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Fox News’s Kirsten Powers announces: “I’m becoming Catholic!”

The news has been hurtling around the world tonight on Twitter:About Powers, from her Wikipedia page:Kirsten A. Powers (born 1969) is an American political pundit and analyst. She began her career as a Democratic Party staff assistant with the Clinton-Gore presidential transition team in 1992, followed by an appointment as Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Public Affairs in the Clinton administration from 1993-1998. She subsequently worked in various roles including pr … [Read More...]


Just in time for Respect Life month, an app that slaps life in the face

A truly repellent idea: Wannabe tech entrepreneurs Julia Cordray and Nicole McCullough haven’t even launched their first app yet, and they’ve already achieved international fame … for all the wrong reasons.  Dubbed the ultimate “Mean Girls” by their growing army of critics, the pair have gone into near-hiding this week after people all over the world reacted with outrage to the announcement of their soon-to-drop app, Peeple.  Before its creators pulled down its webpage late last week, Peeple … [Read More...]

Hello, Altoona!

I'll soon be on the road again: This weekend, once again CNEWA will be hitting the road. As we did recently in Illinois, we’ll be visiting a parish in Altoona, Pennsylvania: St. John the Evangelist. I’ll be preaching at all the Masses and members of our development team will be on hand to meet p … [Read More...]

From the Synod: Families need homilies connected to real life

From CNS: Families need to hear homilies that connect the Gospel to the troubles and joys they experience, said a synod participant.Maria Gomes, the Family and Life director at St. Mary’s Church in Dubai, and an observer at the Synod of Bishops on the family, said the typical scenario is “the pr … [Read More...]

Curious about women deacons? Look East.—UPDATED

While the subject has popped up at the Synod this week, and seems to be generating some buzz, the topic of women deacons is hardly new to some churches in the East. The Coptic Church, for example, has a long history of deaconesses, but the office is not conferred by ordination and seems roughly a … [Read More...]

Renovation of university chapel for Muslims prompts backlash

From The Wichita Eagle: Muslims at Wichita State University wanted a better place to pray. In May, workers renovated the campus chapel and removed the tiny altar and pews. WSU administrators thought the change had resolved the problem by giving Muslim students a place to kneel on the floor and … [Read More...]

From the Synod: Ordaining women deacons raises concerns that “need to be studied”

From the daily press briefing, via Vatican Radio: On Thursday Oct. 8 Archbishop Charles Palmer-Buckley of Accra, Ghana, said that the world needs to be patient with Africa when it comes to dealing with issues like homosexuality. “Give countries time to deal with issues from our own cultural pe … [Read More...]

Kelsey Grammer’s pro-life witness

The following picture appeared on the Facebook page of the pro-life group Abort73:About the organization:What does the name Abort73 actually mean? The connection becomes more clear after watching our intro video, January 1973, which plays on the Abort73 homepage. We took the word … [Read More...]

From the Synod: “Are there new ways of using the permanent diaconate and those who are permanent deacons to be ministers and bearers of mercy?”

Deacon Bill Ditewig caught this interesting moment yesterday:At a recent press conference (6 October 2015) held in Rome highlighting some of the points raised thus far in the Synod, Father Thomas Rosica summarized one particular area of special concern for deacons.  As phrased by Father Rosica, … [Read More...]

Confessions of a new confessor

From Ethika Politica comes this view from the other side of screen, via Fr. Gabriel Toretta, OP:  As a newly ordained priest, I get asked all kinds of questions to which the speaker already knows the answer, things like “What was it like being ordained?” (Indescribable), “How do you like your new pa … [Read More...]

Meet the deacon who flew the pope back to Rome

Who knew? From Tulsa World: American Airlines pilot Capt. Gary Beam carried a huge secret for more than a month: that he had been selected to fly Pope Francis back to Rome.“I’ve been wanting to burst at the seams for the last month. It’s one of those secrets that you just wanted to blurt to eve … [Read More...]

On the road: big sky, big mountains, big hearts

I finally got home late (very late) Sunday from a long weekend in the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings, Montana, where I led a retreat for the deacons and their wives.The diocese is big. No, it's huge. No, it's GINORMOUS. The website says it "comprises the eastern two-thirds of the State of … [Read More...]

From the Synod: Archbishop says Church should consider women deacons—UPDATED WITH VIDEO

This just in, from CNS: Canadian Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher of Gatineau, Quebec, said the synod should reflect on the possibility of allowing for female deacons as it seeks ways to open up more opportunities for women in church life.Where possible, qualified women should be given higher … [Read More...]

Conversion story: transforming a seminary into another kind of school

From the In My Backyard Desk, Elizabeth Scalia at Aleteia writes about one of my favorite places to visit on retreat: the beautiful Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington, New York: When the seminarians of Long Island’s Seminary of the Immaculate Conception were transferred to St. Joseph’s Sem … [Read More...]

French Catholics in Lourdes take in refugees from Middle East

From John Burger at Aleteia: Pope Francis in September asked Catholics in Europe to put up immigrant families fleeing the horrors of war in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East and Africa. In the village of Lourdes, France, it was already happening. About 15 Iraqi Christian families have … [Read More...]

Jerry Brown, former seminarian, signs law legalizing assisted suicide in California

The culture of death scores another victory—and during Respect Life month.From The Washington Post:  California Gov. Jerry Brown (D), a lifelong Catholic and former Jesuit seminarian, signed a law Monday legalizing physician-assisted suicide in California.Brown, who has had brushes with ca … [Read More...]

In the email: “He said he and his wife were going to be deacons…”

A friend sent this my way, evidently posted by a priest on Facebook: "A friend and parishioner went to another parish last weekend. Evidently, a deacon candidate was preaching, which is problem number one. Yes, I know. Practice, blah, blah, blah. But only clerics can preach at Mass. But, Father, it … [Read More...]

Pope’s opening remarks to Synod: “With faith in God, fidelity to the Magesterium, the good of the Church…”

From Monday morning: Let us remember, that the Synod will be a space for the action of the Holy Spirit only if we participants vest ourselves with apostolic courage, evangelical humility and trusting prayer: with that apostolic courage, which refuses to be intimidated in the face of the … [Read More...]