Fr. Benedict Groeschel steps down from hosting EWTN show

From Catholic News Agency: Franciscan friar Father Benedict Groeschel has stepped down as host of EWTN’s Sunday Night Prime television show following his apology for making comments about the sexual abuse of minors. “Father Benedict has led a life of tremendous compassion and service to others and his spiritual insights have been a great gift [Read More...]

In Merton’s footsteps

Some years back, I wrote a piece for Catholic Digest on “Thomas Merton’s New York.”  The story was a pilgrimage, of sorts, visiting some of the landmarks of Merton’s life that are still standing in Manhattan. In the short video below, Fr.  James Martin takes us to two of those landmarks: the church were Merton [Read More...]

“There’s too much invective and anger out there. Let’s not add to it.”

If you drop by some of my neighbors here in the Catholic cul-de-sac of Patheos, you’ll find a few mentions of a particularly nasty rumble that took place over the weekend. My mind wandered back to some remarks made early in the summer by another clergy blogger,  Bishop Christopher Coyne: Always take the high road.  [Read More...]

Trappist monastery vandalized near Jerusalem

Details, from Haaretz:  The Catholic Church condemned the so-called “price-tag” attack against an Christians monastery on Tuesday, with high-ranking church offices denouncing the “teaching of contempt” against Christians prevalent in Israeli society. Earlier Tuesday, the door of a Christian monastery in Latrun, near Jerusalem, was set on fire on morning, and anti-Christian slogans were found [Read More...]

“The Church’s liturgy is an evangelical act…”

Over at his blog, Bishop Christopher Coyne of Indianapolis has some thoughts on the power of liturgy to evangelize: The Church’s liturgy, by it’s very nature, is an evangelical act, meaning it is a proclamation of the Word who became flesh, who desires an encounter with himself that sparks a relationship grounded in his Body [Read More...]

What do you do after you leave the priesthood to get married?

Religious News Service has a look at one man’s story: Nationwide, about 80 Protestant clergy have left to become Catholic priests, according to research from Catholic University in Washington. Some Eastern Rite Catholic churches, which are loyal to Rome, ordain married men. And after 1980, the Vatican allowed Protestant clergy who converted to Catholicism to [Read More...]

Incredible video: man narrowly misses being struck by lightning

Unbelievable.It happened in West Yorkshire in Northern England. I suspect that after it happened, he not only had to replace his car window, but probably had to replace his underwear, too. Details: A man cheated death by seconds when a freak lightning bolt sent a tree branch hurtling through the rear of his car. Bernard [Read More...]

Backlash in Bahrain over plans to build largest Catholic church in the region

The latest, from the Associated Press: The building of the largest Roman Catholic church in the Gulf was supposed to be a chance for the tiny island kingdom of Bahrain to showcase its traditions of religious tolerance in a conservative Muslim region where churches largely operate under heavy limitations. Instead, the planned church — intended [Read More...]

Is this man the most influential Catholic in Washington?

He’s retiring from his position with the USCCB—and he could be one of the most important Catholics most people have never heard of. From the Washington Post: For the typical American Catholic, seeing Cardinal Tim Dolan, the country’s top bishop, give the closing prayer at the GOP convention was the big political event of the [Read More...]

Duck! F-bomb alert!

As someone who has been known to hurl a few of these in my day—working in a newsroom, it’s as much a part of the vocabulary as “rewrite”—I appreciated this posting from Dr. Thomas J. Neal, via New Advent: I was astounded by the staggering mystery of the origins of human language, and amazed by [Read More...]

Great moments in journalism: what was the art director thinking?

From JimRomenesko.com. The magazine is called “Where.” But you can be forgiven for thinking it’s actually something else… [Read more...]

For Labor Day: “By means of work, man participates in the activity of God himself”

Karol Wojtyla, as a young factory worker in Poland. “I come from your midst. I come from the quarries of Zakrzowek, from the Solvay furnaces in Borek Falecki, and then from Nowa Huta. Through all these surroundings, through my own experience of work, I boldly say that I learned the gospel anew.” — Pope John [Read More...]

Growing number of Muslims enrolling in Catholic colleges

Details, from the New York Times: Arriving from Kuwait to attend college here, Mai Alhamad wondered how Americans would receive a Muslim, especially one whose head scarf broadcasts her religious identity. At any of the countless secular universities she might have chosen, religion — at least in theory — would be beside the point. But [Read More...]

Feast of St. Gregory the Great: “It is for love of him that I do not spare myself in preaching him”

“I do not preach as I should nor does my life follow the principles I preach so inadequately. I do not deny that I am guilty, for I see my torpor and my negligence. Perhaps my very recognition of failure will win me pardon from a sympathetic judge. When I lived in a monastic community [Read More...]

RIP, Hal David

I was surprised this weekend to hear of the death of lyricist Hal David, who penned some of the most enduring pop tunes of the ’60s.  I didn’t realize just how prolific he had been until I read his obit in the Times and saw his output: “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head,” “I Say [Read More...]

“This does not seem right to me”: when a priest uses someone else’s homily

I received the following e-mail this morning: Dear Deacon Greg: Today during Mass our pastor read your homily for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, with hardly a word changed and without acknowledging that someone else had written it. This is at least the third time this has happened, and it appears to me that [Read More...]

A first: anchorwoman appears on Egyptian TV wearing head veil

Details, from the Associated Press: A female Egyptian news presenter appeared on state television wearing a veil for the first time on Sunday after the Islamist-dominated government lifted an effective ban that had been in place for decades under secular-leaning regimes of the past. The ban on female news readers wearing the Islamic veil had [Read More...]

Another threat facing Catholic schools

It’s the charter school system, according to this analysis from Education Week: The nation’s Roman Catholic schools have labored for decades under increasingly adverse economic and demographic conditions, which have undermined their finances and sapped their enrollment. Today, researchers and supporters say those schools face one of their most complex challenges yet: the continued growth [Read More...]


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