Justice Scalia: Christians seen as “cretins”

Details: Over 4,000 people flocked to the Archdiocese of Denver for its annual “Living the Catholic Faith Conference” held this year from March 2-3. The two-day conference – which began as a forum for Catholic educators and has only recently opened  to the public – featured Justice Antonin Scalia and noted scientist Br. Guy Consolmango as [Read More...]

When yoga is more reverent than Mass — UPDATED

An astute observation from Elizabeth Scalia: Out of curiosity, I recently visited a yoga class with a friend. It was held in a simple, unadorned room. Outside of it, there was a great deal of socializing and chatting, but once people entered the room, all talking ceased. People moved carefully, so as not to disturb [Read More...]

In the e-mail: “I was raised Catholic, but have fallen out of the faith…” — UPDATED

A reader posted this as a comment but I thought I’d put it here for wider discussion: Hi, I stumbled onto this sight [sic] because I have a question. This isn’t terribly related to the topic at hand, but it looks like people here may have some insight. I was raised Catholic, but, as someone [Read More...]

After the tornado: “We were spared with a purpose by God…”

A great story of charity and hope, from storm-ravaged Indiana: From the moment a tornado tore through its community, the damaged but still-standing St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church became a crisis hub where emergency workers could dispense food, water and information. But for a brief hour Sunday morning, the church resumed its mission as a [Read More...]

When a Catholic hospital becomes Jewish

There are some interesting religious and cultural challenges that can arise.  Details: New York Medical College was planning to change its affiliation to Jewish from Catholic when an employee approached Rabbi Moshe D. Krupka in the cafeteria, voice raised and finger wagging, and demanded, “When you take over, will I be able to eat my [Read More...]

Must-watch video of the day — UPDATED

This popped up over the weekend and is making the rounds of the interwebs.  Take a couple minutes and watch — and then send it around. It comes from Americans United for Life. UPDATE: Link has been fixed. It should play now. [Read more...]

Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good releases 2012 voter guide

Details: A group of Democratic-leaning Catholics on Wednesday (Feb. 29) released a 2012 voter guide that seeks to expand the concept of “pro-life issues” beyond abortion to also include war, euthanasia and poverty. The nine-page guide from the group Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good — one of the first to be released for [Read More...]

“Our Masses are much like any other — just better done…”

While we’ve been distracted by the the communion controversy down in Washington, some interesting news on a related topic broke overseas: Archbishop Vincent Nichols has reaffirmed the Diocese of Westminster’s pastoral provision for gay Catholics following accusations that it provides a platform for dissent from Church teaching. In a statement issued today, the Archbishop of [Read More...]

How a Catholic student brought Mass back to a Presbyterian college

It happened at Hastings College in Nebraska.  Details: The service was once a regular offering at the college. It was moved off campus to Holy Cross Chapel at the Crosier Park Professional Center about a decade ago. Eventually, the college Mass was replaced in its evening time slot at the chapel by services for the [Read More...]

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“Whatever we do, and however strongly we feel, we do it charitably, we do it civilly.  We don’t judge the motives of other people. We just try, in a confident, peaceful, inviting way, to make our position felt, to invite other people to respect it.” – Cardinal Timothy Dolan this morning. Read the whole story. [Read more...]

Rick Santorum’s Catholic journey

An interesting look at the candidate’s transformation from “nominal Catholic” to conservative icon, in Sunday’s New York Times: Rick Santorum was, in his own words, a “nominal Catholic” when he met Karen Garver, a neonatal nurse and law student, in 1988. As they made plans to marry and he decided to enter politics, she sent [Read More...]

A deacon lights “the two lamps” of creativity and prayer

A deacon from Rhode Island, Paul Iacono, dropped me a line several days ago, alerting me to an ongoing project he and his wife have undertaken, called the Fra Angelico Institute for the Sacred Arts: The purpose of the Institute is to unite personal prayer, and creativity within the sacred arts, to the new evangelization of the [Read More...]

Cardinal Dolan calls on Catholics to be “very active, involved in politics”

He spoke on the subject today at a diocesan convocation.  Details: Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan told Roman Catholics on Saturday that in an era when the church was fighting the government on several fronts, they needed to make their voices heard more clearly in the political sphere. Speaking at a diocesan convocation on public policy [Read More...]

“Prudential judgment” required when giving out communion

Another priest has added his voice to the discussion about the Archdiocese of Washington communion controversy: A priest who writes on faith and culture emphasized the need to balance respect for the Eucharist with pastoral sensitivity. “These are delicate matters,” said Msgr. Charles Pope, who blogs about culture and current events for the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. [Read More...]

“It gives a whole new meaning to destruction”

I posted a few pictures of the devastation of St. Joseph’s Church in Illinois a couple days ago. Now, there’s more: Elizabeth Schmitt, who planned to get married in May at St. Joseph Church in Ridgway, never imagined she would be picking up debris from the gothic church that was completely destroyed in the Feb. [Read More...]

“We Have A Pope”

This looks like something people will either love or hate — but, I admit: the trailer made me smile. From a description of the film: In his latest comedy, We Have a Pope (aka Habemus Papam), Palme d’Or-winner Nanni Moretti (Aprile, The Son’s Room, The Caiman) joins forces with the great French actor Michel Piccoli [Read More...]

Homily for 2nd Sunday of Lent: “Here I am”

I won’t be preaching this weekend — I’m giving a retreat elsewhere — but here’s my homily from three years ago for the same Sunday.  Dcn. G. [Click here for readings.] In the late ‘60s and early ‘70s the President of CBS News was a colorful and very gifted man by the name of Richard [Read More...]

To my readers, some timely insight on charity

I dropped by the website of St. John Neumann parish in Gaithersburg, Maryland today — a church that has been very much in the news this week — and found the following note in the weekly “From the Pastor’s Desk” column.  It’s timely, and I don’t think it’s a coincidence. I’d ask all who visit [Read More...]


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