Shift: Diocese will allow boy with Down Syndrome to receive communion

Some may remember the story from earlier this year, about the boy in England who was not being allowed to receive his First Communion. That’s about to change: A seven-year-old boy with Down’s syndrome who was refused an opportunity to receive his first Holy Communion is to take the sacrament. The Diocese of Leeds previously [Read More...]

May 19, 2007

Prayer of the Ordained Heavenly Father, You who ordered the universe Have also ordained the universe. You have ordained that the stars follow their course, That the seasons follow Your plan That the oceans and tides obey Your rhythms. And now you have ordained us in Your service, as Deacons. Make of us instruments of [Read More...]

RIP, Michael Rosenbaum

As I said on a Facebook page devoted to him, “If you look up mensch in any dictionary, you’ll see a picture of Michael.” A great colleague, journalist, producer and, yes, mensch has died far too young, at 64, from a brain tumor.  It was my good fortune to have the office next to his [Read More...]

RAW VIDEO: Sebelius gets heckled at Georgetown, but then gets cheered

A reader sent this my way, from the HHS Secretary’s controversial appearance at Georgetown University today: [Read more...]

“24 Hour Protection”

Spotted by my goddaughter Branda, during a morning walk in California: [Read more...]

Ordination update: 16 new deacons in Cheyenne

Bishop Paul Etienne had this to say about the men who were ordained on 15 May: This class of men for some time now have developed quite a reputation for their great quality.  The many professors and others who have worked with them in their years of formation always have great and positive things to [Read More...]

Can “The Exorcist” save Georgetown University?

The university just might need an exorcist — and the author of the blockbuster book and movie is doing his part: Georgetown University alumni, students and others are preparing a canon law suit to be filed with the Archdiocese of Washington and the Vatican, seeking remedies “up to and including the possible removal or suspension [Read More...]

Ordination update: six new deacons for Rockville Centre

It happened last weekend. Pictured above: Bishop William Murphy and other clergy gather with the new deacons and their wives after the ordination. From left, Msgr. Robert Brennan, diocesan vicar general, Deacon Tom Connolly, director of deacon formation, Michael and Sue Ann Appel, Darrell and Diane Buono, Michael and Lisa Gomes, Bishop Murphy, Auxiliary Bishop [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words: canine costume edition

As someone noted on Twitter:  “If you’ve seen a better picture of a dog dressed as two pirates carrying a treasure chest today, I don’t believe you” [Read more...]

Attention K-Mart shoppers…

Here’s a remarkable story of generosity and charity: A Kentucky businessman has bought out the entire stock of a closing-down Kmart store and donated it to charity. Rankin Paynter runs a gold and jewellery buying centre in the Winchester area and knows how tough life can be for his hard-up customers. When he was shopping [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“I love our priests, and honor them, but it’s hard to argue that an unfaithful straight priest is better than a faithful gay one. I would rather see a homosexually-inclined happy, celibate priest be able to live in honesty about who he is, than learn about a hetero priest living a lie. A faithful priest is a [Read More...]

RIP, Donna Summer

The definitive Queen of Disco — whose music contributed mightily to the soundtrack of my college years — died today at 63 from lung cancer. [Read more...]

Hey JC, you’re alright by me…

Today the seminarian who spent his pastoral year at my parish packs his bags and heads for Creighton University, where he’ll spend the summer studying at their Institute for Priestly Formation. It’s been great having young Jeremy Canna (or, as I like to call him, JC ) around the rectory, and in the parish.  The [Read More...]

Commencement speaker at Catholic university: “Christianity is the most dangerous of devotions”

Here we go again: The nation’s largest Catholic university will feature a commencement speaker who believes “the rest of life would benefit enormously” from the extinction of mankind, considers Christianity “the most dangerous of devotions,” and boasted about weakening the “dissolutive, oppressive institutions of organized religion.” Population guru E.O. Wilson will address a combined ceremony of DePaul [Read More...]

“A Prayer Before Making Love”

Admit it: prayer may not be the first thing that pops into your mind when the mood strikes.  But — proving once again that there is a prayer for everything — the wife of a deacon (!) has just the right words for the occasion, thanks to a book called “Prayer Book for Spouses.” Let [Read More...]

Timeless advice on marriage from Ronald Reagan

This is too good to pass up:  from the fascinating website Letters of Note comes this heartfelt letter from Ronald Reagan to his son Michael just before his wedding in 1971.  How many fathers could write something like this to their sons?   DGK +++ Michael Reagan Manhattan Beach, California June 1971 Dear Mike: Enclosed [Read More...]

Ordination update: 16 new deacons for Trenton

They were ordained last weekend, and the diocesan newspaper has full details about the men and their backgrounds. What kind of man becomes a deacon? Read the answer here. Congratulations!  Ad multos annos! [Read more...]

Sparring over Sebelius

Things are getting interesting in the Archdiocese of Washington.  Details: The already-boiling debate about Georgetown University’s decision to invite Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to speak during graduation hit the highest levels of Catholic Washington on Tuesday, with the region’s archbishop slamming the school’s president for the “shocking” invitation and saying the real issue [Read More...]


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