Costa Concordia passenger sues over miscarriage

Details: Another Costa Concordia passenger has come forward and filed a lawsuit against Costa Crociere. A 30-year-old Italian woman identified only as Cristina M. claims she was four months pregnant when she went on the doomed Costa Concordia cruise, the Herald Sun reports. Though she managed to get off the sinking ship, she was admitted [Read More...]

“The permanent diaconate was an unexpected blessing of the Second Vatican Council”

The National Catholic Register has a good, long piece on the diaconate in its newest issue, marking the 45th anniversary of the restoration of the restoration of the order in the Latin Church: Deacon Thomas Dubois, executive director of the National Association of Diaconate Directors, believes that the rapid growth of the permanent diaconate in [Read More...]

A corner of the U.S. where the Church is growing

It’s in Florida: For years, Cathy Cardinal was a spiritual pilgrim, filing into government offices in Viera to take Holy Communion while praying alongside her fellow believers for a permanent place to worship. “After a while, the government building got too small for what we needed. It was confusing for a while, but we were [Read More...]

Has the White House misread the Catholic barometer?

Gerald Seib of the Wall Street Journal is beginning to wonder: If you want to find the absolute center in American politics, you could do worse than look at the nation’s Catholic vote. In nine of the past 10 presidential elections, the Catholic vote has gone with the candidate who ultimately won the election. Five [Read More...]

Sebelius defends HHS ruling: “Virtually all American women use contraception at some point…”

Details, from a column in USA TODAY: Today, virtually all American women use contraception at some point in their lives. And we have a large body of medical evidence showing it has significant benefits for their health, as well as the health of their children. But birth control can also be quite expensive, costing an [Read More...]

OMG! J-Lo is here and blogging!

Sorry.  My mistake.  It’s K-Lo. I really should have my eyes checked. Anyway: she’s better known as Kathryn Jean Lopez, the editor-at-large of the National Review Online (NRO, to the blog savvy) and she has a shiny new blog here at Patheos called, fittingly, K-Lo at Large. She describes it as her “casual corner” — [Read More...]

Six things to know about the HHS mandate

From Sister Mary Ann Walsh at the USCCB blog: 1. The mandate does not exempt Catholic charities, schools, universities, or hospitals. These institutions are vital to the mission of the Church, but HHS does not deem them “religious employers” worthy of conscience protection, because they do not “serve[] primarily persons who share the[ir] religious tenets.” [Read More...]

Best Super Bowl ad: the Dog Strikes Back

Here it is: arguably the best ad on last night’s Super Bowl — or, at least, the best one that didn’t star Clint Eastwood. (You’ll remember the VW ad being teased here.) [Read more...]

Who drove the Komen story? The tweets tell the story

This is pretty interesting–and revealing: Last Tuesday, the Susan G. Komen Foundation announced it would no longer fund clinical breast exams and mammograms through Planned Parenthood. The $680,000 per year that was going to Planned Parenthood helped provide exams for 170,000 mainly low-income and minority women. The organization claimed that they were tightening their rules for [Read More...]

My bishop’s letter on the HHS ruling

The letter below was read at all the Masses in the Diocese of Brooklyn this weekend. [Read more...]

If you really don’t care about the Super Bowl…

…and you’re looking for a way to kill eight minutes, try this.  For the curious, here’s audio for this Sunday’s homily, as delivered at today’s 11:30 am Mass. Just click the green arrow. [Read more...]

It’s official: Crystal Cathedral is Catholic

Or, at least, legally it is.  It’s now owned by the Catholic Church.  Details: The Crystal Cathedral, one of the nation’s best-known Protestant churches, is now owned by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange. Escrow closed Friday afternoon on the $57.5 million court-ordered sale, the diocese said. The congregation led by Robert H. Schuller and [Read More...]

Priest resigns over new Missal translation

Details: After 47 years as a priest, and at least two decades of straying from the Roman Catholic Missal by ad libbing parts of the Mass, the Rev. Bill Rowe of St. Mary Church has resigned under pressure from the bishop. Why? Because he doesn’t agree that a priest should be restricted to the exact [Read More...]

New poll: Santorum beats Obama

This news should give a few people pause: The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows that 26% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty percent (40%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -14 (see trends). In [Read More...]

“Radicalism and maliciousness are at work in Obama’s decision…”

Compelling words on the HHS ruling from columnist (and former Bush speechwriter) Michael Gerson in the Washington Post: There would have been no controversy at all if President Obama had simply exempted religious institutions and ministries. But the administration insisted that the University of Notre Dame and St. Mary’s Hospital be forced to pay for [Read More...]

Just what you need for the Super Bowl: Buffalo Chicken Cupcakes

I kid you not: After hearing that I was going to bake buffalo chicken cupcakes for the Super Bowl (with hot sauce and blue cheese in the cake and a blue cheese buttercream frosting), one of my friends asked if I would be baking the cupcakes as as a joke.  “Are they just supposed to [Read More...]

Counterpunch: the USCCB answers the White House defense of HHS ruling

Over at the USCCB website, they’ve posted the following statement, in response to a White House blog post on the HHS ruling: +++ The Obama administration, to justify its widely criticized mandate for contraception and sterilization coverage in private health plans, has posted a set of false and misleading claims on the White House blog [Read More...]

Homily for February 5, 2012: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for the readings.] Sixty years ago, in the spring of 1952, Congress was in the middle of a long and controversial investigation into Communists in Hollywood.  The House Un-American Activities Committee was summoning writers, directors, and actors to Washington to get them to “name names” of people they knew with ties to the [Read More...]


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