Notre Dame to honor Little Sisters of the Poor

The press release arrived in my mail box this morning:  The Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture will award the 2016 Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal to the Little Sisters of the Poor and their Mother Provincial, Sr. Loraine Marie Maguire. “For more than 175 years, the Little Sisters of the Poor have dedicated their lives to humble service of the most vulnerable among us,” said O. Carter Snead, William P. and Hazel B. White Director of the Notre… Read more

New Jersey priest arrested, accused of pointing musket at 8-year-old boy

From The New York Daily News:  A football loving New Jersey priest was arrested Friday for allegedly pointing a musket at an 8-year-old boy who committed the cardinal sin of cheering for the Dallas Cowboys. Father Kevin Carter, a devout Giants fan, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and aggravated assault by pointing a firearm after allegedly threatening to shoot the child for rooting for the Giants arch-rivals, authorities said. The 54-year-old pastor, assigned to St. Margaret… Read more

Vatican fires gay priest ahead of Synod—UPDATED

Fron AP:  The Vatican on Saturday fired a monsignor who came out as gay on the eve of a big meeting of the world’s bishops to discuss church outreach to gays, divorcees and more traditional Catholic families. Monsignor Kryzstof Charamsa was a mid-level official in the Vatican’s doctrine office. In newspaper interviews published in Italy and Poland on Saturday, Charamsa said he was happy and proud to be a gay priest, and was in love with a man whom he… Read more

CNN: Pope had private meeting with gay couple during U.S. trip

Details:  The day before Pope Francis met anti-gay county clerk Kim Davis in Washington last week, he held a private meeting with a longtime friend from Argentina who has been in a same-sex relationship for 19 years. Yayo Grassi, an openly gay man, brought his partner, Iwan, as well several other friends to the Vatican Embassy on September 23 for a brief visit with the Pope. A video of the meeting shows Grassi and Francis greeting each other with a warm hug…. Read more

Egypt to begin construction of “Church of the Martyrs” to honor slain Christians in Libya

Details:  Work will begin in the coming days in Minya on a church that was planned to honor the deaths of 20 Egyptian Coptic Christians who died in a brutal sectarian attack by militants in Libya earlier this year. Plans and licences for the ‘Church of the Martyrs’ have been finalised to begin the work, head of the Samalout municipality in Minya said, as reported by MENA state news. Major General Gamal Mubaral Qinawy confirmed that the church will be… Read more

Holy See: “The Pope’s meeting with Mrs. Davis should not be considered a form of support…”

Here it is, via Vatican Radio:  Father Federico Lombardi, SJ, the head of the Holy See Press Office has released a statement on the brief meeting between Kim Davis and Pope Francis during his visit to Washington, DC. The full statement is below The brief meeting between Mrs. Kim Davis and Pope Francis at the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, DC has continued to provoke comments and discussion. In order to contribute to an objective understanding of what transpired I am… Read more

Westward, ho!

I’m heading to Montana early Thursday morning to lead a retreat for deacons and their wives in the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings. Checking reviews for the resort where we’ll be staying, I was a little surprised to learn there may be bears. I’m hoping it’s more like this: I’ll let you know. Blogging may be light, and WiFi may be spotty. But I’ll try and check in from time to time. If the bears don’t get me first. Photos: Pixbay, Creative Commons Read more

3 leadership lessons from Pope Francis

Forbes magazine gets it: Last week the Pope visited the United States for the first time in his life, and showed off many of his wonderful leadership attributes. Here are three lessons from this extraordinary leader: Stay Focused: the Pope’s message, over and over again, to multiple audiences is the same: Show mercy to the poor and disadvantaged. And whether he was speaking to Congress or the United Nations or anyone else, the Pope urged the United States to be more… Read more

Francis Effect: A lapsed liberal Catholic writes of “how Pope Francis brought me back to the Church”

View image | From the website Vox, writer Gillea Allison explains: Just as President Obama provided an opening for an entire generation to get involved in the political process, what we see now in Francis — in a more profound and global sense — seemed to be welcoming people in by looking out. The core strategy of Obama’s campaign was an expansion of the electorate: getting more people involved in their communities and participating in the political process. Francis… Read more

Lawyer says Kim Davis met with Pope Francis during his visit

Details from CBS News:   Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who went to jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, met with Pope Francis last week during his visit to the U.S., Davis’ attorney Mat Staver told CBS News. According to Staver, the two met briefly last Thursday, September 24, at the Vatican Embassy in Washington, D.C. Staver said Pope Francis spoke to Davis in English and asked her to pray for him. He said Davis, in… Read more