Before and after: a Texas church reborn

Earlier, I posted on my visit to St. Monica’s in Dallas, which has just completed a lengthy renovation. It will be rededicated later this month.  I paid a visit to the parish Facebook page and found some truly impressive pictures of the renovation in progress.  Check ’em out. [Read more…]

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Cardinal Dolan: “The life of the church goes on”

From the New York Times, some thoughts from another conclave cardinal: The cavernous nave of St. Peter’s Basilica was nearly empty when Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan arrived Sunday morning, shortly after dawn, a fading moon still hanging in the sky, and red streaks of sunlight illuminating the facade. Cardinal Dolan, the archbishop of New York, is a [Read More…]

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Cardinal Sandri: “Women must have a more important role in the life of the Church”

One of the cardinals often being mentioned for pope granted an exclusive interview to Reuters recently, and shared his thoughts about the future of the Church: The Roman Catholic Church must open itself up to women in the next pontificate, giving them more leadership positions in the Vatican and beyond, according to a senior cardinal who [Read More…]

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Cardinal O’Brien admits sexual misconduct, apologizes

Details: Cardinal Keith O’Brien, forced to resign by the pope last week, has admitted to sexual misconduct and issued a sweeping apology to individuals he has “offended” as well as to the Catholic church and Scottish people. In a short statement issued soon after 5pm on Sunday, O’Brien admitted “there have been times that my [Read More…]

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Thanks, Dallas!

Just a brief thank you to the good deacons of Dallas, who made me feel so welcome yesterday.  I dropped in to speak to their annual Deacon Congress, held at the recently (and beautifully) renovated St. Monica’s Catholic Church.  (Check the website for the before and after renovation pictures.  Truly impressive!.)  Father Stephen Bierschenk, Deacon John [Read More…]

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“The precedent has been set”: What Benedict’s decision may mean for the next pope

An interesting overview, from a variety of voices (including some cardinals) from the New York Times:  The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, who last week renounced what for nearly 600 years has been a lifelong office, will reverberate for years to come and could change the nature of the modern papacy, starting with the election of [Read More…]

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Have we already had a black pope?

David Gibson does some digging into the question and finds some interesting nuggets of history: Ghanaian cardinal Peter Turkson is frequently mentioned amid all the speculation about who might succeed Pope Benedict XVI. If picked, some would see him as the first African and the first black pontiff in the nearly 2,000-year history of the papacy. [Read More…]

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The peculiar Catholicism of Roger Ebert

The Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic takes note of recent papal news, waxes nostalgically about his Catholic upbringing (complete with Dominican nuns) and then concludes: I consider myself Catholic, lock, stock and barrel, with this technical loophole: I cannot believe in God. I refuse to call myself an atheist, however, because that indicates too great a [Read More…]

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Cardinal proposes women deacons

From AMERICA magazine:  A diaconate for women should be considered as a new role for women in the church. Cardinal Walter Kasper made this proposal during a study day discussing how to involve more women in church life, convened as part of the spring assembly of the German Bishops Conference in the city of Trier, [Read More…]

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Watching TV, taking a walk: Benedict begins life as Pope Emeritus

From Catholic Online:   Benedict, who has retained his papal name rather than returning to Ratzinger as expected, spent his first few hours watching television and strolling through the papal villa. After his final goodbye, the Holy Father boarded a helicopter which spirited him away to the papal villa at Castel Gandolfo. After arriving, he [Read More…]

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Dolan talks about the challenges facing the next pope

The cardinal archbishop of New York sat down for an interview with Catholic News Service this week and offered his own take on what the next pontiff will be facing. [Read more…]

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California diocese requires teachers to sign agreement on “modern errors”

Details: The Santa Rosa Catholic Diocese is requiring its 200 schoolteachers to sign an agreement affirming that “modern errors” such as contraception, abortion, homosexual marriage and euthanasia are “matters that gravely offend human dignity.” The move is an effort by Bishop Robert Vasa to delineate specifically what it means for a Catholic-school teacher — whether [Read More…]

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Pope Benedict on deacons

Worth revisiting, I think.  His remarks from Lent 2008, via Zenit:   +++ Following a Lenten tradition, Benedict XVI met Thursday with parish priests and clergy of the Diocese of Rome. During the meeting, the participants asked the Pope questions. Here is a translation of the first question and the Holy Father’s answer. [Deacon Giuseppe [Read More…]

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Farewell

Benedict’s last day, woven together into a poignant montage by CNS’s Chaz Muth. Click below to watch. [Read more…]

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The pope’s parting message: “The Church lives along the course of time by transforming Herself…”

From Vatican Radio, the translation of Pope Benedict’s remarks to the cardinals this morning: +++ Dear beloved brothers I welcome you all with great joy and cordially greet each one of you. I thank Cardinal Angelo Sodano, who as always, has been able to convey the sentiments of the College, Cor ad cor loquitur. Thank [Read More…]

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Speaking of Joseph: another timely prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours

From today’s Morning Prayer, Psalm 79: Lord, tend Your vine… Shepherd of Israel, listen – you who take Joseph as your flock. Shine out before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh – you who are enthroned upon the cherubim. Awaken your power and come to us, come to us and save us. Bring us back, O [Read More…]

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Report: 60% of teen pregnancies in New York end in abortion

Details:  New York has the highest teen abortion rate in the country, but per capita pregnancy and abortion rates among 15- to 19-year-olds have steadily declined over the last two decades, according to a report this week. Excluding miscarriages, nearly 60 percent of pregnancies among 15- to 19-year-olds in New York end in abortion, according [Read More…]

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Pope pledges “unconditional reverence and obedience” to his successor

From Voice of America:  Outgoing Pope Benedict has met with his cardinals ahead of boarding a helicopter and flying to the papal retreat south of Rome Thursday, where he will officially end his reign. In remarks Thursday to the cardinals, broadcast on Vatican television, the pope pledged to show “unconditional reverence and obedience” to the [Read More…]

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