A Mexico “miracle”: church burns, image of Virgin Mary spared

A reader in Texas sent this item my way. From Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, via Google Translate, news of a fire that destroyed a local church but left an image of the Virgin Mary virtually untouched: The heroic staff emptied the water department hoses ..and put out the fire. The chapel was reduced to rubble and [Read More...]

Chaplains express concern over “religion-free zone in the military”

Details from the Christian Post: An atheist activist group is claiming a victory in its ongoing effort to keep religious expression and symbols out of the U.S. armed services after it was announced that the Department of Defense is removing military edition Bibles from its exchange stores. A chaplain alliance group is asking Congress to [Read More...]

Giving Washington the finger

A clever way of promoting the upcoming Fortnight for Freedom, via the USCCB. (H/T Rocco) [Read more...]

Vatican proposes Personal Prelature for SSPX — UPDATED

The Holy See’s statement about yesterday’s meeting: “The purpose of the meeting was to present the Holy See’s evaluation of the text submitted in April by the Society of St. Pius X in response to the Doctrinal Preamble which the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith had presented to the Society on 14 September [Read More...]

New priests group hopes to “celebrate and implement the visionary concepts of Vatican II”

Details, from the Tampa Tribune: The Rev. Peter Ruggere began his seminary training when Roman Catholics were still celebrating Mass in Latin. By the time he was ordained a priest in 1968, the church had gone through massive changes with Vatican II, a council which sought to align the centuries-old religious institution with the modern [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words, First Communion edition

On Sunday, the day after his ordination, Deacon James Carper gives Rachel Elizabeth Fernandez First Communion at St. Peter Claver Parish in Simi Valley, CA.  He was one of 14 men ordained to the diaconate for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles — and early in his life, he intended to become a Presbyterian minister. Read [Read More...]

“Goodfellas” inspiration Henry Hill dies

Am I the only one who thinks he’s lucky he lived this long? The mobster-turned-protected-witness-turned-cultural-icon was 69.  From the AP: Longtime girlfriend Lisa Caserta told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Hill died of complications from longtime heart problems related to smoking. An associate in New York’s Lucchese crime family, Hill told detailed, disturbing and [Read More...]

One is the loneliest number: meet New York’s only new priest

The New York Times profiles the only priest ordained in the Archdiocese of New York this year, Fr. Patric F. D’Arcy: Being the archdiocese’s sole member of the Class of 2012 is a slightly uncomfortable distinction for Father D’Arcy, 33, a soft-spoken man who prefers to stay out of the spotlight. He is not a [Read More...]

BREAKING: SSPX head meets with CDF officials — UPDATED

Catholic News Service‘s Carol Glatz says: Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X, arrived at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at 5 p.m. this evening for a meeting with U.S. Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the doctrinal congregation. News reports earlier said Cardinal Levada would relay [Read More...]

Report: Alec Baldwin planning Catholic wedding this weekend

And the setting is not only a basilica — the only one in the Archdiocese of New York — but also a legendary church used as a movie set: Alec Baldwin will reportedly tie the knot this weekend with his yoga instructor. The Hollywood actor and his fiancée Hilaria Thomas are planning a Catholic wedding [Read More...]

Welcome to another boy from Queens!

That would be a longtime FOB (Friend of the Bench) Pat McNamara, who is bringing his superlative historical self-titled blog to Patheos. Elizabeth has the scoop: I’ve been pestering him to do it for a while, and today he does, so ladies and gents, may I introduce you to McNamara’s Blog, at Patheos — a little [Read More...]

“True Christianity is a persecuted Christianity”

That’s from Archbishop Bashar Matti Warda, who serves the Chaldean Catholic Archdiocese of Erbil in northern Iraq.  He spoke with Tim Drake of the National Catholic Register: What are three things you would like American Catholics to know about Catholics in Iraq? First, that Christianity has had a presence in Iraq for 2,000 years. It’s [Read More...]

Vatican applies for control of “.catholic” domain online

Details from CNS: The Vatican is in line to control the new Internet address extension “.catholic” and decide who is allowed to use it. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, a nonprofit corporation that coordinates the assignment of Internet domain names and addresses around the world, announced the Vatican’s formal application June 13 [Read More...]

Religious leaders petition Sebelius for broader HHS exemption

Details, from RNS’s David Gibson: A coalition of nearly 150 religious leaders, led by conservative Protestants, have petitioned the Obama administration to broaden the exemption that allows churches and some religious organizations to avoid a controversial new mandate that all health care insurers provide free contraception coverage. In a letter sent Monday (June 11) to [Read More...]

Cardinal Levada warns of “dialogue of the deaf” with LCWR

From John Allen at NCR: In the wake of Tuesday’s meeting with representatives of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the Vatican official responsible for a recent crackdown said he still believes the relationship can work, but also warned of a possible “dialogue of the deaf,” reflected in what he sees as a lack of [Read More...]

Michael Voris update: RealCatholicTV changes it name to Church Militant.TV

And they have a new studio, too. You may remember the controversy that swirled around this media enterprise last year, with the Archdiocese of Detroit asserting that Michael Voris is not authorized to use the word “Catholic” for his operation.  Well, now that problem has been solved. His announcement: [Read more...]

Bacon sundae: diabetes AND a coronary, in one bite!

Mmmmm… Burger King wants to lure customers this summer with a barbecue party — and a bacon sundae. The world’s second biggest hamburger chain on Thursday is launching several pork, beef and chicken sandwiches as limited time offers. And for a sweet ending, the company is also offering a bacon sundae — vanilla soft serve [Read More...]

Changes ahead for Vatican communications office

Time and technology are changing the way Rome communicates with the world — and this summer will see a radical shift. Details from CNS: Vatican Radio will end its short- and medium-wave broadcasts to Europe and North and South America July 1, and a month later the Vatican press office will close the Vatican Information [Read More...]


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