What is Benedict discussing with the U.S. bishops?

Some insight on recent ad limina visits, from John Allen: Predictably, Pope Benedict XVI’s own priorities — the push for a “new evangelization,” meaning outreach to lapsed Catholics, and the defense of religious freedom — have figured prominently. Yet a variety of other issues have also surfaced, including: The sexual abuse crisis; American debates over [Read More...]

A few more things about Voris and RealCatholic TV…

Canon lawyer Ed Peters today follows up on his post from earlier this week and addresses a couple more questions, including one that a lot of people have raised: What about every other use of the word ‘Catholic’ out there? The question rests on a multitude of scenarios, of course, and I can’t address them [Read More...]

Sweden recognizes file-sharing as an official religion

I mean…seriously? From the BBC: A “church” whose central tenet is the right to file-share has been formally recognised by the Swedish government. The Church of Kopimism claims that “kopyacting” – sharing information through copying – is akin to a religious service. The “spiritual leader” of the church said recognition was a “large step”. But [Read More...]

Stephen Colbert: “The deliverance God offers you from pain is not no pain…”

“I’m not bitter about what happened to me as a child, and my mother was instrumental in keeping me from being so. She taught me to be grateful for my life regardless of what that entailed, and that’s directly related to the image of Christ on the cross and the example of sacrifice that he [Read More...]

I’d like to thank the Academy…

Actually, I’d like to just thank Marcel LeJeune, the wizard who runs the Aggie Catholics blog and who has, to my wonderment, included me on his annual list of Top 20 Catholic Bloggers. I’m humbled to be in such exalted company — check out the list and visit their blogs — and I’m grateful for [Read More...]

A Catholic “Undercover Boss”

I’m a fan of the show, and can’t wait ’til it comes back this winter.  (I preached about it a couple years ago, in fact.) But this episode, airing in late January, sounds like something to see: Dina Dwyer-Owens, CEO of the Dwyer Group, a collection of home service franchises, donned a wig, pearls and [Read More...]

Before Zavala, there was Marino

While I was talking with a deacon friend this afternoon about the Zavala bombshell in Los Angeles, he reminded me of the case of Atlanta Archbishop Eugene Marino, who found himself in similar circumstances over 20 years ago. From the Georgia Bulletin: Archbishop Marino was the ranking African-American member of the Catholic hierarchy when he [Read More...]

“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...]


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