Penn State dedicates Catholic center with a familiar name: Paterno

Details: Sue Paterno’s dream came to fruition Saturday morning while she was surrounded by close friends and family. The Suzanne Pohland Paterno Catholic Student Faith Center was dedicated and opened at 10 a.m. during a Eucharistic celebration and blessing ceremony. The Paternos helped to raise the money for the $6.5 million structure. Paterno’s children and [Read More...]

Taylor Swift’s “Ronan”

Last night was evidently the first time she’s performed this song in public: “Ronan” is dedicated to a 4-year-old boy who died last year of neuroblastoma. Swift, 22, wrote the song after reading the blog of Ronan’s mother, Maya Thompson, who is credited as a co-writer. According to a person familiar with the show, but [Read More...]

What do Catholic women think about contraception? You might be surprised

A new report casts the question of artificial birth control into a new light—and suggests a leading problem isn’t dogma, but disinformation. Once again, bad catechesis rears its ugly head. Details: While the data indicates that most Catholic women do not fully support the Church’s teachings on contraception, the results also do not show the sweeping [Read More...]

Homily for September 9, 2012: 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for readings] Reading this miracle story in Mark’s gospel this week, the first person I thought of was Sarah Churman.  Sarah Churman was born 30 years ago completely deaf.  All she could hear was something that sounded like a chain saw. Hearing aids didn’t help, but she was sensitive to vibrations. If someone [Read More...]

Christian pastor jailed in Iran for three years freed

You may remember I mentioned him recently in a homily.  Now, at last, he’s out. The photo above shows him being reunited with his family outside the prison. Details: Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who was originally sentenced to death in his native country for his Christian faith, was acquitted of apostasy charges and released from [Read More...]

In rare move, Obama proclaims 3 national days of prayer to remember 9/11

As the anniversary approaches next week, the president has issued a proclamation and a call to prayer: President Barack Obama signed a proclamation released by the White House on Friday that the next three days (Friday through Sunday) will be National Days of Prayer and Remembrance in honor of the victims of the Sept. 11 [Read More...]

Cardinal Wuerl to seminarians: “You will need to be a voice of invitation”

The Cardinal Archbishop of Washington has published a letter to men preparing for the priesthood that touches on a wide range of topics but stresses, first and foremost, fidelity. From the Archdiocesan vocation website, DC Priests: Your need to be well grounded in authentic Catholic teaching is important, first for your own participation in the [Read More...]

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I do a lot of this already… [Read more...]

The next big thing: candy corn Oreos!

This news made my week: The internet is abuzz today with a photo of Candy Corn Oreos making the rounds. The Oreo camp has confirmed to HuffPost Food that they are indeed real and they will be available exclusively at Target starting next week for a suggested retail price of $3.59. I can’t put it [Read More...]

Sold: Philadelphia sells cardinal’s residence

From the Associated Press:  The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is selling a property known as the cardinal’s residence to an adjacent Roman Catholic university for $10 million. Saint Joseph’s University announced Friday that it has signed a letter of intent to acquire the nearly 9-acre estate. The purchase will close in a few weeks. The property [Read More...]

Catholics urged to pray on Fridays during Year of Faith

Details:  Catholics in England and Wales are being invited to pause for a moment of prayer every first Friday of the month as an act of faith and public witness. The invitation has been made by Rt Rev Kieran Conry, Bishop of Arundel and Brighton and Chair of the Bishops’ Department for Evangelisation and Catechesis. Speaking ahead [Read More...]

Texas church accused of violating IRS rules

Details:  A local Catholic church appears to have violated IRS rules — and Catholic doctrine — by endorsing a presidential candidate in a church bulletin. St. Raphael Catholic Church on the city’s East Side might have violated an Internal Revenue Service rule that prohibits tax-exempt churches from taking sides when it comes to candidates seeking [Read More...]

VIDEO: Cardinal Dolan’s prayer at the Democratic National Convention

In case you missed it Thursday night, video below. Text follows. Text, courtesy Fr. Mike (thanks!) With a “firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence,” let us close this convention by praying for this land that we so cherish and love: Let us Pray. Almighty God, father of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, revealed to [Read More...]

The loneliest person at the convention? A pro-life Democrat

That’s the impression you get from Rebecca Hamilton, who talks about what it’s like to be thought of as “extinct”: It is not possible to be a pro-life Democrat and be well-liked or supported by your party. The pressures other Democrats put on pro life Democrats to compromise their beliefs are enough to squeeze a [Read More...]

The verdict: guilty

Details:  Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn today became the highest-ranking U.S. Catholic official convicted during the church’s decades-long child sexual abuse scandal. Following a short non-jury trial, Jackson County Circuit Court Judge John Torrence convicted Finn of one misdemeanor count of failing to report suspicions of child abuse but acquitted him on another count of [Read More...]

“Surely, you want those guest towels I embroidered with the Eight Beatitudes?”

In today’s New York Times, Margaret Carlson captures an experience all-too-familiar to many of us: packing up the family home to sell it.  It’s gorgeous and heart-breaking. Carlson has the makings here of a great memoir: I had left the house exactly as it was and exactly as they wished, with my brother, Jimmy, brain-damaged [Read More...]

The Jewish football giant who loved and supported Catholic schools

That would be Art Modell, one-time owner of the Baltimore Ravens, who died this week at the age of 87.  George P. Matysek, Jr. of the Catholic Review remembers him: A few days before the then-owner of the Baltimore Ravens was to be honored by the National Catholic Educational Association in 2003, I was assigned [Read More...]

The latest Trappist business: ice cream

They’ve given us everything from fruitcake and fudge to candy and soap and even bonsai trees and caskets.   (Of course, let’s not forget ale!) Now, the Trappists are getting into the ice cream business.  Details:  Scrumptious cookies, artisan butter, and fine butter-based candies: these are some of the products of Hokkaido’s Trappist abbey for [Read More...]


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