Worth a thousand words: light in the darkness

A memorial for 12 shooting victims sits at the fountain of Aurora Municipal Center after a prayer vigil Sunday. [Read more...]

Lawsuits challenging HHS mandate keep piling up

An overview, from the Washington newspaper The Hill:  Challenges to President Obama’s birth-control mandate are piling up in court. Twenty-four lawsuits have been filed against the federal birth-control mandate so far, mostly from religious groups that view the policy as a dangerous erosion of religious freedom. Foes of the mandate got a boost after Illinois-based [Read More...]

Prayers in Colorado: “What kind of people are we becoming?”

Details, from the Los Angeles Times:  At Queen of Peace Catholic Church, about 20 minutes from the Century 16 theater, service-goers on Sunday almost completely filled the 1,500-seat building at a morning Mass to remember parishioner A.J. Boik and to pray for at least two other church members injured in Friday’s tragic theater shooting. Some [Read More...]

Great moments in journalism: the liar who became a star “expert” in the media

Why am I not surprised? Details: Ryan Holiday could be called an “expert.” As head of marketing for American Apparel, an online strategist for Tucker Max, and self-styled “media manipulator,” he can talk social media and modern advertising with the best of them – he’s done so both online and in print on countless occasions. [Read More...]

What can Catholics learn from Ramadan?

A priest offers some insight, via CNS:  The Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which started July 20 in many countries, is a time of fasting, prayer and repentance, when Muslims distance themselves from worldly activities in an effort to align their lives more closely with God and his laws. According to the Vatican’s point man [Read More...]

Ordination update: 17 new deacons in Helena

Details, from the Montana Catholic:  An ordination, much like a wedding, is a momentous occasion, both for the man receiving Holy Orders and for those gathered in joyful witness. But the ordination of 17 men to the permanent diaconate takes on historical significance. June 29 was a day for making history as Bishop George Leo [Read More...]

No longer “Catholic”

In a rare and dramatic move, the Vatican has stripped a prestigious university of its right to call itself “Catholic.” Details:  The Vatican has announced it is stripping the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru of its Catholic identity after the elite university repeatedly refused to comply with the Church’s requirements for colleges. “The Holy See, [Read More...]

Homily for July 22, 2012: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time — UPDATED WITH AUDIO

To hear audio of this homily, click the green arrow below HOMILY072212 [Click here for readings] The tragic news out of Aurora, Colorado has cast a long shadow over this summer weekend.  Aurora joins a sad list of places whose names have come to symbolize senseless violence and loss.  Places like Columbine, and Fort Hood [Read More...]

Ministering to the grieving in Aurora

Details:  The news came in to Mitch Hamilton by phone just after midnight. Members of his church had been inside the theater when shots rang out. Hamilton is pastor of Mississippi Avenue Baptist Church, near the movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, where a gunman opened fire early Friday, killing 12 and wounding dozens more. “We’re [Read More...]

Ramadan isn’t Lent —and a few other things you should know

My colleague at CNEWA, Fr. Elias Mallon, last year wrote a superb essay on how Muslims observe Ramadan. (Among other things, his piece was honored last month with a Catholic Press Association Award).  We’ve excerpted part of it over at CNEWA’s award-winning blog, “One-to-One”, in honor of the start of the holy season.   In [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words: Aurora edition

A man arrives at Children’s Hospital in Aurora, CO, Friday 20 July 2012.  Photo by Craig F. Walker, The Denver Post.  Read the latest. I know many prayers are being said for all who have been touched by this tragedy, and I can only add my own to the list, in the quiet hope that [Read More...]

A sister writes: “Statements in the CDF document strike me as inaccurate, misleading, and unfair…”

I confess that I’m not a regular reader of Commonweal, but a reader sent this my way and it seems to me a worthwhile addition to the conversation: an essay by a sister explaining, in her view, what the CDF has gotten wrong in its probe into the LCWR: Like many others, I am deeply [Read More...]

Send in the clowns: the annual pilgrimage to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe

As they have for decades, hundreds of clowns marched in Mexico on Wednesday in honor of their country’s patroness.  Details:  The streets of Mexico City burst with sound and color as hundreds of clowns made their annual pilgrimage to the Basilica of Our Lady Guadalupe in Mexico City on Wednesday (July 18) to pay homage [Read More...]

Nun to carry Olympic torch

And she’s pretty remarkable.  Details:  Next Tuesday, 24 July, Sister Mary-Joy Langdon from Acton will carry the Olympic Torch in the Kingston to Ealing leg on Day 67 of the Olympic Torch Relay hoping to keep a number of different flames burning strongly. Sister Mary-Joy is no ordinary nun – if there is such a [Read More...]

Maryland Olympic swimmer: “I always pray before a race”

From CNS:  When teenage swimming sensation Katie Ledecky slices through the water during the 800-meter freestyle race at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, she may not be able to hear the roaring cheers of adoring fans back home, but she’s convinced they will be with her in spirit. “Everybody has been so great this [Read More...]

From SSPX: “We reaffirm our faith in the Roman Catholic Church, outside of which there is no salvation…”

From its website:  At the conclusion of the General Chapter of the Society of St. Pius X, gathered together at the tomb of its venerated founder, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, and united with its Superior General, the participants, bishops, superiors, and most senior members of the Society elevate to Heaven our heartfelt thanksgiving, grateful for the [Read More...]

Nobody’s prefect

An Olympic torchbearer had the tattoo pictured below emblazoned on her arm.  And it will be there a long, long time.  Read all about it.   [Read more...]

Wheaton College joins Catholic University in suing HHS

Yesterday, an evangelical college joined one of the most prominent Catholic colleges in America in filing suit against HHS.  In this morning’s Wall Street Journal, the presidents of the two schools published an opinion piece explaining why: On Wednesday, represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, the trustees of Wheaton College joined The Catholic [Read More...]


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