Dog bites man: former editor says Times is "socially liberal"

Well, who’da thunk? Details: Former New York Times editor Bill Keller sat down for an interview at the LBJ Library last week and discussed the Times’ editorial stance when covering hotly contested social issues. In a forthright admission, Keller openly described the paper as “socially liberal.” Keller, who stepped down as Executive Editor of the New York [Read More...]

Man of the century: priest celebrates Mass for 100th birthday

A Pennsylvania priest has hit a remarkable milestone: The Rev. Harry Lewis was born the year Chevrolet started competing with the Ford Model T. He served in the military at the Battle of the Bulge, became a priest the year “All About Eve” won the best picture Oscar and retired from priesthood as Ronald Reagan’s [Read More...]

What does the BBB say about Priests for Life?

With all the controversy surrounding Priests for Life right now, I thought it might be interesting to see what the Better Business Bureau Charity Review has to say about them. The BBB looks at how charities run, where the money goes, and whether or not the agencies operate efficiently.   They can tell you, for example, [Read More...]

In the mail this morning: "I'm writing on behalf of Father Frank…"

A colleague at work passed along an interesting and especially timely email he got this morning.  It’s dated yesterday and comes from Priests for Life.  Some of you may have gotten it as well. It begins: I’m writing on behalf of Father Frank [Pavone]. My name is Jerry Horn and I am the Senior Vice [Read More...]

Boom: New Orleans gets largest seminary class in a quarter century

Details: After years of relative scarcity, the Archdiocese of New Orleans opens the academic year with a bumper crop of young men entering seminary studies for the priesthood — the largest group in 26 years. Thirty-six men have enrolled at either St. Joseph Seminary in Covington for undergraduate training, or Notre Dame Seminary in New [Read More...]

Chaput says "Adieu"

The Archbishop of Denver said his final mass last night — and the celebration included a processional that featured  the thundering rhythm of Native American drummers. Details: Archbishop Charles Chaput said his goodbyes Sunday night to a flock that filled the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. He summoned people in from the foyer to fill [Read More...]

Census shows divorce rate higher in the south

Why is that?  Some details: While the Bible Belt is known for its devotion to traditional values, Southerners don’t do so well on one key family value: They are more likely to get divorced than people living in the Northeast. Southern men and women had higher rates of divorce in 2009 than their counterparts in [Read More...]

Honoring a 9/11 "saint" who was gay?

A Catholic parish in Syracuse, New York plans to do just that in tribute to the man listed as the first official fatality of the 9/11 attacks, Fr. Mychal Judge. From  Religion News Service: Like most Americans, Brother Edmund Dwyer was stunned by early coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York City and [Read More...]

"Love your Church, love God's people…

Those are the beautiful sentiments that conclude this 1990 ordination homily from Cardinal John O’Connor, which was published recently in the Catholic Review: As your bishop, I give you but one mandate: love our Church, love God’s people. Love them for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health. Love them [Read More...]

Three sets of parents attempt to name their babies "Lucifer"

As a result, that name is one of several that are now legally unacceptable in New Zealand. Details: The devilish name has been effectively banned by the New Zealand names registrar after three sets of parents had the name denied, says The West Australian. In the past two years there have been 102 rejected names, [Read More...]


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