Married deacons: it’s okay. You can have sex with your wives.

Somehow, this slipped under the radar a few months back.  There’s been much debate, here and elsewhere, about the canon law requiring all clergy, including married deacons in the Latin rite, to observe continence and abstain from sex. In January, the USCCB issued the following letter to bishops, from Bishop Robert Carlson (Chairman of the [Read More...]

Seminary numbers highest in over 20 years

From NCR: U.S. Catholic seminary enrollment in theology this year is the highest in almost a quarter-century, the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate reported in the spring issue of its quarterly newsletter, The CARA Report. The reported growth in seminarians, however, does not begin to match the growth in the U.S. Catholic population, [Read More...]

BREAKING: Vatican investigating Legion of Christ priests for sexual abuse

Details: The Vatican is investigating seven priests from the troubled Legion of Christ religious order for alleged sexual abuse of minors and another two for other alleged crimes, The Associated Press has learned. The investigations mark the first known Vatican action against Legion priests for alleged sexual assault following the scandal of the Legion’s founder, [Read More...]

Pelosi: my faith “compels me” to support same-sex marriage

Details: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that her Catholic faith “compels” her to “be against discrimination of any kind” and thus for same-sex marriage. A reporter asked Pelosi: “Many of the people that are opposed to gay marriage cite their religion as the reason why they’re opposed. You’re a Catholic that supports gay [Read More...]

Fr. Robert Barron named Chicago seminary rector

Exciting news for the church in Chicago — and for the young men at Mundelein Seminary: Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, has named Rev. Robert L. Barron as the rector/president of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary, effective July 1, 2012.  He had been serving as the Francis [Read More...]

Religious order produces show on Broadway — and it bombs

In fact, it was one of the biggest duds of the Broadway season: a musical version of the 1992 Steve Martin movie “Leap of Faith,” about a con artist turned preacher. The expensive, long-aborning show is closing this weekend, after a very brief run — and this piece in the New York Times dissects what [Read More...]

Encouraging intelligent conversation in the comments

A comment about comments, from the Washington Post: I think the problem with commenters isn’t so much a technology issue as a social one. Somehow we’ve rewarded, or at least learned to tolerate, a world where the drive-by insult is the norm. As we crank up the ease and pace of our “social” interaction while [Read More...]

Keeping it classy: the new cover of TIME

Just what we all want on our coffee table at home. Read more here. Also, a mother explains why she breast-fed for so long in this essay. [Read more...]

Welcome home, dad: boy with cerebral palsy walks for first time

Wow.  A soldier’s homecoming like no other.   Read the story here. But watch the video.  And weep with wonder and joy. [Read more...]

Some pro-life activists might disagree

“Mr. Obama finally stopped temporizing and ‘evolving’ his position on same-sex marriage and took the moral high ground on what may be the great civil rights struggle of our time.” – New York Times editorial this morning. The “great civil rights struggle” of our time?  Really? [Read more...]

Meet the priest serving “the most reviled congregation in the country”

That would be the U.S. House of Representatives — and the priest who serves as that august body’s chaplain was recently interviewed about his job: After almost a year as chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives, which The New York Times called “one of the most reviled congregations in the country,” the Rev. Patrick Conroy [Read More...]

This may be a first: archbishop preaches in Rome basilica from an iPad

Details: Being a bishop means being no stranger to debates and challenges, but also knowing the joy of sharing the faith, said Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami. “We know a little bit about controversy and dissension, but like (St.) Paul we know also the joy not only of having encountered the Lord, we also [Read More...]

The Prayer of Blessing for a Child in the Womb

From the rite just published by the USCCB. Read it all here. [For the unborn child]: God, author of all life,bless, we pray, this unborn child; give constant protection and grant a healthy birth that is the sign of our rebirth one day into the eternal rejoicing of heaven. [For the mother]: Lord, who have [Read More...]

Jesuit college invites Satan to speak at commencement

Details: In a move already denounced by Catholic bishops & other leading religious conservatives, St. Sincerus University, the nation’s 84th largest Catholic university, has invited Satan to deliver its commencement speech later this month. Also known as the Prince of Darkness, Lucifer, &, more popularly, the Devil, Satan is a divisive figure among Catholics & [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“Good afternoon, Deacon.  We want to have our grandson baptized.  He’s 10-years-old.  What are the rules?  Does he have to have received First Communion first?” – A question posed to Your Humble Blogger in a phone call this afternoon [Read more...]

History: American ordinariate gets its first priest

The announcement: The new U.S. ordinariate for Anglican groups entering the Catholic Church achieved a milestone on May 8, 2012 when Reverend Eric Bergman became its first priest. The Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter was established by Pope Benedict XVI on January 1 in response to repeated requests by Anglican groups and clergy who [Read More...]

Uproar over diocese’s decision on scholarship for gay student — UPDATED

Details: A gay student at Prince of Peace Catholic School in Clinton has been chosen to receive a scholarship from an Iowa organization that promotes tolerance, but controversy has erupted over presentation of the award. Keaton Fuller, a senior at Prince of Peace, is one of eight recipients of a Matthew Shepard Scholarship from the [Read More...]

“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”

If this doesn’t put your life in perspective, nothing will. Behold: kids on the hemoncology floor of Seattle Children’s Hospital perform “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson. Watch and be awed.  (Warning: Kleenex may be needed.) [Read more...]


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