In Washington, Catholic churches cannot take up special collection to fight gay marriage

From the Associated Press:  Washington’s campaign finance watchdog says the state’s Catholic churches can’t collect donations from parishioners for the campaign seeking to overturn the state’s gay marriage law. Last week, Yakima Bishop Joseph Tyson sent a letter to pastors in 41 parishes of the Yakima Diocese asking them to announce a special collection that [Read More...]

Paul Ryan: “Each one of us bears the image and likeness of the Lord of Life”

From his convention speech Wednesday night: Mitt and I also go to different churches. But in any church, the best kind of preaching is done by example. And I’ve been watching that example. The man who will accept your nomination tomorrow is prayerful and faithful and honorable. Not only a defender of marriage, he offers [Read More...]

Fr. Benedict Groeschel on child sex abuse: “A lot of cases, the youngster is the seducer” — UPDATED

N.B.  The National Catholic Register has evidently pulled the interview excerpted below from its site.  It’s no longer available online.  The celebrated friar (and psychologist) has some shocking things to say about sex abuse and the Catholic Church in this interview with the National Catholic Register: Part of your work here at Trinity has been [Read More...]

Three’s company in Brazil, with civil union between three people

From the BBC:  A notary in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo has sparked controversy by accepting a civil union between three people. Public Notary Claudia do Nascimento Domingues has said the man and two women should be entitled to family rights. She says there is nothing in law to prevent such an arrangement. But [Read More...]

Catholic school uniforms: the thigh’s the limit

A staple of the Catholic school girl’s uniform is beginning to disappear.   Check this out, from Canada:  Kilts are falling out of fashion with Catholic high schools in Windsor-Essex. The Windsor Essex Catholic District School board said it’s moving away with the kilt because girls are rolling them up too high. In recent years, [Read More...]

Pope to altar servers: “You are close to the altar, close to the Lord”

Details, from CNS:  Marking the feast of the martyrdom of St. John the Baptist, Pope Benedict XVI said Christians must not bow to the pressure of the powerful who demand a denial of Christ or of the truth he taught. “The truth is the truth and there is no compromise,” the pope said at his [Read More...]

“The new anti-Catholicism is a more urbane version…”

There’s a rare interview in the National Catholic Register with the New York Times’ youngest columnist, Ross Douthat, who also happens to be a devoted Catholic.  Among other things, he talks about Paul Ryan and Cardinal Dolan: Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget proposal has generated controversy about his integrity as a Catholic, with bishops and lay [Read More...]

Santorum’s emotional call in support of life

From Rick Santorum at the GOP convention tonight: Four and a half years ago I stood over a hospital isolette staring at the tiny hands of our newborn daughter who we hoped was perfectly healthy. But Bella’s hands were just a little different – and I knew different wasn’t good news. The doctors later told [Read More...]

“Dolan, by being present to both parties, is being a good shepherd…”

Anyone wondering why Cardinal Dolan would dare to set foot on the stage of a political convention — of either party—should see what Elizabeth Scalia has to say on the subject: Dolan, simply by being present to BOTH parties in this horrifically divided and stressful year, is being a good shepherd, a good physician. Our nation is [Read More...]

BREAKING: Dolan to pray at Democratic convention

His office’s statement, via First Things: Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, has accepted an invitation to deliver the closing prayer at next week’s Democratic National Convention. As was previously announced, he will also be offering the closing prayer at the Republican Convention on Thursday of this week. It was made clear to the [Read More...]

Great moments in journalism: Bias? What bias?

This just in: dog bites man. In other news, someone is suggesting that the New York Times is biased:  Arthur Brisbane, the departing public editor at the New York Times, has accused the paper of having a progressive bias, even as he champions its disciplined approach to fair and balanced reporting. “When The Times covers [Read More...]

Cardinal Dolan asks candidates to sign “civility pledge”

Details: Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who sparked controversy by agreeing to deliver the closing blessing at the Republican convention in Tampa this week, on Monday (Aug. 27) drew further attention to his political role by asking both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama to sign a “civility pledge” promoted by a leading conservative Catholic activist. The archbishop [Read More...]

“Boss, I love you…pray for us!”

If you read nothing else this night, you have to read this eloquent, heart-felt, heart-breaking tribute by Rocco Palmo to his beloved grandmother, “The Boss.” You’ll be grateful you did.  I know I am. Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her… [Read more...]

People are simply amazing

“What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals…” “Hamlet,” by W. Shakespeare A humbling example of what the [Read More...]

Headline of the day

This tells you all you need to know: 2012 Republican Convention: Protesters Dressed as Vaginas Greet Delegates Pictures at the link, if you dare. [Read more...]

San Francisco Archbishop-elect Cordileone in DUI arrest —UPDATED

Details:  The Roman Catholic archbishop-elect of San Francisco was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence, San Diego police said Monday. The Rev. Salvatore Cordileone, a vigorous supporter of California’s same-sex marriage ban, was taken into custody after being stopped early Saturday at a checkpoint near the San Diego State University campus, said Detective Gary Hassen, a police spokesman. [Read More...]

A delicious idea: restaurant offers discount to diners who don’t use cell phones

Check this out:  It’s a common picture, a group of people sitting at a table for dinner with all the common tools in hand: fork, knife and of course, the cell phone. A Los Angeles restaurant looks to break down the walls that seem to be getting in the way of the intimate dining experience [Read More...]

Rabbi who defended religious liberty to deliver opening invocation at GOP convention

Details:  Tomorrow, the convention will be getting started, and Rabbi Meir Soloveichik will be giving the invocation to open the first day. (Here is the updated convention schedule.) Soloveichik, a member of a distinguished American Orthodox rabbinic family, is a rising intellectual star in Modern Orthodoxy and is a frequent contributor to the conservative Jewish [Read More...]


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