Great moments in journalism: “Sikhism originated in Italy” and other stupid things TV says about religion

This eye-roll-inducing item comes from my blog neighbor Joanne McPortland, who is much more charitable and forgiving than I am: “Sikhism is a religion that originated about 500 years ago in Italy [sic].” ~ CBS This Morning reporter on the shootings at a Wisconsin Sikh temple I’ve been bemoaning the media’s inability to get Catholicism right for a [Read More...]

An order disperses: “This is the most painful, emotional thing our sisters have ever been through”

The New York Times tells the story of how one community coped with its aging population:  At the foot of a long drive leading to the Franciscan Retreat Center in Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y., the “Welcome and Parking” sign is misleading. The convent closed in 2011, when its original population of 100 nuns had dwindled to 35, [Read More...]

What St. Therese can teach deacons about the chalice

Last year, I posted an item by Taylor Marshall on the unique relationship between deacons and the chalice, in which he noted: Deacons in all rites and traditions, East and West, are associated with the chalice in the liturgy. Deacons literally “hold the Mystery of Faith” at the minor elevation of the Holy Mass. Whether [Read More...]

For the Assumption, France to revive ancient custom of national prayer

Details from Reuters: The French Catholic Church will revive a centuries-old custom next week with an updated national “prayer for France” opposing the same-sex marriage and euthanasia reforms planned by the new Socialist government. The prayer, to be read in all churches on Aug 15, echoes the defense of traditional marriage by Pope Benedict and [Read More...]

Olympic athlete to enter seminary after the games

 Details:  Carlos Ballve – known as “Litus” to his friends – plays defense on the Spanish field hockey team that is competing in the London 2012 Olympic Games. But as soon as the competition ends, he will head to a Belgium seminary to begin the process of becoming priest. According to the Spanish daily El [Read More...]

Fr. Shawn Ratigan pleads guilty on child porn charges

You may remember the story that sent shockwaves around the country last summer, about the Missouri priest accused of possessing child pornography.  His case led to a U.S. bishop facing criminal charges.  Last week, the man at the center of the storm, copped a plea:  A Kansas City Catholic priest pleaded guilty to federal child [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words, Chick-fil-A edition

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At dissident Catholic liturgies, even animals receive communion

Incredible, but true. Details, from The Age in Australia: Father Greg Reynolds wants his church of dissident Catholics to welcome all – ”every man and his dog”, one might say, risking the non-inclusive language he deplores – but even he was taken aback when that was put to the test during Mass yesterday. A first-time [Read More...]

Shock: priest deported over homily

It happened in Zambia.  Details, from the National Catholic Reporter:  Zambian authorities deported a Rwandese Catholic priest after he was detained for two days and questioned for preaching about poverty and justice for the poor during a Mass. Edgar Lungu, minister of home affairs, confirmed that Father Viateur Banyangandora, pastor of the parish in Lundazi, [Read More...]

From the archives: an attempt to break the world record in mattress dominoes

As a footnote: I’m amused that the YouTube ad for this is offering me a special on Domino’s Pizza. Anyway, for your Sunday edification, here’s a blast from the past.  Originally posted in August 2009. [Read more...]

From the archives: a homily for 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Originally posted in August 2009 “This is the work of God, that you believe in the one He sent.” This week, I read about a man who did believe – and who spent his life doing the work of God. His name was William McCarthy. But countless people knew him as just “Father Bill.” He died last [Read More...]

On deacons: “The most important homily they preach is the example of their daily life”

N.B. A shorter version of this post appeared in July.  I thought the entire message, though, was worth its own posting.  — DGK Words of Counsel for New Deacons by Bishop George Leo Thomas, Diocese of Helena On June 29, a Friday, 17 men were ordained to the permanent diaconate for the Diocese of Helena.For [Read More...]

From the archives: “My brother, the priest”

Originally posted in August 2010 From Denver comes this lovely tribute to one newly ordained man in particular — and to the Catholic priesthood in general. The author concludes: David left a medical career and a beautiful girlfriend behind to pursue a life of a different kind of commitment. If you met my brother in a bar, [Read More...]

From the archives: a 50th wedding anniversary homily

My wife’s parents, Gerry and Brenda Meyer, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in August of 2008. They renewed their vows at a special Mass. This is my homily for that occasion. Last week, Maureen Dowd, the columnist for the New York Times, wrote about all the celebrity divorces going on. People like Christie Brinkley and [Read More...]

Life with Father

Well, I’ve been at sea — in every sense — for the last several days and am finally at a place with an Internet connection that is somewhat better than crappy.  So allow me to the 15th or 20th or 2,000th person to welcome to the Patheos family the freshly minted padre, Fr. Michael Duffy!  [Read More...]

From the archives: “These Hands Bring Me Jesus”

Originally posted August 2010 Periodically, people ask me about the image above, which is the image I use for my Facebook posts.  The brief blog item below from 2010 explains. “These Hands Bring Me Jesus.”  That’s the name of an ambitious, surprisingly powerful project undertaken by photographer Steven Golder. He’s been taking photographs of hands — some [Read More...]

From the archives: a prayer about Mary and Martha

Originally posted July 2007.  July 29 is the feast of St. Martha. Trolling the web, I stumbled on this great little prayer, via Amy Cunningham over at Beliefnet: “Warm all the kitchen with Thy love, and light it with Thy peace. Forgive me all my worrying and make my grumbling cease. Thou who didst love [Read More...]

They don’t build ‘em like this anymore

St. Finbar’s Church, in Brooklyn.  I’m just sayin’. [Read more...]


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