And the Christopher goes to …

…theses guys: here’s a list of this year’s winners of the esteemed Christopher Awards. As the press release notes: First presented in 1949, The Christopher Awards honor writers, producers, directors and illustrators in the publishing, film, TV and cable industries whose work affirms the highest values of the human spirit. ‘This year’s Christopher Award winners creatively demonstrate [Read More...]

On cohabitation: laying down the law in Santa Fe

The Archbishop there, Michael Sheehan, has issued a pastoral letter that was read at all masses this past weekend. A snip: We have three groups of people who are living contrary to the Gospel teaching on marriage: those who cohabit; those who have a merely civil union with no previous marriage; and those who have [Read More...]

More states restricting abortions

And the impact is not insignificant — and could eventually lead all the way to the Supreme Court. Details, from USA TODAY: Legislatures in more than 30 states are weighing — and in some cases passing — many fast-moving bills to restrict abortion rights in a blitz that could prompt the Supreme Court to revisit the [Read More...]

Splash of recognition: on celebrating baptism

Last weekend, I wrote about my experience baptizing 15 babies (gulp).  Today, I talk a bit more about deacons and the sacrament in my column “All Things New”: We find ourselves intersecting with people at critical pinpoints in their lives—baptisms, weddings, wakes. Moments of arrival and departure, beginnings and endings. But there’s something about baptisms [Read More...]

Ain't God great?

I mean, He made people able to conceive of something like this incredible video below. Who couldn’t love a Guy like that, huh? H/T Aggie Catholics. [Read more...]

How would the Exodus be handled today?

Hot on the heels of last Christmas’s internet sensation comes this inspired sequel (prequel?) about Moses and the Exodus. Enjoy. [Read more...]

Burning issue: archbishop calls for arrest of U.S. pastor over Quran burning

The violent reaction to the incident has prompted a response from a Catholic leader in Pakistan. Details, from Catholic News Service: The president of the Pakistani bishops’ conference has called for the arrest of a U.S. Protestant pastor whose decision to burn the Islamic sacred book has caused fury in the Muslim world and the [Read More...]

University hosts "female Catholic bishop"? Really?

Someone should do a better job of checking her credentials. Details: Rutgers University in Camden will host a woman theologian next week whom the university describes as a “female Catholic bishop.” “Roman Catholic Bishop Patricia Fresen, one of only three ordained female bishops in the world,” will lecture at the university at 12:20 p.m. April [Read More...]

Save the date: Oct 27 for Assisi meeting for world peace

The Vatican has released some details of the event — which, significantly, will not include an interfaith prayer service. From CNA: Pope Benedict XVI will call people of goodwill to join him in working for peace during a “day of reflection, dialogue and prayer for peace and justice in the world” to be held in [Read More...]

"Pedophile pimp" fallout: NH pol wants to meet with bishop

And after sparking headlines over the weekend, he says he will not resign over words that he now describes as “inartful.” Details, in the Concord Monitor: New Hampshire House Majority Leader David J. Bettencourt said he regrets calling the Catholic bishop of Manchester a “pedophile pimp” and has asked for a meeting with the Catholic [Read More...]

On canon law, "administrative leave" and the media — UPDATED

A few commenters are still upset that EWTN has pulled Fr. John Corapi’s programs.  Shortly after the story broke, however, Relevant Radio — which also aired his work — issued a detailed press release, explaining their decision to remove his shows.  I think it helps explain the reasoning behind that decision. It reads, in part: [Read More...]

Protestors cover up pro-life billboards in Chicago

Last week, I posted in item on anti-abortion billboards in Chicago, featuring President Obama. Now, the Chicago Tribune reports, someone is covering them up, as you can see in the picture below. Details: Controversial billboard ads recently unveiled in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood that target the disproportionately high rate of abortion in the black community have [Read More...]

Now hear this: priest orders kids out of mass for not singing loudly

Now I’ve heard everything — including a story about a priest who evidently didn’t hear enough. Check this out: Some parents with students in Nebraska’s largest Catholic grade school think their priest went too far in ordering 250 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders out of Mass because they weren’t singing loudly enough. Incensed, the parents say [Read More...]

Are you Catholic?

There’s a new social website for Catholics — and, really, non-Catholics — called Are You Catholic? The site has posted an introductory video, below. Details, from the website: AreYouCatholic.com – An easy way for Catholics to publicly and anonymously share what it means to be Catholic. An active Catholic Church offers its parishioners the ability [Read More...]

Sunday's baptisms: 15 babies, 30 parents, 200 people

That was the tally, roughly, for this Sunday’s baptism, which looked a little like this: I’d mentioned this large group in a post on Saturday, and some people were shocked. I was a little apprehensive about it myself — my wife, “Minister of the Towel and Oils” had misgivings, too. The last time I’d baptized [Read More...]

On Fr. Benedict Groeschel: "He was not a stereotypical saint"

While a lot of attention these days is focused on a celebrated priest who until recently was a star on EWTN, one blogger, Daniel Nichols, is taking a fond look at another, very different EWTN star, Fr. Benedict Groeschel: I was among the first postulants when the  community he  helped found broke away from the Capuchins to live [Read More...]

NH legislator calls bishop "a pedophile pimp" — UPDATED

It happened on his Facebook page, and was duly reported by the Concord Monitor in New Hampshire: House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt this morning wrote on his Facebook page that Catholic Bishop John McCormack is a “pedophile pimp” with “absolutely no moral credibility to lecture anyone.” McCormack spoke yesterday at a State House rally where [Read More...]

Sunday morning penguins

And why not? First, there’s this quirky little trailer for “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” which has suddenly catapulted to the top of my “must-see” list this summer.  (Some of this was filmed around the neighborhood where I was working in Brooklyn, but I don’t recall seeing any penguins — or Jim Carrey — on the street.) [Read More...]


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