Vatican releases statement after meeting with LCWR — UPDATED

This just in, from the Holy See Press Office: Today the Superiors of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith met with the President and Executive Director of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in the United States of America. Most Rev. Peter J. Sartain, Archbishop of Seattle and the Holy See’s Delegate [Read More...]

One sister’s story: “WE are the Church”

As representatives of the LCWR meet with officials at the Vatican today, one sister talks to the Washington Post’s Michelle Boorstein about the controversy surrounding the Vatican’s intervention: Anne Curtis’s Silver Spring office is decorated with warm afghans and photos of her late parents, and her phone ring is set to a chime like something [Read More...]

Fake? Historian claims Shroud of Turin was one of 40 made in the Middle Ages

Details from the Daily Mail (with a h/t to Hot Air): Not only is the Turin Shroud probably a medieval fake but it is just one of an astonishing 40 so-called burial cloths of Jesus, according to an eminent church historian. Antonio Lombatti said the false shrouds circulated in the Middle Ages, but most of [Read More...]

How Sargent Shriver planned JFK’s funeral: “He enacted his faith…”

Just in time for Father’s Day, Mark Shriver has published a memoir about his father called “A Good Man.”  At one point, he describes, powerfully and poignantly, how his father planned the funeral for JFK: I firmly believe that Dad’s faith in God gave him the strength and the discipline to orchestrate the funeral events— at [Read More...]

Why God made copy editors

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CARA survey: many U.S. Catholics parish shop

The group’s ongoing study of American Catholics is continuing to yield interesting nuggets, like this one: One of the most surprising aspects of the results so far has been how positive Mass attending Catholics are in their evaluations of their parish (…yet there are also many interesting sub-group differences here as well). I always remind [Read More...]

Swearing off swearing: town considers fines for cursing

Well, shut the front door: Mimi Duphily was hanging baskets of pink geraniums on antique street lamps downtown for the Middleborough Beautification and Activities Group when she noticed something else that needed cleaning up—citizens’ mouths. “The cursing has gotten very, very bad. I find it appalling and I won’t tolerate it,” said Ms. Duphily, a [Read More...]

South Dakota monastery announces it’s closing this summer

It’s the Blue Cloud Abbey, and the abbot posted the following message on its website today: This is not an easy message to write. As a community we have been discussing our situation for some time. However, because of all the hoops and hurdles which come with such a discussion, we were unable to mention [Read More...]

Benedict on loving your neighbor at the airport

“In airports, you have daily contact with a great many men and women who work in an environment marked by continuous mobility and constant technological development, both of which tend to obscure the centrality of the human person. Often more attention is paid to efficiency and productivity than to the love of neighbour and the [Read More...]

Japanese couple married by a robot

Somehow, I missed this news when it broke last month: Almost everyone stood when the bride walked down the aisle in her white gown, but not the wedding conductor, because she was bolted to her chair. The nuptials at this ceremony were led by “I-Fairy,” a 4-foot tall seated robot with flashing eyes and plastic [Read More...]

Retiring bishop: “Wider reform is needed” in the Church

He has a reputation for being both progressive and outspoken — and both qualities were on display in an interview with Australia’s ABC News: Father Pat Power has resigned after more than 25 years as the bishop of Canberra and Goulburn. He has become known as one of the church’s more progressive leaders, questioning the [Read More...]

Bishop investigating LCWR explains “causes for concern”

Details from Toledo’s Bishop Leonard Blair, in his weekly newspaper column: The word “investigation” is often used to describe the work that I carried out on behalf of the CDF. “Investigation” suggests an attempt to uncover things that might not be known. In reality, what the CDF commissioned was a doctrinal “assessment,” an appraisal of [Read More...]

Congratulations, Fr. Duffy

Longtime FOB (Friend of the Bench) Michael Duffy was ordained Saturday to be a priest for the Diocese of Rockville Centre.  He celebrated his first Mass Sunday at St. Frances de Chantal Parish in Wantagh, NY.   Ad multos  annos! [Read more...]

NCR: Standing ovation for Sister Margaret Farley at theologians meeting

Details from National Catholic Reporter: Mercy Sr. Margaret Farley addressed for the first time publicly Friday evening the Vatican’s harsh criticism of one of her books, saying it points to “profoundly important” questions facing the Catholic community regarding the roles of truth and power. Speaking slowly, and at times faltering for words, Farley, a prominent [Read More...]

Corpus Christi FAIL: “I was thisclose to walking out…”

When I hit my knees tonight, I may have to thank God that I didn’t have the kind of Corpus Christi Sunday that Joanne McPortland had: No procession, no Tantum ergo, no Adoro te devote, no Panis angelicus—that was a given. But I expected at least a couple of reminders of the mystery we were celebrating, the Most [Read More...]

Corpus Christi at my parish in Queens

A few shots from this afternoon.  The priest with the Blessed Sacrament is Fr. Antonin Kocurek who, in addition to serving as an assistant in the parish, ministers to immigrants in our diocese from the Czech Republic. [Read more...]

WSJ: Vouchers breathe new life into Catholic schools

How’s this for a little good news: Chicago Catholic elementary schools saw enrollment increase 3% this year and 1% last year—the first two-year growth spurt since 1965. Greater Boston elementary schools had a 2% bump—the first in 20 years. And Los Angeles, Indianapolis and Bridgeport, Conn., also added desks for the first time in years. [Read More...]

For Corpus Christi: “God in the Streets of New York”

That’s the title of this short, beautiful film produced by Grassroots Films, following a Eucharistic procession through the streets of New York.  Take four minutes and watch. This is Corpus Christi: the Body of Christ. [Read more...]


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