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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...]

What if the bishops aren’t bluffing?

That’s the question at the heart of this piece by Ed Morrissey: Earlier this week, Francis Cardinal George of the archdiocese of Chicago sent a message to parishioners in Barack Obama’s home town that imposition of the HHS mandate to fund and facilitate contraception, abortifacients, and sterilization would force the Catholic Church to close its [Read More...]

I’m speechless

What so many of us have been waiting for — and in an election year, no less! Details: Japanese researchers have invented a speech-jamming gadget that painlessly forces people into silence. Kazutaka Kurihara of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, and Koji Tsukada of Ochanomizu University, developed a portable “SpeechJammer” gun that [Read More...]

Desert days

Since we often consider Lent to be time spent in the desert, it’s instructive to read what it’s really like to live in a land blighted by drought. Journalist Don Duncan reflects on life in Lebanon.  Think Lent is hard?  Think again: Within a few weeks of my initial move, the hot summer season was [Read More...]

56 years later, priest survivors of Andrea Doria tell their story

An ambitious undertaking by a seminarian is throwing new light on a dramatic moment of history: It’s been almost 60 years since the Andrea Doria sank 200 miles off Nantucket Island, but retired Auxiliary Bishop Raymond Goedert hasn’t forgotten that day or his journey on that ship. And if Mundelein seminarian Kyle Lee has his [Read More...]

Catholic college sued over dorm sex complaints

Details: A Stonehill College graduate sued the Catholic school in federal court, Wednesday, alleging pre-existing psychological problems worsened after administrators refused to let her move to a single dormitory room to escape her roommate’s frequent sexual trysts with guests in their shared room. In suing the Easton, Mass. private college, Lindsay Blankmeyer cites federal and state [Read More...]

13 Catholics voted to defeat the Blunt amendment

How did Catholics vote? A summary: Today, the U.S. Senate, by a vote of 51 – 48, defeated the effort led by Senator Roy Blunt (Missouri) to pass the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act as an amendment to pending legislation. Thirteen Catholic Senators joined the majority. The amendment, offered by Sen. Roy Blunt, R-MO, [Read More...]

Davy Jones, and his neighbors the nuns

Turns out the recently deceased Monkee was chummy with the sisters who were his neighbors in Florida.  Details: Jones and The Monkees created hits such as “I’m a Believer” and “Daydream Believer” but were always fighting for more creative freedom to produce and create their own music. The tensions between the cast and producers caused [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words: the deacon’s back

At the office this morning, Your Humble Blogger met the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Archbishop Fouad Twal.   Read more. [Read more...]

Illinois miracle: altar spared after church hit by tornado

A deacon from Belleville, Illinois sent me the pictures below — before and after shots of St. Joseph Church, in Ridgeway, struck by a twister on February 29th. You can read details here. The deacon wrote: You will notice the Italian marble altar that was miraculously spared.  Work is underway to salvage the altar by [Read More...]


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