Ohio Graduation Speaker Dropped Over Support for Gay Marriage

Details:  A local politician says he was asked to step aside as the commencement speaker at a Catholic high school in Columbus because he has been an advocate for same-sex marriage rights. Franklin County Commissioner John O’Grady offered the explanation yesterday after a parent told The Dispatch he had failed to show up at Saturday’s graduation at [Read More…]

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Beautiful Picture: Prayer Before a Wedding

Since we’re in the middle of wedding season, now seems a good time to post this picture, which apparently caused a sensation when it first appeared online a few months ago. This blog post, by the bride, explains the story behind it: she and her groom holding hands in prayer moments before their wedding, trying [Read More…]

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Retired Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn Joseph Sullivan Dies

A good man and a great priest. Details: Retired Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn, the Most Reverend Joseph M. Sullivan, died June 7, 2013, after a May 30th car accident on the Long Island Expressway in Syosset, New York. Bishop Sullivan was critically injured in the three-car collision and was immediately airlifted to [Read More…]

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Jim Gaffigan, hipster Catholic

From Michelle Boorstein in the Washington Post comes this profile of funnyman Jim Gaffigan: Gaffigan seems to effortlessly embody the idea the Catholic Church and other denominations are desperately promoting: You can be a devout member of mainstream American life. You don’t have to leave God in order to live in the regular world. With [Read More…]

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Yee haw: Behold, the Texas Bible

I kid you not. A gentleman by the name of John Dyer has developed an app that translates the Bible for Texans: Just about any time I teach from the Scriptures I have to point out a place where the English Bible says “you,” but the original Hebrew or Greek indicates you plural rather than you singular. [Read More…]

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When Was the Last Time a Pope Did THIS?—UPDATED

From CNS, tweeting about the pope’s meeting with students today: Pope ditches prepared speech saying it wud be “too boring.” Opts for 30 min Q&A w/ students from Jesuit schools. Personally, I’m looking forward to the write-through on this one.  Meantime, you can read what he was supposed to say here.   UPDATE: Vatican Radio [Read More…]

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One Church, Two Paths: Contrasting Chaput and O’Malley—UPDATED

Over at NCR, Tom Roberts looks at these two leading American prelates—both Capuchins, former classmates, now among the most prominent archbishops in the United States—and sees two different views of the church. He comes to this conclusion: The contrasts in the two prelates are apparent and have to do with personality as well as ecclesiology [Read More…]

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Benedict: “I’m fine. I live like a monk.”

A friend visited the retired pope and offered this report about his new life, according to Catholic World News: “I’m fine. I live like a monk,” Benedict XVI told an old German friend who visited him recently at his new residence in the Mater Ecclesiae monastery on the Vatican grounds. Manfred Lutz, a German scholar [Read More…]

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Funeral Arrangements for Joe Marotta—UPDATED

Joe’s parish, Holy Cross Catholic Church in Lynchburg, Virginia, posted the following late today: Services for Joe Marotta will be as follows: Prayer service – Sunday 7-8:30pm Funeral Mass – Monday 2:00 with a reception and burial to follow Holy Cross Catholic Church 710 Clay Street Lynchburg, Virginia  24504 On her Facebook page, Joe’s wife, Katie, [Read More…]

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Walking the Walk: Catholic NFL Star Declines Invitation to the White House Because of Obama Abortion Stance

Details from Sports Illustrated: Retired Ravens center Matt Birk spoke out Thursday morning on Minnesota’s KFAN about his reason for declining an invitation from President Barack Obama to be at the White House during the team’s visit a day earlier. Birk, a six-time Pro Bowler who was on the Ravens’ 2013 Super Bowl team, said [Read More…]

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Joe Marotta on the Sacred Heart

On this day when so many of our hearts are breaking, I thought this reflection from Joe Marotta— posted almost exactly a year ago, as he concluded another vacation at the beach—was worth sharing. (The picture above, uploaded to his FB page at the time, carries the caption: “Great view to end the day!”) Here, [Read More…]

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More Radio Daze

What’s on your reading list this summer? I’m scheduled to talk about that Friday morning around 6:35 a.m. ET (yawn) on the Son Rise Morning Show. As I discovered during my days at CBS News Radio: the big drawback about morning drive radio is that it happens, unfortunately, in the morning…very early in the morning… [Read more…]

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Poll Shows Most Americans See Gay Marriage as Inevitable

Details:  Nearly three-quarters of Americans, including a majority of those who personally object to extending marriage rights to same-sex couples, say legal recognition of gay marriage is “inevitable,” according to a survey by the Pew Research Center released on Thursday. The survey found that just over half of Americans favor giving gays and lesbians the [Read More…]

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Where Will Pope Francis Spend His Summer Vacation?

Turns out it will be a “stay-cation”:  Pope Francis will remain at the Domus Sanctae Marthae residence in the Vatican, even during the summer months. The Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ affirmed the Holy Father’s intentions after presenting the Pope’s summer schedule on Thursday. Fr. Lombardi also [Read More…]

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An Evangelical Writes: “He’s Our Francis, Too”

Timothy George. the dean of Beeson Divinity School at Samford University, writes in Christianity Today: We see already an intimation of Saint Francis in Pope Francis. There is his simple apparel: black street shoes instead of the calfskin red of his predecessors, simple white cassock minus gold-embroidered accessories. In addition, a pope who lives in [Read More…]

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The Pope Quotes The Anchoress?

Well, maybe not exactly. But he comes very close to it. He uses the central thesis of her new book as a springboard for today’s homily:  As is custom the Pope reflected on the daily readings and the Gospel episode that recounts the scribe who approached Jesus to ask which, in his opinion, “is the [Read More…]

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A Death in the Family: Deacon Joe Marotta—UPDATED

I’m numb. Deacon Joe Marotta, ordained just last fall for the Diocese of Richmond, is gone. He was 39. Details from another blog: Shock. Grief. We got word this afternoon that our Deacon and friend, Joe Marotta, drowned while on vacation with his family. It is a vivid and painful reminder that life is not [Read More…]

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Ordination Update: 9 New Deacons in Omaha

I got an e-mail this afternoon from George Butterfield at Creighton University: Deacon Greg, these nine men were ordained on May 4, 2013, in St. Cecilia’s Cathedral, Omaha, Nebraska, by Archbishop George Lucas. Names left to right are: Brendan Kelly, Chuck Sheik, John Vrbka, Tim Howard, Nick Rasmussen, Alan Le Clair, Dave Graef, Ray Jackman, [Read More…]

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