Second coming: God returns to Democratic platform

It turns out, after yesterday’s debacle, God isn’t dead to the Democrats after all. Details: The Democrats opened the second night of their convention by adding God and Jerusalem to their platform, and awaiting the return of Bill Clinton. Approved on a voice vote, the party platform now mentions God and declares Jerusalem as the [Read More...]

Slash: Milwaukee to close, consolidate over 100 parishes

That will affect about half of all the parishes in the archdiocese.  From Catholic News Service:  The Milwaukee archdiocese will close or consolidate 103 of its 203 parishes through 2020. Church officials pointed to three principal factors during the next decade: •The number of priest retirements will exceed ordinations, resulting in a projected 40 percent [Read More...]

Pope gets his first electric car

Details:  Pope Benedict XVI is now a bit greener. The 85-year-old pontiff was presented with his first electric car on Wednesday, a customized white Renault Kangoo for jaunts around the gardens of the papal residence at Castel Gandolfo. Benedict has been dubbed the ‘‘green pope’’ for his environmental concerns, which have been a hallmark of [Read More...]

Cutest baby picture ever: papal edition

From Catholic News Service’s Paul Haring.  The caption: A woman holds her son with a handwritten note as Pope Benedict XVI — the former Joseph Ratzinger — leads his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Sept. 5. The woman held up her son when a group of 50 people from Benedictine College in [Read More...]

At the Democratic Convention, a “Benediction for the Nation”

Below is the prayer recited last night at the Democratic National Convention by Jena Lee Nardella, of the Blood Water Mission: God, I stand before You and ask that the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing unto You. I pray for our President, Barack Obama. May he know Your [Read More...]

Lay ministers to lead funerals in U.K.

It’s happening in Liverpool, according to The Tablet: Twenty-two Lay Funeral Ministers, men and women, have been commissioned to lead funeral services where there is no Requiem Mass and no priest available. The move, which comes into effect in the autumn, is due to the declining number of priests and the large number of funerals [Read More...]

Democrats to God: drop dead

From ABC News: For Democrats, there is no God in 2012 — at least as far as the party’s platform is concerned. Nor is there a Jerusalem. Democrats removed those two words, and the passages surrounding them, from the 2012 party platform as it was released this week. In Charlotte on Monday, the Democratic National [Read More...]

Fr. Benedict Groeschel steps down from hosting EWTN show

From Catholic News Agency: Franciscan friar Father Benedict Groeschel has stepped down as host of EWTN’s Sunday Night Prime television show following his apology for making comments about the sexual abuse of minors. “Father Benedict has led a life of tremendous compassion and service to others and his spiritual insights have been a great gift [Read More...]

In Merton’s footsteps

Some years back, I wrote a piece for Catholic Digest on “Thomas Merton’s New York.”  The story was a pilgrimage, of sorts, visiting some of the landmarks of Merton’s life that are still standing in Manhattan. In the short video below, Fr.  James Martin takes us to two of those landmarks: the church were Merton [Read More...]

“There’s too much invective and anger out there. Let’s not add to it.”

If you drop by some of my neighbors here in the Catholic cul-de-sac of Patheos, you’ll find a few mentions of a particularly nasty rumble that took place over the weekend. My mind wandered back to some remarks made early in the summer by another clergy blogger,  Bishop Christopher Coyne: Always take the high road.  [Read More...]

Trappist monastery vandalized near Jerusalem

Details, from Haaretz:  The Catholic Church condemned the so-called “price-tag” attack against an Christians monastery on Tuesday, with high-ranking church offices denouncing the “teaching of contempt” against Christians prevalent in Israeli society. Earlier Tuesday, the door of a Christian monastery in Latrun, near Jerusalem, was set on fire on morning, and anti-Christian slogans were found [Read More...]

“The Church’s liturgy is an evangelical act…”

Over at his blog, Bishop Christopher Coyne of Indianapolis has some thoughts on the power of liturgy to evangelize: The Church’s liturgy, by it’s very nature, is an evangelical act, meaning it is a proclamation of the Word who became flesh, who desires an encounter with himself that sparks a relationship grounded in his Body [Read More...]

What do you do after you leave the priesthood to get married?

Religious News Service has a look at one man’s story: Nationwide, about 80 Protestant clergy have left to become Catholic priests, according to research from Catholic University in Washington. Some Eastern Rite Catholic churches, which are loyal to Rome, ordain married men. And after 1980, the Vatican allowed Protestant clergy who converted to Catholicism to [Read More...]

Incredible video: man narrowly misses being struck by lightning

Unbelievable.It happened in West Yorkshire in Northern England. I suspect that after it happened, he not only had to replace his car window, but probably had to replace his underwear, too. Details: A man cheated death by seconds when a freak lightning bolt sent a tree branch hurtling through the rear of his car. Bernard [Read More...]

Backlash in Bahrain over plans to build largest Catholic church in the region

The latest, from the Associated Press: The building of the largest Roman Catholic church in the Gulf was supposed to be a chance for the tiny island kingdom of Bahrain to showcase its traditions of religious tolerance in a conservative Muslim region where churches largely operate under heavy limitations. Instead, the planned church — intended [Read More...]

Is this man the most influential Catholic in Washington?

He’s retiring from his position with the USCCB—and he could be one of the most important Catholics most people have never heard of. From the Washington Post: For the typical American Catholic, seeing Cardinal Tim Dolan, the country’s top bishop, give the closing prayer at the GOP convention was the big political event of the [Read More...]

Duck! F-bomb alert!

As someone who has been known to hurl a few of these in my day—working in a newsroom, it’s as much a part of the vocabulary as “rewrite”—I appreciated this posting from Dr. Thomas J. Neal, via New Advent: I was astounded by the staggering mystery of the origins of human language, and amazed by [Read More...]

Great moments in journalism: what was the art director thinking?

From JimRomenesko.com. The magazine is called “Where.” But you can be forgiven for thinking it’s actually something else… [Read more...]


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