Vatican warns: book by American nun on sexual ethics could cause “grave harm to the faithful”

Details: The Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith warned June 4 that Mercy Sister Margaret Farley’s 2006 book, “Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics,” contains “erroneous propositions” on homosexual acts, same-sex marriage, masturbation and remarriage after divorce that could cause confusion and “grave harm to the faithful.” In a notification signed [Read More...]

How silence works: “It is an aid, not an end in itself”

What’s it like to live with a vow of silence? Writer Jeremy Mesiano-Crookston wanted to find out, and so began an e-mail exchange with several monks at Oka Abbey in Quebec, the oldest Trappist monastery in America. It’s a fascinating dialogue, and sheds light on a world many of us don’t know: Are all your [Read More...]

Great moments in parenting

My nominee for Mother of the Year: A Phoenix, Ariz., woman put her 5-week-old baby on top of her car in his car seat and drove away, apparently forgetting he was there, not even noticing when the seat fell off the car and landed in an intersection, police said. Neighbors discovered the baby on the [Read More...]

On Republicans, Democrats and Catholics

With some news reports suggesting even progressive Christians are losing faith in President Obama, and at least one prominent Democrat leaving the party because of her Catholic faith, Catholic blogger Ed Morrissey looks at how complicated and contradictory it can be to be a Catholic and adhere to any political party: Some of our readers [Read More...]

The “Pew Gap”: Signs that religious voters are losing faith in Obama

Details, from the Associated Press: In 2008, Barack Obama took aim at the “pew gap,” the overwhelming Republican edge among voters who regularly attend church. The Democratic presidential nominee came nowhere near closing it, but he didn’t have to. He just needed an extra percentage point or two among traditional GOP constituents, and he got [Read More...]

2015 World Meeting of Families to be held in Philadelphia

Big news out of Milan today: Pope Benedict XVI announced this morning at the closing Mass of the seventh World Meeting of Families that the next gathering will be held in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The Pope delivered a short speech after Communion and announced that the 2015 World Meeting of Families will be hosted [Read More...]

Biden’s daughter married in Catholic-Jewish service

Details: Vice President Joe Biden’s daughter Ashley married a Pennsylvania doctor at a ceremony in Delaware, the vice president’s office announced late Saturday. A news release from Biden’s office says 30-year-old Ashley Blazer Biden was married Saturday to Dr. Howard David Krein in Wilmington. She is a social worker for the Delaware Department of Services [Read More...]

In Cleveland, religion classes get back to basics

Could this be the start of a trend? Let us pray. Details: Greater Cleveland’s 13,000 Catholic high school students are about to get a dose of old-time religion, heavily infused with New Testament gospels. Beginning next school year, theCleveland Catholic Diocese is introducing into the 21 high schools a new religion curriculum that will feature [Read More...]

“Holy, Holy, Holy…”

For Trinity Sunday: a traditional Trinitarian hymn, beautifully sung by the King’s College Choir. Footnote: an interesting variation is this one, sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, which reworks the lyric to remove any mention of the Trinity. [Read more...]

“Mediocrity is the norm for lectors”

If you’re dreading what you’ll hear proclaimed Sunday, you have plenty of company. From George Miller, at Catholic Online: As a past lector ministry head, I can recall times where my pastor agreed to make regular lector training and enrichment meetings mandatory. And when only half the lectors showed up despite his requirement, the reaction [Read More...]

We’re in the Monet…

…and it’s right here in New York City. At the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, they’re recreated the gardens that inspired the great French impressionist.  Below, a replica of Monet’s home sits in the middle of a garden display. Read more here. [Read more...]

Chicago’s Catholic schools at a crossroads

The Chicago Tribune looks this weekend at some trends in Catholic education — and finds, despite the hurdles, hope: If what has happened to St. Scholastica Academy in Rogers Park illustrates the grand rise and decline of Catholic schooling over the past century, supporters hope Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Pilsen is more telling of its [Read More...]

40 years later

The iconic photo on the right was first published 40 years ago, on 8 June 1972.  On the left is the little girl Kim Phuc today.  Read what happened to her. [Read more...]

Homily for June 3, 2012: Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity — UPDATED WITH AUDIO

[Click here for readings.] For the audio recording of this homily, click the green arrow below. This is graduation season, and you see a lot in the news about commencement speeches. Last week, I spent some time watching videos of some of the speeches online. There were the usual famous names – mostly TV personalities [Read More...]

Utah mission honors slain deacon

Details: A standing-room-only crowd gathered for Mass at Saint Lawrence Mission on May 27, not only to celebrate Pentecost but also in memory of Deacon Aniceto Armendariz, who was murdered seven years ago. “He was an example to us of the faithful in God in his ministry,” said Father Stanislaw Herba, pastor of the mission [Read More...]

Think you don’t need sunscreen? Think again

Just in time for summer: take a look at the shocking full-face picture here, and read the account in the New England Journal of Medicine of the 69-year-old truck driver shown above: Ultraviolet A (UVA) rays transmit through window glass, penetrating the epidermis and upper layers of dermis. Chronic UVA exposure can result in thickening [Read More...]

Let’s talk: Muslim-Catholic dialogue

Details: The 13th annual West Coast Muslim-Catholic Dialogue continued its study of sacred texts with presentations on the prophets Hud and Habbakuk as well as a joint discussion on the qualities of the believer in Islam and Catholicism. The meeting was held at the Center for Spiritual Development in Orange, California on May 22-23. Bishop [Read More...]

“What to make of Vice President Biden?”

That’s how Michael Gerson begins this surprisingly sympathetic piece in this morning’s Washington Post, and he adds: Sometimes he is gaffe-prone comic relief. Sometimes he is the possessor of the worst geopolitical judgment in Washington — as when he opposed the Osama bin Laden raid or advocated the partition of Iraq. And sometimes he seems [Read More...]


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