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...]

A sportscaster’s moving testament of love

Two weeks ago, Ohio sportscaster Dom Tiberi’s daughter was killed in a tragic car accident. Last week, he returned to the air for the first time. In this poignant telecast, he paid tribute to his daughter, to Ohio State (which held a moment of silence before last weekend’s game in her honor) and to the [Read More...]

Fr. James Martin on The Big Interview: “We both had the same thought: ‘You know, this could be kind of a dud.’

Hours after that interview with the pope was published, the grumbling began—and from some unexpected places.  One of them was in Catholic media. Greg Erlandson, publisher of Our Sunday Visitor, complained on his blog: While I am at the Plenary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications with such leaders as Cardinal Thomas Collins of [Read More...]

The pope’s powerful outreach to a prodigal people

I’ve been reading some of the reaction to the ground-shaking interview with Pope Francis. Not all of it has been warm. Traditionalists, in particular, find it worrisome, and some conservative commentators have been downright hostile. It seems to me they are missing the point.  The Holy Father was speaking to the world, but he was [Read More...]