On Medjugorje: “Numerous absurd messages, insincerities, falsehoods, and disobedience…”

Aleteia has a roundup of reaction from prominent Catholic theologians and priests to the news that the CDF has cracked down on participation in Medjugorje-related events. Details (with a h/t to Diane over a Te Deum) Author and pastor of the Church of St. Michael in Manhattan, Fr. George Rutler views the Medjugorje phenomenon overall very negatively [Read More...]

Rutgers offering class on Springsteen’s religious lyrics

Hey, why not? Details: Rutgers University freshmen are getting a dose of Bruce Springsteen-style religion this semester. The state university is offering a semester-long class exploring the theological roots of the rock icon’s songs, according to a report on Rutgers Today, the school’s online news site. Azzan Yadin-Israel, an associate professor of Jewish studies and classics, is [Read More...]

I see people dressed like this for baptisms all the time, don’t you?

From today’s big event in London, via Reuters. [Read more...]

Catholic high school begins random alcohol tests on students

From the Arlington Daily Herald outside Chicago: Random alcohol testing for students began this week at St. Viator High School, officials confirmed. The program, which was announced by the Arlington Heights Catholic school in August, randomly tests the hairs of 10 to 20 students each week for alcohol consumption. St. Viator has been doing random [Read More...]

Back from the Magic Kingdom!

Well, Orlando, at least. I spent three days rubbing elbows with the deacons of Orlando and their wives—presenting a series of talks for their continuing education weekend on ways to “glorify the Lord” in liturgy, in ministry, and in the home and workplace.  The conference was held at the diocese’s lovely San Pedro Center, a sprawling [Read More...]

Meet Ken Hackett: State Department releases short YouTube video introducing new ambassador to Holy See

Check out this profile of the diplomat, just posted on the State Department YouTube page (you can read a full biography of him here): [Read more...]

Pope Francis: “Are we ‘sacristy Christians,’ Christians only by word but that live like pagans?”

“The Church is Apostolic because she is sent to take the Gospel to the whole world. The same mission that Jesus entrusted to the Apostles continues in the journey of history: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy [Read More...]

Meet Columbus, Ohio’s 99-year-old altar server

From the Columbus Dispatch:  When he delivered newspapers at the former St. Anthony Hospital on the Near East Side nearly a century ago, Melvin Harris would pass the chapel, stopping to watch Catholic faithful gathered in worship. He had been raised Baptist but was impressed by the solemnity of the Mass. He became hooked. “I [Read More...]

Do you remember the first prayer you learned?

I do. It was this one: Angel of God My guardian dear To Whom His love Commits me here Ever this day Be at my side To light and guard To rule and guide. Amen Today is the Feast of the Guardian Angels. My wife reminded me, as I kissed her goodbye and headed out the [Read More...]

Bombshell #2: Pope gives another major interview

And Rocco Palmo has the first take-away: In the latest proof of his desire to reach out from behind the walls – and along the way, (again) remind the Establishment he inherited who’s Boss – today’s cover of Italy’s largest-circulation daily indeed blared a second major interview in 12 days with the Pope, this time [Read More...]