the wonderful acceptance speech of James Monroe Igelhart, who won for his eye-popping, grin-inducing, hyper-caffeinated performance as the Genie in Disney’s “Aladdin.” Taking the stage after winning, he made a point of thanking God, first and foremost (he was emphatic about it, too) and then concluded [Read More...]

Welcome to New York

From a friend’s Facebook page. Spotted in midtown Manhattan this weekend. [Read more...]

How to be a “Pentecost Church”

Some good advice here, from Rev. Emily Heath of the United Church of Christ: This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday in the church. It’s the Sunday when churches everywhere are filled with the color red, symbolizing the Holy Spirit, and we celebrate a story from the church’s earliest days. On Pentecost we remember how the Holy [Read More...]

A special gift for the priest who has everything

Clerical jammies! This popped up on someone’s Facebook feed Tuesday night. On sale for $36.99. The pants come in different colors. But the shirt with that distinctive white square is, of course, basic black.  Order these here.  Might make a perfect gift for Father’s Day! [Read more...]

What does it mean to kiss a hand?

I won’t go into all the plate-shattering and foot-stomping that’s been going on over the pope’s simple gesture a few weeks back. You don’t have to look far to find what people think of it. But I was curious to find out a little of the history behind this act. And one of the first [Read More...]

Catholic school teacher is also a tattoo artist

From The New York Daily News: She’s good with chalk and ink. This Bensonhurst preschool instructor has managed to bridge the seemingly distant worlds of teaching and tattooing. Jeanine Susca, 29, a teacher at St. Athanasius Elementary School on Bay Parkway, also runs a tattoo shop with her husband on 13th Ave., inking clients on [Read More...]

Dolly Parton’s priest: “Father Jim is the best opening act I’ve ever had”

Now for something completely different. From Richmond, Kentucky:  In the three years since it opened, no performer has filled the EKU Center for the Arts with sound or fans as Dolly Parton did Tuesday night. The Country Music Hall of Famer made her second appearance  in Richmond for the St. Mark Catholic Church “Evening Among [Read More...]

What we have come to: the drive-thru church

From The Philadelphia Inquirer:  Have it your way. No, not your fast-food burger. Your prayer. In an age when convenience is king and religion is often ridiculed, some churches looking to widen their outreach efforts are embracing what community banks and pharmacies have utilized for decades: the drive-through. The latest to offer a bit of [Read More...]


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