“The Bench” moves to Aleteia

That sound you hear is the moving van backing up into my driveway. Beginning Sunday, November 1, you will find this blog over at Aleteia.  Fittingly, the move is happening on the feast of All Saints. (I’m hoping a few of them will help with the wrapping and packing…) I owe a tremendous debt to all at Patheos [Read More…]

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Things you should know about Catholic weddings—but probably don’t

Marking her anniversary yesterday (congrats!), Simcha Fisher today calls up some memories of her own nuptials, and points to this very good piece at the USCCB website, which shatters a few popular myths about Roman Catholic weddings: In some traditions, at the conclusion of the procession into the Church, the presiding minister may ask, “Who [Read More…]

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A single parent writes to the Synod: “Why aren’t we represented?”

From Katrina Fernandez over at Aleteia, raising a very good point: I know it seems like a small thing, silly perhaps, but I keep scanning the headlines and reading the news looking for those two small words. Small words with significant meaning. Single. Parents. Each time I read a news article about the discussions within [Read More…]

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Mercy is the message: Vatican announces theme for World Communications Day 2016

From CNS:  For World Communications Day 2016, Pope Francis has chosen the theme “Communication and Mercy: A fruitful encounter.” As the church celebrates the extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy, which begins Dec. 8, the pope also wanted to invite deeper reflection on the link between communication and mercy, said a statement from the Pontifical Council for [Read More…]

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Great moments in journalism: pope has proposed gay marriage? Really?

Worst Lead of the Week, from NBC in Chicago:  Archbishop Blase Cupich on Monday addressed reforms Pope Francis has proposed, including gay marriage and whether priests should marry. Get me rewrite. And then, fire the editor. [Read more…]

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Tide commercial mocks Christians opposed to gay marriage—UPDATED

I’m sure someone thought this was clever. It’s not.  Newsbusters pointed it out yesterday. Whatever one thinks of the issue of gay marriage, we should agree on this: mocking someone’s religious convictions to sell soap is not cool. In fact, it’s repellent. UPDATE: Ad Week reports it’s not real; the ad done was done on spec: Tide [Read More…]

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Pope appoints 18 married couples to attend Synod

The list keeps getting longer:  More than 360 participants, including 18 married couples from around the world, were expected to attend October’s Synod of Bishops on the family. In addition to the 166 synod members elected by their national bishops’ conferences, 22 heads of Eastern Catholic churches, 25 heads of Vatican congregations and councils and [Read More…]

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“We do not ‘target non-Catholics,’ nor do we seek to exclude anyone…”

You may remember the story from several days back, regarding a new policy for schools in Springfield, Illinois. Over the weekend, the diocese posted a response to the article in question, published in the Springfield newspaper: First, it is important to state that the Catholic Church invites all people to an encounter with Jesus Christ and [Read More…]

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Philadelphia’s “pope soap”?

The manufacturer, Duross & Langel, notes: Please forgive this bit of cheek but each bar is hand made with holy water. The money we raise through the sale of these soaps goes to Catholic Social Services Children’s Bureau. An item in Philadelphia magazine adds: All proceeds from the sale of these soaps will go to Catholic Social [Read More…]

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What happened when a layman wore a cassock

Fascinating:  Esquire Magazine – not a publication ChurchPOP would normally recommend reading – published a fascinating article on August 24th titled “What Happened When I Dressed Like a Priest: An investigation into the power of the uniform.” The author decided to do an experiment to test the power of various uniforms. He bought four: the [Read More…]

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