Canadian Court Rules Catholic Mayor Can Offer Prayer Before Meetings

I wonder if this idea would fly in the United States: A Catholic mayor in Canada had his prayers answered when an appeals court ruled that saying a prayer before council meetings does not compromise the government body’s neutrality, the Toronto Sun reported. Jean Tremblay, the Catholic mayor of Saguenay, Quebec, fought the order to [Read More…]

Like Patheos Catholic on Facebook!

Patheos Catholic LogoCLICK HERE TO "LIKE" PATHEOS CATHOLIC ON FACEBOOK

Must-See Video: A Catholic View of Memorial Day

From CNS and the leader of the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services. Always remember. Never forget. Watch below. [Read more…]

Like Patheos Catholic on Facebook!

Patheos Catholic LogoCLICK HERE TO "LIKE" PATHEOS CATHOLIC ON FACEBOOK

One Woman Writes About Her “Uneasy Catholic Motherhood”

Here’s a snapshot of one kind of American Catholic mother, writer Mary Elizabeth Williams. From Salon:  It’s probably a lot easier if you’re certain. If you’re a firm atheist or a devout evangelical. But when you’re living a faith you love in an institution that regularly outrages you, it’s a little tougher. Especially when you’ve got [Read More…]

Like Patheos Catholic on Facebook!

Patheos Catholic LogoCLICK HERE TO "LIKE" PATHEOS CATHOLIC ON FACEBOOK

Cardinal Pell Admits Cover-Up for “Fear of Scandal”

Details: Fear of scandal prompted the cover-up of child sex abuse allegations within the Catholic Church, Australia’s top-ranking Cardinal George Pell admitted Monday. Pell, speaking at an inquiry by Victoria’s parliament into child sex abuse in the state, denied being personally involved in the cover-up of paedophile priests, but said it was clear it happened. [Read More…]

Like Patheos Catholic on Facebook!

Patheos Catholic LogoCLICK HERE TO "LIKE" PATHEOS CATHOLIC ON FACEBOOK

Have You Seen This Great Wedding Proposal Video Yet?

From the ubiquitous Brandon Vogt: On May 25, 2013, my sister-in-law, Elizabeth Floegel, boarded a plane and soared into the clouds, ready to go skydiving. What she didn’t know was that her boyfriend, Brian Charif, was waiting on the ground…ready to pop a life-changing question. See if this doesn’t make you weep with giddy joy. [Read More…]

Like Patheos Catholic on Facebook!

Patheos Catholic LogoCLICK HERE TO "LIKE" PATHEOS CATHOLIC ON FACEBOOK

Trinity

Well, there are three of us. Pictured: Your Humble Blogger, wrapping up his West Coast Odyssey with a visit to the legendary Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills, with two wonderful clergymen serving that parish, Msgr. Thomas Welbers (left, doing his best impression of Sir Richard Attenborough) and Deacon Eric Stoltz (right). The [Read More…]

Like Patheos Catholic on Facebook!

Patheos Catholic LogoCLICK HERE TO "LIKE" PATHEOS CATHOLIC ON FACEBOOK

Ordination Update: 5 New Deacons for Springfield

Details: Five men were ordained permanent deacons for the Diocese of Springfield as part of an 11 a.m. ordination Mass held at St. Michael’s Cathedral here May 25. Springfield Bishop Timothy A. McDonnell presided over the “Rite of Diaconate Ordination” as the men from across western Massachusetts became the newest permanent deacons in the diocese. [Read More…]

Like Patheos Catholic on Facebook!

Patheos Catholic LogoCLICK HERE TO "LIKE" PATHEOS CATHOLIC ON FACEBOOK

Ordination Update: 6 New Deacons for Albany

A deacon reader writes: I am sending this picture of the six new deacons (four permanent and two transitional) ordained this morning (Saturday) by the Most Rev. Howard J. Hubbard, Bishop of Albany. From left to right in the photo are: Robert Sweeney, Brian Slezak, Joseph Romand, Andrew Grebe, Richard DiCaprio, and James Davis. Slezak [Read More…]

Like Patheos Catholic on Facebook!

Patheos Catholic LogoCLICK HERE TO "LIKE" PATHEOS CATHOLIC ON FACEBOOK

Behold, the Clergy Blouse

I stumbled on this website via a friend’s Facebook page: clergy apparel for women. Nice. But I just can’t shake the image of Jerry Seinfeld and the infamous Puffy Shirt episode.  [Read more…]

Like Patheos Catholic on Facebook!

Patheos Catholic LogoCLICK HERE TO "LIKE" PATHEOS CATHOLIC ON FACEBOOK

Archbishop Myers Breaks Silence on Fugee Scandal, Demotes Deputy

Details: A top official in the Archdiocese of Newark — second only to Archbishop John J. Myers — has been sacked from his leadership position for mishandling the supervision of a priest who violated a lifetime ban on ministry to children. Myers, speaking out for the first time on the scandal that has imperiled his [Read More…]

Like Patheos Catholic on Facebook!

Patheos Catholic LogoCLICK HERE TO "LIKE" PATHEOS CATHOLIC ON FACEBOOK

NY Times: Pope Francis Changes Tone at Vatican

Details:  He has criticized the “cult of money” and greed he sees driving the world financial system, reflecting his affinity for liberation theology. He has left Vatican officials struggling to keep up with his off-the-cuff remarks and impromptu forays into the crowds of tens of thousands that fill St. Peter’s Square during his audiences. He [Read More…]

Like Patheos Catholic on Facebook!

Patheos Catholic LogoCLICK HERE TO "LIKE" PATHEOS CATHOLIC ON FACEBOOK

Who’s the Longest-Serving Priest in the United States?

Well, here’s a look at one who’s up there, and holds at least one distinction among many: Holy Cross Father Theodore M. Hesburgh is one of 22 members of Holy Cross celebrating anniversaries of Ordination or Religious Profession during this year’s Jubilee. A celebratory Mass is scheduled for today at the Basilica of the Sacred [Read More…]

Like Patheos Catholic on Facebook!

Patheos Catholic LogoCLICK HERE TO "LIKE" PATHEOS CATHOLIC ON FACEBOOK

Homily for Trinity Sunday: The God Who Wants to be Found

 Note: I’m on vacation this weekend and won’t be preaching. But here’s my homily from Trinity Sunday 2010.   + Several years ago my wife and I went on vacation to Arlington, Vermont. We stayed at a bed and breakfast, and one afternoon paid a visit to the Norman Rockwell Museum. Rockwell spent part of his life [Read More…]

Like Patheos Catholic on Facebook!

Patheos Catholic LogoCLICK HERE TO "LIKE" PATHEOS CATHOLIC ON FACEBOOK

Pope Francis: “We Are Many Times Controllers of Faith, Instead of Facilitators of Faith…”

If you want to know a singular—and, to my mind, remarkable—difference between this pope and his immediate predecessors, it is this: he’s spent much of his life as a pastor, not as a theologian or administrator or teacher. And this morning’s homily, once again, reflects what he’s seen and experienced among people in the pews: [Read More…]

Like Patheos Catholic on Facebook!

Patheos Catholic LogoCLICK HERE TO "LIKE" PATHEOS CATHOLIC ON FACEBOOK

“Dear Parents With Young Children in Church…”

This popped up on my Facebook feed and I thought it too good to pass up — especially, since it touches on issues that have ignited passions here at The Bench. A snip: You are doing something really, really important. I know it’s not easy. I see you with your arms overflowing, and I know you came [Read More…]

Like Patheos Catholic on Facebook!

Patheos Catholic LogoCLICK HERE TO "LIKE" PATHEOS CATHOLIC ON FACEBOOK

Ordination Preview: 17 to be Ordained in Brooklyn Saturday

Read all about them in the Brooklyn Tablet. You’ll be in my prayers, guys! [Read more…]

Like Patheos Catholic on Facebook!

Patheos Catholic LogoCLICK HERE TO "LIKE" PATHEOS CATHOLIC ON FACEBOOK

Ordination Update: 16 New Deacons for Lansing

I love getting emails like this: I was one of 16 men ordained last Saturday by Bishop Earl Boyea as Deacons for the Diocese of Lansing, Michigan. Twelve of us are permanent deacons; the four new transitional deacons will be ordained priests next year. It was a Spirit-filled day with great joy, especially since most [Read More…]

Like Patheos Catholic on Facebook!

Patheos Catholic LogoCLICK HERE TO "LIKE" PATHEOS CATHOLIC ON FACEBOOK

The Language of Our Time: The Disappearance of Words Like “Conscience” and “Compassion”

Some days back, David Brooks in the New York Times took note of words that we rarely use anymore:  A study by Jean M. Twenge, W. Keith Campbell and Brittany Gentile found that between 1960 and 2008 individualistic words and phrases increasingly overshadowed communal words and phrases. That is to say, over those 48 years, [Read More…]

Like Patheos Catholic on Facebook!

Patheos Catholic LogoCLICK HERE TO "LIKE" PATHEOS CATHOLIC ON FACEBOOK