Satan’s address to the graduates

You may remember this post, announcing that the Prince of Darkness would be speaking at a small Jesuit university.  The text of his remarks is below.   DGK +++ Thank you. (loud applause) Thank you all very much. Thank you, Fr. Despereaux. Please, folks (continued applause), please be seated. A little restraint every now & [Read More...]

Christ’s message to bloggers: “Love one another.”

“Love one another,” says Jesus. That means loving people, not judging them. That means bearing with them when we disagree with them, not attacking them at the slightest hint of a difference of opinion on church teaching. That means giving them the benefit of the doubt, not jumping down their throats when you think they’ve [Read More...]

“With each ‘The Blood of Christ’ I spoke, my heart grew more glad…”

Last week, I swapped emails and had a great phone conversation with the husband of Marcia Morrissey — that would be Ed Morrissey, the blogging genius behind Hot Air. Ed wrote me yesterday to share some happy news: he’d just served for the first time as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. Great!, I said. [Read More...]

Cardinal Dolan on “The Law of the Gift”

The Catholic University alumnus spoke to its graduating class this weekend: Just six days ago, Pope Benedict XVI, in addressing bishops from Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming, spoke warmly of Catholic education here in the United States, and of the need of our Catholic colleges and universities “ . . . to reaffirm their [Read More...]

First TIME, now Newsweek

The weekly newsmagazines have lost their collective minds.  TIME magazine offered us this jaw-dropper last week.  And now, Newsweek ups the ante. Tina Brown, editor of Newsweek, is quoted here as saying “Let the games begin.”  What’s next? [Read more...]

For Mother’s Day: a miracle named Christian

Words can’t do justice to this beautiful, heartbreaking, inspiring video that’s now sweeping the Internet. People ask the mother all the time why she didn’t abort the baby.  Here’s her answer. Take seven minutes and watch.  Kleenex required. [Read more...]

What did you hear?

In the comments on my homily this weekend, someone asked: Just curious, but I wonder how many Masses brought up Obama’s gay marriage declaration this week? Good question.  Did anyone out there hear anything about this from the pulpit this Sunday? If not, what did you hear?  (Amy Welborn asks that question a lot on [Read More...]

Happy Mother’s Day, from Google

In case anyone has missed it, here’s the disarming Mother’s Day doodle on the Google home page — animated.  They also have a posting on their blog about moms and technology. Happy Mother’s Day! [Read more...]

Judge suggests cutting some of the 10 Commandments

That sound you hear is Moses, doing a massive face/palm. Details: Could the Ten Commandments be reduced to six, a federal judge asked Monday. Would that neutralize the religious overtones of a commandments display that has the Giles County School Board in legal hot water? That unorthodox suggestion was made by Judge Michael Urbanski during [Read More...]

Homily for May 13, 2012: 6th Sunday of Easter

[Click here for readings.] Last Saturday, the New York Times introduced the world to a couple named Michael and Ruth French – and introduced the world, as well, to a remarkable story of enduring love, a love that reflects in many ways the message of this Sunday’s gospel. Their story began about a decade ago. [Read More...]

“Does she have cooties?”: Catholic school forfeits baseball game over girl on opposing team

Details: A fundamentalist Arizona Catholic high school is refusing to play in a baseball final as their opponent’s team includes a girl on second base. Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic school, in Phoenix, will forfeit the final rather than play against Mesa Preparatory Academy because 15-year-old Paige Sultzbach is on their team. The fundamentalist Catholic [Read More...]

Kennedy widow to speak at Catholic commencement

Details: The widow of U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy will be giving a spring commencement speech at a Roman Catholic college in Massachusetts after all. Boston College Law School announced Friday that Victoria Kennedy will give the keynote address at its May 25 commencement. Kennedy had been scheduled to deliver this year’s commencement speech at Anna [Read More...]

For Mother’s Day: six generations of daughters, from 7 weeks to 111 years

Check out this picture and story that originally aired on ABC News — and Happy Mother’s Day (a day early!): [Read more...]

UPDATE: Gay Iowa grad reaches compromise with diocese over scholarship presentation

Details: The gay advocacy organization that provided Prince of Peace Catholic School senior Keaton Fuller with a $40,000 scholarship has prepared a script to be read at a May 20 graduation ceremony with the blessing of Bishop Martin Amos. The diocesan superintendent of schools will read the script but a representative of the Eychaner Foundation’s [Read More...]

What kind of movie can you make using six lines in three minutes?

That was the challenge for filmmakers two years ago, as part of an unusual contest sponsored by Phillips.    It was described thusly: The contest, which received over 600 entries from around the world, invited aspiring filmmakers to create an original short film using the same six-line dialogue as the Cannes Lions award-winning Parallel Lines [Read More...]

Married deacons: it’s okay. You can have sex with your wives.

Somehow, this slipped under the radar a few months back.  There’s been much debate, here and elsewhere, about the canon law requiring all clergy, including married deacons in the Latin rite, to observe continence and abstain from sex. In January, the USCCB issued the following letter to bishops, from Bishop Robert Carlson (Chairman of the [Read More...]

Seminary numbers highest in over 20 years

From NCR: U.S. Catholic seminary enrollment in theology this year is the highest in almost a quarter-century, the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate reported in the spring issue of its quarterly newsletter, The CARA Report. The reported growth in seminarians, however, does not begin to match the growth in the U.S. Catholic population, [Read More...]

BREAKING: Vatican investigating Legion of Christ priests for sexual abuse

Details: The Vatican is investigating seven priests from the troubled Legion of Christ religious order for alleged sexual abuse of minors and another two for other alleged crimes, The Associated Press has learned. The investigations mark the first known Vatican action against Legion priests for alleged sexual assault following the scandal of the Legion’s founder, [Read More...]


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