The headline says it all

From the Central Kentucky News: Once a rebellious nun, Danville woman now eyes priesthood Snip: “Back when I was a nun, there were still a lot of people who went into the holy orders,” Watson said. “It was like the closest thing you could be because you couldn’t be a priest. My mother said, ‘You’re [Read More...]

Forgive us our debts: how some young people are paying off student loans to pursue a vocation

From The Detroit Free Press:  After nearly two years of waiting, Melanie Bruss headed earlier this month to Minnesota to join the Consecrates of the Most Holy Savior, a Catholic religious order. Bruss was accepted to the order in November 2012, but had been held up by a stumbling block — her student loans. Like a [Read More...]

After four decades, Rochester eliminates lay preaching at Mass

I’m frankly surprised that this has been going on for so long. Details:  For the better part of 40 years in churches across the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, clergy ceded the floor to laypeople for the delivery of the homily — the sermon that follows the reading of the Gospel at Mass. The practice, [Read More...]

Flying to Ohio! Again!

Wasn’t I there just a few weeks ago?  (Yes!)  I’m about to head out the door for LaGuardia, again, so blogging may be light over the next couple days. I’m headed to the lovely campus of Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, where I’ll be the keynote speaker at the annual gathering of deacons for the [Read More...]

Obama to issue executive order protecting LGBT workers, but without religious exemption

Details: President Barack Obama plans to sign two executive orders Monday prohibiting discrimination against gay and transgender workers in the federal government and its contracting agencies, without a new exemption that was requested by some religious organizations. Obama’s action comes on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling in the Hobby Lobby case [Read More...]

Large number of Germans left Catholic Church last year

From AP:  The German Bishops’ Conference says the number of Germans leaving the Roman Catholic church jumped sharply last year, an apparent result of an uproar over a bishop’s lavish new residence. The conference said Friday that 178,805 people formally left the church in 2013, compared with 118,335 the previous year. The figure was just [Read More...]

The world’s most successful coach of endurance runners is…a Catholic missionary?!

Yep. Great story about a remarkable man, whose legacy has been dubbed “the stuff of legend in Kenya”: In 2012, David Rudisha, a Masai warrior from Kenya, ran what many say was the greatest race in the history of the Olympics. He led the 800m final from the front and smashed his own world record, [Read More...]

VIDEO: Pay a visit to “the world’s friendliest restaurant”

A reader sent this my way this morning. Grab a Kleenex and watch. Want to learn more? Read about Tim at his restaurant website. God love him. [Read more...]

Worth a thousand words: grief over the tragedy in Ukraine

A colleague forwarded to me this tweet. [Read more...]

Homelessness: it can happen to anyone

The video below is part of a bold new campaign to raise awareness about homelessness.  It packs a punch. Just watch. Details:  Impact Homelessness believes its message of compassion and understanding can prompt positive change. “Since the recession began, the face of homelessness has been changing,” the organization’s Facebook page reads. “From school children to the [Read More...]

Pentecostals who are “challenging the notion of Catholicism as a buttoned-up faith”

From The Tennessean:  They gathered in the little chapel at St. Ignatius of Antioch, lit by stained-glass abstracts capturing the setting sun, ready to experience something outside the bounds of Mass. Some strummed guitars; others grabbed maracas and tambourines from a basket and joined in; still others quietly paged through Bibles brought from home. After each [Read More...]

Nuns fleeing Gaza: “The crimes are multiplying…”

Details:  Three nuns of the Institute of the Word Incarnate working with the Catholic Holy Family parish in Gaza are preparing to leave the Gaza Strip following multiple Israeli air strikes Wednesday evening that destroyed a neighbor’s home. According to the Catholic news agency Fides, the sisters, all foreigners, received a telephone call from the [Read More...]

Bishop: Syracuse “stands at the ready” to welcome migrant children

Details:  The Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse “stands at the ready” to help temporarily house migrant children from Central America who are awaiting deportation hearings, Bishop Robert J. Cunningham said today. In an open letter to the community, Cunningham said the Diocese of Syracuse would be a willing partner to help take care of the [Read More...]

What’s causing the child refugee crisis?

Catholic Relief Services posted this on its website: Catholic Relief Services’ Rick Jones, the Deputy Regional Director for Global Solidarity and Justice for Latin American and the Caribbean, testified before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs today on the current spike of unaccompanied Central American children fleeing violence and crossing into other Central American [Read More...]

The naked truth about television: 500 channels and there’s nothing on. Not a stitch, in fact.

The TV critic at The New York Times is keeping an eye on the tube, so we don’t have to. Reading this, describing what’s coming into our living rooms this summer, I have to think that’s a very good thing: In case you missed the news that traditional courtship is dead, naked people on VH1 [Read More...]

Catholic schools become first in Canada to have a “transgender policy” on pronouns, uniforms, washrooms

It may be a first in the world, in fact. Details: Catholic schools in Vancouver have adopted a policy that could allow transgender students to use the pronouns, uniforms and washrooms that match their gender identity after a human rights complaint forced the local archdiocese to balance its religious teachings with the rights of transgender [Read More...]

Standing ovation: Thomas Peters’ recovery continues

One year after his horrific, life-changing accident, he’s just posted this video: Read all about it, and more, at his blog.  His wife notes: Today we invite you to pray and celebrate with us for all the grace and beauty that has come out of the accident. We are grateful beyond words for the outpouring of love and [Read More...]

VIDEO: What happens when two chimps go to see “Planet of the Apes”?

Pretty much what you’d expect. Details:  Two chimpanzees from the Myrtle Beach Safari went to the opening night of Dawn of the Planet of Apes Friday, and hopefully, this won’t be a case of “monkey see, monkey do.” Vali and Sugriva, both two-year-old chimps from the T.I.G.E.R.S. Preserve, went to the opening night of the [Read More...]