Ordination update: 12 new deacons in Hartford

Just like the apostles!   They were ordained on 4 June by Archbishop Henry J. Mansell at Hartford’s Cathedral of St. Joseph. Read all about it here. Congratulations, brothers, and welcome!  Ad multos annos! [Photo by Jack Sheedy] [Read more...]

Poll: 80% of Americans do not doubt God’s existence

A new study by Pew finds some interesting trends on religion and values across the last 25 years. Check this out: The United States continues to be a highly religious nation. Most Americans say they belong to a particular faith and large percentages agree with statements about key religious beliefs and behaviors. About three-quarters of [Read More...]

America magazine names new editor

And he’s the youngest ever: For over a century, America, the only national Catholic weekly magazine in the United States, has provided a provocative and distinctly Jesuit voice on religion, society, politics and culture.  That proud history continues today as America’s board of directors named Matt Malone, SJ its newest and youngest editor-in-chief.  Father Malone, 40, who [Read More...]

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‘Titanic’ theme song even makes Celine Dion feel sick [Read more...]

The world of “Beep Baseball,” blind America’s pastime

This was news to me, but it’s really quite remarkable: The rules of beep baseball are much like the original game, except the pitcher plays for the batting team and the bases are more like tackling dummies. (Also, the team names are way cooler. Minnesota Fighting Lions? Cleveland Scrappers?) It’s wild and fiercely competitive, and [Read More...]

NZ no-no: Bishops rule out using iPad for Mass — UPDATED

Just days after one of their priests sang the praises of using the iPad for Mass, New Zealand’s bishops have said, “Not so fast.” Details: The New Zealand Bishops have told their priests that only the official printed copy of the Roman Missal may be used at Mass and at the Church’s other liturgies. They [Read More...]

New name for Crystal Cathedral to be announced

It will happen Saturday: The Crystal Cathedral – a church that carries a name reflective of its glass-paned windows – will be renamed on Saturday. The Catholic Diocese of Orange plans to announce the new name of the church it bought in bankruptcy proceedings at a Saturday ordination of four priests. The new name for [Read More...]

History: first permanent deacons ordained in Ireland

‘Tis a wonderful thing: The first permanent deacons in the Irish Catholic Church were ordained in Dublin last night [Monday] by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin. The eight men ordained at the Pro-Cathedral are: Eric Cooney from Monkstown, who works in financial services; Gabriel Corcoran from Dundrum, a lecturer in the Dublin Institute of Technology; Gerard Larkin [Read More...]

Don’t start shopping for that retirement home in Florida yet…

…you might have to put it off a few years: American International Group Inc. (AIG) Chief Executive Officer Robert Benmosche saidEurope’s debt crisis shows governments worldwide must accept that people will have to work more years as life expectancies increase. “Retirement ages will have to move to 70, 80 years old,” Benmosche, who turned 68 last week, [Read More...]

What would you give the pope?

You won’t believe some of the things people have given him over the years. [Read more...]

Vatican warns: book by American nun on sexual ethics could cause “grave harm to the faithful”

Details: The Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith warned June 4 that Mercy Sister Margaret Farley’s 2006 book, “Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics,” contains “erroneous propositions” on homosexual acts, same-sex marriage, masturbation and remarriage after divorce that could cause confusion and “grave harm to the faithful.” In a notification signed [Read More...]

How silence works: “It is an aid, not an end in itself”

What’s it like to live with a vow of silence? Writer Jeremy Mesiano-Crookston wanted to find out, and so began an e-mail exchange with several monks at Oka Abbey in Quebec, the oldest Trappist monastery in America. It’s a fascinating dialogue, and sheds light on a world many of us don’t know: Are all your [Read More...]

Great moments in parenting

My nominee for Mother of the Year: A Phoenix, Ariz., woman put her 5-week-old baby on top of her car in his car seat and drove away, apparently forgetting he was there, not even noticing when the seat fell off the car and landed in an intersection, police said. Neighbors discovered the baby on the [Read More...]

On Republicans, Democrats and Catholics

With some news reports suggesting even progressive Christians are losing faith in President Obama, and at least one prominent Democrat leaving the party because of her Catholic faith, Catholic blogger Ed Morrissey looks at how complicated and contradictory it can be to be a Catholic and adhere to any political party: Some of our readers [Read More...]

The “Pew Gap”: Signs that religious voters are losing faith in Obama

Details, from the Associated Press: In 2008, Barack Obama took aim at the “pew gap,” the overwhelming Republican edge among voters who regularly attend church. The Democratic presidential nominee came nowhere near closing it, but he didn’t have to. He just needed an extra percentage point or two among traditional GOP constituents, and he got [Read More...]

2015 World Meeting of Families to be held in Philadelphia

Big news out of Milan today: Pope Benedict XVI announced this morning at the closing Mass of the seventh World Meeting of Families that the next gathering will be held in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The Pope delivered a short speech after Communion and announced that the 2015 World Meeting of Families will be hosted [Read More...]

Biden’s daughter married in Catholic-Jewish service

Details: Vice President Joe Biden’s daughter Ashley married a Pennsylvania doctor at a ceremony in Delaware, the vice president’s office announced late Saturday. A news release from Biden’s office says 30-year-old Ashley Blazer Biden was married Saturday to Dr. Howard David Krein in Wilmington. She is a social worker for the Delaware Department of Services [Read More...]

In Cleveland, religion classes get back to basics

Could this be the start of a trend? Let us pray. Details: Greater Cleveland’s 13,000 Catholic high school students are about to get a dose of old-time religion, heavily infused with New Testament gospels. Beginning next school year, theCleveland Catholic Diocese is introducing into the 21 high schools a new religion curriculum that will feature [Read More...]


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