Catholic school uniforms: the thigh’s the limit

A staple of the Catholic school girl’s uniform is beginning to disappear.   Check this out, from Canada:  Kilts are falling out of fashion with Catholic high schools in Windsor-Essex. The Windsor Essex Catholic District School board said it’s moving away with the kilt because girls are rolling them up too high. In recent years, [Read More...]

Pope to altar servers: “You are close to the altar, close to the Lord”

Details, from CNS:  Marking the feast of the martyrdom of St. John the Baptist, Pope Benedict XVI said Christians must not bow to the pressure of the powerful who demand a denial of Christ or of the truth he taught. “The truth is the truth and there is no compromise,” the pope said at his [Read More...]

“The new anti-Catholicism is a more urbane version…”

There’s a rare interview in the National Catholic Register with the New York Times’ youngest columnist, Ross Douthat, who also happens to be a devoted Catholic.  Among other things, he talks about Paul Ryan and Cardinal Dolan: Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget proposal has generated controversy about his integrity as a Catholic, with bishops and lay [Read More...]

Santorum’s emotional call in support of life

From Rick Santorum at the GOP convention tonight: Four and a half years ago I stood over a hospital isolette staring at the tiny hands of our newborn daughter who we hoped was perfectly healthy. But Bella’s hands were just a little different – and I knew different wasn’t good news. The doctors later told [Read More...]

“Dolan, by being present to both parties, is being a good shepherd…”

Anyone wondering why Cardinal Dolan would dare to set foot on the stage of a political convention — of either party—should see what Elizabeth Scalia has to say on the subject: Dolan, simply by being present to BOTH parties in this horrifically divided and stressful year, is being a good shepherd, a good physician. Our nation is [Read More...]

BREAKING: Dolan to pray at Democratic convention

His office’s statement, via First Things: Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, has accepted an invitation to deliver the closing prayer at next week’s Democratic National Convention. As was previously announced, he will also be offering the closing prayer at the Republican Convention on Thursday of this week. It was made clear to the [Read More...]

Great moments in journalism: Bias? What bias?

This just in: dog bites man. In other news, someone is suggesting that the New York Times is biased:  Arthur Brisbane, the departing public editor at the New York Times, has accused the paper of having a progressive bias, even as he champions its disciplined approach to fair and balanced reporting. “When The Times covers [Read More...]

Cardinal Dolan asks candidates to sign “civility pledge”

Details: Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who sparked controversy by agreeing to deliver the closing blessing at the Republican convention in Tampa this week, on Monday (Aug. 27) drew further attention to his political role by asking both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama to sign a “civility pledge” promoted by a leading conservative Catholic activist. The archbishop [Read More...]

“Boss, I love you…pray for us!”

If you read nothing else this night, you have to read this eloquent, heart-felt, heart-breaking tribute by Rocco Palmo to his beloved grandmother, “The Boss.” You’ll be grateful you did.  I know I am. Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her… [Read more...]

People are simply amazing

“What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals…” “Hamlet,” by W. Shakespeare A humbling example of what the [Read More...]

Headline of the day

This tells you all you need to know: 2012 Republican Convention: Protesters Dressed as Vaginas Greet Delegates Pictures at the link, if you dare. [Read more...]

San Francisco Archbishop-elect Cordileone in DUI arrest —UPDATED

Details:  The Roman Catholic archbishop-elect of San Francisco was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence, San Diego police said Monday. The Rev. Salvatore Cordileone, a vigorous supporter of California’s same-sex marriage ban, was taken into custody after being stopped early Saturday at a checkpoint near the San Diego State University campus, said Detective Gary Hassen, a police spokesman. [Read More...]

A delicious idea: restaurant offers discount to diners who don’t use cell phones

Check this out:  It’s a common picture, a group of people sitting at a table for dinner with all the common tools in hand: fork, knife and of course, the cell phone. A Los Angeles restaurant looks to break down the walls that seem to be getting in the way of the intimate dining experience [Read More...]

Rabbi who defended religious liberty to deliver opening invocation at GOP convention

Details:  Tomorrow, the convention will be getting started, and Rabbi Meir Soloveichik will be giving the invocation to open the first day. (Here is the updated convention schedule.) Soloveichik, a member of a distinguished American Orthodox rabbinic family, is a rising intellectual star in Modern Orthodoxy and is a frequent contributor to the conservative Jewish [Read More...]

St. Monica

Exemplary Mother of the Great Augustine,You perserveringly pursued your wayward son Not with wild threats But with prayerful cries to heaven. Intercede for all mothers in our day So that they may learn To draw their children to God. Teach them how to remain Close to their children, Even the prodigal sons and daughters Who [Read More...]

Neil Armstrong, Muslim??

Some urban legends just refuse to give up the ghost. Google “Neil Armstrong and religion” and you’ll see dozens of postings on blogs and message boards asking the question, “Is Neil Armstrong a Muslim?” A good overview of the myth, and the truth, here: A few years ago, Armstrong participated in the Global Leadership Forum [Read More...]

So a deacon and his pastor are on a missionary trip…

…in a dangerous part of Latin America. They end up being kidnapped by revolutionaries.  The revolutionaries decide to execute them both by firing squad. As they blindfold the two men, the head of the death squad asks the deacon if he has a final request. “Yes,” the deacon replies bravely.  “I’d like to deliver one [Read More...]

What happens if the GOP actually does get the Catholic vote?

That’s the question Rebecca Hamilton is asking, after noting that the Democrats bungled things with Cardinal Dolan and the convention: The bottom line here is that President Obama’s campaign blew this. Cardinal Dolan appears to be bending over backwards to be even-handed and non-partisan. He’s taken a couple of hits from the more quarrelsome members [Read More...]


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