What’s on TV tonight? Don’t ask

The AP’s David Bauder watches TV so you don’t have to.  And it’s not pretty: Last week seemed typical for CBS’ sitcoms on Monday night, television’s most popular — and raunchy — night of comedy. There was a strip club visit on “How I Met Your Mother,” lap dance included. The stars of “2 Broke [Read More...]

“People need to be reminded that the church is ready and willing to receive them with open arms…”

The phenomenally successful program Catholics Come Home is touching thousands of lives around the country.  Take, for example, Augusta, GA: There is a poster board in the narthex of St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church in Grovetown that says, “We Miss You.” The hope is to draw the eyes of former or inactive Catholics who [Read More...]

Catholic hospital system severs ties with Church, changes name

Details: Catholic Healthcare West, one of the nation’s largest hospital systems, is ending its governing board’s affiliation with the Catholic Church and changing its name, two steps intended to help the system expand throughout the states in which it operates _ California, Arizona and Nevada — and beyond. The changes, which executives plan to announce [Read More...]

Designing women: creating a fashionable habit for nuns

The result strikes me as closer to Little Red Riding Hood than the Little Flower.  Which, I guess, is the point. Details, from the Paris Review: Modest, natural, and snazzy—those were the three directions Mother Mary Magdalene gave artist Julia Sherman for designing the habits for the Community of Compassion, Mother Mary’s new Anglican Catholic [Read More...]

A sound idea: a recording of this week’s homily — UPDATED

A few people have asked me about this, so I finally decided to give it a shot. Below is this Sunday’s homily, recorded as it was delivered at the 11:30 am Mass at my parish in Queens. The yawns, screams, cell phones and crying babies are all real. So is the sound of hurled vegetables [Read More...]

Why do Catholics have to get married in church?

That’s the gist of this piece by writer Cara McDonough, who raises a question that’s increasingly common these days.  I get several calls a year from people who ask if I can do a wedding for them in a catering hall or on a beach.  (Usually, it’s after a priest has turned them down; deacons, [Read More...]

Pensacola’s oldest church named minor basilica

The announcement was made earlier this week: Pensacola’s oldest Catholic church has been designated one of the nation’s 72 minor basilicas under an order by Pope Benedict XVI. The parish of St. Michael the Archangel, which traces is roots to the 16th century exploration of Northwest Florida, was canonically established in 1781. The current church [Read More...]

Lambs of God

The traditional blessing of lambs took place today, the Feast of St. Agnes: [Read more...]

On Mass with a deacon

Over at Catholic Sensibility, blogger Todd Flowerday is walking through the GIRM and has come to a section about Mass with a Deacon: 171. When he is present at the celebration of the Eucharist, a Deacon should exercise his ministry, wearing sacred vestments. In fact, the Deacon: a) assists the Priest and walks at his [Read More...]

“This is a sad moment in the life of our country…”

“I cannot imagine a more direct and frontal attack on freedom of conscience than this ruling. This decision must be fought against with all the energies the Catholic Community can muster. For me there is no other fundamental issue as important as this one as we enter into the Presidential and Congressional campaigns. Every candidate [Read More...]

Homily for January 22, 2012: 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for readings.] I have office hours the first Saturday of every month, to meet with families and schedule baptisms. It’s fairly routine, mostly collecting paperwork and filling out forms.  But a few years ago, there was one meeting that I will never forget. It was anything but routine. A young mother arrived at [Read More...]

Catholics to Gingrich, Santorum: “Stop perpetuating ugly racial stereotypes”

Details: More than 40 national Catholic leaders and prominent theologians at universities across the country released a strongly worded open letter today urging “our fellow Catholics Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum to stop perpetuating ugly racial stereotypes on the campaign trail.” In the lead up to Saturday’s primary in South Carolina, Newt Gingrich has frequently [Read More...]

Oops

This is why God made proofreaders (source): [Read more...]

Quote of the day

“In effect, the president is saying we have a year to figure out how to violate our consciences.  To force American citizens to choose between violating their consciences and forgoing their healthcare is literally unconscionable.It is as much an attack on access to health care as on religious freedom. Historically this represents a challenge and [Read More...]

This is what you get for spending a lot of time around Saints

New Orleans Saints Owner Tom Benson and his wife, Gayle Benson have received from Pope Benedict XVI the highest papal award granted to a layperson. Details, from the New Orleans Clarion Herald: This special papal recognition was granted by the pope at the request of Oblate Bishop Michael Pfeifer, O.M.I., of the Diocese of San Angelo, Texas, [Read More...]

Will parishioners call him “Ref. Mr.”?

This deacon candidate is due to be ordained later this year.  And he’s found that some of the skills he’s developed in sports could be useful in ministry.  From Arkansas Catholic: The similarities between John Hall III’s roles as an aspiring deacon and a basketball referee may not be immediately apparent to the layperson, but [Read More...]

A first: Southern Africa bishops pick nun as Secretary General

A little piece of history being made: The bishops of Southern Africa have appointed Sister Hermenegild Makoro as the new Secretary- General of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference. She will replace Fr Vincent Brennan SMA who is to retire in March. Linda Bordoni spoke to Sr. Hermenegild by telephone and asked her about her [Read More...]

More on Michael Voris and “safeguarding ‘Catholicity’”

From canon lawyer Ed Peters, one month into the Michael Voris/RealCatholicTV/Archdiocese of Detroit standoff: Canon 216 embraces “any undertaking” not just “any undertaking that seems to be heterodox”. Most of what Voris/RCTV produces would probably pass doctrinal muster, but that happy fact counts for little in the face of the undoubted canonical requirement to secure [Read More...]


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