Sign of the times: a new monthly magazine devoted to exorcism

Who says publishing is a dying industry? Details: With exorcism booming in Poland, Roman Catholic priests have joined forces with a publisher to launch what they claim is the world’s first monthly magazine focused exclusively on chasing out the devil. “The rise in the number or exorcists from four to more than 120 over the [Read More...]

40 years on: the permanent deacons of Canada

Our friends in Canada are marking an auspicious event: the 40th anniversary of the first class of permanent deacons beginning their formation. The Catholic Register has more:  Forty years ago this month, the permanent diaconate came to English Canada with the launch of a deacons’ program in the archdiocese of Toronto. That followed the launch [Read More...]

Five words, two numbers: how a father’s note on 9/11 reached his family

A heartrending new take on September 11, from the Stamford Advocate:  The note is just five words and two numbers. Randy Scott scrawled these five words and two numbers on a piece of paper on Sept. 11, 2001, while at work at Euro Brokers Inc. in the World Trade Center. But if a picture is worth a thousand words, [Read More...]

Homily at Fr. Mychal Judge’s funeral: “He is going to be on the other side of death”

“You know when you step back and see how my friend Mychal died, I’m sure that when we finish grieving, when all this is over and we can put things in perspective, look how that man died. He was right where the action was, where he always wanted to be. He was praying, because in [Read More...]

Pat Robertson urges man to become Muslim so he can beat his wife

It sounds like another headline from The Onion, but no. My conclusion: this is Robertson’s “Benedict Groeschel moment,” and he should quietly unplug his microphone. Details: Once again, Pat Robertson has said something ridiculously offensive and cruel. Past targets have included gays, feminists and pagans, atheists, people with Alzheimer’s, adoptive parents, Haitians and people who don’t pray enough. This time, the televangelist focused [Read More...]

“More young men are coming to the diocese to enter seminary than in two generations”

The story may be different on the coasts. But in Missouri and Kansas, it seems, vocations are going strong: Seven men were ordained this year in the diocese, the largest single-year number in the last 30, said a somewhat mystified but definitely pleased Monsignor Bradley Offutt, diocesan vicar general. Also, 10 men are beginning studying [Read More...]

“Thine alabaster cities gleam, undimmed by human tears…”

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For 9/11: “We pray, very simply, in remembrance…”

“It is difficult to capture what this anniversary means to us as Americans, as New Yorkers, as Catholic Christians.  The things we feel are almost beyond words.  We are still, in many ways, groping in the dark, struggling to find a way to deal with what happened, and how much our lives and our world [Read More...]

The deacon who’s helping to run Tara

Last month, I posted on the historic bequest of Margaret Mitchell’s estate to the Catholic Church.  Now, here’s a look at one of the key figures involved, Deacon Steve Swope. From CNS: Steve Swope, the deacon who is overseeing the late Joseph Mitchell’s multimillion-dollar “Gone With the Wind” bequest to the Archdiocese of Atlanta, discovered [Read More...]

Gay couple sues church for refusing to sell them house

It happened in Massachusetts.  Details:  A gay couple from Massachusetts has sued the Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester for allegedly refusing to sell them a mansion because church officials were concerned they would host gay weddings at the site. James Fairbanks and Alain Beret filed their discrimination suit Monday in Worcester Superior Court. They allege [Read More...]

Ordination update: 11 new deacons in Milwaukee

I suspect there will be a complete write up soon in the archdiocesan paper, but last week the Catholic Herald offered a preview: Eleven men will be ordained deacons of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee by Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist on Saturday, Sept. 8. The deacons will serve [Read More...]

Thousands turn out for 400th anniversary of Cuba’s Our Lady of Charity

Details:  The festival of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre, patroness of Cuba, drew thousands of people to Masses and processions that were marked by messages of love and unity for Cubans on and off the island, where this year the 400th anniversary of the finding of the saint’s image is being held. Just [Read More...]

Report: Anglicans discuss sharing cathedral with Catholics in New Zealand

Details are sketchy, but if it happens it would truly be historic: Anglicans in Christchurch are talking about sharing a cathedral with the Catholics, a move that would have worldwide ramifications. OLIVIA CARVILLE reports. Rebuilding Christchurch’s two wounded cathedrals into one ‘unprecedented’ Anglican-Catholic super-cathedral is under discussion at top levels in the Anglican Church. The [Read More...]

Parishioners tackle purse snatcher during Mass

Details: The suspect accused in a string of purse thefts in Pittsburgh’s Troy Hill section is now in police custody after being arrested Sunday morning during a church service. “The individual came in about 10 minutes after the service started, and he sat right here, about five pews from the back of the church,” said [Read More...]

Writing as sacrament: meet Deacon Ron Hansen

When my worlds collide: a former colleague of mine from CBS News, Bob Faw, profiles Catholic writer and deacon, Ron Hansen for the fine PBS program “Religion & Ethics Newsweekly.” It’s superb.  Just watch. Watch Catholic Writer Ron Hansen on PBS. See more from Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly. [Read more...]

“Ephphatha!”

“At the heart of today’s Gospel (Mk 7, 31-37) there is a small but, very important word. A word that – in its deepest meaning- sums up the whole message and the whole work of Christ. The Evangelist Mark writes it in the same language that Jesus pronounced it in, so that it is even [Read More...]

“Attention, white Anglo-Saxon Protestants: your days of running things are over”

That’s how Dean Obeidallah  begins this opinion piece, and he has a point: Attention white Anglo-Saxon Protestants: Your days of running things are over. You have jumped the shark. But there’s no need to feel bad for WASPs. They’ve had an amazing run. Every single president in our nation’s history, except for John F. Kennedy [Read More...]

Penn State dedicates Catholic center with a familiar name: Paterno

Details: Sue Paterno’s dream came to fruition Saturday morning while she was surrounded by close friends and family. The Suzanne Pohland Paterno Catholic Student Faith Center was dedicated and opened at 10 a.m. during a Eucharistic celebration and blessing ceremony. The Paternos helped to raise the money for the $6.5 million structure. Paterno’s children and [Read More...]


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