Why God made copy editors

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CARA survey: many U.S. Catholics parish shop

The group’s ongoing study of American Catholics is continuing to yield interesting nuggets, like this one: One of the most surprising aspects of the results so far has been how positive Mass attending Catholics are in their evaluations of their parish (…yet there are also many interesting sub-group differences here as well). I always remind [Read More...]

Swearing off swearing: town considers fines for cursing

Well, shut the front door: Mimi Duphily was hanging baskets of pink geraniums on antique street lamps downtown for the Middleborough Beautification and Activities Group when she noticed something else that needed cleaning up—citizens’ mouths. “The cursing has gotten very, very bad. I find it appalling and I won’t tolerate it,” said Ms. Duphily, a [Read More...]

South Dakota monastery announces it’s closing this summer

It’s the Blue Cloud Abbey, and the abbot posted the following message on its website today: This is not an easy message to write. As a community we have been discussing our situation for some time. However, because of all the hoops and hurdles which come with such a discussion, we were unable to mention [Read More...]

Benedict on loving your neighbor at the airport

“In airports, you have daily contact with a great many men and women who work in an environment marked by continuous mobility and constant technological development, both of which tend to obscure the centrality of the human person. Often more attention is paid to efficiency and productivity than to the love of neighbour and the [Read More...]

Japanese couple married by a robot

Somehow, I missed this news when it broke last month: Almost everyone stood when the bride walked down the aisle in her white gown, but not the wedding conductor, because she was bolted to her chair. The nuptials at this ceremony were led by “I-Fairy,” a 4-foot tall seated robot with flashing eyes and plastic [Read More...]

Retiring bishop: “Wider reform is needed” in the Church

He has a reputation for being both progressive and outspoken — and both qualities were on display in an interview with Australia’s ABC News: Father Pat Power has resigned after more than 25 years as the bishop of Canberra and Goulburn. He has become known as one of the church’s more progressive leaders, questioning the [Read More...]

Bishop investigating LCWR explains “causes for concern”

Details from Toledo’s Bishop Leonard Blair, in his weekly newspaper column: The word “investigation” is often used to describe the work that I carried out on behalf of the CDF. “Investigation” suggests an attempt to uncover things that might not be known. In reality, what the CDF commissioned was a doctrinal “assessment,” an appraisal of [Read More...]

Congratulations, Fr. Duffy

Longtime FOB (Friend of the Bench) Michael Duffy was ordained Saturday to be a priest for the Diocese of Rockville Centre.  He celebrated his first Mass Sunday at St. Frances de Chantal Parish in Wantagh, NY.   Ad multos  annos! [Read more...]

NCR: Standing ovation for Sister Margaret Farley at theologians meeting

Details from National Catholic Reporter: Mercy Sr. Margaret Farley addressed for the first time publicly Friday evening the Vatican’s harsh criticism of one of her books, saying it points to “profoundly important” questions facing the Catholic community regarding the roles of truth and power. Speaking slowly, and at times faltering for words, Farley, a prominent [Read More...]

Corpus Christi FAIL: “I was thisclose to walking out…”

When I hit my knees tonight, I may have to thank God that I didn’t have the kind of Corpus Christi Sunday that Joanne McPortland had: No procession, no Tantum ergo, no Adoro te devote, no Panis angelicus—that was a given. But I expected at least a couple of reminders of the mystery we were celebrating, the Most [Read More...]

Corpus Christi at my parish in Queens

A few shots from this afternoon.  The priest with the Blessed Sacrament is Fr. Antonin Kocurek who, in addition to serving as an assistant in the parish, ministers to immigrants in our diocese from the Czech Republic. [Read more...]

WSJ: Vouchers breathe new life into Catholic schools

How’s this for a little good news: Chicago Catholic elementary schools saw enrollment increase 3% this year and 1% last year—the first two-year growth spurt since 1965. Greater Boston elementary schools had a 2% bump—the first in 20 years. And Los Angeles, Indianapolis and Bridgeport, Conn., also added desks for the first time in years. [Read More...]

For Corpus Christi: “God in the Streets of New York”

That’s the title of this short, beautiful film produced by Grassroots Films, following a Eucharistic procession through the streets of New York.  Take four minutes and watch. This is Corpus Christi: the Body of Christ. [Read more...]

The way we were: June 8, 1968

One of many heart-rending images captured by photographer Paul Fusco from a window on RFK’s funeral train.  See the gallery here. And check out the full collection of pictures at Magnum Photos. Were we ever that young and innocent? [Read more...]

Transcendent

That’s the only way to describe this stunning picture, from the recent ordination of deacons in Hartford: [Read more...]

Crystal Cathedral’s new name: Christ Cathedral

  Well, that’s simple to remember, isn’t it? Details: The Crystal Cathedral received a new name Saturday: Christ Cathedral. The name for the anticipated central worship space for Orange County’s Catholics came from more than 4,100 submissions, and received the Vatican’s approval in April. The diocese plans to move into its new cathedral next June, [Read More...]

Want to see a deacon ordination?

Behold, the delayed stream of today’s ordination of deacons in Orlando. (FWIW: The processional is one of my favorites: “Out of Darkness,” which I selected for my Mass of Thanksgiving following my own ordination five years ago…) N.B.: The video will only be available for viewing until 11 pm EST on 9 June. I hope [Read More...]


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