Will Romney pick a Catholic?

Washington’s favorite guessing game — who will be Mitt Romney’s running mate? — is heating up along with the weather outside. The Washington Post notes one religion in particular keeps coming to the forefront: There has been a lot of talk this year concerning the role of evangelical Christians and Mormons on the Republican side, [Read More...]

Rare father and son priest ordination set for this Saturday

I got the following e-mail press release today from the Anglican Ordinariate’s Susan Gibbs, and there’s at least one compelling detail worth noting: Six former Episcopal priests from the Fort Worth area, including a father and son, will become part of history when they are ordained Catholic priests together on June 30. The six are [Read More...]

“That’s awesome”

Those two words may just win the award for Most Understated Comment of the Year, as a young man and his wife learn whether the treatment to battle his lymphoma is working. As the filmmaker who put this clip on YouTube explained: My friend, Jake Bouma, meets with his oncologist on June 22, 2012, after [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words, Indy edition

Below, a couple shots of the beautiful St. John the Evangelist Church in Indianapolis — the oldest church in the city — where I’ve served Mass every evening during the Catholic Media Conference. [Read more...]

Chaput: “We need to look at the arc of Catholic history in our country”

Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles Chaput delivered a challenging and potent address last night to the Catholic Media Convention in Indianapolis.  I was privileged to be there to hear what amounted to the kickoff for the Fortnight for Freedom.  A snip, courtesy First Things: We need to look honestly at the arc of Catholic history in our country. The [Read More...]

Happy Father’s Day!

The way we were.   Mom and Dad and my older sister, Karen. My parents were married on 18 June 1949.  Which means tomorrow would have been their 63rd anniversary! [Read more...]

On women deacons: “It will await the ministry of discernment…”

The issue of ordaining women as deacons popped up on John Allen’s radar screen today.  From NCR: Today’s Vatican news bulletin announced that the web site of the International Theological Commission, the principal advisory body to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has been “renewed, reorganized and updated,” principally by providing versions in [Read More...]

SSPX update: “doctrinal difficulties” still pose problems

The  group has just released a statement, and CNS has details: The breakaway traditionalist Society of St. Pius X said unresolved “doctrinal difficulties” with the teachings of the Second Vatican Council and the Catholic Church’s subsequent liturgical reform could lead to a “new phase of discussions” over possible reconciliation with Rome. The society released its [Read More...]

Report: Alec Baldwin planning Catholic wedding this weekend

And the setting is not only a basilica — the only one in the Archdiocese of New York — but also a legendary church used as a movie set: Alec Baldwin will reportedly tie the knot this weekend with his yoga instructor. The Hollywood actor and his fiancée Hilaria Thomas are planning a Catholic wedding [Read More...]

LCWR says Vatican report “unsubstantiated…flawed…lacked transparency”

The group released a statement this morning, which is reproduced below in its entirety from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious website: The national board of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) held a special meeting in Washington, DC from May 29-31 to review, and plan a response to, the report issued to LCWR by [Read More...]