Unique “blended parish” told to separate

Details, from the Virginian-Pilot: The Roman Catholic Diocese of Richmond has told the nation’s only blended Catholic and Episcopal parish it must change its worship services so Catholics and non-Catholics meet in separate rooms for Holy Communion. The parish, Church of the Holy Apostles, is led by Catholic and Episcopal co-pastors and has worshipped together [Read More...]

“We are going to see the king…”

Soon and very soon.  Like tomorrow, in fact. As a little warmup to tomorrow’s feast, here’s an award-winning gospel choir doing a rockin’ version of a favorite hymn for this feast: “Soon and Very Soon (We Are Going to See the King)”.  Can I hear an “Amen”? [Read more...]

A deacon who preached his wife’s words

Bob Keeler in Long Island’s Newsday writes about an unusual deacon-and-wife combo: There is the average ghostwriter, and then there is Patty Buchenberger. Call her the Holy Ghost Writer. For two decades, from her husband Tom’s 1981 ordination as a permanent deacon in the Catholic Church until vocal cord cancer put an end to his [Read More...]

A “liberal” Anglican explains why he voted against women bishops

An interesting take From Tom Sutcliffe, writing at an Anglican website:  The truth is that, in July with Clause 5.1.c as then proposed, the Measure stood a chance of being accepted by those most adversely affected by it and I might have voted for it then. But after that clause was watered down and talked [Read More...]

From Catholic to Buddhist and back again

Some insight on prayer from author and professor Susan Stabile, and I can’t help but think some of her ideas here would not be unfamiliar to Thomas Merton: Becoming a Tibetan Buddhist nun is not a typical life choice for a child of an Italian Catholic police officer from Brooklyn, New York. Nevertheless, in February [Read More...]

What’s turning off young Catholics? Lousy music

So says a leading lay Catholic in Scotland. Details:  A leading Scots lay Catholic has claimed the music sung in churches is “lousy” and is the reason why young people have stopped going to Mass. Joan Dillon, a Masters graduate of RSAMD (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), also claimed music at Mass was “more [Read More...]

Best. Thanksgiving episode. Ever.

The classic final scene from the “Cheers” Thanksgiving show, in which Norm’s wife Vera finally makes an appearance! [Read more...]

Johnny Cash’s “Thanksgiving Prayer”

I can’t believe this first aired nearly 20 years ago.  Below, a clip of Johnny Cash and his wife June Carter Cash, making a rare TV drama appearance on “Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman.”  It was the Thanksgiving episode, so of course it included a Thanksgiving song.  Enjoy. Lyrics: We’ve come to the time in the [Read More...]

An atheist writes about Leah’s baptism

What does someone who’s never been to a church, and who doesn’t believe in God, make of it all? A friend of Shiny New Catholic Leah Libresco attended his first Mass, which also happened to be Leah’s baptism, and shares his impressions:  Today I had the great pleasure of getting to meet Leah Libresco of Unequally [Read More...]

“God most provident, we join all creation in raising to you a hymn of thanksgiving…”

From the Book of Blessings, a beautiful way to begin your Thanksgiving meal: + All make the sign of the cross as the leader says: Blessed be the name of the Lord. All reply: Now and forever. One of those present reads the following Scripture text from I Cor 1:3-9 Brothers and sisters, listen to [Read More...]

Brooklyn gets its third basilica

From the In My Backyard Desk, some heartening and happy news–and it’s really quite remarkable. Is there any other diocese in the United States with three minor basilicas? The announcement from the diocese: This morning, the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, was informed by Pope Benedict XVI of the decision to designate Regina [Read More...]

How Lincoln gave thanks: his proclamation

With the 16th president cleaning up at the box office these days, here’s another reminder of why he was, and is, a blockbuster. Here’s the text of Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation, from 1863: The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these [Read More...]

Opus Dei sues over card game with that name, citing trademark violations

Details: Opus Dei, the elite and powerful organization within the Roman Catholic Church, is suing a Danish publisher for alleged trademark violations involving a card game titled “Opus Dei. Existence After Religion.” Public hearings in the suit began Wednesday, and Opus Dei spokeswoman Joanna Engstedt told The Associated Press that Dema Games, the publisher of [Read More...]

Physicians recommend selling birth control without prescription

Details: In the future, women may be able to buy birth control pills alongside ibuprofen and cough drops if the recommendation of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is adopted. The group is recommending that oral contraceptives be sold over the counter without a prescription in an effort to reduce the number of unintended [Read More...]

Traveling today? Pray!

It’s the busiest travel day of the year and, like a lot of people, the Deacons’ Wife and I will be on the road.  We’re flying to Maryland this afternoon.  Which means, of course, getting to the airport this morning. Below is a prayer for travelers from the Orthodox that I like a lot: Lord [Read More...]

A Thanksgiving prayer in time of loss

From the Concord Pastor: Dear God, there’s an empty chair at our table, an ache in our hearts and tears upon our faces… We try to shield one another from our grief but we cannot hide it from you… We pray for… (name your loved one) whose presence we miss in these homecoming days… Open [Read More...]

Here come the Catholics: the religious makeup of the new Congress

An interesting snapshot, from the Pew Forum: The newly elected, 113th Congress includes the first Buddhist to serve in the Senate, the first Hindu to serve in either chamber and the first member of Congress to describe her religion as “none,” continuing a gradual increase in religious diversity that mirrors trends in the country as [Read More...]

No female bishops for Church of England

Details:  The Church of England’s governing body on Tuesday narrowly blocked a move to permit women to serve as bishops, leaving the church facing more years of contentious debate. Following a day-long debate on Tuesday, opponents mustered enough support to deny the necessary two-thirds majority among lay members of the General Synod. The defeat was [Read More...]


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