“It was pretty common for a woman to be lying on the abortion table while holding a rosary…”

Tim Drake has a very good interview with Abby Johnson posted at the National Catholic Register.  Johnson, you’ll recall, was a director at Planned Parenthood who finally quit in 2009. Last year, she and her husband joined the Catholic Church and started an apostolate for abortion workers called And Then There Were None.  At one [Read More…]

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On a married priest abstaining from sex: “A praiseworthy thing”

That’s the assessment of canon lawyer Ed Peters, writing about the item that’s raising eyebrows (and igniting comboxes on the interwebs). Ed writes:  I saw the news item about a married deacon who announced that, upon his ordination to priesthood, he and his wife will cease conjugal relations. Because such a decision by them is, as everyone [Read More…]

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A growing trend: home funerals

Here’s an interesting glimpse into this phenomenon from Jaweed Kaleem at Huffington Post.  I suspect a significant number of these funerals take place for reasons that are primarily economic.  But it can’t be denied: the experience of death and mourning, when carried out in the home, is very different—immediate, intimate,  familiar. Details:  A little over [Read More…]

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Pope: lack of faith may harm validity of marriage

A little something for all you canon lawyers out there, via Vatican Radio:  Lack of faith may hurt the intrinsic goods of marriage: procreation, marital fidelity and its indissolubility. This was the message at the heart of Pope Benedict XVI’s address Saturday morning to members of the Tribunal of the Roman Rota received in audience [Read More…]

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Homily for January 27, 2013: 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

 [Click here for readings.] So, how are those New Year’s Resolutions going? Back on January 1, Forbes posted an article on their website saying that about 40% of Americans make resolutions for the new year —but only 8% of those people end up keeping them. And usually after about a month – meaning any day [Read More…]

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“The petition on the White House web site labeling the church a ‘hate group’ is beyond the pale…”

The cardinal archbishop of Washington, Donald Wuerl, pops up in today’s Washington Post and offers a timely defense of the Catholic Church: The Catholic Church is no stranger to criticism from those who disagree with its teachings, but the petition posted recently on the White House Web site to label the church a “hate group” is beyond the pale, [Read More…]

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Buffalo’s married priest says he will stop having sex—UPDATED WITH VIDEO

I posted on him a few days ago.  Now, some more details, from the New York Daily News:  John Cornelius will be ordained a Roman Catholic priest this weekend — and with the blessing of his wife they’re giving up their sex life. Cornelius, a father of three, will become the first married Roman Catholic [Read More…]

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Bishop Finn takes aim at the National Catholic Reporter—UPDATED

In his diocesan paper, Bishop Robert W. Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph raises questions about NCR: I am very proud of the work of our diocesan Catholic paper, The Catholic Key, our writers, and all involved with its production for the conscientious manner in which they use the paper to teach Catholic doctrine, to provide trustworthy [Read More…]

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The best pro-life story ever written: “Oh, earth, you are too wonderful for anybody to realize you!”

It’s one of the most familiar fables of the American stage, “Our Town.”  It has more resonance even now, especially today. Here, from the pen of Mr. Thornton Wilder, is part of the climactic monologue: Emily: Oh, Mama, look at me one minute as though you really saw me. Mama, fourteen years have gone by. I’m [Read More…]

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Instant classic: bad lip reading of the inauguration

They don’t get much better than this.  Enjoy.   [Read more…]

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Want to bring vitality to your homilies?

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston has some pointers.  He  delivered the annual Carl Peter Lecture on Preaching on January 13 at the Pontifical North American College, the U.S. bishops’ seminary in Rome.  Some highlights from CNS:  In learning to preach, seminarians should look to the homilies of the fathers of the church, where they will [Read More…]

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“Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Great Catholic Awakening…”

What will the next generation of Catholics bring to the pews?  Writer Ashley McGuire offers a glimpse: On the Feast of the Holy Family, I went to Mass in my hometown’s Cathedral in Colorado Springs – a town many refer to as the “Evangelical Mecca.” The pews were full of Hispanic couples in their 20s [Read More…]

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More about excommunicating Catholic politicians

I posted on this issue some days back.  Now, canon lawyer Ed Peters adds more:  A few weeks ago, it was Let’s excommunicate Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn for supporting ‘gay marriage’. Now, it’s Let’s excommunicate New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for his latest push to expand abortion in what is perhaps the most pro-abortion state [Read More…]

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Scorched earth Catholics: “The quality of discourse in the church has become increasingly nasty…”

The following editorial comes from The Southern Cross, a Catholic newspaper in Southern Africa, and describes a situation that will be familiar to a lot of people: Earlier this month The Southern Cross took the difficult decision to suspend the comments facility on its website. The comments section was intended to serve as a forum in which [Read More…]

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The Secrets of a Good Mass?

Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith has a few ideas:  Start the Mass on time. If it says six o’clock, then let it be six o’clock, not five past or seven past.  The priest should turn up in good time. Seeing a flustered looking chap rush in at one minute to does not help. After all, Mass is [Read More…]

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“We must aspire to the life of perfection”

“When God the Creator made all things, he commanded the plants to bring forth fruit each according to its own kind; he has likewise commanded Christians, who are the living plants of his Church, to bring forth the fruits of devotion, each one in accord with his character, his station and his calling. I say [Read More…]

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Looking at your computer screen and seeing the “kindly light of faith”

That’s one of the connections the Twitter-happy Pope Benedict makes in his message for World Communications Day, released today at the Vatican. Much of the message is devoted to what the pontiff has called the “digital continent,” and the growing use of social networks to evangelize, share, teach, connect: In social networks, believers show their [Read More…]

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Catholic hospital facing suit argues fetus is not a person

With friends like these… Sigh. Details, from the Colorado Independent:  Lori Stodghill was 31-years old, seven-months pregnant with twin boys and feeling sick when she arrived at St. Thomas More hospital in Cañon City on New Year’s Day 2006. She was vomiting and short of breath and she passed out as she was being wheeled [Read More…]

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