I’m sure this seemed like a good idea at the time

The Diocese of Brooklyn (yes, that’s my diocese) decided to advertise Catholic schools with a special Sunday supplement in the New York Daily News. To promote it, on Friday they had stickers placed on the front page of the paper. This is how it turned out. [Read more...]

Next time someone offers you a breath mint, take it

An inspired, downright EPIC ad from France for — of all things — Tic Tacs. Enjoy. [Read more...]

Did Bishop Jenky cross the line?

Some people are saying so, pointing to this homily. Details: A prominent advocate of church-state separation filed a formal complaint with the Internal Revenue Service on Thursday, accusing the Roman Catholic Diocese of Peoria of violating federal law by intervening in a political campaign. The Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church [Read More...]

Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog

This looks sweet and funny: a Japanese film about the life of a guide dog for the blind. Bring lots of Kleenex. [Read more...]

Girl born without hands wins penmanship award

How awesome is this?  H/T Crescat Details, from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: By all accounts, Annie Clark, 7, a first-grader at Wilson Christian Academy in West Mifflin, is a hard-working and determined student who makes a point of learning from her mistakes and strives for perfection in her work. So on the surface, it should come [Read More...]

“The flat, brute, highly sexualized thing we call our culture”

A solid, sobering read by Peggy Noonan this Friday — and one that should make a lot of people sit and look around and worry: People in politics talk about the right track/wrong track numbers as an indicator of public mood. This week Gallup had a poll showing only 24% of Americans feel we’re on the [Read More...]

The Mormon who makes a joyful noise for Catholics

It took him two years, working in his living room, but he created a hand-crafted church organ that he plays every Sunday for a Catholic parish in Houston. Details: Ben Crandall gently lifted the hand-carved top off the cherry-wood organ and laid it to the side. He reached in and pulled two flutelike tubes from [Read More...]

A Seattle deacon writes: “We are trying to live out the gospel…”

Deacon Roy Harrington, from Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Seattle, dropped me a line in response to this post and the comments it provoked.  I reprint his e-mail here with his permission.  Dcn. G. +++ Fr. Tim was ordained for the Archdiocese of Seattle after completing theology at the NAC in Rome. [Read More...]

Insult: the low wages paid to child care providers

In the wake of the Romeny/Rosen kerfuffle, Elizabeth Duffy crunches some numbers: My friend, Beth, stays home from work, homeschools her children, and has a Master’s Degree in Biology. Her neighbor, who was going back to work after some time at home, asked Beth if she’d babysit for her son. Thinking it might be good [Read More...]

West Virginia bishop: “I have never sexually abused anyone”

After yesterday’s bombshell, here’s the statement today from Bishop Michael J. Bransfield of Wheeling-Charleston: I have been deeply saddened by the priest child abuse scandal that has been connected to a handful of my former colleagues and friends from St. Charles Seminary. Over the years, I have felt devastation for both the victims and the [Read More...]

“Stunned”: LCWR responds to Vatican

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious just posted the following statement on its website: “The presidency of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious was stunned by the conclusions of the doctrinal assessment of LCWR by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Because the leadership of LCWR has the custom of meeting annually with the staff [Read More...]

“A kneeling racist and an upright archbishop”

That was the headline for the picture above, which was reposted the other day in the excellent website run by Deacon Eric Stoltz, Conciliaria, which commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council. As the post notes: On April 16, after a long period of negotiations with leading conservative segregationists of the Archdiocese of [Read More...]

Quote of the day, on LCWR

“While there has been a great deal of work on the part of LCWR promoting issues of social justice in harmony with the Church’s social doctrine, it is silent on the right to life from conception to natural death, a question that is part of the lively public debate about abortion and euthanasia in the [Read More...]

More from that “bored to death” man in formation

You may remember this post from last month, from a man in formation who expressed his frustration over the classes he was taking. It generated a lot of comments — and now the man himself has added one to that post: Wow! I think that I ignited a firestorm. I am the author of the [Read More...]

Witness in Philadelphia implicates West Virginia bishop — UPDATED

From the Philadelphia Inquirer: A Philadelphia man told a jury today that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia priest who allegedly sexually abused him for years starting the late 1970s had said a colleague who is now a bishop in West Virginia also had sex with teenage boys. The 48-year-old witness, identified only as “John” in the [Read More...]

Boehner: Bishops need to “take a bigger look” at budget

Details: House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) chastised Catholic bishops at a Wednesday news conference on Capitol Hill, saying they needed to look at the bigger picture after they complained that the GOP budget plan fails to meet “moral criteria.” The bishops had written letters to Capitol Hill, arguing many elements of the Republicans’ budget [Read More...]

Cardinal Dolan named one of the 100 most influential people in the world

Details from TIME magazine: With his crimson cassock, wide grin and rotund good cheer, Timothy Dolan, 62, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of New York, seems a figure out of the age of the old movies Going My Way and The Bells of St. Mary’s — a warm prelate who leads his flock more by charm than fiat. [Read More...]

Quote of the day, on SSPX

“The response, the new response, is rather encouraging. But there are still developments that will be made, and examined, and decisions which should be taken in the next few weeks.” – Fr. Frederico Lombardi, head of Vatican Press Office More details here. [Read more...]


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