Closed Cleveland churches prepare to reopen

Details, from the Cleveland Plain Dealer: Cleveland Catholic Bishop Richard Lennon is expected to announce the appointments of up to five pastors Wednesday as he moves forward toreopen 11 mothballed churches. The bishop had said last month that he hoped to have all 11 — most of them closed for more than two years — [Read More...]

RIP, Nora Ephron

  Sad news for all writers, journalists, movie lovers and people who couldn’t get enough of “When Harry Met Sally” and “Sleepless in Seattle”: Nora Ephron, the writer and director of American film classics such as “When Harry Met Sally” and “Sleepless in Seattle,” died today at the age of 71. Ephron died in a [Read More...]

Ordination update: 12 new deacons in Omaha

This happened in May, but I just got the first pictures today. Details: A deacon is called to be a sign of the Catholic Church’s permanent availability to the servant mysteries of Christ, which are embodied in such things as the spiritual and corporal works of mercy, said Deacon James Keating, director of the permanent [Read More...]

Woman sues over alleged abuse by Fr. Thomas Euteneur

Interestingly, Euteneur himself is not named as a defendant.  But this item was posted today on the website of Courthouse News Service: A Roman Catholic priest “kissed (a woman) on all parts of her body” during a so-called “exorcism” session, and “frequently explained full, passionate kisses as ‘blowing the Holy Spirit into’ her,” the woman [Read More...]

Historic: Queen Elizabeth visits a Catholic Church in Ireland

From Sky News: For the first time, the Queen has stepped inside a Roman Catholic church on the island of Ireland in what is being seen as a hugely symbolic moment. It came as she visited the town of Enniskillen – the scene of one of the worst atrocities of The Troubles – during a [Read More...]

The Life of Christ staged in prison: Jesus is a robber, and the devil is a rapist

Imagine the life of Christ told by inmates in jail — and you will have the astonishing production recently staged in Louisiana’s State Penitentiary in Angola.  NPR has more: The Life of Jesus Christ featured 70 inmates, men and women acting together for the first time — in costume, with a real camel, performing for [Read More...]

Fergie: good Catholic girl

Or so it seems, according this item: The Black Eyed Peas singer and her husband Josh Duhamel tend to enjoy low key weekends, thanking God for all he has given them rather than partying their nights away. Fergie told UsMagazine.com: ”On Saturday nights, we like going to mass, then dinner. ”It feeds our spiritual side, and it’s great [Read More...]

This ONE won

Periodically, when people hear I’m the Executive Editor of a Catholic magazine, they ask me which one. “ONE,” I reply. “Right,” they’ll say.  “But WHICH one?” And then we’re off to an Abbott and Costello routine. If anyone really wants to know WHICH one, it’s THIS one: ONE (shown above,) published by CNEWA.  At the [Read More...]

Rare father and son priest ordination set for this Saturday

I got the following e-mail press release today from the Anglican Ordinariate’s Susan Gibbs, and there’s at least one compelling detail worth noting: Six former Episcopal priests from the Fort Worth area, including a father and son, will become part of history when they are ordained Catholic priests together on June 30. The six are [Read More...]

Ordination update: 16 new deacons in Indianapolis

And, on top of that, two transitional deacons, to boot. I had to catch a plane Saturday afternoon and couldn’t be there, but The Criterion’s Sean Gallagher alerted me to this great photo gallery, just posted today, and some highlights below: A story in a recent issue of the paper underscored the significance of this [Read More...]

“That’s awesome”

Those two words may just win the award for Most Understated Comment of the Year, as a young man and his wife learn whether the treatment to battle his lymphoma is working. As the filmmaker who put this clip on YouTube explained: My friend, Jake Bouma, meets with his oncologist on June 22, 2012, after [Read More...]

WTF: Why the fuss?

My blog neighbor The Anchoress looks at all the fuss kicked up about Leah Libresco and draws some compelling conclusions: Why so much coverage on Leah? Perhaps the answer is this: Leah’s conversion goes against all of the prevailing narratives that dominate secularist thinking. Religion — or at least religion that goes beyond affirming oneself and actually [Read More...]

Rubio on “Meet the Press” says he felt “called” to be Catholic

Most of the attention yesterday was focused on his remarks on immigration, but the Christian Post takes up another angle: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said he felt “called” to leave the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), or Mormon Church, to join the Catholic Church in a Sunday interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” [Read More...]

It’s true: it don’t rain there in the summertime

When I arrived in Indianapolis for the 2012 Catholic Media Conference, one of the prevailing prayers I heard again and again was for rain. The region has been battling drought. The ground was parched. Grass was brown. The air was hot. But the city was in good spirits and did a fine job of rolling [Read More...]

Parishioners gather to “hug” their church in the face of parish merger

It happened in the Diocese of Grand Rapids earlier today: Parishioners at St. Mary’s Catholic Church gathered to “hug” their church Sunday. They were hoping to send a message to the Diocese of Grand Rapids about a plan that would merge their parish with several others. The parishioners at St. Mary’s are concerned with the“Our [Read More...]

Leah speaks: “Christianity offered an explanation I came to find compelling”

My blog neighbor — one-time-atheist-and-soon-to-be-Catholic — Leah Libresco popped up on CNN today to talk about her journey.   [Read more...]

Homecoming: in Maryland, an Anglican congregation becomes Catholic — UPDATED

Great news from my home state (h/t to Fr. Scott Hurd): The sign outside Christ the King Church is currently blank, still a work in progress. Like all things at the tranquil, leafy site of this Hampton church, it’s in a state of transition. “White-out doesn’t work on these signs,” Father Edward Meeks said with a [Read More...]

On blogging: our panel from the Catholic Media Conference

Those who are curious about what we had to say Friday afternoon can hear the presentation at this link. Kudos, btw, to the talented young guy who recorded this, Matt Palmer of the Catholic Review — who, not insignificantly took home a couple awards from the Catholic Press Association Friday night.  It was great to [Read More...]


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