Cardinal Dolan’s Commencement Speech: “Let Me Tell You the Secret of Notre Dame…”

This is pretty wonderful: Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s 2013 commencement speech at Notre Dame: Thank you, Notre Dame, for the joy of your company, the gracious invitation, the warm welcome, and the high honor of this degree. It was so obvious I almost missed it . . . See, ever since, almost a year ago, Father [Read More…]

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Pope Francis Will Make First Trip to Assisi

From CNS:  Pope Francis will visit the birthplace of his namesake, St. Francis of Assisi, on the saint’s feast day, Oct. 4. The Vatican confirmed the trip May 23. Archbishop Domenico Sorrentino of Assisi said he was thrilled about the visit and that it was “a great sign” of the pope’s benevolence and consideration. “It [Read More…]

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Pope Francis’ First Encyclical: “Blessed Are the Poor”?

An interesting tidbit from Rorate Caeli: Following his recent visit ad limina with the bishops of his region, the Bishop of Molfetta (Apulia, Italy), Luigi Martella, spoke of the conversation they had with the new Pope, including the following: Then, he spoke to us about Benedict XVI with such tenderness: “When I met him for [Read More…]

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British Study: Nearly All Unmarried Couples With Children Break Up

Details: A study by the Marriage Foundation calculates that cohabiting couples who have children are more than twice as likely to split up as those who had tied the knot beforehand. But of those who do not then go on to get married after having children, only a handful will still be together by the [Read More…]

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Ordination Update: New Deacons in Peoria

Four transitional deacons and one new permanent deacon were ordained by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky last Sunday. From the Diocese of Peoria Facebook page: pictured here with Bishop Jenky after the Mass for the Ordination of Deacons at Holy Trinity Church in Bloomington are, from left, Msgr. James Kruse, vicar general; Deacon James Brewer; Deacon [Read More…]

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Diocese of Worcester Reinstates Diaconate

Details: Bishop McManus is reinstating the permanent diaconate formation program with a new class to start in 2014, according to Deacon Anthony R. Surozenski, director of the Office of the Diaconate. Deacon Surozenski made this announcement this week, as three men prepare for ordination as permanent deacons. Bishop McManus is to ordain them and a [Read More…]

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Pope Francis: “Christian originality is this, each as he is, with the gifts the Lord has given him”

Details:  That Christians might spread the spiritual salt of faith, hope and charity: this was Pope Francis’ exhortation at Mass Thursday morning in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae residence in the Vatican. The Pope warned against the risk of becoming insipid, “Museum-piece Christians.” In his homily, Pope Francis focused on the savour that [Read More…]

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Faith at the Food Court: Mass in a Shopping Mall

They’re trying it in the Philippines. Could this catch on? Details:  Early on a Sunday morning, people are already streaming into a massive shopping mall in Manila. The seven-story Robinsons Place is a temple of consumerism. It houses about 350 stores, including gun shops, dental offices, massage parlors and a Kenny Rogers Roaster. The music [Read More…]

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Service, Scholarship and Speaking in Tongues

And now for something a little different, from Canada:  Pacific Academy in Surrey considers itself unique among schools, and few would disagree. Thanks to a billionaire benefactor, the academy has a 40-acre campus with four handsome brick buildings housing primary, intermediate, middle and secondary grades. It boasts an international baccalaureate (IB) program, state-of-the-art media centre, [Read More…]

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Most States Report Big Drop in Teen Birth Rates

From AP: The nation’s record-low teen birth rate stems from robust declines in nearly every state, but most dramatically in several Mountain States and among Hispanics, according to a new government report. All states but West Virginia and North Dakota showed significant drops over five years. But the Mountain States of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada [Read More…]

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Fugee Update: “This Type of Thing Cannot Happen Again”

From CNS: Father Michael Fugee, a priest of the Newark Archdiocese who recently resigned from active ministry, was arrested late May 20 on charges of violating a court’s “memorandum of understanding” that forbids him from contact with minors. The priest, 52, resigned May 2 after reports surfaced about his being with minors in an apparent violation of [Read More…]

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A Priest Writes: “A New Translation Cannot Be Expected to Accomplish Everything” —UPDATED

After reading this latest post on how priests reportedly dislike the new Missal, a priest friend dropped me an email to share his impressions: One of the things going on here is very important, but I suspect most priests have never thought about it. I concelebrated at a Funeral Mass with an older priest (about [Read More…]

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Pope Francis: “The Lord Has Redeemed All of Us…Even Atheists!”

Details:  During the Mass he celebrates every morning at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, which he carried out this morning together with Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros Rai, Pope Francis spoke about doing good as a principle that unites all humanity. The pontiff began his reflection with today’s Gospel about the disciples who wanted to prevent a [Read More…]

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Survey: 60% of Priests Dislike New Missal

It’s unclear what the methodology was for this survey, so take it for what it’s worth. Details: More than a year after the changes took effect in U.S. parishes, a survey of American priests shows that they are more disturbed by the innovations than their flocks. In fact, the poll, conducted by researchers at St. [Read More…]

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Ordination Update: 20 New Deacons for Cincinnati

And, on top of that, they also welcomed three new transitional deacons. Details, from the Catholic Telegraph: Cincinnati Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr ordained 20 permanent deacons and three transitional deacons for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Saturday, April 27 at Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Parish. A permanent deacon is a man, either married or single, who [Read More…]

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“Post-Catholic” Ireland Sees Rise in Non-Religious Funerals

Details:  Patricia Wojnar left a 32-year career in interior design to pursue a degree that wasn’t in demand: a master’s in bereavement studies. Having seen four family members die early, she wanted to understand how to adapt. As it turned out, the degree perfectly prepared her to enter one of Ireland’s emerging professions. Wojnar is [Read More…]

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Ordination Update: 14 New Deacons for Rockville Centre

A (newly ordained) deacon reader writes: In case you don’t get the word from other sources, Rockville Centre has 14 new deacons, ordained this past weekend at St. Agnes Cathedral. This picture is all of us praying with Dcn. Tom Connolly (who runs our formation program) just before the ordination began. I’ll look forward to [Read More…]

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Lifting the Veil on the “Catholic Whistleblowers”

From this morning’s New York Times:  They call themselves Catholic Whistleblowers, a newly formed cadre of priests and nuns who say the Roman Catholic Church is still protecting sexual predators. Although they know they could face repercussions, they have banded together to push the new pope to clean house and the American bishops to enforce the [Read More…]

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