Ordination update: 10 new deacons in Boston

From the Boston Pilot:  Standing before their wives, children, friends and parishioners, 10 men were ordained permanent deacons by Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley on Sept. 22 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. “The Church is blessed to have these 10 fine men answer the call of God,” Cardinal O’Malley said in his homily. Those [Read More...]

Safe at home: Grant Desme, the star baseball player who is becoming a priest

You may remember the story of Grant Desme from a couple years back. Now a reporter has caught up with him, to tell the story of his life since leaving baseball. From Jeff Passan at Yahoo Sports: On the afternoon Grant Desme retired from baseball, he was at peace. The world in which he had [Read More...]

UPDATE: Vatican lifts suspension of priest who changed words of Mass

Remember Fr. William Rowe?  The latest, from Religion News Service: An Illinois priest who was forced out of his parish by his bishop for improvising prayers during Mass has had his suspension reversed by the Vatican. The Vatican decided in favor of the Rev. William Rowe on one of three counts, saying Bishop Edward Braxton [Read More...]

Chicago parishioners rally around priest they call “a living saint”

Read all about it, from the Chicago Sun Times:  He’s a gritty old white Catholic priest who cusses like a sailor, marched with the Rev. Martin Luther King and is hailed as a “living saint” by many in his majority black Southwest Side parish. But nine months after he was brutally beaten to within an [Read More...]

NJ lawmaker introduces “Death With Dignity Act,” allowing patients to kill themselves

Hot on the heels of this news from the Netherlands comes another item from much closer to home. From the Newark Star-Ledger: A state lawmaker says it’s time for New Jersey to openly discuss the most difficult of topics: whether terminally ill patients should be allowed to decide how and when they die. Assemblyman John [Read More...]

New voting guide video: “Voting Catholics have the power to transform our nation”

In the online description of the guide, created by Catholic Answers, the producers of the video, Rosary Films, go a step further, declaring: Barack Obama is at odds with these key elements of The Roman Catholic Faith. No faithful Catholic in good conscience can vote or support this presidential candidate. The teachings of the Magisterium show [Read More...]

Rising after a fall: a deacon’s ministry to those with spinal cord injuries

With football season here, now is as good a time as any to take a look at the remarkable work being done by a deacon in the sports field — but OFF the field. He’s Deacon Don Grossnickle from the Archdiocese of Chicago, and he is the co-founder of Gridiron Alliance, described thusly: The Gridiron [Read More...]

“Yes to You”: priest raps a poem about same sex attraction

And now for something completely different. Below is the latest effort at outreach by Courage, the Catholic ministry to gay men and women. It features Fr. Claude (Dusty) Burns aka Fr. Pontifex, with music by Sean Beeson. Excerpt: The same Church that says no when we fail to keep our sexual selves in check Is [Read More...]

Sainthood cause for John Paul I moves forward

Details from Catholic News Service:  Promoters of the sainthood cause of Pope John Paul I, who served as head of the church for just over a month, met Pope Benedict XVI Sept. 26 to bring him up to date on their work. Bishop Giuseppe Andrich of Belluno and Feltre, Italy, the diocese in which the [Read More...]

Archbishop Myers: Catholics who dissent from teaching on marriage should not receive communion — UPDATED

He made the assertion as part of a major pastoral letter released yesterday. From The Record newspaper: In a sweeping pastoral statement to be made public today, the leader of more than 1 million North Jersey Catholics urges them to vote “in defense of marriage and life,” and warns that the passage of same-sex marriage [Read More...]

Illinois court upholds conscience rights for pharmacists

Details, from Catholic News Agency:  An Illinois appeals court’s ruling on the conscience rights of pharmacists is being hailed as a victory for religious freedom and could offer hope to current lawsuits challenging the federal contraception mandate. “Government can’t force pharmacists and pharmacies to violate their religious beliefs to stay in business,” said Mark Rienzi, [Read More...]

RIP, Andy Williams

The legendary crooner is gone:   Andy Williams, the silky-voiced, clean-cut crooner, whose hit recording “Moon River” and years of popular Christmas TV shows brought him fans the world over has died, his publicist said. He was 84. Williams died Tuesday night at his home in Branson following a yearlong battle with bladder cancer, his Los Angeles-based publicist, [Read More...]

Can the German bishops do this? — UPDATED

The news out of Germany last week left a lot of people surprised — even shocked.  Now the blogger Fr. John Boyle takes a closer look at what Canon law has to say on the subject: It would seem to me that the burden of proof is with the ecclesiastical authorities to verify that one [Read More...]

Euthanasia climbs 18% in Netherlands; dementia and psychiatric cases soaring

The news is chilling. Details from Christian Medical Comment: According to Dutch media reports today, euthanasia deaths in the Netherlands in 2011 increased by 18% to 3,695. This follows increases of 13% in 2009 and 19% in 2010. In fact from 2006 to 2011 there has been a steady increase in numbers each year with [Read More...]

“Les Miserables” movie poster revealed

First, there was the trailer.  Then the “extended first look.” Now, ladies and gentlemen, the movie poster for “Les Miserables,” from FirstShowing.Net    It may look vaguely familiar: the image is a re-interpretation of the well-known poster for the stage version.  [Read more...]

Ice skating with Fulton Sheen

You may remember a posting from July, when I mentioned meeting Fulton Sheen’s niece.  (She’s pictured above with Sheen’s successor at the Propagation of the Faith — and my current boss— CNEWA president Msgr. John Kozar.) Now, she’s given an interview and shared some fascinating details about the life of her celebrated uncle. From the Catholic [Read More...]

Notre Dame invites Obama, Romney to speak

From the university’s press release:  The University of Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., and student body president Brett Rocheleau have joined in inviting both President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Gov. Mitt Romney to speak at the University during the fall election campaign. Continuing a long-standing tradition, Father Jenkins and Rocheleau addressed [Read More...]

Remembering “the people’s priest” of the Bronx

Every now and then, we receive a blessed reminder of what it means to follow in the footsteps of Christ. Here’s one, from the New York Times: The Rev. John C. Flynn could have been a monsignor, but as he told the story in later years, he refused the elevation because he already held a [Read More...]


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