How the GOP got “Catholicized”

An interesting perspective, from a writer from across the pond: There was a time when the Republican Party was strictly for White Anglo Saxon Protestants. It was an alliance between Country Club Episcopalians and twice born followers of the Old Time Gospel, all firmly opposed to mass Catholic immigration from Europe. The nativism of the [Read More...]

Awesome. Just awesome.

Take a look at what a little ingenuity — and a lot of patience — can do.  H/T New Advent. [Read more...]

Catholic university will name building for pro-abortion politician

Details: Sacred Heart University (SHU), the second largest Catholic university in the Northeast, has announced that they intend to dedicate a new building on campus to a pro-abortion rights Catholic politician. The new building, named after former WWE CEO and Senatorial candidate Linda McMahon, was made possible by a $5 million gift from McMahon. McMahon [Read More...]

Coming soon: a new game show called “The American Bible Challenge”

And the host is none other than Jeff Foxworthy: For one hour, Foxworthy will grill contestants on their knowledge of the Bible, GSN — which once stood for Game Show Network — told advertisers Wednesday morning in Manhattan. GSN said the questions will be “designed to acknowledge and celebrate the Bible’s continuing importance in contemporary life [Read More...]

Memo to Tim Tebow: No, New York isn’t Sodom and Gomorrah

A writer for the New York Post asked a few observers — including Your Humble Blogger — whether Tim Tebow was a bad fit for a city like New York: Pundits couldn’t contain themselves over the news that quarterback Tim Tebow is joining the Jets — and I don’t mean sportswriters worried about Mark Sanchez’s [Read More...]

Priest ordained early to fulfill father’s dying wish

A beautiful vocation story, courtesy the National Catholic Register: In the past several months, new priest Father Richard Dyer has experienced  deeply the highs and lows of the Christian life. In late December, he was ordained a priest six months early for the Diocese  of Arlington, Va., by Bishop Paul Loverde to fulfill his dying [Read More...]

This is why researchers spent years perfecting the portable camcorder

So you could strap it to the back of a Corgi and see what he sees. [Read more...]

People, look East: “The shape of the church worldwide now depends more on India than on Ireland”

From Fr. Raymond de Souza: On Monday night, I was honoured to host the senior Catholic prelate from India, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, in Mississauga, Ont. On Tuesday morning, a new archbishop — Christian Lépine — was announced for Montreal. In the 21st century, what will be more important for global Christianity — Mumbai and Mississauga, [Read More...]

Preaching on contraception: “You have to make sure people know you’re being compassionate”

Several years ago, a newly ordained priest in the Archdiocese of Washington took it upon himself to preach one Sunday on the topic of contraception.  He reminded the congregation of the Church’s teaching on the subject, acknowledged that there were probably many in the pews that morning who did not follow it, and suggested that [Read More...]

Answering the call again, and again, and again: families with multiple vocations

Vocations shortage?  What vocations shortage?  Over at Our Sunday Visitor, they’ve got an interesting roundup on families that have more than one child who has entered the priesthood or religious life. Take, for example, the Hopkins crew, with three priests and one nun: At one time, Sister Catherine Marie Hopkins, who grew up near Syracuse, N.Y., [Read More...]

Meet the deacon who’s a “truck stop chaplain”

A deacon in St. Louis describes his unusual “ministry of presence” in this video, below.  Read more about it here. [Read more...]

Lighting a candle, instead of cursing the darkness

Over at his little corner of the blogosphere, Tony Rossi has announced the winners of this year’s Christopher Awards: A young adventurer risks his life to reunite trafficked children with their families; African-American maids in the South reclaim their dignity through sharing their stories; a priest travels around the world to explore the history of [Read More...]

It’s still a beautiful day in the neighborhood

Yesterday would have been Fred Rogers (a.k.a. “Mr. Rogers”) 84th birthday. The Christian Post notes that one significant aspect of the celebrated TV star (who died in 2003) was his early life as a minister: He left behind a lasting imprint on children’s televisionwith his series “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” but many may not know that he [Read More...]

Looking for the new Exsultet? Look no further

Someone dropped me a Facebook message, asking if I’d found a version that you can download. You can find everything at this website. There’s a pdf of the music, as well. For your listening pleasure, here: If you need it, here’s the chant for the candle at the beginning of the Vigil: And last, but [Read More...]

Fr. Walter Ciszek begins the path to sainthood — UPDATED

Details: A Catholic priest buried at the Jesuit Center at Wernersville cleared the first hurdle on the road to sainthood Monday, the Allentown Diocese announced. The Rev. Walter J. Ciszek, a native of Shenandoah, Schuylkill County, attended St. Casimir’s Roman Catholic Church and school in Shenandoah before becoming a celebrated Jesuit priest who was held [Read More...]

Washington Post: Santorum’s link to Opus Dei

An interesting look at an area of the candidate’s life that has gone largely unexplored: In January 2002, prominent Catholics from around the world gathered in Rome to celebrate the Spanish priest who founded one of the church’s most conservative and devout groups, Opus Dei. The event drew cardinals, bishops and other powerful Vatican officials. [Read More...]

When did the diaconate really begin?

Over at his blog, Gerard Nadal makes a compelling argument that it started at the Last Supper: As Holy Week looms large on the horizon, I’m thinking out loud a question I have thought to myself for years: Were the Apostles really the first Deacons in the Church? Did the Apostles institute the Diaconate, or [Read More...]

“Let us remember we’re in the presence of God, even though we’re 650 feet beneath the surface of the ocean”

How’s this for an unusual place to celebrate Mass: on a submarine. Details: As venues for religious services go, the Rev. Thomas Hoar says you could do worse than a submarine. Hoar, who presided over a Mass aboard the USS Missouri last Sunday, said there was a quiet calm to the sub as it surged [Read More...]


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