Quote of the day: “There’s a consistency in our life ethic”

photo: Darren McCollester/Getty Images “The normal Catholic in the parish might hear a sermon on abortion once a year. They’ll never hear a sermon on homosexuality or gay marriage. They’ll never hear a sermon about contraception. But if you look at the New York Times, in the course of a week, there will be 20 [Read More...]

Where the pastor is a sister

Photo: Charles Lewis/Buffalo News Technically, she’s a “pastoral administrator.” But her leadership role is essentially the same. From The Buffalo News:    Members of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Lackawanna know exactly who’s in charge of their small parish. And the person’s name is not preceded by the title “Father.” A priest has [Read More...]

Seattle Catholic school offers gay drama coach new contract

Here’s an interesting followup to the story that was sparking protests—but it appears this employee’s status and terms of employment are very different. Details: The Eastside Catholic drama coach who feared for her job after coming out as gay on The Ron and Don Show now says she is being embraced by the school’s administration [Read More...]

“We must press on towards Bethlehem…”

“On the feast of the Epiphany, as we recall Jesus’ manifestation to humanity in the face of a Child, may we sense the Magi at our side, as wise companions on the way. Their example helps us to lift our gaze towards the star and to follow the great desires of our heart. They teach [Read More...]

Coming to TV: a Catholic modern family?

Or maybe a variation of “Modern Family”? From Hollywood comes this news:  Comedy veteran Laurie Metcalf is set to star opposite Jack McGee and Joey McIntyre in CBS’ new pilot for half-hour The McCarthys, from Sony TV and Will Gluck’s Olive Bridge Entertainment…. Written/co-executive produced by Brian Gallivan, The McCarthys revolves around a big Irish Catholic, sports-crazed Boston clan and [Read More...]

Esquire names Pope Francis “Best Dressed Man of the Year”

From HuffPo:  Pope Francis has picked up yet another year-end honor which may be his most surprising yet! Esquire named him “The Best Dressed Man of 2013,” chiefly for the symbolism of his papal style choices. Pope Francis has largely avoided splendor, and is most commonly seen in a plain white robe and skullcap. He chose the simplest papal [Read More...]

Christmas in Queens

Merry Christmas! [Read more...]

Chicago church remembers slain deacon

Photo: Chuck Berman/Chicago Tribune From The Chicago Tribune:  For the parishioners of St. Philip Neri Catholic Church on Sunday, it was obvious in so many ways that Deacon Willie Cooper was gone. Someone else led the altar servers and lectors in prayer before Mass. Only the pastor poured holy water on a baby girl getting [Read More...]

“The Anxiety of Joseph”: a homily for the 4th Sunday of Advent

Still looking for a Christmas gift for a priest or deacon?  Allow me to suggest a book: “Naked and You Clothed Me: Homilies and Reflections for Cycle A”.  This is the second of a three-volume series, covering all three liturgical cycles, featuring homilies from people like James Martin SJ, Richard Rohr, OFM, Dan Horan, OFM, [Read More...]

Engaged couples get a chance to spend Valentine’s Day with the pope

From CNS:   Attention engaged couples: if you have already completed or are still attending marriage preparation courses, would you like to spend St. Valentine’s Day at an audience with Pope Francis? The Pontifical Council for the Family is sponsoring the event (“The Joy of a ‘Yes’ that’s Forever”) in the Vatican’s Paul VI audience hall Feb. 14. [Read More...]