Maine’s newest Catholic priest is the son of an Episcopal priest

He’s also married with children, and took a remarkable path into the Church and the priesthood. Details: When David Affleck was ordained earlier this month as Maine’s newest Roman Catholic priest, his wife, Katherine, sat in the pews at Portland’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Wait, what? A Catholic priest who’s married? With children? That [Read More...]

Ad multos annos! New priests for Brooklyn!

I was flying back from Indianapolis and missed the ordinations today, but above is the first picture of the new crop. Details on the men, from the Brooklyn Tablet: Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio will ordain six men to the priesthood for the Diocese of Brooklyn at a Mass at St. James Cathedral-Basilica, 250 Cathedral Place, Downtown [Read More...]

Homily for June 24, 2012: Nativity of John the Baptist — UPDATED WITH AUDIO

[Click here for readings] For audio of this homily, click the green arrow below. Last week, we had a parish council meeting, and Msgr. Funaro made an announcement that truly shocked people.  Some people actually gasped. “Time is really slipping away,” Msgr. Funaro said.  “Fr. Anthony reminded me the other night: It’s only six months [Read More...]

Vatican hires Fox News reporter as communications advisor

Details: The Vatican has brought in the Fox News correspondent in Rome to help improve its communications strategy as it tries to cope with years of communications blunders and one of its most serious scandals in decades, The Associated Press learned Saturday.Greg Burke, 52, will leave Fox to become a senior communications adviser in the [Read More...]

Vatican’s social media head: “We need to cultivate our ability to listen to others…”

A highlight of the Catholic Media Conference this week was an address Friday by Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.  Archbishop Celli is endearing, brilliant and utterly disarming.  (At the Sign of Peace during Mass, he clasped both my hands and whispered with a smile, “Peace to you and [Read More...]

Band of Bloggers

With Rocco and Elizabeth after our panel presentation on blogging this afternoon in Indianapolis. [Read more...]

Worth a thousand words, Indy edition

Below, a couple shots of the beautiful St. John the Evangelist Church in Indianapolis — the oldest church in the city — where I’ve served Mass every evening during the Catholic Media Conference. [Read more...]

In Philadelphia, “A shakeup of seismic proportions”

You could feel the shockwaves rippling through Indianapolis as this story made its way around the Catholic Media Conference: On Wednesday, when he addressed a conference of Catholic journalists in Indianapolis, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said, “The habits of Catholic culture run very deep in the Philadelphia region.” On Thursday, Chaput announced deep and drastic [Read More...]

Bishop Coyne to Catholic communicators: “Always take the high road”

Last night, I had the great privilege of serving as deacon alongside Bishop Christopher Coyne as he celebrated Mass for the Catholic Media Conference in Indianapolis.  His excellent homily focused a great deal on Christian aspects of communication, and prompted a lot of enthusiastic comment at the dinner afterwords.  Here’s a key part: As one who is [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words, Fortnight edition

I got mine, thanks to the folks at the Catholic News Service  booth at the Catholic Media Convention.  Let’s see how many I can squeeze into my suitcase to bring home … [Read more...]

Spotted in Indianapolis: nuns in habits!

Below, a statue in the lobby of our hotel: [Read more...]

Chaput: “We need to look at the arc of Catholic history in our country”

Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles Chaput delivered a challenging and potent address last night to the Catholic Media Convention in Indianapolis.  I was privileged to be there to hear what amounted to the kickoff for the Fortnight for Freedom.  A snip, courtesy First Things: We need to look honestly at the arc of Catholic history in our country. The [Read More...]

Syria expels activist priest: “I received a one-way visa out”

From the New York Times: Thick wooden beams barred the doors of St. Cyril’s Church in Damascus when friends of Bassel Shahade, a young opposition filmmaker killed in Homs in late May, arrived for a memorial prayer service. Government thugs dragged some mourners off to jail and chased away the rest, according to activists. The [Read More...]

BREAKING: Jury in Philadelphia sex abuse trial deadlocked

From the Philadelphia Inquirer: After 11 days of deliberations, jurors at the landmark clergy-sex abuse trial of two Philadelphia priests said Wednesday they were deadlocked on all but one count. Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina immediately pressed them to keep trying. In a note sent the judge shortly before noon, the panel of [Read More...]

RoboChrist: Director Paul Verhoeven plans his own take on Jesus

And it doesn’t sound like something most people reading this will want to see: Deadline reports that the Robocop and Total Recall filmmaker has an alternate take on the life of Jesus Christ brewing, based on his book Jesus of Nazareth that he co-wrote, and the film is sure to stir up some controversy. More [Read More...]

On the road again

I’m headed to Indianapolis for the next few days for the Catholic Media Convention.  (Indy deacons: If you’re in the nabe, stop by and say hello!  Among other things, I’ll be serving as deacon every evening at this gorgeous church.) Blogging will be light, but I’ll look for opportunities to write something, because you never know [Read More...]

What the world has been waiting for: the Post-it Desk

  Details: When you’re a kid, surfaces are made to be doodled on. Walls are crayon-canvases; wooden tables seem naked without some colorful finger paint prettying them up. It takes a while — from parents’ perspective, avery long while — for us to learn to contain our decorational impulses. Creativity, we’re gradually conditioned to accept, [Read More...]

“We are Catholics”: group launches national ad campaign against HHS mandate

From The Hill: An association of lay Catholics will air a nationwide ad against the Obama administration’s birth control coverage mandate on Fox News Thursday. The move serves to highlight a two-week effort by U.S. Catholic bishops to build momentum against the mandate, which some have argued violates religious freedom. The debate puts the church in [Read More...]


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