Report: women entering religious life later

View image | gettyimages.com Moments after posting this item about the new Little Sisters of the Poor, I stumbled on this report on women religious, which seems noteworthy: Marie Racine was well established, a software engineer for 17 years, when something happened. “We had a meeting, and all of the sudden when they introduced the new [Read More...]

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A new bishop drops by

We had the great privilege today of welcoming back to my parish Brooklyn’s newly ordained Bishop James Massa. Bishop Massa began his priesthood at our parish 29 years ago; it was his first parochial assignment after ordination, and he was chiefly responsible for introducing something new and different to the parish—RCIA—and was remembered by many longtime parishioners [Read More...]

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What ever happened to that Buffalo church being moved to Georgia??

A friend dropped me a line to ask if I’d heard anything more about this unusual undertaking. I posted on it a few years back, when The Deacon’s Bench was still at Beliefnet:  Instead of building a neoclassical church, Wilbur’s growing parish wants to buy classical-style St. Gerard’s, take it apart and ship it 900 [Read More...]

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Is the Archdiocese of Washington about to extend benefits to same sex spouses?

This email arrived in my inbox this morning: I recently read on The Church Militant website that the Archdiocese of Washington D.C. is planning to extend employment benefits to spouses of same sex couples employed in the diocese. I would love to see your thoughts on this on the blog. First question is: Why is [Read More...]

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The Future Clergy: Smelling like sheep?

When Patheos first explored questions about the future of religion five years ago, I speculated that a Catholic priesthood made up of more married men was likely. Well, five years later, married men are continuing to be ordained—through the Pastoral Provision created by St. John Paul II and via the Anglican Ordinariate set up by Benedict XVI—but [Read More...]

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“Christ can take what seems impure, scandalous or threatening, and turn it into a miracle”

From Catholic News Service: Even if a pastoral proposal for helping a Catholic family with problems seems scandalous at first, it is possible God could use that proposal to bring healing and holiness, Pope Francis said.Encouraging and celebrating family life during a Mass July 6 in Guayaquil, Pope Francis asked people to pray for the [Read More...]

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Pope: beware worldly pastors, “Christians who talk too much”

From Vatican Radio:  Recalling the day’s Gospel reading in which the people marvel at Jesus’s authoritative teaching, Pope Francis said that people today know “when a priest, a bishop, a catechist, a Christian, has the consistency that gives him authority.” Jesus, he said, “admonishes his disciples” to beware of “false prophets.” But how to discern [Read More...]

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Historic: Francis becomes first pope to visit Waldensian temple

From Vatican Radio:  On the second day of his Apostolic Visit, Pope Francis made an historic visit to the Waldensian temple in Turin. Although numbering only about 30,000 adherents, the Waldensian Evangelical Church is an important dialogue partner with the Catholic Church, as it is one of the only non-Catholic Christian communities native to Italy. [Read More...]

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Pope to meet publicly with married gay activist at roundtable next month

Details:  Pope Francis is slated to hold his first public meeting with a married gay activist during a visit to Paraguay in July. The activist is Simón Cazal, executive director of the Paraguayan LGBT rights group SOMOSGAY, who married another SOMOSGAY activist, Sergio López, in neighboring Argentina in 2012. Though the pope has reportedly held pastoral [Read More...]

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“Pentecost is at work”: a great day in Brooklyn, as 19 new deacons are ordained

It was a glorious Spring day—and a moment of renewal for the Diocese of Brooklyn. On the day before Pentecost, 19 men were ordained deacons by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph. The church was packed with family, friends, religious, priests and deacons. As the bishop reminded us in his homily: “Pentecost [Read More...]

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