Meet a Pro-Life Democrat: Patheos’ Rebecca Hamilton Profiled by CNS

Behold:  Oklahoma State Rep. Rebecca Hamilton sees no conflict between her pro-life views as a Catholic and being a stalwart Democrat who has served 18 years in the state Legislature. Hamilton, who represents South Oklahoma City, told Catholic News Service during a break this morning in the 2013 National Religious Freedom Conference in Washington that her pro-life stance [Read More…]

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Ohio State President on Notre Dame: “You Can’t Trust Those Damn Catholics…”

I’m sure he meant it in jest. Details:  The president of Ohio State University said Notre Dame was never invited to join the Big Ten because the university’s priests are not good partners, joking that “those damn Catholics” can’t be trusted, according to a recording of a meeting he attended late last year. At the [Read More…]

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The Only Thing Worse Than a Bridezilla

Is a T-Rex who is eager to catch the bouquet. As a deacon reader noted: “This is another reason why we don’t do garden weddings…” Get a load of this incredible wedding picture below, by the very imaginative J. Quinn Miller. Visit this link to read all about it and catch the funny annotations. [Read more…]

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Fr. Andrew Greeley Dies

Details:  The Rev. Andrew Greeley, the outspoken Roman Catholic priest, best-selling novelist and sociologist known for his deeply researched academic appraisals and sometimes scathing critiques of his church, died Wednesday night, several years after fracturing his skull in a freakish fall. The Rev. Greeley died in his sleep at his apartment at the John Hancock [Read More…]

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Will We Ever Get Complete Texts of the Pope’s Daily Homilies?

Today, the Vatican seemed to indicate no. Here’s the statement from Fr. Federico Lombardi: The very great interest aroused by the Pope’s brief homilies in the course of the Masses celebrated every  morning in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta, poses and continues to pose  often the question  from different parts  on the possibility [Read More…]

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It’s an iPhone Case! It’s a Bottle Opener! It’s an iPhone Case AND a Bottle Opener!

What a piece of work is man,” wrote Shakespeare. And here’s why. You might be amazed at some of the ingenious ways people have found to incorporate the iPhone case into daily life—making the ubiquitous smartphone even smarter and more useful! From CNET:  Apple’s iPhone introduced a whole new category of technology and unlocked an endless stream of [Read More…]

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Ordination Update: 17 New Deacons for Brooklyn—and Most Are Latino

I first posted their biographies last week. Now CNS has posted on its Facebook page some excellent pictures of the ordination by Long Island’s great Gregory Shemitz. As CNS notes: The new face of the U.S. church’s growing Latino makeup was shown in last Saturday’s ordinations for the permanent diaconate in the Diocese of Brooklyn, [Read More…]

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Pope Francis Explains Why He Chose to Live Away From the Papal Apartments

Details: Pope Francis has revealed for the first time the reasons for his decision to shun the official papal apartments and instead live in a much more modest Vatican ‘hotel’. He has told a friend that he likes being in daily contact with ordinary people, does not want to be isolated and enjoys sitting down [Read More…]

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“Parish-based Catechesis Has Been An Abject Failure”

Remember scenes like this one in a Catholic classroom?  Learning the catechism?  The basics of Catholicism?  Things have changed. Not long ago, I heard of a grade-schooler who was attending his First Communion and, when the pastor in his homily mentioned the honor and privilege of “eating the Body of Christ,” the kid freaked.  He [Read More…]

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The Wheel Presence: Oregon Prepares for the Blessing of the Bikes

Details:  The Catholic Archdiocese of Portland and the parish of St. Mary’s Cathedral will hold their annual blessing of the bikes at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 9, in the cathedral courtyard. The 30-minute rite is open to the bicycling community and the public at large. “Portland is a platinum cycling city,” says Deacon Thomas Gornick, director of evangelization for [Read More…]

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“A Light That Is Well Placed Does Not Repel Others…”

There’s been a lot of buzz lately about Strange Gods, the first book by our own Elizabeth Scalia.  (I’m working my way through it now and hope to write about it in the next few days; I can report that my wife, who rarely reads anything other than her Bible, read the book in one [Read More…]

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“My Heroes Were Visiting Missionaries…”

That’s how Msgr. John E. Kozar, president of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) —and, not insignificantly, my boss—describes the first stirrings of his own vocation in this comprehensive interview with Fr. Thomas Rosica of Salt + Light TV in Canada. Msgr. Kozar is featured in the picture above, top center, sharing a joyful moment [Read More…]

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Study Finds Record Number of “Breadwinner Moms”

Details:  A record 40% of households with children include “breadwinner moms,” according to a report out today. These moms are the sole or primary source of income for households with children younger than 18, a Pew Research Center analysis finds. Theanalysis looked at data from the U.S. Census Bureau. “The share of households with children where there is [Read More…]

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“The Church is the Great Family of God’s Children…”

From the pope’s General Audience today: The whole history of salvation is the story of God seeking man, offer[ing] humanity His love, embracing mankind. He called Abraham to be the father of a multitude, chose the people of Israel to forge an alliance that embraces all nations, and sent, in the fullness of time, His [Read More…]

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For First Time in History, Pope To Lead Worldwide Eucharistic Adoration Next Sunday

From Vatican Radio: From the Cook Islands to Chile, Burkina Faso, Taiwan, Iraq, Bangladesh, the United States, and the Philippines, people will unite in prayer with Pope Francis this weekend before One Lord and in One faith, for an hour of Eucharistic Adoration. The Worldwide Eucharistic Adoration, will be broadcast from St. Peter’s Basilica next [Read More…]

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“The Great Gatsby” as sermon

From the canny mind of Fr. Robert Barron:  Fitzgerald saw that, given the breakdown of traditional morality and the marginalization of God, many people in the postwar West simply surrendered themselves to wealth and pleasure. Commitment, marriage, sexual responsibility, and the cultivation of a spiritual life were seen as, at best, holdovers from the Victorian [Read More…]

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“This Is My Story, This Is My Song”: A Hymn Becomes a Hit on Broadway

From this morning’s New York Times: Not long after the curtain rises on the second act of “The Trip to Bountiful,” the Broadway revival of the Horton Foote play at the Stephen Sondheim Theater, something unusual happens.Cicely Tyson, as Mrs. Carrie Watts, sits on a bus station bench in a small Texas town. She is on the [Read More…]

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Culture of Death: Rescuers in China Save Newborn Flushed Down Toilet—UPDATED

Details: Chinese firefighters have rescued a newborn boy from a sewer pipe below a squat toilet, sawing out an L-shaped section and then delicately dismantling it to free the cocooned baby, who greeted the rescuers with cries. A tenant heard the baby’s sounds in the public restroom of a residential building in Zhejiang province in [Read More…]

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