Fast Company magazine takes a look at “blogging nuns and tweeting monks”

Suddenly, the mainstream media has discovered religious folk on the web.  Who knew? Details:  In 2006, Julie Vieira was getting ready to take her vows to become a nun. As she browsed the web, it became clear to her that nuns had an image problem on the Internet. “The pictures of nuns that popped up in searches [Read More...]

Here comes the judge: meet the deacon on the bench

Details: When the Honorable Marc R. Kellams speaks at the dinner following the Red Mass in Fort Wayne on Wednesday, Sept. 24, he will bring the perspective of a Catholic deacon and a circuit judge in southern Indiana’s Monroe County. The Red Mass — an ancient custom dating back to the 13thcentury when the solemn [Read More...]

Report: Cardinal Burke “demoted”?

As yet, no official confirmation from the Vatican. But this broke tonight, from Sandro Magister:  In his first months as bishop of Rome, Pope Bergoglio immediately provided for the transfer to lower-ranking positions of three prominent curial figures: Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, Archbishop Guido Pozzo, and Bishop Giuseppe Sciacca, considered for their theological and liturgical sensibilities [Read More...]

Stunning: gun instructor’s children send a message to the little girl who shot him

This is extraordinary. As someone noted elsewhere: “There are some good homilies right there.” Oh yeah. Just watch. [Read more...]

Must-see video: life through the eyes of a homeless man with a GoPro

Adam Reichart is a homeless man who is helping chronicle life on the street as part of a remarkable project called Details, from CNET: The project outfits homeless volunteers with GoPro cameras, which they use to film the world from their perspective. Reichart, who has lived on San Francisco’s streets on and off for [Read More...]

Gimme five!

When so much of the world seems to be bad, here’s a little slap of good. The New York Daily News notes: If you stick your hand in the air long enough, someone may just give you a high five. Filmmaker Meir Kalmanson ran around Park Ave. in July giving unsuspecting people trying to hail a [Read More...]

They’re divorced, remarried, barred from communion—and they’re fine with that

The good people at Crux have a look at a movement in Argentina that has garnered support from it’s most famous priest—the Pope: Marcos Fernández of Colombia … represents the kind of divorced and remarried Catholic who’s content with the status quo. Fernández married his second wife, Laura, 19 years ago, in a violation of Church [Read More...]

Pittsburgh reminds Catholics: it’s a big Church

CNS photo/Chuck Austin, Pittsburgh Catholic From CNS:  An all-night vigil Sept. 13-14 at a Byzantine Catholic church in Pittsburgh provided an opportunity for people of faith to participate in the prayers of the various Catholic churches that are “essential facets” of the culturally, ethnically and religiously diverse city of Pittsburgh. St. John Chrysostom Byzantine Catholic [Read More...]

Together at last: Jimmy Fallon, Thomas Merton and me

I’m pleased to report that my blog neighbor (and fellow Queens resident) Pat McNamara has just published a new book, “New York Catholics,” with Orbis Books. It’s available today on Amazon.  Check it out.  From the publisher: The historical and spiritual legacy of New York City’s largest denomination comes alive in these biographies of 76 [Read More...]

Pope Francis: “If preachers have failed to sow hope, that sermon is useless…”

Wise words for all of us, from today’s homily:   The Gospel of the day speaks of Jesus approaching a funeral procession: a widow of Nain lost her only son. The Pope said that not only does the Lord perform the miracle of bringing her son back to life, he does something more, he is [Read More...]

Pierced: Our Lady of Sorrows

Today marks this feast—which is also the feast day for my parish.  Below, a statue depicting Mary, pierced with seven swords for her seven sorrows, at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Charlotte, North Carolina. [Read more...]

Belgium to execute rapist-murderer—at his request

From the BBC: A Belgian man serving a life sentence for rape and murder will be allowed to have doctors end his life, after a landmark ruling. Unable to control his violent sexual urges, Frank Van Den Bleeken, who is 50, argued he would never be freed. The decision follows a three-year legal battle by [Read More...]

This could make me want to take up golf

Behold, the Golf Board: From the website:  The most innovative invention for golf since the advent of the graphite shaft, the GolfBoard is going to change the way you experience the game of golf forever. The easy to ride, lithium-ion battery powered transport adds a new level of fun and excitement never before seen on [Read More...]

Do you use intinction?

I’ve never see this done in parishes around the United States, but Fr. Z took note of this practice during yesterday’s big wedding Mass at St. Peter’s: His Holiness, again, did not seem to distribute Communion. He doesn’t, you know. However, deacons distributed under both kinds and by intinction. Thus, no Communion in the hand.  Nota [Read More...]

Great moments in fashion design: the Kent State bloody sweatshirt

Hot on the heels of a tee shirt that resembled a concentration camp uniform comes this jaw-dropper from Urban Outfitters: Someone at Urban Outfitters needs a crash course in American history. The retailer has come under fire for selling a “vintage” Kent State University sweatshirt that looks like it is splattered with fake blood stains. The Ohio [Read More...]

Can The Rule of St. Benedict save inner city schools?

A new documentary evidently makes a persuasive argument:  One of the most astonishing things about how Catholic schools educate kids in our country’s worst neighborhoods is that they’re by and large serving a population that isn’t Catholic. It didn’t have to be this way. In fact, it almost wasn’t. That’s one bottom line of the [Read More...]

Archbishop Listecki’s vision

An overview on the results of a recent archdiocesan synod, from The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:  Catholic laity — the people in the pews — will play a more prominent role in the life of the church in southeastern Wisconsin in the coming years, according to a declaration issued Sunday by Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki. And local [Read More...]

“Every priest continues to be a deacon…for the Lord Himself became our minister, our deacon”

A reader sent along this homily that was delivered today by Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend for the ordination of deacons who will one day be priests for the Congregation of Holy Cross.  It ties in beautifully with the feast we celebrate this day—and it offers some thoughtful insight into diakonia and [Read More...]