“Fidelity oaths” spark controversy, resignations in Virginia — UPDATED

Details, from the Washington Post: Kathleen Riley knows her beliefs on the male-only priesthood and contraception put her at odds with leaders of her church. But as a fifth-generation Catholic who went to a Catholic school and grew up to teach in one, Riley feels the faith deeply woven through her. So when her Arlington [Read More...]

When celebrities return to the faith

Following reports that Katie Holmes is joining a Catholic parish in New York City, CNN looks at what happens when the famous are also among the faithful: Joseph Zwilling, the spokesman for the Catholic Archdiocese of New York, couldn’t confirm or deny that Holmes had joined the Church of St. Francis Xavier or any other [Read More...]

So, papa, how do you like the iPad I bought you?

This comes from Germany, but no translation is necessary. [Read more...]

A beautiful day in Brooklyn: we have two new bishops

I didn’t have the best seat, but at least I had a seat, and captured on camera a few moments from the episcopal ordinations of Raymond Chappetto and Paul Sanchez as the newest auxiliary bishops of Brooklyn. Lining up outside Our Lady of Angels Parish in Bay Ridge, I saw a lot of Knights of [Read More...]

Quote of the day, media edition

“I can play along with Superman using a steel girder to swat someone into outer space, but I just can’t get past the idea that The Daily Planet still occupies one of the largest skyscrapers in all of Metropolis and is totally impervious to newsroom layoffs or dwindling home subscriptions.” – Comic blogger quoted here. [Read more...]

“Listen…”

“Listen  carefully, my child, to your master’s precepts, and incline the ear of your heart (Prov. 4:20). Receive willingly and carry out effectively your loving father’s advice, that by the labor of obedience you may return to Him from whom you had departed by the sloth of disobedience. To you, therefore, my words are now [Read More...]

“Me going off me rocker, please feed me Betty Crocker!”: Cookie Monster covers “Call Me Maybe”

What the world has been waiting for! You can see the original, by Carly Rae Jepsen, here.  But I like this one better. [Read more...]

Jenny McCarthy’s “Bad Habits”

This little piece of publishing news first made headlines last fall, when literary lioness Jenny McCarthy announced she was taking pen to parchment to write a memoir called “Sinner”: McCarthy said of the new book: “Most young girls in my neighborhood played with Cabbage Patch dolls for fun. I played with Jesus, Mary, and Joseph [Read More...]

Ordination update: 12 new deacons in San Francisco

And you can read all about them in the San Francisco Catholic, in pdf format. Congratulations, brothers, and welcome! Ad multos annos! [Read more...]

Historian (and Anglican deacon) predicts Catholic schism

He’s not the first to raise the “s” word — our fair Anchoress has done so, too — but he’s now put his theories into a new book. Details: Influential church historian Diarmaid MacCulloch said he believes Christianity faces a bright future, but predicted the Roman Catholic Church will undergo a major schism over its [Read More...]

“The most thankless job in Christendom” — UPDATED

That would be … being a bishop. As fate would have it, I’m attending the ordination of two of them tomorrow (including one who is my new pastor), so Joanne McPortland’s plaintive post couldn’t be more timely: Which Catholic job would I least want to have? Head of the Vatican Bank? President of the LCWR? [Read More...]

That special bond between father and daughter

You can’t put a price on memories like this.  Watch what happens when big, brave Dad agrees to go on the scariest ride at the amusement park with his little girl. [Read more...]

Researchers reveal how much you need to be happy

At last it can be told — and it may be less than you thought: Is it crazy to question how much money you need to be happy? The notion that money can’t buy happiness has been around a long time — even before yoga came into vogue. But it turns out there is a [Read More...]

Lutheran synod backs Catholics in HHS fight

Details: The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod joins Roman Catholic officials in opposing proposed federal guidelines that would force many religious organizations to pay for contraceptives through health insurance, the synod’s president said Monday. “The church shouldn’t be forced to act against its Christian conscience,” the Rev. Matthew Harrison told The State Journal Register during a visit to [Read More...]

Social media advice for seminarians

This comes from the good folks over at Jesus Creed, my blog neighbor here at Patheos, and while it’s not specifically geared toward Catholic seminarians, its truths are universal and offer some old fashioned common sense: Social media has changed the way we interact with one another. Sometimes it is for the good, sometimes not. [Read More...]

UPDATE: Priest who denied communion to lesbian leaves archdiocese

Another chapter — perhaps the final one — in the saga that broke earlier this year: A priest who denied communion to a lesbian at her mother’s funeral is no longer in ministry with the Archdiocese of Washington, a spokeswoman for the archdiocese said Monday. Rev. Marcel Guarnizo, who served at St. John Neumann parish [Read More...]

Illinois priest banned from pulpit

The “Improvising Priest” has had his preaching faculties removed.  Details: A priest forced out of his parish by Belleville’s Catholic bishop for improvising prayers during Mass will no longer be able to preach in public as of today. The Rev. William Rowe said Monday that Bishop Edward Braxton has suspended him and removed his “faculties,” [Read More...]

Episcopal Church approves ordaining transgender people

Details: The Episcopal Church on Monday overwhelmingly voted to allow the ordination of transgender people. At its triennial General Convention in Indianapolis, the church House of Deputies approved a change to the “nondiscrimination canons” to include “gender identity and expression.” The move makes it illegal to bar from the priesthood people who were born into [Read More...]


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