Vatican archbishop compares attacks on Catholic Church to pogroms against Jews

He made his remarks in an interview with a German newspaper. Details from the AP:  The Vatican’s head of doctrine says critics in North America and Europe are conducting a “concerted campaign” to discredit the Catholic Church that is resulting in open attacks against priests. In an interview published Saturday by Germany newspaper Die Welt, [Read More…]

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Homily for February 3, 2013: 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

F. Scott Fitzgerald famously said there are no second acts in American life.  But he never met Abby Johnson. Some of you may have heard of her. Abby Johnson worked for eight years for Planned Parenthood in Bryan, Texas.  She started out as an escort, helping women into the clinic, walking them past protestors—sometimes encountering [Read More…]

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Child abuse? Bad. Sloppy baptismal records? Worse.

That, at least, is the attitude on display in some of the documents released this week in the burgeoning Los Angeles abuse scandal.  The Los Angeles Times explains:  In some cases, the behavior that drew the greatest ire of the hierarchy involved breaking church rather than criminal laws. After first learning of Michael Baker’s abuse [Read More…]

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Like the Latin Mass? You’ll love this.

This is a beautifully produced video promoting the Latin Mass.  The Vimeo blurb says it was shot by Two Sense Films at Incarnation Catholic Church in Tampa.  [Read more…]

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The cardinal strikes back: Mahony publishes private letter to Gomez

This afternoon, Cardinal Roger Mahony posted the following on his blog:  Friends in Christ, This morning I sent this letter to Archbishop Jose H. Gomez giving the history and context of what we have been through since the mid-1980s.  There is nothing confidential in my letter.   I have been encouraged by others to publish it, [Read More…]

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Two buds: check out Budweiser’s sweet Super Bowl ad

And just keep repeating: “Men don’t cry.  Men don’t cry.  Men don’t cry.” [Read more…]

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Ed Koch’s last question: “Do you miss me?”

This is pretty great. The New York Times got the former mayor to sit down for a video obit. Anyone who wonders why this guy was so special will get a wonderful answer here. And to your question, Mr. Mayor: yes.  My wife caught me blinking back tears this morning when I heard WCBS radio [Read More…]

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Obama offers new religious opt-out for HHS mandate—UPDATED WITH REACTION

From AP:  The Obama administration is announcing a broader opt-out for religious nonprofits that object to providing health insurance that covers birth control. The administration is allowing religious nonprofits to offer coverage that does not include contraception. In such a case, a third-party issuer will handle all business related to providing birth-control coverage for women, [Read More…]

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Sanctuary: San Francisco church opens its pews to the homeless

Huffington Post has a longer look at this project this week, but the San Francisco press has been covering it for a while. The undertaking is, in a word, remarkable: The ornately painted ceiling, stained-glass windows, huge marble columns and organ pipes high above the wooden pews could make St. Boniface Church a stop on any San Francisco [Read More…]

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“Cardinal Mahony’s La Cosa Nostra”

That’s the stinging title of this piece from Real Clear Religion by George Neumayr (h/t New Advent) that bears reading this morning, as the aftershocks of yesterday’s temblor continue to shake Los Angeles. A snip: Referring to [Boston’s Cardinal] Law, Cardinal Mahony piously told the press that “he would find it difficult to walk down [Read More…]

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Ed Koch, RIP

He was a New York original—almost as iconic as the Empire State Building—and he has the unusual distinction of being the only mayor to co-write a bestselling book with a cardinal. Former mayor Edward Koch died early Friday morning at the age of 88, from congestive heart failure. Among other things, he had a deep [Read More…]

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BREAKING: Archbishop Gomez removes Cardinal Mahony from public duties, accepts resignation of Bishop Curry

Breaking news from Los Angeles, and Patheos’ West Coast maven, Joanne McPortland, who notes that Archbishop Jose Gomez has taken decisive action against two key figures in archdiocesan sex abuse scandal: Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez announced Thursday that Cardinal Roger Mahony would have a reduced role in the church and that Santa Barbara Bishop [Read More…]

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Why not women priests?

Dominican Father Wojciech Giertych, Theologian to the Papal Household, offers his thoughts, in this video from CNS. [Read more…]

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Bishop Farrell: “Our deacons are a great gift to the church…”

Bishop Kevin Farrell, of the Diocese of Dallas, looks forward to some upcoming ordinations: It will give me great pleasure to ordain 27 candidates to the Order of Deacon at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe on the first two Saturdays of February. Fourteen of the men will receive the Sacrament of Orders [Read More…]

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“Back to church, we goin’ back to church!”

This was put together last year for “Back to Church Sunday,” a Protestant outreach event that happens every September.  A friend just posted it on FB.  It’s a scream. [Read more…]

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Diocese cancels talk by critic of Islam

Details:  The Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester rescinded an invitation Wednesday to Robert Spencer, a Catholic whose work depicts Islam as an inherently violent religion, to speak at its annual Catholic Men’s Conference in March. The invitation was withdrawn after Muslims in Massachusetts expressed concerns to the diocese about the appearance of Spencer, scheduled to [Read More…]

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“Lately, I have begun to feel differently about the way Michael Voris defends the Church…”

While it’s not unusual to find Michael Voris detractors on the interwebs, it is surprising to find one like this. A woman who blogs as “Catholic in Brooklyn” has been an admirer and supporter of Michael Voris and his online apostolate.  But in a long blog post—one notable for its charity as well as its [Read More…]

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True grit—UPDATED

No matter where you stand on the issue of gun control, you can’t help but be moved at watching this powerful testimony.   (Her handwritten text is pictured above). Ladies and gentlemen, Gabby Giffords, speaking before the Senate Judiciary Committee on gun control. UPDATE: An alert reader pointed me to this item in The Atlantic, [Read More…]

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