What should you call a former Catholic priest?—UPDATED

I get the most interesting e-mails. After posting the news about Thomas Williams yesterday, I got this e-mail from Fr. Albert Cutié: Deacon: I don’t think you should use the term “former priest” referring to someone who was ordained – who received the sacrament of Holy Orders. It makes it sound like you don’t believe [Read More...]

Lest we forget: before “The Sound of Music” went live, the Captain and Maria reunited “On Golden Pond”

While I’ve been reading a lot on social media about last night’s live version of “The Sound of Music”—I joined the production in progress,  just before Carrie Underwood ran back to the convent and heard about mountain-climbing—few people have mentioned television’s last big experiment in live theater. It was a dud. And it also had [Read More...]

“You don’t expect to sit at Mass and discover the person next to you is a man dressed as a woman…”

Now for something different, from blogger and author Steve Ray:  It was unsettling. You don’t expect to sit at Mass and discover the person next to you is a man dressed as a woman – actually, a man who “is” a woman. It was a bit discombobulating. You don’t expect such an spectacle at Mass [Read More...]

Is it too early for a Christmas flash mob?

I don’t think so. Here’s one I haven’t seen, from last year, and it’s perfect for what is traditionally the busiest travel day of the year (and one that will be marked by some awful weather for much of the country).  We’re heading to Maryland this afternoon: over the river and through the downpour to [Read More...]

Pardon me: what happens to those turkeys?

Who knew? From CNN: Along a pastoral lane at George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate sits a sizable wooden pen built specifically to house the two turkeys that will be “pardoned” at the White House on Wednesday. The well-appointed pen includes a small coop to protect them from weather and foxes, and an area for them [Read More...]

It’s here: “The Joy of the Gospel”—with homily hints from the pope

From Vatican Radio:  “The Joy of the Gospel” is the title Pope Francis has chosen for this first major document of his pontificate, putting down in print the joyous spirit of encounter with Christ that characterizes every public appearance he has made so far. The man who has constantly kept the media’s attention with his [Read More...]

What you might not know about the pope’s “huge following” on Twitter

Details:  A good number of Pope Francis’ followers on Twitter are overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) concentrated in Islam-dominated Middle East, a Vatican official said on Thursday. “When the Pope went on Twitter. We can see where in the world the Pope has followers,”  Msgr. Paul Tighe, among the Pope’s advisers managing his Twitter account @Pontifex, [Read More...]

School cancels Christmas toy drive after “humanists” threaten to sue

Details: A South Carolina charter school has canceled its annual Christmas toy drive after a group of self-described humanists complained that the project violated the U.S. Constitution and accused them of bribing children to convert to Christianity. Renee Mathews, the principal of East Point Academy in West Columbia, S.C., said the annual Operation Christmas Child [Read More...]

Sarah Palin “taken aback” by “kind of liberal” comments of Pope Francis

From CNN:  Sarah Palin said she is trying to follow Pope Francis, but is wary of what she called the media’s interpretation of his message. “He’s had some statements that to me sound kind of liberal, has taken me aback, has kind of surprised me,” said Palin. But “unless I really dig deep into what his [Read More...]

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...]