The truth about dishonesty—and how confession helps us change our behavior

A colleague at work said, “Hey, you should put this on your blog,” and sent me the link. It’s a cleverly animated lecture by Dan Ariely, an expert in the field of “behavioral economics” (yeah, I don’t know what it is, either). Anyway: a few minutes into this secular head-scratcher about human behavior, he talks about [Read More…]

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For Catholic Schools Week: in praise of my parish’s school

With Catholic Schools Week now at its midway point, I thought I’d repost something from last year: a homily I preached at a special Mass honoring my parish’s school (shown above) and its alumni.  DGK. ++  A lot of people don’t know this, but when I was in formation, studying to become a deacon, Msgr. [Read More…]

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In rare operation, Iraq war vet receives double arm transplant

Brendan Marrocco lost all four limbs in the war, but as he explains in the video below, what was most devastating was losing his arms. The miracle of science may have helped change some of that. Watch the PBS video below. And you can read more about his journey at his website. What an amazing [Read More…]

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Ordination update: 29 new deacons in Galveston-Houston

Details, from the Texas Catholic Herald News:  Twenty-nine men received the sacrament of Holy Orders in a Mass celebrated Jan. 26 at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. For each, it marked the end of six years of rigorous study and pastoral formation — and the beginning of consecrated life in the Permanent Diaconate of [Read More…]

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“A historic moment”: Catholic, Protestant churches agree to recognize each other’s baptisms

 Details:  Leaders of U.S. Roman Catholic and some Protestant churches will sign a historic agreement Tuesday in Austin by which the two traditions will formally recognize each other’s liturgical rites of baptism. The product of seven years of talks among five denominations, the agreement will be signed at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at a prayer service [Read More…]

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Preserving Catholicism’s diversity: “We’re not talking about nostalgia”

Here are a couple glimpses at the work being done by the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (also known as The Place That Pays the Deacon’s Mortgage). Recently, my boss Msgr. John Kozar visited Rome for a series of conferences and meetings, and the good people at Rome Reports dropped by to chat with him [Read More…]

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How married priests live—UPDATED

Reading about the new married priest in Buffalo, and thinking of other priests in similar circumstances, a reader gripes: As my wife pointed out, this guy at 65 …with no pension…will now camp in a free rectory with free utilities, a car and stipends… Whoa. Not exactly. I contacted the Anglican Ordinariate. A source there clarified: Some, [Read More…]

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EWTN announces anchor for daily news show

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:  Say so long soon to Colleen Carroll Campbell, former Post-Dispatch staffer, who is moving to Washington to anchor a daily program on EWTN. Campbell will be moving from Kirkwood for the new assignment. The show — logically labeled “EWTN Daily News with Colleen Carol Campbell” — is slated to debut June 3. “We’re hoping the [Read More…]

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Maronite patriarch will compose text for Way of the Cross

This is pretty big news:   Recalling his trip to Lebanon and inviting the whole Church to remember the problems of and the Christian communities in the Middle East in their prayers, the Holy Father has invited―through his cardinal secretary of state―His Beatitude Bechara Boutros Rai, O.M.M., Patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites, to prepare [Read More…]

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The inspiring life of “Super Antonio”: “We are all children, like him”

This is pretty terrific, and deeply moving: a short video about a boy named Antonio Lopez from northern Spain.  He has cerebral palsy but has become a kind of hero to his classmates, who have embraced him with something that can only be called love.   (Hey, any kid who likes Angry Birds is okay [Read More…]

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Where have all the children gone?

Most of us know the answer. The Chicago Tribune puts its finger on a trend with significant implications: Demographers have long known that the baby boom of the 1950s was giving way to a baby bust nationwide. Now Illinois and the Chicago area are providing a vivid example of the trend: According to data from [Read More…]

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Great moments in journalism: the New York Times just gives up and lets a PR firm run things

A one-time giant in journalism gets caught with its pants down.  It’s not pretty. From Get Religion’s Mollie Hemingway, who did a little digging into a prominent sidebar the Times ran on the March for Life.  The sidebar focused on a letter sent by 60 presumably prominent Catholics, “saying that if marchers and politicians truly [Read More…]

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Making all things new: how a Manhattan church was saved

A heartening story from this morning’s New York Times:  For more than 160 years, St. Brigid’s Roman Catholic Church has borne witness as transformation after transformation has cascaded through the Lower East Side. Yet conflict, drama and wrenching change occurred within its walls, too: In the church founded by Irish immigrants who fled the famine [Read More…]

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Accused friar commits suicide in Pennsylvania

Details:  Franciscan friar Stephen Baker, who faced brewing litigation for alleged abuse, died Saturday at St. Bernardine Monastery in Hollidaysburg. His death was ruled a suicide by Blair County Coroner Patricia Ross. Blair Township Police Chief Roger White said the cause of death was a self-inflicted knife wound. He said the investigation into Baker’s death [Read More…]

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National Catholic Reporter responds to Bishop Finn: “NCR is proud to call itself a Catholic publication”

After Friday’s column, in which Kansas City’s Bishop Robert Finn accused it of undermining church teaching, the National Catholic Reporter posted a response on its website Sunday: Finn seems to  imply NCR has had bad relations with its local bishops since 1968. This has not been the case.  Bishop Helmsing’s successors – Bishop John Sullivan and Bishop Raymond Boland [Read More…]

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A new book in favor of priestly celibacy

With a new married priest in Buffalo getting so much buzz, I was intrigued by this item, which moved on Zenit two days ago: Why can’t priests marry? It’s a question people often ask and the requirement of celibacy has also been blamed as one of the causes of sexual abuse by priests. A recently [Read More…]

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The next big thing: long-distance marriage prep online?

Yes. I hadn’t heard about this before, but it’s catching on.   Details:  A collaborative project between a Port Huron company and the Archdiocese of Chicago has allowed thousands of couples to receive Catholic marriage preparation online. In the past two years, more than 2,000 couples have used Marriage Ministries, an online Catholic marriage preparation series, [Read More…]

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Worth a thousand words: Buffalo’s new married priest

Father John Cornelius, the first married priest in the Diocese of Buffalo, gives communion to his wife at yesterday’s ordination.  The New York Daily News has a complete write-up. [Read more…]

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