Shock: most births in women under 30 now happen outside marriage

This statistic should raise a few eyebrows: It used to be called illegitimacy. Now it is the new normal. After steadily rising for five decades, the share of children born to unmarried women has crossed a threshold: more than half of births to American women under 30 occur outside marriage. Once largely limited to poor [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“Members of our church work, pay taxes, are charitable and responsible, take care of their children, participate in their communities and government, and serve in military.  The state should be interested in religion for this purpose: We produce good citizens. So stop attacking us. We are in every way a blessing for this country. We [Read More...]

First Annual Milk Shake and New Media Conference

Attendees numbered two: Blogger and author Brandon Vogt, and Your Humble Blogger.  Venue: Steak-n-Shake in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.  Monumental issues of great import were discussed, including the name of Mr. Vogt’s soon-to-be-born third child, who will be christened Augustine Xavier.  (If that’s not a Catholic name, I don’t know what is…I’m hoping they just [Read More...]

Marrying at 100: love is forever young

This should do your heart good: Turning 100 is a significant milestone on its own, but Dana Jackson decided to also tie the knot on her one hundredth birthday. Jackson and Bill Strauss, 87 got married in the cafeteria of the Rosewood Health Care Center on February 6th. [Read more...]

Yeah, that about sums it up…

From a deacon friend’s Facebook page: [Read more...]

To Atlanta’s new deacons: “Care for the Church with the same intense love you provide to those you love at home”

The Georgia Bulletin has details behind the picture I posted yesterday: Ten new permanent deacons were ordained for service to the Archdiocese of Atlanta on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Cathedral of Christ the King. Among family, friends, priests and brother deacons, the class of 2012 was all smiles as they reached the culmination of [Read More...]

Introducing “Conciliaria”

This is truly something remarkable — and well worth a visit. My brother deacon Eric Stoltz from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles has created and designed a beautifully executed new website devoted entirely to marking the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council.  Titled “Conciliaria,” the new site is a treasure trove of history, theology, journalism [Read More...]

Mother Dolores Hart heads back to Hollywood

The celebrated former movie star and cloistered nun will be returning to the Oscars later this month — and walking the red carpet in her habit. Details, from USA TODAY: If you spot a nun roaming the red carpet during the Oscar telecast Feb. 26, don’t adjust your set. Mother Dolores is not flying or singing, but [Read More...]

Poll: Catholic voters tilting toward Romney

But will that hold?  Details: Despite a battle over birth-control policy between the White House and Roman Catholic leaders, Catholics’ political views differ little from those of non-Catholic voters, according to Reuters/Ipsos poll results released on Monday. About four in 10, or 37 percent, of Catholic voters approve of Democratic President Barack Obama’s performance, and [Read More...]

Sebelius defends HHS contraception mandate

Details: In her first appearance before lawmakers since her department inflamed the Catholic Church with a new rule mandating the provision of female contraception, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius defended the rule as legally sound.  “We certainly had our legal department look at a whole host of legal issues,” Sebelius testified before the [Read More...]

“Cooperation with evil” and the contraceptive debate

David Gibson of the Religion News Service has an interesting analysis of the contraception c ontroversy, from a moral theology perspective that most people have, as yet, failed to consider: When President Obama last week bowed to political reality and changed the rules on mandated contraception coverage, the White House was trying to find an [Read More...]

Rift: How Obama’s “accommodation” has split Catholics

A wide array of voices, from this morning’s New York Times: The near-unified front led by the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops to oppose a mandate for employers to cover birth control has now crumbled amid the compromise plan that the Obama administration offered last week to accommodate religious institutions. The leaders of several large Catholic [Read More...]

Ordination update: 10 new deacons in Atlanta

Below, the first picture of the new group, ordained last Saturday.  Deacon Steve Swope writes:  “This group brings us to 244 deacons in the Archdiocese.  We still have 53 in formation too!”  I’ll try to post names and more information as I get them.  Congratulations, brothers!  Ad multos annos! Photo: by Thomas Spink/Georgia Bulletin/Archdiocese of Atlanta. [Read more...]

Quote of the day

“I confess I no longer understand Obama. He did not go to the mat to end the Bush tax cuts for the super-rich. He did not go to the mat for comprehensive immigration reform. He did not go to the mat to close Guantanamo Bay. He did not go to the mat for Card Check. [Read More...]

For Valentine’s Day: one guy really takes the plunge

Olympic swimmer Matt Grevers proposes to his girlfriend Annie Chandler after winning the Missouri Grand Prix. [Read more...]

Have 98% of Catholic women really used contraceptives?

Um, no.  Surprised? The WaPo explains:  Lydia McGrew questions whether 98 percent of Catholic women have actually used contraceptives, a figure that became ubiquitous in last week’s birth control debate. She parses the research behind the stat, which comes from a 2011 Guttmacher Institute study: The survey was limited to women between 15-44. Ah, well, [Read More...]

Silence 101: College course teaches how to live like a monk

You have to go to school now to learn?? Details: Looking for a wild-and-crazy time at college? Don’t sign up for Justin McDaniel’s religious studies class. The associate professor’s course on monastic life and asceticism gives students at the University of Pennsylvania a firsthand experience of what it’s like to be a monk. At various [Read More...]

Meet Michael Voris

The Detroit Free Press has a lengthy profile of the controversial televangelist: As a Catholic TV station based in Ferndale becomes increasingly popular around the world, church officials are trying to tell the public that the media outlet does not represent Catholicism. In two public statements, the Archdiocese of Detroit has taken the unusual step [Read More...]


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