“Stayin’ Alive” — and savin’ a life

From our friends across the pond: how to do CPR in under two minutes — and with a catchy tune, to boot! [Read more...]

“Priest accused” struggles to clear his name

He was cleared of charges against him — but hasn’t had much luck having his reputation cleared, as well. Details: In 2005, as the Catholic clergy sex abuse crisis continued to grab headlines all over America, even the St. Raphael-Holy Angels parish was not immune to scandal. One of their own priests was accused of [Read More...]

Hard time: convict flees monastery, asks to be sent back to prison instead

Well, clearly, religious life isn’t for everybody: A convicted criminal who was serving out his sentence in a monastery has escaped for the second time and asked to be sent back to prison because life was too tough. Thief David Catalano, 31, was sent to a Santa Maria degli Angeli community run by Capuchin monks [Read More...]

LA’s Bishop Zavala resigns, admits fathering two children

Rocco broke the news this morning, and now there’s more: In a surprise move, B16 has accepted the early resignation of LA Auxiliary Gabino Zavala, who turned 60 last September. While rumors of unspecified Vatican concerns over Zavala have circulated for some time, and have intensified over recent months, Catholic News Servicereported this morning via Twitter that the bishop’s resignation [Read More...]

Quote of the day, from Santorum

“God has given us this great country to allow His people to be free. I offer a public thanks to God.” – Rick Santorum, after his dramatic thisclose second place finish in Iowa last night. Read more. And watch video of the speech below. [Read more...]

Archdiocese launches chapter of Courage, run by deacons

From the Catholic Transcript, in Hartford, Connecticut: Men and women living with same sex attraction often feel neglected and despised — by their families, their heterosexual friends, even the Catholic Church. Deacon Robert Pallotti, Director of the Office of the Permanent Diaconate of the Archdiocese of Hartford, wants to do something about that. Archbishop Henry [Read More...]

Michael Voris, RealCatholic TV, and canon law

Canon lawyer Ed Peters has weighed in on the problems between Michael Voris’ Real Catholic TV and the Archdiocese of Detroit: The first thing to understand about the dispute between the Archdiocese of Detroit and Michael Voris and/or RealCatholicTV is that the dispute turns essentially on canon law. As a canonical dispute, it will not [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words — not all of them spelled correctly

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Dave Barry’s hilarious look back at 2011

Here once again is the annual must-read for the first days of January: Dave Barry’s summary of  The Year That Was. Among the things he notes for 2011: This was a year in which journalism was pretty much completely replaced by tweeting. It was a year in which a significant earthquake struck Washington, yet failed to destroy a [Read More...]

A pastor’s proposal for the new year

See what you think.  From Te Deum laudamus: I have never been a proponent of panic, of conspiracy, or of the imminent consummation of the world. The reasons for my reticence to advocate such positions are reasonableness and confidence in Divine Providence. It’s clear however that we, as a people, seem to be ever more [Read More...]

After 77 years, mother reunited with daughter she gave up for adoption

From the AP comes this remarkable story of enduring love: For most of her 100 years, Minka Disbrow tried to find out what became of the precious baby girl she gave up for adoption after being raped as a teen. She hoped, but never imagined, she’d see her Betty Jane again. The cruel act of violence bore in Disbrow an enduring [Read More...]

Jewish childhood friend of John Paul II dies

Details: Jerzy Kluger, a Polish-born Jew who was a lifetime friend and childhood playmate of the late Pope John Paul II and who lost much of his family to Nazi death camps, has died in a Rome clinic, his widow said Monday. He was 90. Irene Kluger told The Associated Press that her husband died [Read More...]

Santorum’s wife breaks down after voter asks about their dead child

It was sparked by an attack by liberal commenter Alan Colmes on Fox.  Details: During the question and answer portion of Rick Santorum’s second to last campaign event of the day, a voter brought up a painful memory from the former Pennsylvania senator’s past. At a Pizza Ranch restaurant in Newton, Iowa,  a member of [Read More...]

From city official to Sister of St. Joseph

This is certainly a different kind of vocation story: A former Portland City official took perpetual vows in November as a Sister of St. Joseph of Peace. Sister Susan Francois, who reclaimed her faith during the late 1990s at St. Philip Neri Parish in Portland, was also a leading Catholic peace activist in Oregon during [Read More...]

Whatever happened to…

…Father John Corapi? Patrick Madrid takes note: Father John Corapi’s Internet presence at sites such as the www.theblacksheepdog.us and http://theblacksheepdog.wordpress.com has vanished, ditto for his presence on YouTube and Facebook. No one I know has any clue what happened to him, but there are several possible scenarios that would explain this. The one I hope [Read More...]

Help wanted: Catholic military chaplains needed

Now, more than ever, their numbers are dwindling, and the need continues to be great. From Stars and Stripes: Spc. Joe Murphy’s job in Afghanistan was to hunt down the things his fellow soldiers hoped they’d never have to encounter. As part of a route-clearance team that combed the roads connecting Bagram Airfield to outposts [Read More...]

“Work more and better”: Woody Guthrie’s new year’s resolutions

From 70 years ago: 1942. Via Lists of Note. See a larger version here. [Read more...]

Gingrich: “I pray before every major decision”

In the final hours before the Iowa caucuses, Newt Gingrich seemed to be preaching to the choir yesterday — or, at least, speaking to the all-important evangelical voters: Newt Gingrich spoke about his Catholic religion and belief in God today on two different campaign stops, recognizing the Christian Evangelical support is a necessary factor for [Read More...]