Want to save souls? Try this.

My blog neighbor Larry D has the scoop on an impressive apostolate that began in Detroit, but is catching fire and winning converts around the world. He turns a welcome spotlight on the St. Paul Street Evangelization project. From The Michigan Catholic:  Just three years ago, Steve Dawson took an idea and ran with it. It was [Read More...]

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Meanwhile, over at the Episcopal Church …

… they have their own headaches:  An Episcopal priest shocked his Queens congregation recently when he left his wife and married someone else — a much younger man. The Rev. Juan Andres Quevedo-Bosch, 59, the archdeacon of Queens and rector of the Church of the Redeemer in Astoria, announced over Facebook last week that he [Read More...]

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Homily for July 26, 2015: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

On Friday, the New York Times offered its readers some interesting advice: it published ideas from experts on how to get a table at the best and most exclusive restaurants in New York City. The ideas ranged from calling in favors, to asking friends of friends to make a call, to even getting a personal [Read More...]

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Fordham sends its video welcome to Pope Francis

You may have seen how Stephen Colbert did it. Now, here’s Fordham’s President Rev. Joseph M. McShane and a few football players. [Read more...]

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Pastor gives deacon’s wife the gift of life

Beautiful story, from The New Richmond News in Wisconsin: In the Gospel of John 15:13, Jesus instructs, “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” Fr. John Anderson may not have died for Ginny Bablick, but the former pastor of St. Mary, Tomahawk, did give the parish [Read More...]

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Report: priest stops funeral Mass mid-liturgy

From a TV station in Rochester, New York: A local family said a priest suddenly stopped their loved one’s funeral during the ceremony. Michael Klimchuk said Father Louis Sirianni at Saint Mark’s Church in Greece ended the funeral mass for his sister, Mary, Monday because a family member went outside the order of the mass [Read More...]

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Preachers, don’t make this mistake this weekend

This Sunday, we encounter once again the amazing story of how Jesus, using just a few loaves and fishes, fed thousands. Among the many truths buried in this episode, we can conclude that: Christ feeds the hungry, that he gives us more than we could ever need, that he transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary. [Read More...]

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Must-see video: Stephen Colbert welcomes the pope to the U.S.

Short, simple and sincere—and with Matthew 25 included, too. When was the last time you saw the star of a late night talk show do something like this? [Read more...]

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Is the Archdiocese of Washington about to extend benefits to same sex spouses?

This email arrived in my inbox this morning: I recently read on The Church Militant website that the Archdiocese of Washington D.C. is planning to extend employment benefits to spouses of same sex couples employed in the diocese. I would love to see your thoughts on this on the blog. First question is: Why is [Read More...]

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The one question every Catholic needs to ask…

…comes from the always-interesting Brandon Vogt. And it’s a good one:  New research shows that 7% of Catholics contribute 80% of all donations and volunteer hours. It’s easy to cater everything to this group. We know they’ll sign-up, they’ll show up, they’ll subscribe, they’ll buy books, they’ll give. But every Catholic needs to ask this question: [Read More...]

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New York City’s deaf Catholics find a new home

Some readers may recall the controversy surrounding the announcement last year that a parish serving New York’s deaf community was going to close. Now, an update, via Catholic New York: After three decades at St. Elizabeth’s parish, deaf Catholics are about to embark on a new chapter for worship and social gatherings at St. Thomas More [Read More...]

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“Deacons aren’t just decaffeinated priests”

That’s the eye-catching headline in the UK’s The Tablet, which calls for a reconsideration of marriage and Holy Orders. Snip:  Those who are unmarried at the time of ordination, including widowers, must vow themselves to celibacy thereafter. In the words of the presiding bishop: “By this consecration you will adhere more easily to Christ with [Read More...]

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What are they doing at Church of Our Saviour? The pastor explains — UPDATED

There’s been a lot of attention this week to work that’s been undertaken at New York City’s celebrated Church of Our Saviour parish on Park Avenue—for many years, pastored by Fr. George Rutler. Icons that have decorated the church walls for years were mysteriously removed and some feared a “wreckovation” was about to take place. [Read More...]

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Pope Francis’ latest magazine cover: National Geographic

From the magazine’s cover story: “I really need to start making changes right now,” Francis told a half dozen Argentine friends one morning just two months after 115 cardinals in the Vatican conclave vaulted him from relative obscurity into the papacy. To many observers—some delighted, others discomfited—the new pope already had changed seemingly everything, seemingly overnight. He [Read More...]

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A new church reality: heightened security

From The New York Times: Armed guards, security patrols and surveillance cameras — at the Potter’s House of Denver, they are just another part of Sunday services, like prayer, psalms and sermons. Much of the security effort is hidden so it does not interfere with worship, but church leaders insist that the military-style protocols are [Read More...]

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Gallup: pope’s favorability rating falls, with conservatives fueling the drop

From Gallup:  Pope Francis’ favorability rating in the U.S. has returned to where it was when he was elected pope. It is now at 59%, down from 76% in early 2014. The pontiff’s rating is similar to the 58% he received from Americans in April 2013, soon after he was elected pope. After Pope Francis [Read More...]

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Muslims raise over one hundred thousand dollars to rebuild black churches in the South

From Huffington Post, some news that should get wider circulation:  Three Muslim organizations have raised over $100,000 to rebuild black churches in the South. In the days following the shooting of nine people inside Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, a string of church fires at black worship centers in the South raised alarm on social [Read More...]

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Bishops: “Culture of life” demands end to death penalty

From CNS:  The Catholic faith tradition “offers a unique perspective on crime and punishment, one grounded in mercy and healing, not punishment for its own sake,” two bishops said in a statement renewing the U.S. Catholic Church’s push to end the death penalty. “ No matter how heinous the crime, if society can protect itself [Read More...]

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