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...]

Leading Pennsylvania Democrat quits party, cites Catholic faith

How’s this for taking a stand, courtesy Matthew Archbold: Jo Ann Nardelli has been a Catholic Democrat her entire life. Her father was one before her. And she couldn’t imagine a day where that wouldn’t be true. But that day was Wednesday of last week. I read a story about Jo Ann leaving the Democratic [Read More...]

My Pentecost: tongues of flame, and the heat of a minor crucible

So, how was your Pentecost?  Here’s a window into the world of a deacon — or at least, this particular deacon. Last Sunday, my pastor and I agreed that he would preach the “high” Mass on Pentecost, since at that Mass he was going to be doing the confirmations for about a dozen adults.  (My [Read More...]

The joy of sects

Is the Catholic Church becoming little more than a sect? Jamie Manson, a columnist at NCR offers this observation: With its attacks on same-sex marriage, battle against providing adequate health care for women, hostile takeover of LCWR and inquisition into the Girl Scouts, the hierarchy continues to make itself an embarrassing media spectacle in a [Read More...]

Ordination update: 16 new deacons in Cheyenne

Bishop Paul Etienne had this to say about the men who were ordained on 15 May: This class of men for some time now have developed quite a reputation for their great quality.  The many professors and others who have worked with them in their years of formation always have great and positive things to [Read More...]

“The pope’s image must be respected”: Benetton apologizes, retracts offending ads

You may remember the controversial ads that popped up around the world a few months back (you can find them at this link, and read about them here).  The company behind them, Benetton, has now apologized: This morning a note from the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J., was issued [Read More...]


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