"Heaven is where I've been since the day I was born…"

Want a real day-brightener? Check out this lovely note from the late Sherwood Schwartz, creator of “The Brady Bunch” and “Gilligan’s Island,” who passed away yesterday. It was written to be published after his death.  As the Hollywood Reporter notes: The Gilligan’s Island and The Brady Bunch creator penned the goodbye as an account of what he [Read More...]

"Call to Disobedience": cardinal to meet with dissident priests

Hundreds of priests in Austria are reportedly involved in an effort that has sparked criticism — but, so far, no disciplinary action.  But that could soon change. From CNS: Michael Pruller, spokesman for Cardinal Christoph Schonborn of Vienna, said the cardinal plans to meet in late August or September with the Viennese priests who are [Read More...]

Remembering a "wounded healer"

Priests and parishioners gathered yesterday to pray for the repose of the soul of a young Massachusetts priest who took his own life last week: His fellow clergymen remembered the Rev. Paul Archambault Tuesday as a “wounded healer” who devotedly performed his work as a priest despite a long-time clinical depression brought on by bullying. [Read More...]

Six sacraments in one day — UPDATED

What does it mean to be a priest? Washington’s Msgr. Charles Pope got a vivid reminder — and a gift beyond measure — on his 50th birthday. His account of that day is his gift to us.  Read all about it. Bless you, padre, and happy belated birthday. Ad multos annos! UPDATE: The Anchoress has [Read More...]

Vatican paper: thumbs up for last "Harry Potter" film

“The finale is epic, with a battle worthy of this saga of unequalled planetary success. The decisive meeting between the forces of good and evil is truly the final one, played out in an atmosphere that is almost too dark. The games of magic played by the baby wizards are a thing of the past. The [Read More...]

RIP, Sherwood Schwartz

The man who cast a long shadow over 1960s television — creating “Gilligan’s Island” and “The Brady Bunch” and writing the theme song for “Gilligan” — has died at the ripe old age of 94. The obit notes that he is survived by his wife of 69 years, Mildred. In tribute, a generation of boomers [Read More...]

Ohio bishop blocks fundraising for breast cancer group — UPDATED

Toledo Bishop Leonard Blair is drawing a line in the sand: he’s banned parishes and schools from raising funds for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, citing concerns about possible stem cell research in the future. Details: Mary Westphal, executive director of the Northwest Ohio Affiliate Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and board chairman Angie [Read More...]

Quote of the day: on obedience

“Your obedience is not worthy of the name unless you are ready to abandon your most flourishing work whenever someone with authority so commands… Oh, the power of obedience!  The Lake of Genesareth had denied its fishes to Peter’s nets.  A whole night in vain.  Then, obedient, he lowered his net again into the water [Read More...]

Time flies: an image 30 years in the making

Below, a remarkable juxtaposition: snapshots of a father and son watching the very first space shuttle launch, and the very last. Details here. [Read more...]

Who wants to wait to get married?

In New York, it seems, no one. With the law changing on same sex marriage, people are looking again at the rules requiring a waiting period for getting married.  Some are even trying to have the waiting period waived. From the New York Times: The year was 1936, and Jane H. Todd, a state assemblywoman [Read More...]

The 3 M's of the priesthood

From Zenit, by way of Padre Steve at Da Mihi Animas, comes this beautiful meditation on the priesthood, whose “3 Ms” are missionary, mediator and martyr. The source is Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-Fai, speaking at the ordination of a friar in Rome last weekend: The secretary of the Vatican dicastery [the Vatican's Congregation for the [Read More...]

"A number of people…have expressed concerns about my leadership…"

“While I am confident that I am faithfully handling the responsibilities entrusted to me, I personally made this request earlier this year because a number of persons have written to Rome expressing their concerns about my leadership of the Diocese. This visit will be an opportunity to gather extensive information on all aspects of the [Read More...]

10 great benefits of confession

We hear a lot about this during Lent.  But here’s a helpful reminder that this sacrament is welcome, and necessary, all year ’round. From Sr. Mary Ann Walsh at the USCCB: Penance, aka confession, is the sacrament of the forgiveness of sin. You can’t beat it for convenience. It’s available practically whenever. Tell a priest [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“We must get to grips with the idea that we don’t contribute anything to God, that God would be the same God if we had never been created. God is simply and eternally happy to be God. My reason for saying that is to push back on what I see as a kind of sentimentality [Read More...]

Gay mass goes on at Boston parish

It made headlines last month when it was scheduled, then cancelled — but the controversial “Rainbow Mass” finally went on yesterday. The Boston Globe was there: The Rainbow Ministry of St. Cecilia’s Church opened its doors to nearly 700 people yesterday for a long-awaited Mass in support of gay and lesbian Catholics, capping a month [Read More...]

"Behind every great deacon is a supportive deacon's wife"

Somehow, I missed this last week: two terrific articles in Our Sunday Visitor about deacons — including some interviews with their wives.  One couple spotlighted: Deacon Larry Kehoe and his wife Susan, friends of mine from Des Moines. A snip: Susan Kehoe believes in the old adage that behind every great man, there is a [Read More...]

"We were made to be courageous…"

I just learned that one of my favorite Christian rock bands, Casting Crowns, has done the title song for the new movie from the producers of “Fireproof,” a father-son drama called “Courageous.” Check out the video, below.  The movie opens September 30. [Read more...]

"Once a deacon, always a deacon…"

Those are the words of an 86-year-old retired deacon, profiled in the Catholic Review from the Archdiocese of Baltimore: When Oak Crest commemorated National Volunteer Appreciation Week recently with an award ceremony for the Parkville retirement community’s volunteers, Deacon Harry O’Neill didn’t want to attend. “The only way they got me there was by asking [Read More...]