Report: Francis and Bartholomew may travel to Holy Land together

Details: The ecumenical patriarch of Constantinople has invited Pope Francis to travel with him to the Holy Land next year to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the embrace between Patriarch Athenagoras and Paul VI, the pioneers of Catholic-Orthodox dialogue. During their private meeting, Bartholomew and Francis explored possible paths towards unity, including theological dialogue, environmental [Read More...]

A great story of Jorge Bergoglio and a poor widow who wanted her children baptized

A revealing anecdote from an interview in 2009 with the man who would become Pope Francis:  Just a few days ago I baptized seven children of a woman on her own, a poor widow, who works as a maid and she had had them from two different men. I met her last year at the [Read More...]

Catholic support for gay marriage growing

That, according to a new poll. From Politico: Among Catholics, 54 percent back same-sex marriage, while 38 percent oppose it, the Quinnipiac University poll found. That’s a jump from December, when Catholic support for same-sex marriage was 49 percent to 43 percent. “Catholic voters are leading American voters toward support for same-sex marriage,” said Peter A. Brown, [Read More...]

An evangelical confesses: “I’m a wanna-be Catholic”

Charles Redfern spills the beans over at HuffPo: It’s time I come clean. I’m an evangelical with a secret. A covert “real me” peaks from the shadows and longs to leap into the sunlight. World events compel me to throw caution to the wind and blare my confession: I’m a wanna-be Catholic. There. I feel [Read More...]

“So a sex offender is heading an archdiocesan office…”

That about sums it up. From Phil Lawler:  Sunday brought the staggering news that in the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, a priest who had been convicted of groping a young man has now been appointed as co-director for the archdiocesan office of clergy formation. What could Archbishop John Myers possibly have been thinking? How could [Read More...]

Leo Burnett ad agency travels to Spain to have new website blessed

This may be a first.  The Brussels office of one of the largest and most famous ad agencies in the world took the unusual step of going to Seville to have its new website (on a mobile server) blessed by the archbishop, and to ask the intercession of St. Isidore, the patron of the Internet. [Read More...]

HHS mandate: the Cliff Notes version

Our own Frank Weathers has read the mandate so that you don’t have to! His summation is here. A highlight or two: I learned a few things by reading the whole thing. For instance, I learned that the actual rule proposed to the Code of Federal Regulations is 8 and a half pages long, not 80. [Read More...]

Like the Latin Mass? You’ll love this.

This is a beautifully produced video promoting the Latin Mass.  The Vimeo blurb says it was shot by Two Sense Films at Incarnation Catholic Church in Tampa.  [Read more...]

Ed Koch’s last question: “Do you miss me?”

This is pretty great. The New York Times got the former mayor to sit down for a video obit. Anyone who wonders why this guy was so special will get a wonderful answer here. And to your question, Mr. Mayor: yes.  My wife caught me blinking back tears this morning when I heard WCBS radio [Read More...]

“Lately, I have begun to feel differently about the way Michael Voris defends the Church…”

While it’s not unusual to find Michael Voris detractors on the interwebs, it is surprising to find one like this. A woman who blogs as “Catholic in Brooklyn” has been an admirer and supporter of Michael Voris and his online apostolate.  But in a long blog post—one notable for its charity as well as its [Read More...]