Poll: U.S. Catholics say church is out of touch; most approve of pope’s resignation

From the New York Times:  Roman Catholics in the United States say that their church and bishops are out of touch, and that the next pope should lead the church in a more modern direction on issues like birth control and ordaining women and married men as priests, according to the latest New York Times/CBS [Read More…]

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What we have come to: Yale marks “Sex Week” with workshop on bestiality, incest

According to its web page, Yale University traces its roots  “back to the 1640s, when colonial clergymen led an effort to establish a college in New Haven to preserve the tradition of European liberal education in the New World. This vision was fulfilled in 1701, when the charter was granted for a school ‘wherein Youth may [Read More…]

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Ready to hold history: the urns of the conclave

From VIS, some details behind the urns that will hold the votes for pope:  The function of the urns is described in Chapter V of the Constitution, which also speaks of a plate to be placed on top of the first urn. Every cardinal, in fact, must “place his ballot on the plate, with which [Read More…]

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A married priest writes about the “c word”: celibacy

Take it away, Fr. Dwight:  I can speak from experience. I was a celibate Anglican priest for seven years. Then I got married. I was a married Anglican priest for three years. Then we joined the Catholic church. I was in the married state as a layman for ten years. Now I am a married [Read More…]

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Meet “the most powerful woman in Rome”

Details:  If the leadership of American nuns is the vanguard of a progressive spirit up against the Vatican, Mother Tekla Famiglietti is a throwback to the past: an orthodox leader who learned the rules of the game and wields power in the all-male world of the Roman Curia. The 75-year-old head of an international order [Read More…]

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What did the Joe Flacco do after becoming the NFL’s highest-paid quarterback?

Why, he went to McDonald’s, of course:  When you’re the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player and you’ve just signed the most valuable contract in NFL history, it makes perfect sense that you celebrate by eating whatever meal you want. Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco did just that Monday, hours after inking his new record deal [Read More…]

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Must-see video: the father of the bride says a few words

Break out the Kleenex. This is wonderful. [Read more…]

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“The church knows young Catholics are leaving; I don’t think it knows what to do about it”

From CentreDaily.com in suburban Washington: As the Catholic Church prepares to elect a new pope to guide it into the future, church leaders are struggling to keep young people from leaving the faith. Four out of five Catholics who have left the church – and have not joined another – did so before the age [Read More…]

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Virginia school elects the new pope: Pope Sebastian I

Habemus papam! It happened yesterday at St. Louis School in Arlington, Virginia.  In a post, Fr. Z quotes an email:  These young men were largely from the corps of Altar Servers. The Parochial Adminstrator, Fr Zuberbueler, and the school principal, Dan Balliageron, pulled out all the stops. Check out more pictures at the link.   [Read More…]

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From Jehovah’s Witness leader to Catholic deacon

One man’s remarkable journey, via the Catholic Sun:  He was a married deacon who found his calling among Catholic singles. Deacon Jim Mickens, who  touched the hearts of many Catholic singles in the Diocese of Phoenix, said farewell Jan. 27. Ongoing health problems forced him and his wife, Janice, to move closer to his wife’s [Read More…]

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Rocco balks: “Whispers” writer scraps plans to go to Rome

The latest on the uber-blogger, from Poynter:  During an interview this weekend with Philadelphia Inquirer culture reporter Stephan Salisbury, Vatican blogger Rocco Palmo whipped out his iPad and canceled his flight to Rome. Palmo had planned to be near the Vatican for the next two weeks of historic doings, but the cost of the trip proved [Read More…]

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Pray for Benedict during the Mass—just not out loud

It happened at my parish this weekend — and no doubt, at countless others around the world: the priest, out of habit, accidentally mentioned the name of Benedict during the Eucharistic Prayer. It’s one small change to the liturgy that takes place during the “sede vacante” period.  CNS has more:  The resignation of the pope, [Read More…]

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Radio daze

Those who have nothing better to do this afternoon will be able to catch Your Humble Blogger chatting away with Lino Rulli on Sirius Satellite Radio.    I’ll be on sometime around 5:30 ET, discussing various things papal—including media coverage of the resignation. For me, it marks a return trip to “The Catholic Guy”—I visited [Read More…]

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How is Catholicism like politics?

E.J. Dionne has some interesting answers in the Washington Post today, and draws insight from Fr. Timothy Radcliffe: The conflict goes back to competing reactions to the reforms of the Second Vatican Council inaugurated in the 1960s by Pope John XXIII. The relevant camps — Radcliffe describes them in his 2005 book, “What Is the [Read More…]

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Benedict’s parting gift to Brooklyn: historic church designated as co-cathedral

Great news from the In My Backyard Desk: Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio petitioned the Vatican last year to give Cathedral status to St. Joseph’s, the largest church in the Brooklyn diocese. Pope Emeritus Benedict granted the request before he resigned. DiMarzio will be the Pastor of St. Joseph’s, which will now serve as the seat of [Read More…]

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Cardinals begin pre-conclave meetings

And they have a lot on their plate. Details:  Cardinals from around the world gathered Monday inside the Vatican for their first round of meetings before the conclave to elect the next pope, amid scandals inside and out of the Vatican and the continued reverberations of Benedict XVI’s decision to retire. Cardinals were treated like [Read More…]

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Benedict makes the cover of the New Yorker

Details:  This week’s cover by Barry Blitt, “Sic Transit Gloria Mundi,” is not the first time that a Pope has been portrayed on our cover. “I wish I could say something in Latin to make the image sound smart,” said Blitt, when asked what inspired him. The New Yorker has other pope-themed illustrations on display [Read More…]

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What sort of man are the cardinals looking for in the next pope?

Some ideas, from Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George, interviewed by NCR’s John Allen.  A snip:  There’s got to be an identification with Jesus as shepherd of his church. The mystery of Jesus is infinite, but there’s a certain dimension of it that’s particularly necessary for being a pastor. Quite apart from personal sanctity, you have to [Read More…]

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