Bishop investigating LCWR explains “causes for concern”

Details from Toledo’s Bishop Leonard Blair, in his weekly newspaper column: The word “investigation” is often used to describe the work that I carried out on behalf of the CDF. “Investigation” suggests an attempt to uncover things that might not be known. In reality, what the CDF commissioned was a doctrinal “assessment,” an appraisal of [Read More...]

Congratulations, Fr. Duffy

Longtime FOB (Friend of the Bench) Michael Duffy was ordained Saturday to be a priest for the Diocese of Rockville Centre.  He celebrated his first Mass Sunday at St. Frances de Chantal Parish in Wantagh, NY.   Ad multos  annos! [Read more...]

NCR: Standing ovation for Sister Margaret Farley at theologians meeting

Details from National Catholic Reporter: Mercy Sr. Margaret Farley addressed for the first time publicly Friday evening the Vatican’s harsh criticism of one of her books, saying it points to “profoundly important” questions facing the Catholic community regarding the roles of truth and power. Speaking slowly, and at times faltering for words, Farley, a prominent [Read More...]

Corpus Christi FAIL: “I was thisclose to walking out…”

When I hit my knees tonight, I may have to thank God that I didn’t have the kind of Corpus Christi Sunday that Joanne McPortland had: No procession, no Tantum ergo, no Adoro te devote, no Panis angelicus—that was a given. But I expected at least a couple of reminders of the mystery we were celebrating, the Most [Read More...]

Corpus Christi at my parish in Queens

A few shots from this afternoon.  The priest with the Blessed Sacrament is Fr. Antonin Kocurek who, in addition to serving as an assistant in the parish, ministers to immigrants in our diocese from the Czech Republic. [Read more...]

WSJ: Vouchers breathe new life into Catholic schools

How’s this for a little good news: Chicago Catholic elementary schools saw enrollment increase 3% this year and 1% last year—the first two-year growth spurt since 1965. Greater Boston elementary schools had a 2% bump—the first in 20 years. And Los Angeles, Indianapolis and Bridgeport, Conn., also added desks for the first time in years. [Read More...]

For Corpus Christi: “God in the Streets of New York”

That’s the title of this short, beautiful film produced by Grassroots Films, following a Eucharistic procession through the streets of New York.  Take four minutes and watch. This is Corpus Christi: the Body of Christ. [Read more...]

The way we were: June 8, 1968

One of many heart-rending images captured by photographer Paul Fusco from a window on RFK’s funeral train.  See the gallery here. And check out the full collection of pictures at Magnum Photos. Were we ever that young and innocent? [Read more...]

Transcendent

That’s the only way to describe this stunning picture, from the recent ordination of deacons in Hartford: [Read more...]

Crystal Cathedral’s new name: Christ Cathedral

  Well, that’s simple to remember, isn’t it? Details: The Crystal Cathedral received a new name Saturday: Christ Cathedral. The name for the anticipated central worship space for Orange County’s Catholics came from more than 4,100 submissions, and received the Vatican’s approval in April. The diocese plans to move into its new cathedral next June, [Read More...]

Want to see a deacon ordination?

Behold, the delayed stream of today’s ordination of deacons in Orlando. (FWIW: The processional is one of my favorites: “Out of Darkness,” which I selected for my Mass of Thanksgiving following my own ordination five years ago…) N.B.: The video will only be available for viewing until 11 pm EST on 9 June. I hope [Read More...]

Remembering St. Ephrem, the “Harp of the Holy Spirit”

Today is this great deacon saint’s feast.  I rather like the icon of him, shown above.  Those of us who spend a lot of our time poised over pages of words — or screens of text — can relate.  He has three desks, and too many words to keep track of! A little background on [Read More...]

Texas teen carrying cross to Washington

    The story: Junior Garcia was carrying a 12-foot cross along Interstate-30 in Fort Worth and Arlington on Thursday afternoon. He was hard to miss. “This is my way of showing them Jesus Christ wants a personal relationship with every single one of them,” Garcia said. The idea came to him last July, when [Read More...]

Homily for June 10, 2012: Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ — UPDATED WITH AUDIO

[Click here for readings] For audio of this homily, from the 11:30 am Mass, click the green arrow below. Last week, we marked the anniversary of D-Day, the invasion that began the end of World War II.  If you go on the Internet, you can find some remarkable stories of Catholic priests who ministered to [Read More...]

“You’re not special”: the ultimate commencement speech

From English teacher David McCullough, who offered these gems to the Wellesley High School graduating class in Boston: Your ceremonial costume… shapeless, uniform, one-size-fits-all. Whether male or female, tall or short, scholar or slacker, spray-tanned prom queen or intergalactic X-Box assassin, each of you is dressed, you’ll notice, exactly the same. And your diploma… but [Read More...]

The theology of “The Avengers”

Those who enjoyed this movie (count me in!) might also enjoy Fr. Michael Denk’s theological ruminations on it in Crisis: The Hulk, as compellingly played by Mark Ruffalo, is a man at war with himself.  In one scene where mass destruction is evident Captain America says to Bruce Banner (Hulk’s alter-ego): “Doc… I think now [Read More...]

Anyone miss the comments?

Well, then, here.   A grateful h/t to Joanne McPortland, who always knows how to crack me up. [Read more...]

Just in time to celebrate St. Ephrem the deacon…

…four men will be ordained deacons on his feast, 9 June, in Sioux City. Pictured above, from a recent retreat: Dan Carney, Holy Trinity Parish, Fort Dodge; John Rudd, St. Patrick’s Parish, Estherville; Father Brent Lingle; Jorge Fernandez, Cathedral of Epiphany Parish; and Paul Kestel, St. Mary’s Parish, Storm Lake. Soon-to-be Deacon John Rudd dropped [Read More...]


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