Paging the deacon: meet the hospital chaplain, making his rounds

Another terrific profile of a deacon at work, from the St. Louis Review: Deacon Del Leonardo carries three pagers and a cell phone on him at all times. It’s a necessity in his work as a full-time evening and overnight chaplain at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, but Deacon Leonardo doesn’t mind all of the [Read More…]

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Watch what this guy paints in 90 seconds

This fellow, D. Westry, is just amazing.   Check out this bewildering performance on Anderson Cooper’s talk show last year.  What looks like abstract doodling becomes something else. [Read more…]

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Obama at prayer breakfast: “We place our faith in the nail-scarred hands of Jesus Christ…”

Details: For his fifth year, President Barack Obama attended the National Prayer Breakfast Thursday morning in at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. Yet even though Obama has taken strong positions in the last year on issues of concern to religious communities, such as same-sex marriage, immigration reform and the contraception mandate in his healthcare [Read More…]

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BREAKING: USCCB says revised HHS proposal “falls short”

The official statement, just released, along with Cardinal Dolan’s response: +++ The Feb. 1 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) shows some movement by the Administration but falls short of addressing U.S. bishops’ concerns. “Throughout the past year, [Read More…]

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It’s come to this: dad pays teenage daughter $200 to quit Facebook

A writer at CNET takes note: If there’s one thing young people truly understand, it’s bribery. From their very formative years, parents bribed them to keep quiet, behave, wear appropriate clothing — even, sometimes, desist from using rude words. So it might seem utterly canny of Paul Baier, the vice president of a Massachusetts energy [Read More…]

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Meeting Paul Harvey

Those who loved the Dodge RAM/Paul Harvey Super Bowl ad — “So God made a farmer”—will appreciate this remembrance of the great radio personality by another great radio personality, Larry McCoy.  Larry hired me as a writer when he was the News Director of CBS Radio back in the 1980’s.  He posted the following on [Read More…]

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Pope Benedict, superstar: plenary on young people opens with rock concert

Details:  “I … want to reaffirm this forcefully: the Church has confidence in young people, she hopes in them and in their energies, she needs them and their vitality, to continue to live the mission entrusted her by Christ with renewed enthusiasm”. This was Pope Benedict XVI’s message to young people Thursday, as he greeted [Read More…]

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Benedictine artist Father Maur van Doorslaer dies

You have probably seen his work in gift shops or churches and not even realized it.  The image above —depicting The Last Supper— shows his distinctive, simple style. Details, from the Los Angeles Times: Father Maur van Doorslaer lived a kind of double life. For decades, the Benedictine monk spent half the year working in [Read More…]

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Despite pleas from bishops, Jindal won’t halt planned Ash Wednesday execution

Details:  More attempts to stop the Feb. 13 execution of convicted child killer Christopher Sepulvado failed to make headway Tuesday. Gov. Bobby Jindal’s office said he has rejected a request from the Louisiana’s Catholic bishops to stop the lethal injection. And the Louisiana Board of Pardons has denied Sepulvado’s clemency petition without a hearing. Sepulvado, [Read More…]

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Wow: the world’s best “virtuoso” napkin folder

Here’s a palate-cleanser for you: a remarkable display of a rarely-appreciated talent, napkin-folding.  After seeing this all the work involved, you may want to just use your sleeve.  These creations are just too pretty to ruin with gravy. From Huffington Post:  Guided by Joan Sallas’s hands, napkins transform into ornate structures, armadillos, giant griffins. But [Read More…]

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Deacon sues government over contraception mandate

Some of you may remember Greg Hall who, as a deacon candidate three years ago, helped rescue the trapped Chilean miners.  He’s back in the news again: Greg Hall, a Roman Catholic church deacon in Houston, owns American Manufacturing Company in St. Joseph and filed a federal suit Tuesday evening, saying the contraception mandate violates [Read More…]

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Newark defends Fr. Fugee appointment: “We’re doing exactly what we’re supposed to be doing…”—UPDATED

The Archdiocese of Newark is standing by its decision to appoint an accused child molester —one whose conviction was later reversed on a technicality—to be director of a diocesan office. From Catholic News Agency:   The Archdiocese of Newark affirmed its decision to allow a priest accused of abusing a minor to remain in ministry, [Read More…]

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Meet John and Ann Betar, married 80 years

Not only that, but they’re Catholic.  Just in time for World Marriage Day this weekend comes this item from the New York Daily News:  One Fairfield, Conn., couple is receiving an early Valentine’s Day gift: recognition as the “longest-married” couple in the United States. John and Ann Betar have been married since Nov. 25, 1932, [Read More…]

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With “Catholic Journal,” a deacon wades into the web

From Michigan Catholic:  Deacon Kurt Godfryd’s venture into Internet blogging has grown rapidly from a simple place to post his own homilies to a multi-faceted website for Catholic writers. “Sometimes, people come up to you after Mass, and ask if they can get a copy of your homily, and I was told the easiest way [Read More…]

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What’s it like going to an atheist church?

The BBC went so we don’t have to. Details:  An “atheist church” in North London is proving a big hit with non-believers. Does it feel a bit like a new religion? Not many sermons include the message that we are all going to die and there is no afterlife. But the Sunday Assembly is no [Read More…]

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End of an era: no more mail on Saturday

Not unexpected, but still something of a jolt:  Get ready for some big changes in your mail service. After losing $16 billion last year, the postmaster general will make announce Wednesday that the Postal Service intends to halt Saturday delivery of first-class mail by this summer, Aug. 1, CBS News has learned. That means most [Read More…]

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Vatican official praises media for helping uncover sex abuse scandal

From the BBC:  The Vatican official charged with prosecuting sexual crimes has acknowledged that the US media helped the Church confront the abuse scandal. Father Robert Oliver, a lawyer from Boston, was speaking after being named as the Vatican’s “Promoter of Justice”. Officials said about 600 cases of abuse – most of which took place [Read More…]

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Los Angeles considering capital campaign to raise $200 million

From the Los Angeles Times:  In the midst of renewed public outrage over its handling of clergy sex abuse, the Los Angeles Archdiocese is considering a $200-million fundraising campaign that could erase debts brought on by the scandal. The archdiocese has hired a New York company, Guidance In Giving Inc., to study the feasibility of [Read More…]

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