Scenes from Sacramento

A reader has helpfully sent along these images from the recent deacon ordination in Sacramento: [Read more...]

A dad’s Sunday psalmody, from “Frozen”

The virus that is the score from “Frozen” has now infected fathers. And it’s hilarious. [Read more...]

“In place of the homily, two leaders from the local mosque were invited to join us in prayer…”

Here’s something I’ve never heard of before, from a question sent to Fr. Edward McNamara of Zenit: Q: During our sacred liturgy on Pentecost Sunday, in place of the homily, two leaders from the local mosque were invited to “join us in prayer in light of the example given by our Holy Father.” The first [Read More...]

“Father Francis stopped by our house!”

That’s the rough translation of the text accompanying this video, showing Pope Francis making an unscheduled stop while traveling through Italy. It popped up on Facebook yesterday and is now sweeping the world. Just watch.   Post by Ivan Vania.   CNS has additional details: Pamela Mauro thought it was unlikely Pope Francis would stop [Read More...]

A deacon speaks: “My wife has been my greatest inspiration and support…”

I’m here in Charlotte for the Catholic Media Conference, and one of the  exciting things you get to do is catch up on newspapers and magazines you don’t normally see. This morning, I got to read a copy of Agua Viva, the magazine for the diocese of Las Cruces. The cover story is all about [Read More...]

World Cup ad shows Jesus in a soccer shirt

From The Telegraph:  Days before England play Italy in their first match at the World Cup, the Italians are in hot water in Brazil for a television commercial in which Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Christ the Redeemer statue is dressed in a giant Italian football shirt. The Catholic Church in Brazil says the digitally-manipulated advertisement, which is [Read More...]

It’s electric: the tablet has finally arrived

I noticed it this week during the retreat for deacon candidates and their wives: a surprising number of those here are following the Liturgy of the Hours on a Kindle, iPad or smartphone. The iBreviary is incredibly popular. And now Tom McDonald reports a little piece of history: Suzi LeVine, incoming US ambassador to Switzerland, was [Read More...]

When is a priest not a priest?

From The Newark Star-Ledger: Chris Naples says something snapped inside him that January day. The Burlington County man sat in the gallery of the Delaware Supreme Court, watching as a lawyer for the Diocese of Trenton told the justices that the Rev. Terence McAlinden was not “on duty” — or serving in his capacity as [Read More...]

“Don’t set yourself against your Mother!”

I grow weary. I’m weary of the fighting. The name-calling. The ad hominems. The sneers and finger-pointing. I’m weary of the Catholic-against-Catholic warfare that has left too many muddied and bloodied. I’m weary of Catholics hurling accusations at bishops, notably the Bishop of Rome, in an effort to divide the faithful and turn the flock [Read More...]

Archbishop warns of “balkanization” of American Catholic church

I think he’s right. From NCR: A prominent U.S. archbishop has warned that the divisive nature of the nation’s politics — particularly the separation of people into disparate ideological camps — may be seeping into the American Catholic church, leading to a “balkanization” of the faithful. Indianapolis Archbishop Joseph Tobin also warned against a trend [Read More...]