Clarence Thomas: “I was going to be a priest…”

The notoriously silent Supreme Court justice had a few things to say recently about the law and his faith during an interview at the National Archives to mark the 225th anniversary of the Constitution. From the New York Times:  For the most part, Justice Thomas spoke somberly about the weight of history and the burdens [Read More...]

“In the end it will be the servants who save us all”

I’m reading Mark Shriver’s excellent tribute to his father “A Good Man,” and just came across this sterling passage, from a 1986 speech Sargent Shriver delivered to Peace Corps Volunteers. It could be a rallying cry for diakonia: “Stay as you are…be servants of peace…work at home as you have worked abroad, humbly, persistently, intelligently.  [Read More...]

In the e-mail: “His Excellency was smart not to bring permanent deacons into the diocese…”

A reader takes objection to this post about the lack of deacons in Lincoln, Nebraska.  He writes: I disagree with your post on the diaconate in the Diocese of Lincoln. His Excellency was smart not to bring permanent deacons into the diocese. There is very little theology behind the permanent diaconate which is agreed upon [Read More...]

Catholic high school opens Muslim prayer room

Not long ago, something like that would have been unthinkable. But it’s becoming a reality in London, Ontario in Canada. Details: Mother Teresa Catholic secondary school is turning a second-floor office into an Islamic prayer room — the first high school in the city, private or public, to do so. Carpet will soon cover the [Read More...]

“What’s wrong in the Vatican press office?”

That’s the question being posed by editor Robert Royal over at  The Catholic Thing — and it’s a good question: The Vatican hired Greg Burke in June, an experienced journalist at Catholic and secular outlets, as a special consultant to help with press communications. Given the multiple stumbles and misfires in recent years, it seemed [Read More...]

Rage: cathedral in Niger attacked, ransacked by protesters

From AFP: Several Christian leaders are being held in protective custody in Niger after demonstrators angry at an anti-Islam film ransacked a major Catholic church, a local journalist said Sunday. Hundreds of protesters stormed the cathedral in Niger’s second city of Zinder after Friday prayers, and set fire to US and British flags, a local [Read More...]

Canada mourns a priest who wore wigs, taught in gibberish, and wore bunny ears for Easter

Details: Monsignor Fee Otterson was a playful soul who once showed up to a family barbecue in a horrendous wig, once officiated an Easter service in bunny ears. He would lead drama classes in gibberish to challenge the communication skills of students. He walked school hallways wearing the red-and-white striped hat of Cat in the [Read More...]

“Call Me Maybe” as you’ve never heard it before. Really.

The ubiquitous song by Carly Rae Jepsen that defined the summer is here redefined in a delightful arrangement for choir and orchestra. It’s performed by the 3Penny Chorus and Orchestra, a volunteer pickup ensemble conducted by Arianne Abela in New Haven, Connecticut. You ain’t heard nothin’ yet. As improbable as it seems, this rendition rocks. [Read More...]

Would you take a pregnancy test in a bar?

Well, you can do that in Minnesota. From the New York Times: If you make a  beeline to the stalls, you might miss the pregnancy test dispenser fastened to a wall in the women’s restroom of Pub 500 in Mankato, Minn. There, with the swipe of a credit card, for a $3 fee, you can [Read More...]

Jack Kerouac, Catholic

And the beat goes on. I confess that I haven’t read a lot of Kerouac, and when I did I was in college, using all my free time to stay one step ahead of expulsion (my grades were terrible) and trying much too hard to be the next F. Scott Fitzgerald. (Caffeine, not gin, was [Read More...]

Here they go again: atheists want Maryland cross removed

Details, from Gazette.net: A complaint filed by an atheist group asking for the removal of Bladensburg’s Peace Cross — a longtime community fixture dedicated to Prince George’s County veterans — has stoked debate and opposition from officials and residents across the county. The Peace Cross was dedicated in 1925 in honor of the Prince George’s [Read More...]

A groom writes about “waiting ’till the wedding night”

Author Steven Crowder (shown here with his bride) writes about it all here, but saves a zinger for what happened the morning after Our wedding was perfect. Our wedding night was nothing short of amazing. I write this on a plane heading into a tropical paradise with the most beautiful woman to have walked the [Read More...]

Ordination update: 18 new deacons for Owensboro, Kentucky

Details: Matthew Keyser has been youth minister at Holy Spirit Catholic Church for several years, but he felt called to do more. On Saturday, Keyser was one of 18 men ordained as deacons in the Owensboro Diocese, which covers the Western Kentucky region. The ordination took place at Holy Spirit, which was packed with about [Read More...]

Why you can’t have the Latin Mass

It was five years ago yesterday, 14 September 2007, that Pope Benedict’s motu proprio on the Extraordinary Form of the Mass took effect. Summorum Pontificum was designed to make the Mass in Latin more widely available. So…how’s that working out? One blogger, David Alexander, in the Diocese of Arlington, has taken a pretty exhaustive and [Read More...]

Ka-ching: New York may sell air rights over St. Patrick’s

Details, from the New York Daily News: The Archdiocese of New York wants to cash in on a proposed upzoning of midtown by selling the lucrative air rights to its landmark properties, including venerable St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Church officials are lobbying city agencies to be allowed to transfer their development rights to any building in [Read More...]

Homily for September 16, 2012: 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[This weekend, we mark the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, which serves as the feast day for my parish, Our Lady Queen of Martyrs. We are in the middle of a centennial celebration for the parish, so we're marking that feast in a special way at all the weekend Masses. Below is my homily [Read More...]

Dolan and Colbert yuck it up at Fordham

A few reporters squeezed into the hall and one of them was from the New York Times: The evening was billed as an opportunity to hear two Catholic celebrities discuss how joy and humor infuse their spiritual lives. They both delivered, with surprises and zingers that began the moment the two walked onstage. Mr. Colbert [Read More...]

From Lebanon: deacon at work

From the Vatican website: A Melkite Greek Catholic deacon presents the Gospel Book to be venerated by Pope Benedict in Lebanon. [Read more...]


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