On SSPX: “The Pope is not going to give in…”

“The Pope hopes for reconciliation — that’s the Pope’s job. The ministry of Peter is above all to preserve the unity of the Church. So, apart from whatever personal interest Pope Benedict might have, he shares his concern with John Paul II. As you know, he has been involved in this from the beginning. The [Read More...]

Levada out, Muller in at CDF

Details: Anticipated for months, it’s finally official — at Roman Noon this Monday, the Pope named Bishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller of Regensburg as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, accepting the retirement of Cardinal William Levada a year after the highest-ranking American in Vatican history reached the canonical age of 75. With the appointment of the [Read More...]

Does the faith of a president matter?

One author suggests that it doesn’t. Details: He called himself a “life-long Quaker and a church-going Christian,” and at first there was no reason to doubt him. He played piano in the church, taught Sunday school, and praised Jesus at revivals. His mother thought he was going to be a missionary. His friends said he [Read More...]

The “10 Commandments” of blogging

Some weeks back, a writer working on a book project dropped me an email and asked if I could help answer the following question: “In your opinion, what are the ‘ten commandments’ that Catholic bloggers should keep in mind while pressing on in their digital mission?” Well.  It was an idea I found instantly both [Read More...]

Thousands turn out for religious freedom walk in Iowa

Details, from the Des Moines Register: Thousands walked and gathered Sunday in Des Moines to stand up against what they say is government infringing on their religious freedom. The Catholic Diocese of Des Moines sponsored the Independence Celebration Walk and Picnic. Organizers estimated 2,500 people participated. The crowd gathered at noon at the St. Ambrose [Read More...]

Did the bishop of Orlando cross the line?

Bishop John Noonan made a videotaped pitch to the faithful last weekend in support of religious freedom — but also in support of two amendments being placed before voters in November. Details: Appearing via a nearly 11-minute video produced by the diocese, the chief shepherd of nearly 400,000 Catholics throughout the region explained the church’s [Read More...]

Southern Baptists: “We stand with the bishops”

And they are directing their members to the USCCB website and suggesting ways to adapt the Fortnight for Freedom to their congregations. Details from the Catholic Exchange: At its Annual Meeting in New Orleans last week, the Southern Baptist Convention adopted a resolution on Religious Liberty. Representing about 45,000 individual churches with 16 million members, the Southern [Read More...]

Historic father and son ordination: “A great moment in the history of our faith”

It’s believed to be the first time in the U.S. that a father and son have been ordained at the same Mass. Details: “Charles Albert Hough the III.” Bishop Kevin Vann’s historic words rang out at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Keller as he called first the father… and then the son. “Charles [Read More...]

Great moments in journalism: in praise of commas

A headline from Huffington Post and the AP: [Read more...]

Teenage couple with Down Syndrome voted prom king and queen

How great is that? It happened on Long Island. Click the video below. View more videos at: http://nbcnewyork.com. [Read more...]

Great moments in journalism: CNN investigates its big boo-boo

Or, as a memo to the staff put it: As you all know by now, our initial reporting of the decision turned out to be wrong. Despite the best of intentions, we told our viewers and our online readers that the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act had been struck down when, in fact, [Read More...]

Ah. Marital bliss.

While one Hollywood Catholic gets hitched, another gets ditched. Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise were both raised Catholic — at one time, he reportedly even considered the priesthood — but other bright shiny objects seem to have distracted them. If you’d like a primer on the theology of divorce in the world of Scientology, look [Read More...]

On SSPX: “We could not accept, we could not sign…”

“You rightly ask me how things are going with Rome. Things are currently at a standstill. There has been a lot of back and forth, exchanges, letters and protests, but we are back to square one. We said we could not accept, we could not sign; that is all.” – SSPX head Bishop Bernard Fellay.  Read the [Read More...]

Alec Baldwin’s big fat Catholic wedding

For those keeping track of these things, the New York Post (my paper of record) had these details the other day: Baldwin, 54, and fiancée Hilaria Thomas (left), 28, will be married at the historic St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in Nolita, [Little Italy] but they didn’t mail out invitations. “They just told us to be [Read More...]

Homily for July 1, 2012: 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for readings.] If you’re looking for an improbable heroine for the Catholic faith, you couldn’t find anyone more improbable than 22-year-old Leah Libresco. Leah grew up Long Island.  Her family had no real religion to speak of. And it wasn’t until she went to Yale that for the first time she actually got [Read More...]

It’s not just a Catholic thing: an interfaith prayer service for “Fortnight”

Details: Amarillo residents of all faiths filled the pews at St. Mary’s Catholic Cathedral on Thursday evening for an ecumenical prayer service held in conjunction with similar events across the country. About 700 worshipers attended the service, which was presented as part of “Fortnight for Freedom,” a two-week period of prayer and other activities organized [Read More...]

What is happening at Medjugorje? — UPDATED

Periodically, people will write to me, wondering why I don’t post about the alleged apparitions in the former Yugoslavia. I have a couple reasons. First, as a member of the clergy, I don’t believe that I should be endorsing unapproved Marian apparitions. And secondly: I keep coming across essays like this one. I know many devout [Read More...]

Givenchy puts Mary on new collection of menswear

Details: Eclectic was the word to describe Day Three of Paris menswear week. Friday’s spring-summer collections had a little something for everyone: from the high-waisted gangster styles of film noir to fashions evoking Brazilian soccer and even the Catholic Church. In one collection — which its designer called the longest fashion show in history — [Read More...]


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