“The Most Compelling Modern Story of Faith That I Know Of…”

A great story of a group of sisters setting out to build a Catholic community in Kansas, from the Wichita Eagle:  It was on faith that the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Wichita broke from their California order and came to Wichita in 1976, and it’s on faith that they’re now endeavoring [Read More…]

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There at the Beginning: Two Deacons Celebrate 40 Years of Ministry

From the Catholic Key, a rare and fascinating glimpse at the lives of two men who might be considered pioneers: June 11 was a memorable day for Deacons Don Schmit and Dick Muraski. It was the 40th anniversary of their ordination to the Order of Permanent Deacons in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. The [Read More…]

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Pope Writes Letter to Imprisoned Argentine Rock Singer

  Details:  Pope Francis answered a letter from former singer Patricio Santos Fontanet, which begins: “Pato, I received the letter you sent me three days ago. Thank you for your gesture …,” indicated yesterday the Buenos Aires newspaper Clarin, to which Estefania Miguel from Cordoba, who had a child by “Pato” nine months ago, said: [Read More…]

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How to Write Good

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All Are Welcome: New Church Seeks to Embrace All Religions

From the New York Times:  Clad in proper Pacific Northwest flannel, toting a flask of “rocket fuel” coffee typical of Starbucks’ home turf, Steven Greenebaum rolled his Prius into a middle school parking lot one Sunday morning last month. Then he set about transforming its cafeteria into a sanctuary and himself into a minister. He [Read More…]

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Homily for July 14, 2013: 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

If you visit the Holy Land, there is a museum that is getting a lot of attention. It stands on the road between Jerusalem and Jericho – the very same road mentioned in today’s gospel. The museum holds various religious artifacts and mosaics. But what may be most intriguing is that it sits atop an [Read More…]

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I Thought That Name Sounded Familiar…

The other day, I posted the remarkable story of Rev. Thomas Vander Woude, and his passionate plea on Facebook to save an unborn child with Down syndrome. It turns out that one of Fr. Vander Woude’s brothers was born with Down syndrome.   That brother nearly died in a horrible accident a few years back. [Read More…]

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Malala Yousufzai: “Here I Stand, One Girl Among Many…”

The U.N. designated today as “Malala Day,” the 16th birthday of the Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban for promoting education. Today, she spoke at the U.N.:  Dear brothers and sisters, do remember one thing. Malala Day is not my day. Today is the day of every woman, every boy and every girl who have [Read More…]

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In the E-mail: Should a Deacon Attend a Gay Wedding?—UPDATED

This arrived in my mailbox yesterday. A woman writes: I would love your opinion on a Catholic deacon attending a gay wedding. I feel this would be seriously wrong, especially since he is a deacon and is called to live by the Catholic teachings. I replied: Speaking for myself: I wouldn’t do it, even if [Read More…]

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Pew Study: Public Has “Middling Assessment” of Clergy

But the clergy are still held in higher esteem than journalists. Details:  The perceived contribution of the clergy varies widely across religious groups. White evangelical Protestants are especially positive in their assessments; roughly half (52%) say clergy contribute a lot to society. Hispanic Catholics are less glowing; about three-in-ten (28%) say that clergy contribute a [Read More…]

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“This is Why We Need the Cathedral…”

Kate Monaghan in First Things offers some eloquent sentiments about faith, beauty, and the human heart, all tied to the current and ongoing restoration of New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral: The first time I sat inside the cathedral for Mass—long before I worked so closely with St. Patrick’s—I saw a woman with several plastic bags alternating [Read More…]

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So, the Pope Picks Up the Phone and Makes a Call…

And John Thavis reports part of a recent conversation he had with Argentine journalist Jorge Milia: Pope Francis spoke endearingly about Pope Benedict, whom he calls “el viejo” — literally, “the old man,” but a term that carries with it affection and respect. “Today I was with el viejo, and we talked a lot. It’s a [Read More…]

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Following Pope’s Call, Priest Puts Mercedes Up for Sale

Any takers? Details:  It may be back to a bicycle for a Colombian priest who’s heeding Pope Francis’ call for austerity. The Rev. Hernando Fayid said he’s going to sell his white Mercedes Benz E200 convertible with a black top following the pope’s recent statement that it wounds his heart to see a priest in [Read More…]

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“A Pope Like None Before”

That’s the headline accompanying this piece by veteran Vatican-watcher Sandro Magister, who offers his take on the early days of the Franciscan pontificate, and why there is a “benevolence of secular public opinion” toward him: One key element of Francis’s popularity is his personal credibility. As archbishop of Buenos Aires, he lived in a modest [Read More…]

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Catholic Healthcare Group Launches Support Program for Families of LGBT Youth

Details:  Saint Peter’s Healthcare System- a Catholic institution – announced it is conducting a study in cooperation with the Rutgers University School of Social Work to explore ways to help families adjust to the news that their son or daughter is lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. As part of the study, the program will provide [Read More…]

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One Man Argues Against Restricting Abortion: “Casual Sex Will Become More Difficult to Come By”

Honestly, I thought this was a joke. But it seems he’s serious. This is what Texas pro-choicers are arguing for?  Seriously? Snip, from author Ben Sherman: For those of us guys who like girls — you know, like them like them — and want to have relationships with them that may last anywhere from a few minutes [Read More…]

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“This Man Who Had Given Everything He Had to Others Had One Last Lesson to Give…”

My blog neighbor Tom McDonald has just lost his father after a long illness, and writes powerfully and poignantly of a life lost and lessons learned: He wasn’t suffering, mind you. Hospice does wonders in that regard, and morphine is a beautiful thing. He just was in that shadowy land between life and death. Everyone [Read More…]

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Hundreds Offer to Adopt Unborn Down Syndrome Baby Days Before Planned Abortion

A remarkable example of the power of social media:  When the Rev. Thomas Vander Woude learned about a young couple planning to abort their unborn baby that had been diagnosed with Down syndrome, the priest reached out and offered a deal: Deliver the child and he would help find an appropriate adoptive family. But he had to [Read More…]

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