Ordination update: 15 new deacons for Orange

From Orange County Catholic: A total of 15 men were ordained as permanent deacons for the Diocese of Orange Oct. 17 by Bishop Kevin Vann at St. Columban Church—all members of the “Hands of Christ” deacon class of 2015. “We are blessed to welcome so many new deacons into the permanent diaconate within our diocese,” said Bishop Vann. [Read More...]

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Cardinal Pell on Synod document: “People should read it, not what was spun to them”

View image | gettyimages.com From Aleteia:  The Synod on the Family may have concluded in the Vatican, but a “virtual synod” is now underway in the media. And one high-ranking cardinal is urging people not to believe the spin. On Sunday morning, prior to the noonday Angelus, Aleteia spoke with Cardinal George Pell, Prefect of the Vatican Secretariat [Read More...]

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Can you stomach this?

I can’t: a hamburger stuffed with Reese’s peanut butter cups.  This, from a restaurant chain in Canada.  Details here.  This cannot possibly end well. [Read more...]

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Pew Research Center: Most U.S. Catholics disagree with Church teaching on what is sinful, want changes in Communion rules

Details:  Most U.S. Catholics (62%) think the church should allow Catholics who have been divorced and remarried without an annulment to receive Communion, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. And only about a third of American Catholics (35%) say they personally think getting remarried after a divorce without an annulment is sinful, compared with [Read More...]

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Who becomes a nun in 2015?

A writer with Pacific Standard asked that question—and found some answers: The number of Catholic sisters in the U.S. has steadily declined from a peak in 1965 of 181,421, to about 49,883, according to a 2014 report by researchers at Georgetown University. By 2009, just one percent of sisters were under the age of 40. In fact, [Read More...]

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Things you should know about Catholic weddings—but probably don’t

Marking her anniversary yesterday (congrats!), Simcha Fisher today calls up some memories of her own nuptials, and points to this very good piece at the USCCB website, which shatters a few popular myths about Roman Catholic weddings: In some traditions, at the conclusion of the procession into the Church, the presiding minister may ask, “Who [Read More...]

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Meet a deacon walking in the footsteps of Martin Luther King, Jr.

An inspiring portrait of a deacon from The Hartford Courant:  Earlier this month, Deacon Art Miller got himself arrested. He knelt down in the intersection of Bloomfield and Albany avenues in Hartford, one of about a dozen protesters purposefully breaking the law by blocking traffic as part of an effort to raise awareness that “black [Read More...]

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Father knows best—and wears a bullet-proof vest

A Massachusetts reader sent this item my way. Evidently, the new priest at his parish, Fr. Sinisa Ubiparipovic, wanted to ride along with the local cops in Hingham, MA. He got the full “Cops” treatment, too—captured in the video below.   [Read more...]

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The deacon who announces the Good News—and sports scores

From The National Catholic Register:  Dan Borné is a deacon at St. Jean Vianney parish in the Diocese of Baton Rouge, La. He is one of a growing number of deacons serving the Church. He is also the public-address announcer for Louisiana State University’s football and basketball games and president of the Louisiana Chemical Association, which represents 66 chemical-manufacturing [Read More...]

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Notre Dame becomes first Catholic university in U.S. to offer regular Byzantine liturgy on campus

How cool is this? From Aleteia: Students and faculty at the University of Notre Dame who go to the university’s chapel on Sundays may be hearing something different from the usual Mass opening of “In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” “Blessed is the kingdom of the Father and the Son and [Read More...]

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Ordination update: 3 new deacons for Portland

And one of the new deacons is the father of a monsignor. From the Catholic Sentinel: At October’s ordination to the permanent diaconate at St. Mary’s Cathedral, the front pews were filled with the wives, children and grandchildren of the three men being ordained — a lively and attentive group. On the altar, among the [Read More...]

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Final Synod report urges “accompaniment”

  View image | gettyimages.com From CNS:  While not specifically mentioning the controversial proposal of a path toward full reconciliation and Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried, members of the Synod of Bishops on the family handed Pope Francis a report emphasizing an obligation to recognize that not all Catholics in such a situation [Read More...]

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Sexism at the Synod?

Over at America’s blog “In All Things,” Fr. James Martin points out a significant oversight at the Synod: all the voting members are men, including one — Brother Herve Janson of the Little Brothers of Jesus—who is not ordained and is considered, technically, a layman. Why were there no laywomen? Read on:  Brother Janson said [Read More...]

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Homily for October 25, 2015: 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Last week, as I was walking home from work, heading up Third Avenue, I saw something you see often in New York: a woman sitting on the sidewalk, with a cup, asking for money. She was young, I’d guess in her early 30s. She didn’t look like someone I’d think of as “homeless” or destitute. [Read More...]

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Ordination update: 4 new deacons for Detroit

They were ordained by Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron on October 3 at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament. You can find profiles of them here.  And this piece in Michigan Catholic points out that all are Knights of Columbus: There are a select few who can partake in all seven sacraments in the Holy [Read More...]

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Great moments in advertising

This is why God made proofreaders. The word is “retinal.”  RETINAL. [Read more...]

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Peggy Noonan: “It was at CBS that I really learned the essentials of what professional journalists do”

She learned it the same way I did, from many of the same people, working in the same cramped studios with bad lighting and musty air in the bowels of what was once a dairy in midtown Manhattan. I arrived a few years after she had left. But clearly, not much had changed. Good times:  When I [Read More...]

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Pope Francis: “Times are changing and we Christians must change”

From this morning’s homily:  Taking his cue from the reading of St Paul’s letter to the Romans, Pope Francis’s homily reflected on the discernment that the Church needs to employ whilst looking at the signs of the times and doing what Christ wants. He noted how St Paul’s preaching stressed the freedom which has saved [Read More...]

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