Worth a thousand words

From South Korea:  Cheju diocese has demanded an official apology after about 20 riot police disrupted a Mass yesterday on Jeju island. The police were clearing a path for a cement truck to enter the construction site of a controversial new naval base. Father Bartholomew Mun Jung-hyun, who was presiding over the Mass at the gates of [Read More...]

St. Maximilian Kolbe: “It is obedience alone that shows us God’s will”

“I rejoice greatly, dear brother, at the outstanding zeal that drives you to promote the glory of God. It is sad to see how in our times the disease called “indifferentism” is spreading in all its forms, not just among those in the world but also among the members of religious orders. But indeed, since [Read More...]

Episcopal priest will convert, but without his wife

Details: A longtime North Shore clergyman is in line to become one of the first Episcopal priests in the country to be ordained as a Roman Catholic priest. The Rev. Jurgen Liias, who led Christ Church in Hamilton for 14 years before forming a breakaway Episcopal church in Danvers, has applied to the Vatican to [Read More...]

“Miracle”: one priest saves another from drowning

It happened last week in Florida.  Details:  The Rev. Krzysztof Bugno hovered over the lifeless body of his friend — also a priest — seconds after pulling the struggling man from the waves at Canvaeral National Seashore and prayed. A few harrowing moments later, Bugno got his miracle. “I didn’t know CPR, but I felt [Read More...]

“Marriage is a mess and homosexuals didn’t do it”

That’s the eye-catching headline of the latest blog post by one of Patheos’ newest writers, Rebecca Hamilton.  She’ll be hanging her hat over at a new blog called “Public Catholic,” devoting her time and attention to politics.  She knows whereof she speaks: Rebecca is in the Oklahoma House of Representatives and is (brace yourselves) a [Read More...]

Can Syria’s Christians survive?

It’s a question being examined in this morning’s Wall Street Journal: Near the Syrian city of Aleppo, the Church of St. Simeon the Stylite commemorates the 5th-century ascetic who became an ancient sensation by living atop a tall pedestal for decades to demonstrate his faith. Krak des Chevaliers, an awe-inspiring castle near Homs, was a [Read More...]

LA Times: Ryan’s budget a “quandary” for some Catholics

Barely 48 hours after Paul Ryan joined the ticket, the ideological debate is already heating up: A couple of things were different at 9:45 a.m. Mass at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Janesville on Sunday. Rep.Paul D. Ryan, a fixture in the center pews when he’s not in Washington or on a national news [Read More...]

Amid concerns over religious freedom, Catholic vicariate leaves Kuwait

Details:  Bahrain will take over from Kuwait as the headquarters of the Vicariate of Northern Arabia for the Roman Catholic Church. Bishop Camillo Ballin will continue to lead the Vicariate, a statement said. “After thoughtful consideration and the completion of a new Roman Catholic Church in the Kingdom, Bahrain will host Vicariate as a testament [Read More...]

“Would you sing something different?”

The Johnny Cash biopic “Walk the Line” was on Ovation tonight, and the scene below just knocks it out of the park. Struggling songwriter and door-to-door salesman J.R. Cash (the incredibly good Joaquin Phoenix — why didn’t he get the Oscar for this?) gets a chance to audition for legendary record producer Sam Phillips, who [Read More...]

Tolerance in 2012 — UPDATED

This video is starting to make the rounds: Father Gerald O’Reilly prays outside of Chick-fil-A, (Watertower) in Chicago, Illinois on the 8th of August, 2012.  Watch what happens. UPDATE: Elizabeth Scalia has some thoughts on this video that may surprise you.   Read more.   [Read more...]

My day of rest

Periodically, people ask me what my Sundays are like.   I answered that question a few years ago when my blog was at Beliefnet.  I re-read the post recently.  To my surprise, not much has changed. A snip: SATURDAY 4:45 – Arrived for 5 pm vigil mass. Looked over the gospel and the Prayers of [Read More...]

The other Ryan: the candidate’s wife, Janna

An interesting glimpse at Paul Ryan’s wife, from the Washington Post:  Janna Ryan, wife of Republican vice presidential pick Rep. Paul Ryan, is the poster girl for Generation X women who wanted to have it all. Ryan, 43, like many of her 40-something peers, is a stay-at-home mother with an impressive resume. She prefers her husband’s [Read More...]

Meet the nun involved in the “biggest security breach in the history of the nation’s atomic complex”

Details from the New York Times:  She has been arrested 40 or 50 times for acts of civil disobedience and once served six months in prison. In the Nevada desert, she and other peace activists knelt down to block a truck rumbling across the government’s nuclear test site, prompting the authorities to take her into [Read More...]

Ordination update: 18 new deacons in Spokane

It happened Friday night.  Profiles of the men can be found here.   Names of the ordained and their wives (thanks to Eric Meisfjord, Director of Communications for the Diocese): José Aparicio, (Graciela) Bonifacio Arebalo, (Maribel) Craig Blomgren, (Cindy) H. Roy Buck, (Marge) Brian Ernst, (Julie) James Evermann, (Maureen) Dan Glatt, (Debby) Thomas Heavey, (Mary) [Read More...]

Paul Ryan’s Catholicism—UPDATED

After the news about Paul Ryan, analysis has begun to pour in. An overview, from CNN’s Belief blog: Mitt Romney’s selection of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate promises to cast a spotlight on American Catholicism in an election year when the tradition has already been a major focus. Ryan, a Catholic [Read More...]

Homily for August 12, 2012: 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for readings.] A few weeks ago, the Columbus Dispatch newspaper in Ohio printed a story about a First Communion – but it’s one unlike any other you may have heard. It says something beautiful, I think, about the power of the Eucharist, the “bread of life.” But it is also a story of [Read More...]

Reports: Romney selects Catholic Paul Ryan as running mate

Some weeks back I wondered, “Will Romney pick a Catholic?”  Now, all indications are that the answer is yes:  Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will announce his running mate at the beginning of a four-day, four-state bus tour in Norfolk, Virginia, on Saturday at 9 a.m. ET, his campaign announced in a statement late [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words, Olympics edition

This really is pure gold. With a grateful h/t to The Crescat, who has more shots like this the world should see: Caption: Ethopian runner and Orthodox Christian, Meseret Defar, shows the image of Our Lady she carried in her shirt after she won the gold medal in the 5000m race. [Read more...]


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