Great moments in journalism, Amanpour edition

My blog neighbor and editor Elizabeth has a kick-ass takedown of Christiane Amanpour’s pitiful interview with Sr. Joan Chittister.   You can see the conversation for yourself — best viewed through the fingers over your eyes, when they aren’t in your ears — over at the Te Deum blog. The Anchoress notes: Chittister also allows Amanpour [Read More...]

Ordination update: 8 new deacons in Worcester

The Catholic Free Press has details: What led you to become a permanent deacon? “I like to pay back to God, because he give me more than I need. When I came in America I have nothing in my hand, absolutely nothing. When I escaped from Vietnam to America, I lost my first child and [Read More...]

And a twist of grace

An old colleague and friend — and former boss from CBS News — who lives on Long Island dropped me a note today: Went into the city last night for a retirement party for one of the bartenders who works for the LIRR. He told some good commuting stories. He was working on a train [Read More...]

“Can you perform the wedding ceremony?”

I’ve lost track of the number of e-mails I’ve gotten like this one: I am a parishner at OLQM…I always look forward to reading your column in the bulletin as well as the readings in Mass. The reason I’m writing is because I am getting married on Saturday September 8th and I am having a [Read More...]

SSPX update: “doctrinal difficulties” still pose problems

The  group has just released a statement, and CNS has details: The breakaway traditionalist Society of St. Pius X said unresolved “doctrinal difficulties” with the teachings of the Second Vatican Council and the Catholic Church’s subsequent liturgical reform could lead to a “new phase of discussions” over possible reconciliation with Rome. The society released its [Read More...]

Sartain: LCWR reform is not directed at religious orders

CNS spoke today with the archbishop overseeing the inquiry into the organization of religious sisters: A Vatican-ordered reform of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious is not directed at women’s religious orders or at any individual sisters, nor is it a statement on the general quality of religious life today, said the American archbishop overseeing [Read More...]

A Mexico “miracle”: church burns, image of Virgin Mary spared

A reader in Texas sent this item my way. From Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, via Google Translate, news of a fire that destroyed a local church but left an image of the Virgin Mary virtually untouched: The heroic staff emptied the water department hoses ..and put out the fire. The chapel was reduced to rubble and [Read More...]

Chaplains express concern over “religion-free zone in the military”

Details from the Christian Post: An atheist activist group is claiming a victory in its ongoing effort to keep religious expression and symbols out of the U.S. armed services after it was announced that the Department of Defense is removing military edition Bibles from its exchange stores. A chaplain alliance group is asking Congress to [Read More...]

Giving Washington the finger

A clever way of promoting the upcoming Fortnight for Freedom, via the USCCB. (H/T Rocco) [Read more...]

Vatican proposes Personal Prelature for SSPX — UPDATED

The Holy See’s statement about yesterday’s meeting: “The purpose of the meeting was to present the Holy See’s evaluation of the text submitted in April by the Society of St. Pius X in response to the Doctrinal Preamble which the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith had presented to the Society on 14 September [Read More...]

New priests group hopes to “celebrate and implement the visionary concepts of Vatican II”

Details, from the Tampa Tribune: The Rev. Peter Ruggere began his seminary training when Roman Catholics were still celebrating Mass in Latin. By the time he was ordained a priest in 1968, the church had gone through massive changes with Vatican II, a council which sought to align the centuries-old religious institution with the modern [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words, First Communion edition

On Sunday, the day after his ordination, Deacon James Carper gives Rachel Elizabeth Fernandez First Communion at St. Peter Claver Parish in Simi Valley, CA.  He was one of 14 men ordained to the diaconate for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles — and early in his life, he intended to become a Presbyterian minister. Read [Read More...]

“Goodfellas” inspiration Henry Hill dies

Am I the only one who thinks he’s lucky he lived this long? The mobster-turned-protected-witness-turned-cultural-icon was 69.  From the AP: Longtime girlfriend Lisa Caserta told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Hill died of complications from longtime heart problems related to smoking. An associate in New York’s Lucchese crime family, Hill told detailed, disturbing and [Read More...]

One is the loneliest number: meet New York’s only new priest

The New York Times profiles the only priest ordained in the Archdiocese of New York this year, Fr. Patric F. D’Arcy: Being the archdiocese’s sole member of the Class of 2012 is a slightly uncomfortable distinction for Father D’Arcy, 33, a soft-spoken man who prefers to stay out of the spotlight. He is not a [Read More...]

BREAKING: SSPX head meets with CDF officials — UPDATED

Catholic News Service‘s Carol Glatz says: Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X, arrived at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at 5 p.m. this evening for a meeting with U.S. Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the doctrinal congregation. News reports earlier said Cardinal Levada would relay [Read More...]

Report: Alec Baldwin planning Catholic wedding this weekend

And the setting is not only a basilica — the only one in the Archdiocese of New York — but also a legendary church used as a movie set: Alec Baldwin will reportedly tie the knot this weekend with his yoga instructor. The Hollywood actor and his fiancée Hilaria Thomas are planning a Catholic wedding [Read More...]

Welcome to another boy from Queens!

That would be a longtime FOB (Friend of the Bench) Pat McNamara, who is bringing his superlative historical self-titled blog to Patheos. Elizabeth has the scoop: I’ve been pestering him to do it for a while, and today he does, so ladies and gents, may I introduce you to McNamara’s Blog, at Patheos — a little [Read More...]

“True Christianity is a persecuted Christianity”

That’s from Archbishop Bashar Matti Warda, who serves the Chaldean Catholic Archdiocese of Erbil in northern Iraq.  He spoke with Tim Drake of the National Catholic Register: What are three things you would like American Catholics to know about Catholics in Iraq? First, that Christianity has had a presence in Iraq for 2,000 years. It’s [Read More...]


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