Horror: 18 children dead in Connecticut school shooting

Eleven days before Christmas, a nightmare.  From Associated Press:  A gunman opened fire inside a Connecticut elementary school Friday in a shooting that left 27 people dead, including 18 children, an official said. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was still under way. The shooting appeared to be the nation’s second-deadliest [Read More...]

Who is Dorothy Day?

Yesterday, I posted Part I of CNS’s profile of this future saint. Part II is below. Kudos to all concerned! [Read more...]

Dissent of the day: “The permanent diaconate is not a primary vocation…”

Some weeks back, I posted an e-mail that took issue with the vocation of permanent deacon.  I opened up the comments section for discussion.  We got some interesting feedback, including just yesterday, this one: The permanent diaconate is not a primary vocation. The permanent deacon’s vocation is to marriage and fatherhood, and NOT to the [Read More...]

How Lincoln gave thanks: his proclamation

With the 16th president cleaning up at the box office these days, here’s another reminder of why he was, and is, a blockbuster. Here’s the text of Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation, from 1863: The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these [Read More...]

When in Rome: priests, bishops should wear cassocks

It’s back to the future.  Again. Details: Bishops, priests and religious should wear the formal long robes of a cassock during most occasions when visiting Rome, a high-ranking Vatican official has said. Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican’s Secretariat of State, made the request for the formal dress in a letter released during last month’s Synod [Read More...]

“Time, like an ever rolling stream, soon bears us all away…”

What you see here is the view from the sanctuary in my parish this afternoon, moments before we began the procession for the Mass marking our 100th anniversary. To put it simply: I’ve never experienced a liturgy quite like this. It was, in every sense, grand: from the entrance procession that included members of various [Read More...]

Woman dies in Ireland after being denied an abortion—UPDATED

Details: The debate over legalizing abortion in Ireland flared Wednesday after the government confirmed a miscarrying woman suffering from blood poisoning was refused a quick termination of her pregnancy and died in an Irish hospital. Prime Minister Enda Kenny said he was awaiting findings from three investigations into the death of Savita Halappanavar, an Indian [Read More...]

The religious vote

Here’s how it went, according to CNN’s exit polls:   [Read more...]

Hollywood developing movie about Catholic Church sex abuse scandal

Details:  Variety reports that Win Win director Tom McCarthy is directing an untitled drama about the reporters at the Boston Globe who uncovered the original conspiracy to keep these deeds quiet. Not exactly lighthearted material to help close out the week, but since it’s the “story behind the story” that’s being put in the spotlight here, it should be more [Read More...]

“The homilist should strive to live a life of holiness…

A topic of which there is no shortage of opinions — preaching — will be getting more attention next month at the bishops’ meeting in Baltimore. From the USCCB:  The U.S. bishops will vote on a formal document on preaching at their annual fall meeting, November 12-15, in Baltimore. The document, “Preaching the Mystery of [Read More...]


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