The other Ryan: the candidate’s wife, Janna

An interesting glimpse at Paul Ryan’s wife, from the Washington Post:  Janna Ryan, wife of Republican vice presidential pick Rep. Paul Ryan, is the poster girl for Generation X women who wanted to have it all. Ryan, 43, like many of her 40-something peers, is a stay-at-home mother with an impressive resume. She prefers her husband’s [Read More...]

Meet the nun involved in the “biggest security breach in the history of the nation’s atomic complex”

Details from the New York Times:  She has been arrested 40 or 50 times for acts of civil disobedience and once served six months in prison. In the Nevada desert, she and other peace activists knelt down to block a truck rumbling across the government’s nuclear test site, prompting the authorities to take her into [Read More...]

Ordination update: 18 new deacons in Spokane

It happened Friday night.  Profiles of the men can be found here.   Names of the ordained and their wives (thanks to Eric Meisfjord, Director of Communications for the Diocese): José Aparicio, (Graciela) Bonifacio Arebalo, (Maribel) Craig Blomgren, (Cindy) H. Roy Buck, (Marge) Brian Ernst, (Julie) James Evermann, (Maureen) Dan Glatt, (Debby) Thomas Heavey, (Mary) [Read More...]

Reports: Romney selects Catholic Paul Ryan as running mate

Some weeks back I wondered, “Will Romney pick a Catholic?”  Now, all indications are that the answer is yes:  Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will announce his running mate at the beginning of a four-day, four-state bus tour in Norfolk, Virginia, on Saturday at 9 a.m. ET, his campaign announced in a statement late [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words, Olympics edition

This really is pure gold. With a grateful h/t to The Crescat, who has more shots like this the world should see: Caption: Ethopian runner and Orthodox Christian, Meseret Defar, shows the image of Our Lady she carried in her shirt after she won the gold medal in the 5000m race. [Read more...]

Though more priests are using iPads, Vatican writer insists only books are proper for Mass

Bishops have used them to preach, and priests have used them to celebrate Mass.  And it seems the popularity of the iPad for liturgical use continues to grow:  According to TheJournal.ie, priests are using the devices to do everything from reading the gospels to downloading blessing and even updating their Twitter accounts. “It’s very handy,” says [Read More...]

From LCWR: talks with Vatican will continue, group will not “compromise its mission”

Details:  An American nuns group rebuked by the Vatican said Friday it would hold talks with the bishops appointed to overhaul the organization but would not “compromise its mission.” Sister Pat Farrell, president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, called a Vatican assessment charging the sisters with tolerating dissent a “misrepresentation.” But she said [Read More...]

“Mercy killing”: Is this the next pro-life frontier?

This piece in the Los Angeles Times should set off alarm bells: Murder or mercy killing? One story that dominated headlines this week raised that question in a particularly dramatic fashion: An Ohio man is accused of shooting to death his ailing wife of 45 years, possibly as part of a “death pact” promise to [Read More...]

NY Times: gay couples face pressure to have children

Welcome to the 21st century. Details:  When the jubilant couple were wed in June, they exchanged personalized vows and titanium rings, cheered the heartfelt toasts and danced themselves breathless. Then, as the evening was winding down, unexpected questions started popping up. One after another, their guests began asking: Are you going to have kids? When [Read More...]

On St. Lawrence, deacon: “He loved Christ in his life, he imitated him in his death”

August 10 marks the feast of St. Lawrence, deacon and martyr.  From a homily by St. Augustine:  The Roman Church commends this day to us as the blessed Lawrence’s day of triumph, on which he trod down the world as it roared and raged against him; spurned it as it coaxed and wheedled him; and [Read More...]

Alec Baldwin, lector

His big fat Catholic wedding made news, and now his role as lector at Mass is getting attention—not all of it, evidently, favorable. From my paper of record, the New York Post:  For most, a Sunday church service is a moment for peace, worship and reflection — unless Alec Baldwin is in your congregation. Sources tell us [Read More...]

Romney releases new ad featuring Pope John Paul II, accuses Obama of waging war on religion

Details:  A new Mitt Romney ad released Thursday accuses President Barack Obama of waging a “war on religion.” The ad, along with recent attacks on Obama’s welfare policy, signals a move away from attacking the president’s handling of the economy. “President Obama used his health care plan to declare war on religion, forcing religious institutions to [Read More...]

“Apart from my Catholic faith and relationship with Jesus, I am certain I would be dead”

Over at Catholic Lane you will find this astonishing confession by Anthony Schefter, titled “Catholic But Mentally Ill.”  Here is a life most of us can’t imagine.  (And thanks, Mark Shea, for the tip!) A snip:  Apart from my Catholic faith and my relationship with Jesus I am certain I would be dead. It’s as [Read More...]

A modest proposal: using blurred glasses to avoid sin

A visionary idea?  Perhaps: It’s the latest prescription for extreme ultra-Orthodox Jewish men who shun contact with the opposite sex: Glasses that blur their vision, so they don’t have to see women they consider to be immodestly dressed. In an effort to maintain their strictly devout lifestyle, the ultra-Orthodox have separated the sexes on buses, [Read More...]

Remembering a remarkable missionary to Appalachia: “He realized that fighting evil meant fighting poverty”

A Catholic priest who founded the Christian Appalachian Project passed away yesterday. Since World War II, Monsignor Ralph Beiting served the people of eastern Kentucky through a series of social service programs. WEKU’s Charles Compton, who knew Beiting, posted this appreciation of a man who must have been an extraordinary priest:  At first, the Reverend Ralph [Read More...]

“We can create here the most significant Catholic cultural center in the world outside the Vatican”

That’s one bishop’s assessment of Orange County’s Crystal Cathedral — a.k.a. Christ Cathedral — after taking a tour yesterday. Details:   A group of Catholic leaders from around the world toured Wednesday the future largest Catholic cathedral in the United States: Christ Cathedral. They saw possibilities everywhere. There’s the vast infrastructure set up to televise the world-wide [Read More...]

“Same Call, Different Men”

This sounds like something to put on my “must-read” list.  From U.S. Catholic:  Same Call, Different Men: The Evolution of the Priesthood Since Vatican II presents a comprehensive portrait of the Catholic priesthood in the United States today based on sociological data on 960 priests and interviews with 60 others, both collected in 2009. First the [Read More...]

On Al Smith Dinner: “It is not a religious event in any way…it is a civic event”

The blog for the Archdiocese of New York has published a response to the controversy surrounding Cardinal Dolan’s invitation to President Obama for the Al Smith Dinner. From blogger Ed Mechman:  The Al Smith Dinner is organized and hosted by the Alfred E. Smith Foundation, which is closely affiliated with but independent of the Archdiocese [Read More...]


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