“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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Turnabout: After backlash, Oregon school reverses policy on hiring gays

The latest on a story I posted yesterday, from The Oregonian: The St. Mary’s Academy board voted Wednesday night to change the school’s policy on hiring gay employees after facing backlash over the administration’s decision to rescind a job offer to a gay counselor. Students and high-profile donor Tim Boyle, CEO of Columbia Sportswear, had earlier condemned [Read More...]

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A priest faces death with faith: “I became a Jesuit to save souls, including my own”

From The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Since being diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer in late January, the Rev. John Schlegel has given away most of his books, artwork and clothes. He has visited friends in Dallas; Denver; Chicago; Omaha, Neb.; New York; London; Oxford, England; and Dubuque, Iowa; and met with Pope Francis in Rome. And he [Read More...]

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Measuring the “Francis Effect”: in poll, most say they believe pope will attract Catholics back to the Church

A new survey by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) offers an interesting snapshot of the “Francis Effect“ in the U.S., just ahead of his first visit: More than one year into his papacy, Pope Francis remains popular among the American public. Two-thirds (67%) of Americans have a favorable view of the pope, while 15% [Read More...]

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Dog bites man: star of “Big Bang Theory” says being religious in Hollywood “not trendy”

Really? Who knew? Details:  Mayim Bialik is best know for her role as “Blossom” on the NBC sitcom of the same name and as the quirky Amy Farrah Fowler on “The Big Bang Theory,” but the 39-year-old is also known as a person of faith in Hollywood. Bialik has consistently used her celebrity as a [Read More...]

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Trump: “I’m going to have to scare the Pope…

He offered some wisdom to CNN yesterday:  Donald Trump has revealed he would warn the Pope that ISIS were out to get him if they meet next month. In an interview with CNN on Wednesday, Chris Cuomo asked the billionaire businessman what he would say in to Pope Francis if he came face-to face with him during [Read More...]

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Italian priest offering couples a “baby bonus”

View image | gettyimages.com From The Telegraph: A town in Tuscany is offering a “baby bonus” of €2,000 (£1,420) to encourage larger families, as Italy frets over its low birth rate. But there are conditions – couples must be Italian and committed Catholics who were married in church, and the bonus only kicks in with [Read More...]

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People who are divorced and remarried aren’t excommunicated? Really?

The pope’s remarks earlier today seem to have caught some people by surprise. In fact, he didn’t really say anything new. He reminded the world of what the Catholic Church teaches about divorce and remarriage and encouraged an attitude of mercy and welcome toward those in these circumstances. Those who are curious can check out the [Read More...]

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