New coalition of priests seeks to help workers

Just in time for Labor Day comes this portrait of “labor priests,” from Catholic San Francisco:  In the 1891 encyclical “Rerum Novarum,” or “On the New Things,” Pope Leo XIII supported the rights of labor to form unions, and called for ameliorating “the misery and wretchedness pressing so unjustly on the majority of the working [Read More...]

The New York Times discovers an odd species: chaste Christians

And their superstar, evidently, is Tim Tebow. Clearly, to the Times, this is an aberration that defies logic and deserves closer scrutiny. Details: Trinity Laurel moved to Manhattan at 21 to pursue a modeling career. Raised in a Christian home, Laurel was a virgin when she reached the city, and says she has “remained pure” [Read More...]

Good question: “Did I deserve the death penalty?”

A giant h/t to Frank Weathers for bringing the image below to my attention, courtesy Feminists for Life. Given this news item, I think it’s a question more people need to confront. [Read more...]

First look: stunning glimpse at the new iPhone 5

Wow.  I’m drooling. [Read more...]

“I have a job to do as president, and that does not involve convincing folks that my faith in Jesus is real.”

President Obama gave a rare interview about his religious views to the magazine of the National Cathedral.  Politico has highlights:  In an interview with the Washington National Cathedral magazine, President Obama discussed how his faith influenced his politics — saying that at the end of the day ‘God is in control.’ “First and foremost, my Christian faith [Read More...]

In the e-mail: on vesting a deacon for his funeral

The following e-mail arrived Tuesday afternoon: On July 31, 2012 one of our deacons, Deacon Thomas Bates died of cancer after a brief illness. Deacon Bates was 63 years old and was ordained on May 24, 2007. I had recently purchased “Ordained to Serve”, Prayers and Blessings for Permanent Deacons, edited by Denis Robinson, OSB. [Read More...]

Film critic Steven Greydanus begins studies for diaconate

Some big news from him today that you might even call a blockbuster:  Next week I will be going back to graduate school—back to seminary, in fact—to pursue diaconal studies in preparation for ordination to the permanent diaconate in the Archdiocese of Newark.  (I currently hold an MA in religious studies from St. Charles Borromeo [Read More...]

“A Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose abortion in instances of rape”

That’s the statement released by the campaign Sunday night: Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s strong views on abortion took a back seat to his new boss’s view in a Romney-Ryan campaign response to a Missouri Senate candidate’s controversial remarks about rape and abortion. The statement on behalf of Ryan and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney said the [Read More...]

Roller coasters? Meh.

An interesting contrast to this scream-like-a-little-girl video at an amusement park is the one below.  The guy keeps a straight face through the entire ride. (Tip: if you run into him and he suggests a friendly game of poker, just say no.) [Read more...]

On that “tolerance” video: “The gospels suggest that Jesus would not have endorsed the priest’s methods”

This video, posted over a week ago—showing what happened to a Catholic priest who prayed outside a Chick-fil-—has generated a lot of heat.  And now Elizabeth Scalia sheds some light: It is difficult to feel sympathy for Father O’Reilly; his actions toward the gay activists were intentionally provocative, which rendered his mumbles about “tolerance” insupportable. [Read More...]

“Every major’s terrible”

Just in time for the back-to-school crowd, this inspired Gilbert & Sullivan parody. I hope his major is music. [Read more...]

Illinois woman seeking to become a deacon

Details, from the Chicago Tribune: Lynne Mapes-Riordan, of Evanston, hopes women will one day serve as Roman Catholic deacons. After 800 years, she could be one of the first. Growing up, she never gave ordination a second thought. But then she learned that, unlike the church’s verdict barring female priests, the question of female deacons [Read More...]

When is a “Catholic” wedding not really Catholic?

When it is performed by this fellow, “Chaplain Bill,” who operates a service he calls “Progressive Catholics & Interfaith Weddings.”   Someone alerted me to his operation after reading this post, about a Catholic priest who assisted at a wedding involving two men. So what, exactly, is the “Progressive Catholics” wedding service?  In a nutshell, it [Read More...]

Report: 11-year-old Christian girl with Down syndrome arrested in Pakistan, charged with burning Quran

Details:  An 11-year-old Christian girl has been arrested and detained on charges of blasphemy for allegedly desecrating pages from the Quran in the Pakistan capital Islamabad. According to a statement released by the President’s office on Sunday, the girl, identified as Ramsha, was accused by a local resident of burning pages of the Muslim holy [Read More...]

NY Times: Some Catholic schools retooling for the wealthy

Details:  Catholic schools have been bleeding enrollment and money for years, and many have been forced to close. But some, like St. Stephen of Hungary, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, have found a way to thrive — attracting a more affluent clientele by offering services and classes more commonly found in expensive private schools. [Read More...]

Does Paul Ryan have a “Catholic problem”?

Ed Morrissey just had to ask:  That question has come at me several times in the nine days since Paul Ryan joined the Republican ticket as Mitt Romney’s nominee — and not meant in the same way that JFK had a “Catholic problem” in 1960.  People wondering about Ryan’s relationship with Catholic voters usually results [Read More...]

Followup: first Mass celebrated at Miami International Airport

You may remember this posting from a few weeks back, announcing weekly Mass at Miami’s airport. A local TV station was there for the first liturgy.  Video below.  (And check out those deacons!) [Read more...]

Mitt at prayer: Mormon reporter covers his trip to Mormon church service—UPDATED

Last week brought us a glimpse at Paul Ryan attending church.  This week, it’s Mitt Romney’s turn.  An interesting item from the New York Times “The Caucus” blog, which posted excerpts of today’s pool report from McKay Coppins of Buzzfeed: “Following an hourlong drive from their Concord, NH hotel, your pool arrived in Mitt Romney’s [Read More...]


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