That awkward moment when you realize everyone else got the “Friday Is Dress Like A Swiss Guard Day” memo and you didn’t…

From this morning’s Mass. Details here. A snip from the homily: “When the Church loses courage, the Church enters into a ‘lukewarm’ atmosphere. The lukewarm, lukewarm Christians, without courage … That hurts the Church so much, because this tepid atmosphere draws you inside, and problems arise among us; we no longer have the horizon, or [Read More…]

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Theologian: “Allowing women to be deacons would create great confusion for the faithful…”

From Catholic News Agency:  Theologian Father Manfred Hauke said recent comments from a German archbishop appearing to support a particular diaconate for women are confusing to Catholics and others. “Allowing women to be deacons would create great confusion for the faithful,” Fr. Hauke, a professor of patristics and dogmatics at the Theological Faculty of Lugano, [Read More…]

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Newark’s Fr. Fugee resigns

Frank Weathers has the scoop:  The Roman Catholic priest at the center of a public furor enveloping Newark Archbishop John J. Myers has resigned from ministry, a spokesman for the archdiocese said tonight. The Rev. Michael Fugee, who attended youth retreats and heard confessions from minors in defiance of a lifetime ban on such behavior, [Read More…]

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Pentagon refutes reports of anti-Christian policies

Details: Christian conservatives have grown increasingly alarmed in recent weeks over reports and rumors that the Pentagon is considering new policies aimed at discriminating against Christians and disciplining or even court-martialing those who share their faith. But the Department of Defense on Thursday (May 2) sought to debunk that speculation, saying that while aggressive proselytizing [Read More…]

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Welcome home

Retired Pope Benedict XVI greets Pope Francis at the Vatican May 2. The 86-year-old retired pontiff, who had been staying at the papal summer villa in Castel Gandolfo since retiring Feb. 28, returned to the Vatican to live in a monastery in the Vatican Gardens. (CNS photo/L’Ossevatore Romano via Reuters) [Read more…]

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Carnegie Mellon president apologizes for “highly offensive” pope parody

You may remember this story from earlier.  Details:  A Carnegie Mellon University coed’s semi-nude papal parody in a spring carnival parade was “highly offensive,” university President Jared Cohon said on Wednesday. “We have procedures for a reason: to protect both the university’s interests and those accused of violating our community standards or policies. We will [Read More…]

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Is this another papal first? Pope prays at tomb of St. Francis—by webcam

From Vatican Radio:   Pope Francis wrote the comment “O Francis of Assisi, intercede for peace in our hearts” on a website after watching the live webcam the Conventual Franciscans have set up at the tomb of St. Francis. The pope sent the prayer, via a tablet, on the site sanfrancesco.org. The Pope posted the [Read More…]

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Rhode Island bishop: “We’re going to have to be creative”

Change is coming, and the bishop of Providence is talking about it: Dealing with declining numbers of priests and dwindling numbers of parishioners, The Catholic Diocese of Providence is considering some big changes in an attempt to strengthen Diocesan parishes. In an exclusive interview with Eyewitness News, the Most Reverend Thomas J. Tobin said the [Read More…]

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Pope Francis says we need to let the Holy Spirit work: “He always does a nice job…”

From the Vatican news site:  When we don’t allow the Holy Spirit to work, divisions in the Church grow. This was the message at the heart of Pope Francis’ homily Thursday morning concelebrated with Cardinal Albert Malcolm Ranjith Patabendige, the Archbishop of Colombo Sri Lanka, and staff from the Vatican Museums. Pope Francis focused on [Read More…]

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Gonzaga reverses decision, recognizes Knights of Columbus

You may remember this story from a few weeks back.  Now, an update:  A March decision to decline official club status to a Knights of Columbus college council at Gonzaga University because the group was all male and exclusively Catholic has been reversed by Gonzaga president Thayne McCulloh. A statement issued from the president’s office Tuesday also [Read More…]

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In a daring advertising move, JC Penney admits: we screwed up

Details:  JCPenney lost nearly a third of its customers in 2012. Now, in an unprecedented move, the company is admitting it totally screwed up. JCPenney’s latest ad acknowledges the missteps the company has made in the past year. “It’s no secret. Recently JCPenney changed,” the company says in the new ad uploaded to its YouTube channel. “Some changes you liked, and some you didn’t. [Read More…]

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Benedict moves back to the Vatican tomorrow

Break out the bubble wrap. Details from CNS: Retired Pope Benedict XVI is scheduled to move into a remodeled convent at the Vatican May 2, the Vatican spokesman said. The spokesman, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, said Pope Benedict would arrive at the Vatican in the early evening by helicopter, “weather permitting.” Pope Benedict has been [Read More…]

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“Incomprehensible”—UPDATED

That’s how one parishioner in this post by Frank Weathers describes the story behind this picture. It shows a priest who confessed to groping a teenager in 2001 evidently having a very good time in 2010. With teenagers. Details: Amid calls for a Vatican investigation, Newark Archbishop John J. Myers came under fierce criticism Monday [Read More…]

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A beautiful image of St. Joseph the Worker

A friend posted this on Facebook. It comes from Spanish painter Aristides Artal, and depicts a very youthful Holy Family. [Read more…]

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The Trappist nuns of Syria: “Christian hope…is stronger than all the horrors”

Eight years ago, a small group of Trappist nuns founded a monastery in Syria, in the countryside along the border with Lebanon. The atmosphere, while heavily guarded, remains tense.  Why do they stay when every day puts their lives at risk? An Italian news service recently interviewed the sisters.  Read the conversation here. Last fall, [Read More…]

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On feast of St. Joseph the Worker, pope pleads for an end to trafficking and slave labor

From the Vatican news site:  Marking the feast of St Joseph the Worker and World Labor Day this Wednesday May 1st, Pope Francis launched an urgent appeal to Christians and men and women of goodwill worldwide to take decisive steps to end slave labor. Speaking during the general audience in Italian he said : “I [Read More…]

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FDA announces plan to sell Plan B contraception over the counter, lowers age limit to 15

Details from the AP:  The government is moving the morning-after pill over the counter but only those 15 and older can buy it – an attempt to find middle ground just days before a court-imposed deadline to lift all age restrictions on the emergency contraceptive. Today, Plan B One-Step is sold behind pharmacy counters, and [Read More…]

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Cardinal Bergoglio on denying communion

Before he became pope, he had some thoughts on the subject.  Fr. Thomas Reese explains in the National Catholic Reporter:  In On Heaven and Earth, the book he co-authored with Rabbi Abraham Skorka, Cardinal Bergoglio wrote, “One could deny communion to a public sinner who has not repented, but it is very difficult to check such things.” [Read More…]

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