“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...]

“With each ‘The Blood of Christ’ I spoke, my heart grew more glad…”

Last week, I swapped emails and had a great phone conversation with the husband of Marcia Morrissey — that would be Ed Morrissey, the blogging genius behind Hot Air. Ed wrote me yesterday to share some happy news: he’d just served for the first time as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. Great!, I said. [Read More...]

Pelosi: my faith “compels me” to support same-sex marriage

Details: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that her Catholic faith “compels” her to “be against discrimination of any kind” and thus for same-sex marriage. A reporter asked Pelosi: “Many of the people that are opposed to gay marriage cite their religion as the reason why they’re opposed. You’re a Catholic that supports gay [Read More...]

Meet the priest serving “the most reviled congregation in the country”

That would be the U.S. House of Representatives — and the priest who serves as that august body’s chaplain was recently interviewed about his job: After almost a year as chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives, which The New York Times called “one of the most reviled congregations in the country,” the Rev. Patrick Conroy [Read More...]

What makes Pope Benedict smile?

Seminarians!  Lots of ‘em!  Read on: Bishop James D. Conley of Denver said the news of rising seminarian numbers across the United States has delighted Pope Benedict XVI. “He was very happy to receive that information,” Bishop Conley told CNA on May 4 after meeting the Pope at the Vatican. “He said he had heard that vocations [Read More...]

Is student debt contributing to the vocation crisis? — UPDATED

A recent study from CARA says, “Yes”: With accumulated educational debt increasing by five percent yearly in the United States, the research was designed with two main goals: 1) to learn more about the impact of student loans on the men and women who are coming to religious life today. 2) to learn about the policy [Read More...]

Why does the pope rarely mention deacons? — UPDATED

A deacon reader writes: How does the pope preach to a morning audience on diakonia and never say the word “deacon” in his speech? Does this concern you that the pope has failed to mention the word “deacon” in any of his addresses in Mexico and Spain on his past trips?  He even started his homily’s [Read More...]

Working on faith at work

Is there a way to express your faith on the job? An author has some ideas. Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com [Read more...]

Anglican vicar converts, brings half his flock with him

Details, from a neighborhood in South London: A vicar led half his congregation in converting to Catholicism after complaining that the Church of England is telling believers in traditional values to ‘sod off’. Father Donald Minchew was followed by 70 of his flock when he left the Anglican church where he has led services for [Read More...]

A priest writes: “Why I refuse to bless children at communion” — UPDATED

This doesn’t happen a lot at my parish, but it’s prompted a couple of priests (including Fr. Z) to weigh in against the practice. Here’s Father Cory Sticha on the topic: I’ve been thinking more and more about my concerns around giving special blessings to children at Mass. There are a number of people here [Read More...]


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