Judge rules that cheerleaders can use banners with Bible verses

Details: A Texas judge has decided to continue allowing, for now, a Southeast Texas high school’s cheerleaders to use run-through banners with biblical verses at football games. State District Judge Steve Thomas said Thursday at the end of a day of testimony that he needs more time to issue a final ruling. He extended a [Read More...]

Cardinal Dolan blesses rescued pets for feast of St. Francis

From the New York Daily News: Blessed be the critters. Timothy Cardinal Dolan welcomed some four-legged friends Thursday to St. Patricks’s Cathedral and gave each a blessing. The two dozen cats, dogs and rabbits — all rescued from city animal shelters — got Dolan’s undivided attention in observance of the Feast of St. Francis of [Read More...]

Vatican says it will not hold new talks with SSPX

Details, from Reuters: The Vatican plans no more talks with rebel Catholic traditionalists who insist the Church must revoke modernizing reforms launched five decades ago, Pope Benedict’s main doctrinal official has told a German interviewer. Archbishop Gerhard Mueller, who took up his post as head of the powerful Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith [Read More...]

Instruments of peace? —UPDATED

The installation of Salvatore Cordileone as the new Archbishop of San Francisco was not lacking for drama, even before the event began. And on the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the atmosphere in the city by the Bay was not exactly peaceable. The Episcopal bishop for the region, Marc Andrus, wrote the following “welcome” [Read More...]

How much does God love us? This much.

This video of dog being rescued in LA just got to me. God tries to reach us the way the rescuers worked to reach this wounded pup: with patience, tenderness and trust.  And, yes, treats, too. Add in a little grace and the occasional minor miracle (cheeseburgers optional) and the next thing you know, we [Read More...]

Jewish players on Catholic high school teams?

Oh yeah.  It may be the ultimate Hail Mary pass (once you remember, of course, that Mary was a good Jewish girl…) Details, from the Los Angeles Times:  It still seems a little strange when the starting quarterback at a Catholic high school is Jewish, but in reality, it has been happening so often that [Read More...]

Using social media to boost vocations

Hot on the heels of Pope Benedict’s announced theme for the next World Communications Day comes this encouraging piece of news, from Catholic News Service: Several religious congregations and organizations are taking advantage of social media to “introduce” individuals discerning a call to a vocation and the seminary, convent or monastery that fits them. With [Read More...]

So what did the New York Times have to say about the debate?

From the lead editorial in this morning’s edition: The first debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney, so long anticipated, quickly sunk into an unenlightening recitation of tired talking points and mendacity. With few sparks and little clarity on the immense gulf that truly separates the two men and their policies,Wednesday’s encounter provided little guidance for [Read More...]

Pope Benedict on Mary, “Mother of the ‘Yes’”

“Dear brothers and sisters, on this pilgrimage in the footsteps of Blessed John XXIII – and which comes, providentially, on the day in which the Church remembers Saint Francis of Assisi, a veritable ‘living Gospel’ – I wish to entrust to the Most Holy Mother of God all the difficulties affecting our world as it [Read More...]

St. Francis, deacon: “We ought to be servants…”

“Let us produce worthy fruits of penance. Let us also love our neighbors as ourselves. Let us have charity and humility. Let us give alms because these cleanse our souls from the stains of sin. Men lose all the material things they leave behind them in this world, but they carry with them the reward [Read More...]

Some good advice for watching the debate tonight

From the legendary Newton Minnow, who knows a thing or two about television and debates, in today’s New York Times:  The debates are an institution now, and among the most watched television events in America. They are one place in the modern campaign — perhaps the only place — where the voter is treated with [Read More...]

Another Catholic newspaper folds

The Diocese of Rockville Centre has made official what had been rumored for some months: the Long Island Catholic weekly newspaper is being converted into a monthly magazine. From the paper’s website:  On October 2, 2012, Bishop William Murphy announced that The Long Island Catholic is changing formats from a newspaper to a magazine model. Sean Dolan, director [Read More...]

Pope Benedict: “Religious freedom is the pinnacle of all other freedoms”

This morning, I attended a staff meeting where we spent over three hours dissecting and reflecting on parts of Pope Benedict’s recent apostolic exhortation delivered in Lebanon. Many Catholics, I suspect, haven’t read it, or read it closely. But in the course of just 100 paragraphs, The Holy Father  presents some  challenging and  timely themes [Read More...]

What the media doesn’t “get” about the Catholic Church

Well, there are a lot of things. But here’s one take, from the great Sister Mary Ann Walsh of the USCCB, who offers some important distinctions about the media, balance, and covering the Catholic Church:   Margaret Sullivan now wears the public editor hat at The New York Times and with a recent ombudsman column took on a huge [Read More...]

“Faith opens our eyes to human life in all its grandeur and beauty”

That’s the theme for this year’s Respect Life month, October. Details: During October, designated each year as Respect Life Month by the U.S. Catholic Church, Catholics should “renew their personal commitment to defend all human life, especially the most vulnerable members of the human family,” said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life [Read More...]

NFL’s Man of the Year, Matt Birk of the Ravens, speaks out against gay marriage

The story, from the Baltimore Sun: Ravens center Matt Birk is expected to film a video this week opposing Maryland’s new same-sex marriage law, making him the second player on the team to take a public stand on the referendum. Birk, a Roman Catholic and father of six, is pressing a view opposite that of [Read More...]

“Preach the truth, always with love”

Another great video from Catholic News Service, featuring three men who will be involved in the Synod on the New Evangelization that begins next week:  Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz and Cardinal Timothy Dolan. [Read more...]

10 ways Vatican II shapes the Church today

From the USCCB comes this list, in anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the opening of Vatican II, which will be marked next week. This piece was put together by Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans, who chairs the bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship.  (I’m pleased to see that he mentions deacons, of course…) The [Read More...]


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