Ordination update: New Ulm ordains its first class of deacons

Eleven men were set to be ordained on Saturday April 14th, and a local paper in Minnesota took notice: The men will become the first group to be ordained as permanent deacons for the Diocese of New Ulm that serves 15 southwestern Minnesota communities, including North Mankato. “The church needs servants,” said Mark Kober of [Read More...]

Reboot: A revised homily for April 15, 2012, 2nd Sunday of Easter

You never know how the Holy Spirit will work.  After posting this weekend’s homily, I got a number of comments from people who said that the man I’d used as a springboard for a reflection on conversion and mercy had, in fact, renounced his conversion.  (I couldn’t find any evidence of this from Googling, but [Read More...]

The priest who went down with the Titanic while hearing confessions

Details: Amidst all the tales of chivalry from the Titanic disaster there is one that’s not often told. It is that of Fr. Thomas Byles, the Catholic priest who gave up two spots on a lifeboat in favour of offering spiritual aid to the other victims as they all went down with the “unsinkable” vessel. [Read More...]

Pardon our dust

This weekend, you might hear the sound of hammering and sawing, with earth being moved and walls going up.  There’s some construction work going on here at Patheos.  The site is being redesigned, some new features are being installed, and you may stumble upon some sawdust.  My boss Elizabeth says it shouldn’t disrupt things too [Read More...]

Homily for April 15, 2012: 2nd Sunday of Easter/Divine Mercy

[Click here for readings.] Every year on the Sunday after Easter, the greatest celebration of faith, we encounter the gospel’s most famous story of doubt:  the story of Thomas, who demands proof before he will believe. We live in an age when we are surrounded by Thomases – not only doubters, but disbelievers. Atheists, agnostics, [Read More...]

Just saying no: Some Seattle parishes decline to circulate petitions against gay marriage referendum

And one of them is the cathedral parish.  Details: A growing number of Seattle’s Catholic parishes are saying “no” to Archbishop J. Peter Sartain’s offer that churches become signature gathering points for Referendum 74, the ballot measure to roll back Washington’s recently passed same-sex marriage law. St. Mary’s Parish in the Central Area, and the [Read More...]

A Jewish woman’s journey into the Church

You never know how God will work.  The story, from Fargo and the Patch: Susan Finneman can’t remember a time she wasn’t captivated by the Christian faith. Though such a fascination shouldn’t be cause for scandal, in her case, throughout most of her life at least, there was a slight problem: she was Jewish. By [Read More...]

Anti-Catholicism and the Titanic

An interesting observation on the centennial of the great ship’s sinking, from a paper in Ireland: Divine intervention has long been a blamed by some for playing a role in the sinking of the Titanic during its maiden voyage in 1912. Harland and Wolff, the East Belfast shipyard  where the ship was manufactured, was notorious [Read More...]

WSJ: “Traditional Catholicism is winning…renewal is coming”

The authors of a book called “Beyond the Catholic Culture Wars” offer their assessment of the Church today: In his Holy Thursday homily at St. Peter’s Basilica on April 5, Pope Benedict XVI denounced calls from some Catholics for optional celibacy among priests and for women’s ordination. The pope said that “true renewal” comes only [Read More...]

Another priest’s thoughts on blessing kids in the communion line

“Every now and then, some hand-wringing liberal sob sister will try to argue that Jesus loved kids. I always tell ‘em the same thing: ‘Screw you, buddy, and the hybrid car you rode in on. Did Jesus pick any kids to be His Apostles? I don’t think so. When He raised that kid from the [Read More...]

US bishops call for “fortnight for freedom” this summer to pray for religious liberty

From the newly-released Statement on Religious Liberty: Religious liberty is not only about our ability to go to Mass on Sunday or pray the Rosary at home. It is about whether we can make our contribution to the common good of all Americans. Can we do the good works our faith calls us to do, [Read More...]

The divorced Protestant who became one of California’s most popular priests

A California paper recently took a long look at one of the region’s most colorful and popular priests in the Diocese of San Bernardino: When the Rev. Howard Lincoln addresses the 6,000-plus faithful who will attend Masses at Sacred Heart Church this morning, the popular and charismatic Catholic priest will share a message that reflects [Read More...]

Anglican vicar converts, brings half his flock with him

Details, from a neighborhood in South London: A vicar led half his congregation in converting to Catholicism after complaining that the Church of England is telling believers in traditional values to ‘sod off’. Father Donald Minchew was followed by 70 of his flock when he left the Anglican church where he has led services for [Read More...]

What we have come to: traditional marriage depiction “offensive”?

Details: Warwick [Rhode Island] officials are allowing a Pilgrim High School student to finish a hallway mural as she originally intended, after they had a section of it painted over last week. The mural shows a man’s journey from childhood to adulthood, with the last part showing him standing with a woman and child with [Read More...]

Make-a-Wish Foundation helps grant teen’s wish to meet the pope

How cool is this? Read all about it: She wore a red coat to stand out among the foreign dignitaries and international politicians. Others in line to meet the leader of the Roman Catholic Church carried gifts: Tapestries, paintings, even the Olympic torch. Olivia Kassien didn’t have anything, but it didn’t matter A cardinal wearing [Read More...]

Paul Ryan: my Catholic faith helped shape budget plan

Details: House Budget Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) says his Catholic faith helped shape the Republican budget plan by stressing local control and concern for the poor, according to an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network released Tuesday. “A person’s faith is central to how they conduct themselves, in public and in private, so to [Read More...]

“I feel a band of love, of dreams”

Watch what happens when a silent, elderly man in a nursing home dons a set of headphones and hears music from his youth.   Alleluia! [Read more...]

BREAKING: Santorum quits race

I suspect this will be all over the place. But you can find quick summaries here and here. And The Anchoress is on top of things, as well. Stay tuned. Comments closed.   People reading the comments can see why. [Read more...]


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