The theology of “The Avengers”

Those who enjoyed this movie (count me in!) might also enjoy Fr. Michael Denk’s theological ruminations on it in Crisis: The Hulk, as compellingly played by Mark Ruffalo, is a man at war with himself.  In one scene where mass destruction is evident Captain America says to Bruce Banner (Hulk’s alter-ego): “Doc… I think now [Read More...]

Anyone miss the comments?

Well, then, here.   A grateful h/t to Joanne McPortland, who always knows how to crack me up. [Read more...]

Just in time to celebrate St. Ephrem the deacon…

…four men will be ordained deacons on his feast, 9 June, in Sioux City. Pictured above, from a recent retreat: Dan Carney, Holy Trinity Parish, Fort Dodge; John Rudd, St. Patrick’s Parish, Estherville; Father Brent Lingle; Jorge Fernandez, Cathedral of Epiphany Parish; and Paul Kestel, St. Mary’s Parish, Storm Lake. Soon-to-be Deacon John Rudd dropped [Read More...]

Is the “Fortnight for Freedom” a “Fortnight to Defeat Obama”?

One observer thinks so: The Catholic Church practically invented politics, so it may be asking too much to expect American bishops to steer completely clear of affairs of state. There are times when they couldn’t if they wanted to and they feel this is one of those times. The upcoming “Fortnight for Freedom” campaign to [Read More...]

Benedict celebrates Corpus Christi

You can read his homily for the occasion here.  And see him in action below. [Read more...]

Pelosian Theology

“I do my religion on Sundays, in church, and I try to go other days of the week; I don’t do it at this press conference.” – Nancy Pelosi, when asked her views regarding Catholic teaching on contraception. [Read more...]

Ordination update: 13 new deacons for Philadelphia

From the Philadelphia Standard & Times: The June 2 ordination ceremony for Philadelphia’s newest permanent deacons was strikingly similar to the May 19 ordination ceremony for its newest priests. One noticeable difference was that the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul was much more crowded for the deacons, which is reasonable because there were [Read More...]

First same-sex religious “commitment” ceremony performed by Army chaplain

Details from CNN: A same-sex ceremony between an enlisted woman and a civilian woman on a U.S. Army post last month drew protests from lawmakers Thursday. The “private religious ceremony” took place at Fort Polk in Louisiana in May, post spokesman Scott Stearns said, but he would confirm few other details. Rep. John Fleming, a [Read More...]

Inspiration: one teen’s journey from homeless to Harvard

This just makes you sit up and go “Wow.”  Read on: Dawn Loggins returned from a prestigious academic camp last summer and discovered her parents had abandoned her. So she did the only thing she knew. She adjusted. She went to live with a friend’s mother. She took a part-time job as the custodian at [Read More...]

See you at Spago: Georgia parish sets out to produce faith-based film

While most parishes are busy raising money to fund schools or fix the plumbing, a thriving parish in the Archdiocese of Atlanta is trying to raise funds to produce a movie.   In fact, it bills this as “the first major motion picture from a Catholic parish.” From the Georgia Bulletin: Efforts are underway at [Read More...]

A Corpus Christi homily: “It is astounding to consider what bread can become”

With the Holy Father celebrating Corpus Christ today in Rome, and in anticipation of our own celebration of the feast in this country on Sunday, below is part of my homily for the feast from 2007. +++ When I was young and first living on my own – way back before I was married – [Read More...]

SSPX head: Rome no longer requires group to accept all Vatican II teachings

Details: The leader of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X said talks with the Vatican demonstrate that “Rome no longer makes total acceptance” of the teachings of the Second Vatican Council a condition for his group’s full reconciliation with the church. Accepting the council’s teaching is no longer “a prerequisite for the canonical solution” [Read More...]

“Girls Scouts USA does not have a relationship with Planned Parenthood”

Those are the words of the Girl Scouts’ Catholic CEO, spoken last week in Washington. Details: Girl Scouts of the USA is working with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops “to answer some questions they have,” the organization’s chief executive officer said May 30. Anna Maria Chavez, a Catholic who has been the Girl Scouts [Read More...]

In letter, Cleveland bishop acknowledges “growing disconnect” with priests, seeks to repair rift

Details: Bishop Richard Lennon has sent a conciliatory letter to the priests in the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, acknowledging that his relationship with many of them has deteriorated. In a letter obtained by The Plain Dealer, Lennon wrote to the diocese’s priests on May 21, saying “I have become aware of a growing disconnect between many [Read More...]

“Do this in memory of me…”

Lest we forget: while a lot of people consider these days to be the unofficial start of summer, they also serve to help us as a nation remember sacrifice, and loyalty, and pride.   Almost back-to-back, there’s Memorial Day, the anniversary of D-Day (today, 6 June) and then Flag Day (14 June) and, of course, [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words, Brooklyn edition

Behold: the world’s most beautiful water tower, a wondrous cathedral among the pigeon coops. Read all about it. [Read more...]

“I thought you’d never come back!”

That — or words to that effect — seems to be what this beagle is trying to say. The dog was a puppy when her owner left for Afghanistan, and is now seeing her for the first time in six months. All together now:  “Awwwwwww…” [Read more...]

NY Times: Plan B pill may not induce abortion — UPDATED

This will come as news to a lot of us who are pro-life.  But here’s what the Times is reporting: Labels inside every box of morning-after pills, drugs widely used to prevent pregnancy after sex, say they may work by blocking fertilized eggs from implanting in a woman’s uterus. Respected medical authorities, including the National [Read More...]


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