Dolan on Day: “I’m convinced she is a saint for our time”

The New York Times takes a look at the latest efforts to promote the sainthood cause of Dorothy Day: Dorothy Day is a hero of the Catholic left, a fiery 20th-century social activist who protested war, supported labor strikes and lived voluntarily in poverty as she cared for the needy. But Day has found a [Read More…]

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The Catholic Church’s push to make better preachers

From Religion News Service: As Drew Burkemper got up to preach, the weight of his task was evident. His classmate at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, Adam Maus, had just pretty much killed it. Like Burkemper, Maus and other Catholic seminarians were told to prepare and deliver to his class a homily for an imaginary event. Maus’ scenario [Read More…]

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“Give an honor to our Lord and Savior Barack Obama…”

We don’t have to wait until Christmas for the Messiah after all: Actor, comedian and singer Jamie Foxx caused a stir when he proclaimed President Obama a messiah as he spoke at the annual Soul Train Awards. “It’s like church over here. It’s like church in here. First of all, give an honor to God and our Lord and Savior [Read More…]

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A day in the life of a seminarian

Curious about what that entails? The Archdiocese of Washington has just posted this short video that offers an answer. [Read more…]

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Deaf deacon to be ordained priest

Details, from the Western Catholic Reporter in Canada: Matthew Hysell became deaf after contracting spinal meningitis when he was 18 months old. He lives in a mostly silent world, but those who know Hysell (shown in the picture on the left) describe him as a good listener, someone who pays attention to their concerns. Since [Read More…]

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Gangnam nuns?!

From the jolly Brandon Vogt.   A sure sign that this phenomenon’s 15 minutes are up: it’s now being done by nuns. [Read more…]

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Study: evangelicals becoming more devout, Catholics less

Details: Evangelical Protestants have become more devoted to their religious beliefs over the last three decades, even as Catholics have become less attached to their faith, new research finds. The denominational differences come even as religious affiliations have decreased overall in America, with the number of people who claim no religious affiliation at all doubling [Read More…]

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“You can’t be a Democrat and go to heaven”

Really? That statement, scrawled by a teacher on a classroom whiteboard, is the center of a small firestorm in Kentucky. Details: South Laurel County High School teacher Kendra Baker is drawing complaints from parents and students after she wrote, “You can’t be a democrat and go to heaven.” Superintendent Doug Bennett told the Sentinel-Echo that [Read More…]

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Video: my parish centennial

For the really curious, or really bored, here’s something nifty: a short video report from NET on my parish centennial from last Sunday, featuring a couple highlights of the Mass, along with interviews with Bishop DiMarzio and my new pastor, Bishop Sanchez. (Look closely and you may catch a fleeting glimpse of Your Humble Blogger.) [Read More…]

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Ordination update: 40 new deacons for Little Rock

I first posted on this historically large class a couple weeks back.  Now, Arkansas Catholic’s Facebook page has posted the first post-ordination picture, below. Congratulations and welcome!  Ad multos annos! [Read more…]

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Homily for November 25, 2012: Solemnity of Christ the King

[Click here for readings.] This Sunday, on the Solemnity of Christ the King, I was preparing to preach about how royalty is really alien to us Americans, how the concept of a King is something foreign to our sensibilities. But an experience Friday proved me wrong. I made the mistake of going to the mall [Read More…]

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Unique “blended parish” told to separate

Details, from the Virginian-Pilot: The Roman Catholic Diocese of Richmond has told the nation’s only blended Catholic and Episcopal parish it must change its worship services so Catholics and non-Catholics meet in separate rooms for Holy Communion. The parish, Church of the Holy Apostles, is led by Catholic and Episcopal co-pastors and has worshipped together [Read More…]

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“We are going to see the king…”

Soon and very soon.  Like tomorrow, in fact. As a little warmup to tomorrow’s feast, here’s an award-winning gospel choir doing a rockin’ version of a favorite hymn for this feast: “Soon and Very Soon (We Are Going to See the King)”.  Can I hear an “Amen”? [Read more…]

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A deacon who preached his wife’s words

Bob Keeler in Long Island’s Newsday writes about an unusual deacon-and-wife combo: There is the average ghostwriter, and then there is Patty Buchenberger. Call her the Holy Ghost Writer. For two decades, from her husband Tom’s 1981 ordination as a permanent deacon in the Catholic Church until vocal cord cancer put an end to his [Read More…]

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A “liberal” Anglican explains why he voted against women bishops

An interesting take From Tom Sutcliffe, writing at an Anglican website:  The truth is that, in July with Clause 5.1.c as then proposed, the Measure stood a chance of being accepted by those most adversely affected by it and I might have voted for it then. But after that clause was watered down and talked [Read More…]

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From Catholic to Buddhist and back again

Some insight on prayer from author and professor Susan Stabile, and I can’t help but think some of her ideas here would not be unfamiliar to Thomas Merton: Becoming a Tibetan Buddhist nun is not a typical life choice for a child of an Italian Catholic police officer from Brooklyn, New York. Nevertheless, in February [Read More…]

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What’s turning off young Catholics? Lousy music

So says a leading lay Catholic in Scotland. Details:  A leading Scots lay Catholic has claimed the music sung in churches is “lousy” and is the reason why young people have stopped going to Mass. Joan Dillon, a Masters graduate of RSAMD (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), also claimed music at Mass was “more [Read More…]

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Best. Thanksgiving episode. Ever.

The classic final scene from the “Cheers” Thanksgiving show, in which Norm’s wife Vera finally makes an appearance! [Read more…]

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