Ryan: Catholics can disagree about the budget

He made his remarks in a speech at Georgetown: U.S. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, under criticism from some fellow Catholics, said his financial plan’s call for cuts in federal aid to the poor is consistent with the church’s teachings. In a speech today at Georgetown University, a Catholic institution in the nation’s capital, [Read More...]

On Medjugorje

Now that Mark Shea has weighed in on this peculiar screed – wherein, it seems, I’m part of a vast all-male conspiracy — I just want to add my two cents. The author of that posting, one Stephen K. Ryan, is not unfamiliar to me.  He wrote me many months back, wondering why I don’t [Read More...]

Bill Cosby: “Nuns mean business when they come riding into town”

The comedian and his wife recently made a big donation to a Catholic community center in Baltimore, which was named in their honor.  And Bill Cosby had some hilarious things to say about God, money and nuns.  Read more here. But check out the video below. [Read more...]

Unborn child shot during the LA riots: “I was supposed to be dead. I have to give God thanks.”

As the media focuses attention on the 20th anniversary of the LA riots, a Los Angeles TV station tracked down the youngest victim — an unborn child shot in her mother’s womb. Details: Twenty years ago, amid the shock of the ongoing Los Angeles riots, there was a story that really grabbed headlines: The youngest [Read More...]

Giving back: the generous legacy of George E. Doty

A giant in Catholic philanthropy has passed away: George Doty, one of Fordham University’s biggest donors and the man who funded the restoration of the great dome of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. From CNEWA’s blog ONE-TO-ONE: Over the years, George and his wife Marie, who died in 2008, have given selflessly [Read More...]

“We’re not going to compromise”: Blessed Kateri shrine turns down New York tourism grant

Details: Officials from the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs have turned down a $750 tourism grant from Montgomery County to help pay for the canonization ceremony of Kateri Tekakwitha. The county Board of Supervisors awarded the grant in February, one of several given to area agencies to promote tourism. County officials believe as many [Read More...]

What if you hired Batman for your kid’s birthday, and The Dark Knight showed up?

It would be the birthday party we deserve, not the one we need. And it might end up something like this. [Read more...]

How the cookie crumbles: Catholics and the Girl Scouts

There’s been some controversy about whether Catholics should support the Girl Scouts, and even if it’s appropriate to buy their cookies.  Catholic News Service takes a closer look: Tina Kent credits the Girl Scouts for teaching her skills in leadership, conflict resolution and critical thinking and for giving her an appreciation for the outdoors and [Read More...]

UPDATE: Fr. Everett Hemann dies

Some of you may remember this story about the Iowa priest diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and how he preached a message of “finding the joy” in the last months of his life. A reader sent me an e-mail, alerting me that Father Everett Hemann died Tuesday evening.  He was 66. Watch the final interview with [Read More...]

A former priest’s confession: how I ended up drowning in debt

A cautionary tale from financial expert Philip Cioppa — who just happens to be a former priest: Most of you don’t know it, but for 18½ years I served as a Roman Catholic priest. In 2001, I left the priesthood in excellent standing to pursue other avenues in life. When I left however, I was [Read More...]

Kansas law would require churches to host gay weddings — UPDATED

Details – and a grateful H/T to Marcel at Aggie Catholics: Religious liberty groups are blasting a proposed ordinance that would force churches in Hutchinson, Kan. to rent their facilities for gay weddings and gay parties. The Hutchinson City Council will consider adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the protected classes in the city’s [Read More...]

People are amazing: watch this video of a drummer without arms

You have to see this to believe it. This cat’s name is “cornelmunn” and as he notes: “I’m a disabled drummer and thought I would give youtube a go!” [Read more...]

Coming soon: Book of Deacon Saints

The superb deacon artist Lawrence Klimecki is embarking on a series of books illustrating the lives of saints and, according to a recent e-mail, he plans to begin with deacons: What makes these different from other saints books? In addition to a theme common to the saints in each book, I will be looking at [Read More...]

Obama’s “looming confrontation with Catholic activists”

This comes from The Hill, the political paper of record on Capitol Hill: President Obama has seen his standing among Catholic voters, a crucial segment of the electorate, slip in recent weeks, and a looming confrontation with Catholic activists could make it worse. Democrats want voters this year to focus on what they have branded [Read More...]

Give your mom an early Mother’s Day present

Show her this video and tell her “Thank you.” I just loved this.  I think you will, too. [Read more...]

“Test of Fire”: Must-see video for this election year

This says it beautifully. Just watch. And then share it with someone you know. [Read more...]

“The Church cannot not oppose this unjust mandate…”

“This represents an unprecedented intrusion by the federal government to force religious institutions to facilitate and fund a product contrary to their own moral teaching. The mandate purports to define which religious institutions are “religious” enough to merit the protection of their religious liberty. The Church cannot not oppose this unjust mandate. It is a [Read More...]

Awesome video: a little girl grows up before our eyes

Check this out: filmmaker Frans Hofmeester captured the growth of his daughter Lotte from birth to age 12 and put it together in a time-lapse video. [Read more...]


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