The next pope?

It’s a subject Vatican-watchers never tire of — and John Allen in NCR has another name to add to the list, Fernando Filoni, who now heads the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples but who also served as nuncio in Iraq as the 2003 war began : Filoni may not be a media star, but [Read More...]

“Fight Church”: See how these Christians slug one another

I’m not sure what brand of Christianity these folks practice, but it’s utterly alien to me. Below, the trailer for a new documentary on some Christians who think it’s cool to climb into a cage and slug it out for Jesus.   Ouch. [Read more...]

Awesome: Patheos atheist blogger to become Catholic

A big Catholic welcome to the “geeky atheist” Leah Libresco, who chronicles some of her journey here: I decided to take a little time to make sure I really believed what I thought I believed, before telling my friends, family, and, now, all of you.  That left me with the question of what to do [Read More...]

“Difficult”

That is how the LCWR described its recent meeting at the Vatican, in a statement posted this morning.  CNS reports: Top officials of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious said their meeting at the Vatican in mid-June “was difficult because of the differing perspectives” they and the leaders of the Congregation for the Doctrine of [Read More...]

NY Times columnist: “I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Bill Donohue is right”

That’s how former editor Bill Keller starts his column this morning: I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Bill Donohue is right. Donohue, the chronically peeved president of the Catholic League, and I rarely see eye to eye, but he is right about one very big thing: how to resolve the crisis in Catholicism. My endorsement [Read More...]

Charlie Sheen goes to confession

Or at least, he does in the teaser for his new series “Anger Management.”  See below. [Read more...]

For Father’s Day: Harry Chapin’s son talks about “Cat’s in the Cradle”

Below, Harry Chapin performs what may be his best-known and most enduring song — and the subject of it, his son, talks about his father, who died when he was very young. Meantime, there’s great information about how the song came to be at this website, quoting Chapin’s wife, Sandy, who wrote the poem that [Read More...]

Pope on Irish abuse crisis: “It remains a mystery”

“You are the heirs to a Church that has been a mighty force for good in the world, and which has given a profound and enduring love of Christ and his blessed Mother to many, many others. Your forebears in the Church in Ireland knew how to strive for holiness and constancy in their personal [Read More...]

Happy Father’s Day!

The way we were.   Mom and Dad and my older sister, Karen. My parents were married on 18 June 1949.  Which means tomorrow would have been their 63rd anniversary! [Read more...]

On women deacons: “It will await the ministry of discernment…”

The issue of ordaining women as deacons popped up on John Allen’s radar screen today.  From NCR: Today’s Vatican news bulletin announced that the web site of the International Theological Commission, the principal advisory body to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has been “renewed, reorganized and updated,” principally by providing versions in [Read More...]

Reboot: new homily for June 17, 2012, 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time — UPDATED WITH AUDIO

At 2 o’clock on Saturday afternoon, while riding the subway, it hit me: the words of Paul’s letter — “we walk by faith, not by sight” — could apply to the story of Nik Wallenda. The more I thought about it, the more I realized I wanted to preach about this.  I got home, clicked [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words, Wallenda edition

And Happy Father’s Day, too! Nik Wallenda embraces his father Terry after his incredible walk. Photo by Marcus Yam/New York Times. [Read more...]

Worth a thousand words: baptism!

I think this picture, posted by a friend on his FB page, says it all. [Read more...]

Wallenda credits his faith for his historic walk above Niagara Falls

Those who saw this last night couldn’t help but be awed — and slightly terrified — at what was unfolding.  But in interviews after, a cheerful Nik Wallenda gave full credit to God and prayer for this astounding feat.  It’s something he’s spoken about candidly in the past: Wallenda told reporters it took “a lot of [Read More...]

The deacon who’s also a city councilman

It’s exceedingly rare for a deacon to hold elected office, but a paper in California looks at one who does: Over the last 10 years, the number of deacons in the Los Angeles archdiocese has more than doubled, increasing from about 160 in the early 2000s to 347 this year, including 14 deacons ordained last [Read More...]

Homily for June 17, 2012: 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for the readings] This year, as we celebrate our parish centennial, we’ve been marking key dates – the day of the groundbreaking, the day of the first census and so on.  We’ve been big on anniversaries, commemorating our beginnings. Well, here’s another anniversary, coming up later this summer. It goes back further than [Read More...]

“Bohemian Rhapsody” as you’ve never heard it before

Played, I swear, on a ukelele — “the underdog of all instruments.” Forget Tiny Tim tiptoeing through the tulips.  Listen instead to the musical stylings of Jake Shimabukuro, performing at a TED lecture two years ago. [Read more...]

About face: Catholic Health Association calls Obama birth control compromise “unworkable”

This is a big deal: Sharpening an election-year confrontation over religious freedom and government health insurance rules, the nation’s Catholic hospitals on Friday rejected President Barack Obama’s compromise for providing birth control coverage to their women employees. The Catholic Health Association was a key ally in Obama’s health care overhaul, defying opposition from church bishops [Read More...]


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