Pope Francis on Finding the “Wounds of Christ” in the Street

From the pope’s homily today: “In the history of the Church there have been some mistakes made on the path towards God. Some have believed that the Living God, the God of Christians can be found on the path of meditation, indeed that we can reach higher through meditation. That’s dangerous! How many are lost [Read More…]

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Video: Protestors Chanting “Hail, Satan” at Texas Abortion Rally—UPDATED

Seriously? Yes. This is what we have come to. Details:  The same orange-clad abortion rights supporters who sent children to #StandWithWendy in Texas today holding signs like “Stay out of my mommy’s vagina” didn’t limit themselves to strictly scientific arguments for unrestricted access to abortion. Groups of protesters also countered pro-life groups’ prayers with chants of “Hail [Read More…]

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Prominent Minnesota Catholic School Leader Says He is in a Gay Relationship, Resigns

Details:  The president of a prominent Minnesota Catholic high school resigned last week after he informed other school officials that he is in a same-sex relationship, according to a letter sent Tuesday to people connected to Totino-Grace High School. William Hudson‘s resignation from the Fridley school was effective last Friday. The letter detailing his exit came from the [Read More…]

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Bishops, Religious Leaders Issue Letter Calling for Conscience Protections

From CNS:  A diverse group of religious leaders, including Catholics, Protestants, evangelicals and a representative from the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, issued an open letter July 2 urging the U.S. government to “expand conscience protections” in its Health and Human Services contraceptive mandate. The letter, which said the country’s “delicate liberty of conscience is [Read More…]

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A Little Perspective

Funny how a random visit to Facebook can clarify one’s thinking. He’s been on my mind, so I decided to see if Deacon Joe Marotta’s Facebook page was still up and running.  It is.  The latest entry is from June 27th, which would have been his 15th wedding anniversary. It’s a message to Joe from [Read More…]

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“The Bible” Sequel Coming to NBC

From the New York Times:  In an indication of the shifting center of power in television, a broadcast network, NBC, has stepped up to buy the sequel to a hit cable mini-series, “The Bible,” which appeared on the History Channel. The follow-up series, “A.D.: Beyond the Bible,” will trace the early history of Christianity and [Read More…]

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Report: Fr. Murad Shot, Not Beheaded

From the Daily Telegraph: A Catholic priest has been shot and killed in northern Syria, The Telegraph has found, contradicting claims that he is the victim in a widely-circulated beheading video. The footage, said to show Father Francois Murad, 49, as the victim in a brutal summary execution by foreign jihadists is likely to be [Read More…]

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Great Moments in Journalism: Wherein Bob Schieffer Learns a Thing or Two About Gay Marriage

This comes via Da Tech Guy on DaRadio:  There was a moment during Sunday’s victory lap on the News shows for gay marriage and its media allies who support it that was very telling. Bob Schieffer the oldest and fairest (and that’s not saying much) of the Sunday Morning Hosts in the MSM had just [Read More…]

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In the E-mail: “You may trust that Père François Mourad indeed has died…”

A reader writes: A friend brought your blog post of 1 July 2013 to my attention (UPDATE: Franciscans Deny Priests Killed in Syria: “The Monks Are Still Alive”), and I wanted to write to you concerning your interpretation of the Custos’ press releases. I used to live in the Latin Patriarchate, so I am familiar with the [Read More…]

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Picture of the Day—or Maybe of the Year, UPDATED

From the Facebook page for the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter: Congratulations to Deacon Patrick Allen from Charleston who was ordained to the transitional diaconate yesterday. His young son decided to share in the experience with him! Congratulations and welcome, deacon!  Ad multos annos! UPDATE: A few people have been puzzled by [Read More…]

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What Does It Mean to Receive the Pallium? Four Archbishops Explain

Any video that opens with deacons is a video you have to see.   Some insight on being a bishop, from our friends at CNS: [Read more…]

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UPDATE: Franciscans Deny Priests Killed in Syria: “The Monks Are Still Alive”

Note: I’ve removed an earlier report from this blog indicating that the Vatican had confirmed Fr. Francois Murad’s execution.  Details are just too sketchy. A colleague forwarded this brief news item to me, dated late Friday: In a statement to the religious information service SIR, Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa has said the news reported by Radio [Read More…]

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Pope Francis’s First Encyclical, “The Light of Faith,” to be Released Friday

Rocco has the scoop:  At a pre-Noon briefing today, the Holy See announced that Pope Francis’ first encyclical, entitled Lumen Fidei – “The Light of Faith” – will be released this Friday, 5 July. A trio of Vatican heavyweights – the prefect of Bishops, Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the CDF chief Archbishop Gerhard Müller and the president [Read More…]

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The Slope Gets More Slippery: UK May Allow Creation of Babies Using DNA from Three People

From Vatican Radio: Britain may allow a controversial technique to create babies using DNA from three people. The country’s top medical officer says the move would help couples avoid passing on rare genetic diseases. But opponents say the procedure is unethical. Josephine Quintavalle from the UK based group Comment on Reproductive Ethics gave her reaction [Read More…]

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A Divorced Father of Two Becomes Seattle’s Newest Priest

Amazing but true. Details:  There aren’t a whole lot of priests in the Latin Church with two grown sons, but the Archdiocese of Seattle’s newest priest, Father Mark Kiszelewski, is one of those few. He was ordained to the priesthood June 8 by Archbishop J. Peter Sartain at St. James Cathedral. From an early age, [Read More…]

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Pope Francis Praises Benedict’s “Courage” in Retiring, Calls on Faithful to Follow Conscience

Details:  Pope Francis on Sunday praised his predecessor, Benedict XVI, for courageously following his conscience in deciding to retire. Benedict became the first pontiff in 600 years to quit the post when he resigned in February, paving the way for Francis’ election as pope two weeks later. By lauding Benedict’s surprise choice to step down, [Read More…]

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Behold, America’s First Monument to Atheism

From TIME magazine: Following a lawsuit and more than a year of controversy, at noon on Saturday a group called the American Atheists will unveil the United States’ first public monument to atheism in a square outside the Bradford County courthouse in Starke, Florida, near Jacksonville. The five-foot-long, grey granite bench and connecting pillar, which were built and [Read More…]

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Sister, Get Your Gun

These pictures were accompanied by the headline, “Mother’s First Deer.” They come from this site for the Sisters of Reparation in Ohio. When Maria was singing about “Doe, a deer, a female deer,” I don’t think she had this mind… [Read more…]

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