Newark Shuts Down Publication of Archdiocesan Newspaper

Another voice falls silent. Details, from a statement released last week: Dear Readers, The June 19, 2013 edition of The Catholic Advocate is the last one that you will receive in the mail or pick up at the back of the church after Mass. For a number of years now, we have struggled to manage [Read More…]

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A Visit to “Busted Halo”

So, as I mentioned earlier today, I was invited to be a guest this afternoon on the “Busted Halo” radio show, on the Catholic Channel at Sirius XM Radio.  I’ve done the show a couple times before, and also paid a visit to the Sirius studios to chat with another staple of the channel, “The [Read More…]

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Busted

If you have satellite radio, you can hear Your Humble Blogger this afternoon on the Busted Halo Radio Show, on Sirius XM. From their Facebook page: Friday, we are live 2-5p East. Guests: author of Dead Man Walking Sister Helen Prejean, Deacon Greg Kandra of The Deacon’s Bench blog, and one of the Catholics Next [Read More…]

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Pope Francis: “Dialogue Doesn’t Distance Us from Truth”

From today:  “Your presence is the sign of the profound bond that unites the Church of Constantinople with the Church of Rome in faith, in hope, and in charity,” Pope Francis said this morning on receiving the delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarch, which had arrived in Rome to celebrate the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and [Read More…]

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SSPX: Dialogue with Vatican is Over

Details:  On the 25th anniversary of the illicit ordination of four bishops by traditionalist Bishop Marcel Lefebvre, the Society of Saint Pius X indicated a definitive break of talks with the Catholic Church. In a statement June 27, three of the four bishops originally ordained by Lefebvre expressed “their filial gratitude towards their venerable founder [Read More…]

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Archbishop Myers Speaks Out on Fugee Case

The Newark prelate gave what appears to be his first interview on the case to Joan Frawley Desmond of the National Catholic Register late last week: Critics of your decision to allow a restricted role for Father Fugee as co-director of the Newark Archdiocese’s Office of Clergy Formation charge that you violated the U.S. bishops’ [Read More…]

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“Well, screw that!”

With those three little words, The Anchoress opens the floodgates (or, perhaps, unlocks the pen?) on the subject of cursive penmanship: I was told that cursive isn’t taught any longer because “with computers and texting it is not required.” Well, screw that! If something is not absolutely required in life, it’s not worth teaching? Do [Read More…]

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A Seminarian’s Long Road Back

Keep this man in your prayers! From Arkansas Catholic:  Dr. Joseph Chan, 48, a second-year theology student from Fort Smith, has a message for all who have been praying for his recovery following his March car wreck. “Thank you all for your support and prayers,” he said. “It is the people of God who inspire [Read More…]

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Cardinal Pell: “The Pope does not want the Vatican to be seen as a Renaissance court”

Details from Vatican Insider: The cardinal archbishop of Sydney, George Pell, in Rome for various meetings in the Vatican, granted me this interview on June 24, in which he shared his impressions on Pope Francis’s first 100 days in office and discussed the reform of the Roman Curia. “We’ve got a different type of Pope” who [Read More…]

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Will Churches Be Sued Over Gay Marriage?

Flashback:  A church group that owns beachfront property discriminated against a lesbian couple by not allowing them to rent the locale for their civil union ceremony, a New Jersey department ruled Monday in a case that has become a flash point in the nation’s gay rights battle. The New Jersey Division on Civil Rights said [Read More…]

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Gay Marriage and Other Churches

We know where the Catholic Church stands on the issue of gay marriage.  But how about other faiths? Jaweed Kaleem at Huffington Post has an interesting wrap-up, in light of Wednesday’s SCOTUS decisions: Most of the nation’s biggest religious groups, such as the Roman Catholic Church (68 million members), Southern Baptist Convention (16 million), United [Read More…]

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What Did Obama Really Say Today About Churches and Gay Marriage?

Elizabeth Scalia has some strong ideas on the topic, and quotes the White House statement:  I applaud the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act. This was discrimination enshrined in law. It treated loving, committed gay and lesbian couples as a separate and lesser class of people. The Supreme Court has [Read More…]

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It Started After Mass: “Dignity” Catholics Behind the DOMA Defeat

A detail about today’s SCOTUS story you may not know. HuffPo has the details: As millions celebrate today the Supreme Court’s striking down of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), many will be giving thanks to Edie Windsor, the 83-year-old plaintiff in the case, and her lawyer, Roberta Kaplan. What most people will not know, [Read More…]

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USCCB Reacts to SCOTUS Decisions: “Tragic Day for Marriage and Our Nation”

From a statement released a short time ago: The U.S. Supreme Court decisions June 26 striking down part of the Defense of Marriage Act and refusing to rule on the merits of a challenge to California’s Proposition 8 mark a “tragic day for marriage and our nation,” said Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president [Read More…]

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Pope Francis: “We Are All Equal”

From today’s General Audience:  Today I would like briefly to refer to one more picture that helps us to illustrate the mystery of the Church: that of the temple (cf. Lumen Gentium, 6). What does the word, ‘temple’ call to mind? It makes us think of a building, a construction. In particular, it recalls to [Read More…]

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Stuff I Did in Denver

As you may recall, I spent most of last week at the 2013 Catholic Media Conference in Denver. If you missed my Facebook posts — what, you weren’t hanging on my every word? —here’s a quick photographic recap. Moments after we landed at the Denver International Airport on Tuesday, a tornado hit. They sent everyone [Read More…]

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Rabbis Serve Jewish Patients at Catholic Hospice in Florida

Details:  In a quiet area on the 5th floor of Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale and at St. Catherine’s Rehabilitation Hospital in Hialeah Gardens, rabbis minister to dying Jewish patients. Rabbis from Catholic Hospice have been serving patients in the L’chaim Jewish Hospice program for 10 years. “We recognized a need because of the large Jewish population [Read More…]

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“NeverWet”: Incredible Invention of the Year

Maybe, in fact, of the decade. Really. Spray this stuff on clothes, or even an iPhone, and never worry about moisture again.  Or so they say. Watch this demonstration video and prepare to be amazed.  As TIME magazine put it: “If you watch one video today, watch this one. You won’t be sorry.” [Read more…]

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