Quote of the day

“In Catholic belief, all human life, no matter how wounded, flawed, young or old, is sacred because it comes from God.  And we have an obligation to defend it.  The dignity of a human life and its right to exist are guaranteed by God.  Catholic teaching on abortion and sexuality is part of the same integral vision [Read More…]

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Courtney Love on one benefit of celibacy: more time for crafts

The rock star went cold turkey from sex a few years back and realized it gave her a lot more free time:  Courtney Love has never been shy about, well, anything, so it comes as no surprise that in her latest Vanity Fair interview, the former Hole frontwoman found a way to interject her sexlife into [Read More…]

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He had a dream: the story behind Martin Luther King, Jr’s historic speech

As America marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, many people may not know that the words “I have a dream” do not appear in the prepared text for the landmark speech—long considered one of the masterpieces of modern rhetoric. One of the men who helped craft that speech 50 years ago, Clarence [Read More…]

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Ordination update: 17 new deacons for Joliet

A reader alerted me to this a couple weeks ago, but as yet the Joliet diocese hasn’t published more information about the men. I can’t find a diocesan newspaper online. Too bad. This is news that more of the faithful should hear. Nonetheless, from the diocese’s vocations Facebook page, we have the picture above and [Read More…]

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Should you use an iPad in church?

Priests have been known to use them for celebrating Mass and for preaching. But the debate about whether it’s appropriate to use iPads in church goes on. Protestant ministers are weighing in:  The tablet may undermine the spatio-temporal nature of church. When a member stands before the congregation, reading the sermon text from a tablet, there is [Read More…]

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A conservative Catholic’s case for gay marriage

This will undoubtedly have the Catholic blogosphere buzzing this weekend. In a dramatic turnabout, Joseph Bottum comes out for gay marriage in the new issue of Commonweal.  And he talks about it in an interview with the New York Times:  Mr. Bottum’s change of heart is noteworthy. He makes several arguments. The first is pragmatic. [Read More…]

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“Don’t you dare shake hands with me or offer signs of peace…”

A parishioner shared this with me, and it’s priceless. A little ditty by Richard Stilgoe and Peter Skellern about the Church of England—but it’s easily transferable (though, of course, we don’t have people like this in Catholic churches, do we?) Enjoy. [Read more…]

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Who is my neighbor? This kid knows.

Watch what happens when a man who appears to be Muslim needs help getting his tire changed. [Read more…]

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The Brew Evangelization

With beer! From CNS: Even before retired Pope Benedict XVI set up a pontifical council for new evangelization and convoked a world Synod of Bishops on the theme, a new group of Benedictine monks was using Latin and liturgy to reach out to those whose faith was weak or nonexistent. Now they’ve added beer to [Read More…]

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Great moments in journalism: is Bradley Manning a “he” or a “she”?

Yes, editors are seriously wrestling with this question. Evidently, some contend that a person’s desire to be something trumps the reality of his or her actual gender. From the New York Times:  It was an announcement that left typically agile news presenters, reporters and editors stumbling over their words on Thursday: the lawyer for Pfc.Bradley [Read More…]

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In Texas, Baptists seek to “address the spiritual questions of current and former Catholics”

From the Baptist Press via the Biblical Recorder:  As Hispanic populations across the United States, many of which are traditionally Catholic, continue to increase, so do opportunities for Southern Baptist churches to address the spiritual questions of current and former Catholics. Hispanics made up 38.1 percent of the population of Texas in 2011, the U.S. [Read More…]

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Ever think of switching to decaf, Nick?

Behold, Nicholas Selby’s jaw-dropping welcome speech to students at Georgia Tech this week.  It almost makes me want to go back to school. Almost. Read more about it here. [Read more…]

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“Preachers of L.A.: Living the God Life”

That’s the title and tagline of a new reality series about to debut on cable. This press release moved last week: Oxygen Media goes behind the pulpit in an authentic new docu-series,“Preachers of L.A.” premiering on Wednesday, October 9 at 10 PM ET/PT.  From Lemuel Plummer, the executive producer of “Vindicated” and producer of “The Sheards,” and Holly Carter, executive [Read More…]

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How long should homilies be?

We talked about this a little at the Redemptorists’ conference in New Jersey this week. Fr. Edward McNamara has more, from ZENIT:  Unfortunately there is relatively little with respect to official norms regarding length of homilies. This is partly inevitable because expectations vary from one culture to another and even from one social milieu to [Read More…]

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Report: Pope Benedict ordered changes to baptism rite before he resigned

A small but significant change appears to be forthcoming, according to Sandro Magister:  The Sunday after the Epiphany is the Sunday of the baptism of Jesus. And on each of these Sundays, year after year, Benedict XVI administered the first sacrament of Christian initiation to a certain number of children, in the Sistine Chapel. Each [Read More…]

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Next season’s judges on “American Idol”…?

Okay. Maybe not. From left to right: Gary Ziuraitis, CSsR, Director of Communications for the Redemptorist General Government; Rocco “Whispers in the Loggia” Palmo; Your Humble Blogger; Dave Dwyer, CSP, Executive Director of “Busted Halo” and co-host of “Conversation with Cardinal Dolan” on Sirius XM Radio. At the conference I’m attending in Long Branch, New [Read More…]

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Here comes the Son

At the edge of the property where I’m on retreat, just before the beach, there’s a stunning outdoor altar and crucifix.  I took a few snapshots last night before dinner. This morning, I got up early to see if I could catch the sunrise over the Atlantic. Here’s what I saw. [Read more…]

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I’m going down the shore

Which, of course, means the Jersey Shore. I’ll be speaking at a conference in Long Branch, New Jersey, at the venerable San Alfonso Retreat House, run by the Redemptorists. The topic for the next four days: “Preaching the Gospel Anew.”  Looking forward to catching up with some old friends like the “Church Whisperer” and that [Read More…]

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