The good people of Boston

They were everywhere Monday: the good guys.  EMS workers, rescuers, cops, volunteers, runners who completed the race and kept running, to go to the hospital and donate blood. People noticed the Twitter feed of former New England Patriot star Joe Andruzzi went quiet Monday afternoon.  Turns out, he was helping victims downtown.  (See picture). That’s [Read More…]

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As it happened: the Boston bombing

Chilling video, from the Boston Globe website. God have mercy. [Read more…]

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Pope Francis: Patheos shill?!

Elizabeth Scalia notes the pope tweeted a little something yesterday that sounds uncannily like the theme from her new book, “Strange Gods.” But it turns out, he was just getting warmed up. In his homily at St. Paul’s yesterday, the Holy Father elaborated: We have to empty ourselves of the many small or great idols [Read More…]

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Vatican statement on LCWR: “Pope Francis reaffirmed the program of reform”

From the Vatican website:   Today the Superiors of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith met with the Presidency of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in the United States of America. Most Rev. J. Peter Sartain, Archbishop of Seattle and the Holy See’s Delegate for the Doctrinal Assessment of the LCWR, also [Read More…]

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Churches reject sculpture depicting Jesus as homeless

Details:  Jesus has been depicted in art as triumphant, gentle or suffering. Now, in a controversial new sculpture in downtown Toronto, he is shown as homeless — an outcast sleeping on a bench. It takes a moment to see that the slight figure shrouded by a blanket, hauntingly similar to the real homeless who lie [Read More…]

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Parish plans to rededicate memorial to sex abuse victims after it was vandalized

Here’s something you don’t hear about often: a Catholic parish has erected a memorial to victims of clergy sex abuse.  (Commonly known as the “Millstone Memorial,” it’s pictured above.) But the memorial has had a troubled history.  Details:  A date has been set to rededicate a monument to child victims of church sex abuse that [Read More…]

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Why O’Malley?

It’s a question a few people are asking, after Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley became the lone U.S. prelate appointed to Pope Francis’ new advisory panel.  Rocco has some very good answers, including one many observers have missed: the two men just like each other. Snip:   Asked the day after the election whether it’d be [Read More…]

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Pope: the Christian life is like soccer

It came up yesterday during his homily (which, appropriately, included a mention of the first deacons): To solve the problems of life it is necessary to look reality in the face, ready like the goalkeeper of a football team to grab the ball whatever side it comes from. And without giving in to fear or [Read More…]

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Our surprising pope continues to surprise

This story is rather loosely sourced—there are versions of it here and here—but it’s too good to pass up: A few days ago, at dawn, the time the Pope wakes up, he came out to the corridor, and he found in front of his door the sentry, a Swiss Guard standing with his halberd at [Read More…]

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Is media bias tainting the Gosnell story?

Veteran journo Paul Moses ponders that question over at Commonweal’s blog:  There is a lively debate over whether major national news organizations have ignored or downplayed the trial of a Philadelphia abortion doctor who is charged with murder in the deaths of seven babies allegedly born alive and one mother…With the sensational charges made by both sides, the intense [Read More…]

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Being a deacon today means “standing on the shoulders of giants”

Deacon Keith Fournier writes:  In 1996, on the Feast of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ (Corpus Christi), I was ordained to the Order of Deacon in the Catholic Church. When I lay prostrate on the floor that day in preparation for the imposition of the hands of my Bishop and the reception of [Read More…]

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“Bombshell”: pope names advisors to reform Vatican bureaucracy—UPDATED

From the Associated Press:  Pope Francis marked his first month as pope on Saturday by naming nine high-ranking prelates from around the globe to a permanent advisory group to help him run the Catholic Church and study a reform of the Vatican bureaucracy — a bombshell announcement that indicates he intends a major shift in [Read More…]

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15 days in Rome: how Jorge Bergoglio became pope

The Wall Street Journal has just published an e-book on the papal election, and there’s a fascinating excerpt in today’s paper: On March 5, after a long day of speeches at the Congregation, a group of cardinals arrived at the Pontifical North American College under the cover of night and were directed through long quiet [Read More…]

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RIP, Jonathan Winters

I don’t know what to make of a world in which I exclaim, “Oh no!  Jonathan Winters died!” and most of the people in the office reply: “Who?” I’m getting old. The man was a tortured genius who battled depression and alcoholism. But he was blessed with a boundless imagination.  From his obit:   Jonathan Winters, [Read More…]

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Idiotic argument of the week: the real cause of the Gosnell horror was the pro-life movement

While the shocking details of the Kermit Gosnell trial continue to seep out — and the national media averts its gaze — people are asking how it happened in the first place. NARAL has a convenient answer: So why did women go to his clinic? Why not choose a legitimate, reputable provider of abortion care? [Read More…]

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Bishop vs. bishop over gay marriage and communion

From Sunday:  Catholic Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron of Detroit said on Sunday that Catholics who support gay marriage yet take the sacrament of Communion are contradicting themselves, echoing recent calls from a religious scholar for supporters of gay marriage to withdraw from taking the Eucharist. According to the Detroit Free Press, Archbishop Vigneron said that Catholics who support [Read More…]

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Cardinal Kasper: Pope is launching a “new phase” of Vatican II

John  Thavis takes note:  Cardinal Walter Kasper has an important piece in today’s Osservatore Romano, saying that Pope Francis, with his focus on poverty and social justice issues, has launched a new phase of implementation of the Second Vatican Council. Cardinal Kasper makes a strong argument that the council’s journey of renewal is not over and [Read More…]

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Pope Francis and the reform of the laity

Some insight into the pope’s mindset from Fr. Roger Landry in the National Catholic Register:  The reform of the Church already evident in the words and witness of Pope Francis may be starting, but it won’t be stopping at the revamping of the Vatican Curia and the renewal of the clergy. It also will involve [Read More…]

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