Defying Archbishop, Parishes Will March in Gay Pride Parade

Details: Parishioners from St. Andrew Catholic Church, which has a longstanding commitment to social justice issues, will march in Sunday’s Portland Pride Parade with a banner proclaiming their parish identity, despite the wishes of Archbishop Alexander K. Sample. At least four Catholic parishes are expected to participate in the parade, according to the Rev. Tara Wilkins, executive director of [Read More…]

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Pope Francis: Establish Dialogue with All, “Even Those Who Oppress the Church”

Details:  Dialogue, discernment, and frontier: These were the three words that the Pope suggested to the personnel of the Jesuit journal La Civilta Cattolica (Catholic Civilization), which is published in Italian from Rome, whom he received in audience this morning. “Your fidelity to the Church still needs you to stand strong against the hypocrisies that [Read More…]

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Catholic School Fires Domestic Violence Victim Over Concerns About Her Husband

Details:  A San Diego teacher was fired by Holy Trinity School following a domestic violence incident involving her ex-husband. Second-grade teacher Carie Charlesworth is out of a job, but not for anything she did in the classroom. Her school district considers her a liability and too unsafe to have around following a domestic violence dispute [Read More…]

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Pope Francis Meets Archbishop of Canterbury

Below, the text of his remarks following the meeting:  Your Grace, Dear Friends, On the happy occasion of our first meeting, I make my own the words of Pope Paul VI, when he addressed Archbishop Michael Ramsey during his historic visit in 1966: “Your steps have not brought you to a foreign dwelling … we [Read More…]

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Praise Cheeses: Trappists Keep Alive Tradition in Bosnia

Details: Three Roman Catholic monks are fighting to keep alive a monastic cheese-making tradition in Bosnia that has been passed down by word of mouth for 130 years. The pale yellow Trappist cheese made by monks of the Marija Zvijezda monastery once graced the tables of royal courts in Vienna and Belgrade, survived two world [Read More…]

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Pelosi Defends Late-Term Abortion as “Sacred Ground”

Details, from ABC News:  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi today bickered with a conservative reporter who asked her to explain the moral difference between live-birth murder and abortions executed during the final four months of pregnancy. Pelosi began her news conference today by criticizing a Republican-sponsored bill to ban all abortions after 20 weeks without [Read More…]

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Priest Celebrates “Star Wars” First Communion

It happened in Germany. Details:  It wasn’t Darth Vader who gave the blessing to the first communion children. This was personally undertaken by Pastor Christoph Nobs with a bright green laser sword at the celebration of a Star Wars First Communion Mass. The idea for the stars-War Communion came from Nicolas Gkotses community director. Star [Read More…]

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In Rare Move, Diocese Gets into the Funeral Home Business

Details:  The Catholic diocese of Sacramento has purchased a funeral home in Land Park, making it only the fifth diocese in the nation to offer mortuary services. The local Catholic Church’s purchase of the George Klumpp Chapel of Flowers on Riverside Boulevard followed more than 18 months of discussion and inquiries by the diocese, according [Read More…]

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“It Feels Good!”: For First Time as Pope, Francis Celebrates Mass in His Native Spanish

From today’s homily:  May the Lord grant us the grace to watch our tongues and be careful of what we say of others, because through our weakness and sin, we often find it easier to insult and denigrate than say or do good. This was the lesson at the heart of Pope Francis’ homily Thursday [Read More…]

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White House “Strongly Objects” to Amendment Protecting Religious Liberty for Soldiers

Details: Breitbart News reported last week that Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) passed an amendment in the House Armed Services Committee protecting religious speech of service members in the military. President Barack Obama has now threatened to veto the bill if it passes the full House and Senate. The White House released a Statement of Administration Policy (SAP) [Read More…]

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Bucket List with a Difference: Dying Wife Leaves Behind Goals for Her Husband After She’s Gone

And it included a trip to Lourdes. Details: When Nicola Murray was told she had just two weeks to live, she made her husband George a list of things she wanted him to promise he would do. Nicola, 34, who had a rare hereditary gene that caused her to develop cancer, wanted him to help [Read More…]

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“Partners in Our Husbands’ Ministry”: The Vocation of the Wife of a Deacon

Some words to ponder from Mary Gannon Kaufman, the wife of a deacon candidate, from Homiletics and Pastoral Review:  I was at a retreat in another diocese, when a man in formation for the permanent diaconate was sharing his recent experience with the Rite of Candidacy. His eyes glistened as he looked towards heaven and [Read More…]

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“You Are a Freak. But I Mean That in a Good Way…”

A jaw-dropping, forehead-slapping performance from “America’s Got Talent.” Folks, this has to be seen to be believed. [Read more…]

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Catholic Church Praises “Breakdancing Jesus” Mural in England

Details: A new 30-ft piece of street art depicting Jesus breakdancing has attracted praise – from the Catholic church. A spokesperson for the Diocese of Clifton said the new piece should “get people talking about religion” in Bristol. The giant mural, painted next to The Canteen – a Stokes Croft diner part-owned by Bristol mayor [Read More…]

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Wow: Check Out How One School is Trying to Boost Enrollment

When in doubt, sing! And make it a number from “Les Mis”! This creative video was produced for the Trinity School in South Bend, Indiana.   Read this blog post to learn how it came together: We polled the student body to see if they had ideas about what we could do to represent life [Read More…]

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In the E-mail: “Are Deacons Allowed to Vest for Priest Ordination Liturgies?”—UPDATED

A deacon writes: In your diocese, are permanent deacons allowed to vest for priest ordination liturgies? Also, do you know if other dioceses allow this? A few of us were perturbed when we received notice from the chancellor that we were not welcome to vest for our most recent priest ordination. Different dioceses have different [Read More…]

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In First, Senator Delivers Speech in Spanish on Senate Floor—and the Jesuits Played a Role

From the New York Times:  When Senator Tim Kaine, Democrat of Virginia, took the Senate floor on Tuesday to deliver a speech in support of animmigration overhaul bill, he did it in a way no senator had done before: entirely in Spanish. “We are going to have hours upon hours of debate about this on the floor [Read More…]

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What Are Kids Reading in School?

You might be surprised. From NPR:  “Last year, we had more than 8.6 million students from across the country who read a total of 283 million books,” says Eric Stickney, the educational research director for Renaissance Learning. Students participate in the Accelerated Reader program through their schools. When they read a book, they take a [Read More…]

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