Archbishop Myers: Catholics who dissent from teaching on marriage should not receive communion — UPDATED

He made the assertion as part of a major pastoral letter released yesterday. From The Record newspaper: In a sweeping pastoral statement to be made public today, the leader of more than 1 million North Jersey Catholics urges them to vote “in defense of marriage and life,” and warns that the passage of same-sex marriage [Read More...]

Illinois court upholds conscience rights for pharmacists

Details, from Catholic News Agency:  An Illinois appeals court’s ruling on the conscience rights of pharmacists is being hailed as a victory for religious freedom and could offer hope to current lawsuits challenging the federal contraception mandate. “Government can’t force pharmacists and pharmacies to violate their religious beliefs to stay in business,” said Mark Rienzi, [Read More...]

RIP, Andy Williams

The legendary crooner is gone:   Andy Williams, the silky-voiced, clean-cut crooner, whose hit recording “Moon River” and years of popular Christmas TV shows brought him fans the world over has died, his publicist said. He was 84. Williams died Tuesday night at his home in Branson following a yearlong battle with bladder cancer, his Los Angeles-based publicist, [Read More...]

Can the German bishops do this? — UPDATED

The news out of Germany last week left a lot of people surprised — even shocked.  Now the blogger Fr. John Boyle takes a closer look at what Canon law has to say on the subject: It would seem to me that the burden of proof is with the ecclesiastical authorities to verify that one [Read More...]

Euthanasia climbs 18% in Netherlands; dementia and psychiatric cases soaring

The news is chilling. Details from Christian Medical Comment: According to Dutch media reports today, euthanasia deaths in the Netherlands in 2011 increased by 18% to 3,695. This follows increases of 13% in 2009 and 19% in 2010. In fact from 2006 to 2011 there has been a steady increase in numbers each year with [Read More...]

“Les Miserables” movie poster revealed

First, there was the trailer.  Then the “extended first look.” Now, ladies and gentlemen, the movie poster for “Les Miserables,” from FirstShowing.Net    It may look vaguely familiar: the image is a re-interpretation of the well-known poster for the stage version.  [Read more...]

Ice skating with Fulton Sheen

You may remember a posting from July, when I mentioned meeting Fulton Sheen’s niece.  (She’s pictured above with Sheen’s successor at the Propagation of the Faith — and my current boss— CNEWA president Msgr. John Kozar.) Now, she’s given an interview and shared some fascinating details about the life of her celebrated uncle. From the Catholic [Read More...]

Notre Dame invites Obama, Romney to speak

From the university’s press release:  The University of Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., and student body president Brett Rocheleau have joined in inviting both President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Gov. Mitt Romney to speak at the University during the fall election campaign. Continuing a long-standing tradition, Father Jenkins and Rocheleau addressed [Read More...]

Remembering “the people’s priest” of the Bronx

Every now and then, we receive a blessed reminder of what it means to follow in the footsteps of Christ. Here’s one, from the New York Times: The Rev. John C. Flynn could have been a monsignor, but as he told the story in later years, he refused the elevation because he already held a [Read More...]

For Yom Kippur: “On this day, it is our privilege to be alive…”

“The daily whisper of mortality grows to a roar on this holiest day. While we pray to be granted one more year we look around the synagogue. Some who were there last year, for many years past, are no longer with us. The empty seat or the new occupant brings the shock of unpleasant recognition: [Read More...]

Church seeks donations to pay for ads to defeat same-sex marriage

Details from the Minnesota Star-Tribune: Minnesota Roman Catholics will receive a letter this week from the state’s bishops, urging them to donate money for television ads asking voters to say yes to a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. For many of the more than 400,000 Catholic households expected to get the letter, it marks [Read More...]

Ordination update: the new deacons of Milwaukee

The Catholic Herald newspaper in Milwaukee has posted a terrific gallery of pictures of the diaconate ordination held on September 8th. Check it out. Congratulations! [Read more...]

There goes that sexist, woman-hating Catholic Church again…

Bazinga!      Details, from CNS:  Choosing men and women from every part of the world and from a wide variety of professions, Pope Benedict XVI nominated 45 experts and 49 observers for the upcoming world Synod of Bishops. The Oct. 7-28 gathering will include the largest bloc of women — 10 experts and 19 [Read More...]

“Changing Room:” watch one woman lose 160 pounds, one iPhone photo at a time

Her name is Julia Kozerski, and she documented her weight loss (and struggles with body image) on her website using just the camera on her telephone: Following my wedding in July 2009, I decided to make a series of changes to my lifestyle in order to lose weight. During the year that followed, I successfully [Read More...]

“Every life is a miracle”

From John Andrew O’Rourke and Blackstone Films, comes this potent and effective video that profiles Aid for Women, a crisis pregnancy center in Chicago. [Read more...]

Duly noted in the wedding announcements…

A former boss from CBS sent this my way, noting: “I found the description of the living arrangements and book title amusing…” From yesterday’s New York Times:  Trevor Douglas McLaren and Owen Patrick Ryan were married Saturday in Washington. Guy Cecil, the executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and a Universal Life minister, [Read More...]

Vietnamese Christian bloggers sentenced to jail for spreading “propaganda”

From UCANews (h/t New Advent): The People’s Court in Ho Chi Minh City today passed sentence on three Christian bloggers in a case that has polarized the religious community and drawn international criticism. Nguyen Van Hai and Marie Ta Phong Tan received sentences of 12 years and 10 years, respectively, with five additional years of [Read More...]

From home plate to lunch plate: meet the Baltimore umpire who serves the hungry

From CNS and Baltimore’s Catholic Review: When Major League Baseball umpire Mark Wegner, a Catholic, is in Baltimore to work at an Orioles game, one way he likes to spend his spare time is by helping people in need. “I have free time, and I try to use it productively, but nothing is more productive [Read More...]


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