NY Times new president is a practicing Catholic who believes in “objective truths”

From A Journey Through NYC Religions: Tomorrow, Mark Thompson takes over as the new President and CEO of The New York Times. Thompson is a practicing Catholic who believes “that the truths of the Christian faith are objective truths, rather than being entirely subjective.” The position is primarily focused on running the business aspects of the Times. Thompson [Read More…]

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Australian prime minister launches federal investigation into Catholic sex abuse

This is roughly the equivalent of an American president — or, perhaps, the Attorney General—ordering an investigation into the Catholic Church hierarchy in America. Details: Australia’s prime minister ordered a federal inquiry Monday into allegations of child sex abuse in state and religious institutions and community groups following a string of sexual abuse accusations against [Read More…]

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Report: many Catholics use social media, but few follow blogs on the Church or faith

Here’s the press release from the USCCB for the report connected with the blogging encounter the Patheos Posse attended Sunday: Sixty-two percent of adult U.S. Catholics, representing an estimated 36.2 million people, have a profile on Facebook; 58 percent of Catholics age 30 and under share content such as pictures, articles and comments at least [Read More…]

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The Patheos Posse

Well, for a few hours on Sunday, Baltimore had another team to contend with beside the Ravens or the Orioles. Above are some of The Patheos Posse of bloggers, who descended on Charm City to take part in the “Encounter With Social Media: Bishops and Bloggers Dialogue,“ part of the USCCB’s fall gathering. Shown above: [Read More…]

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Lincoln’s new bishop has no plans to change Bruskewitz policies

But how does he feel about deacons? Details: He’s got folk rockers Mumford & Sons and the Avett Brothers on his iPod. He’s on Twitter and Facebook. And he’s passionate about poetry, art and classical English literature. But when it comes to Roman Catholic doctrine, Lincoln’s incoming bishop says he’s ready to carry the torch [Read More…]

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Homily for 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

[I’m not preaching this weekend, but here’s my homily from the same Sunday in 2009. — DGK] We hear this gospel story, about the widow’s mite, and tend to think of it as a lesson in giving, and great sacrifice. And that is true.  It’s a lesson we need to hear, especially in these hard [Read More…]

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NY Times: Why Christian conservatives lost

Laurie Goodstein takes a closer look at what happened Tuesday, and finds some interesting analysis: Christian conservatives, for more than two decades a pivotal force in U.S. politics, are grappling with Election Day results that repudiated their influence and suggested that the cultural tide — especially on gay issues — has shifted against them. They [Read More…]

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After Sandy, parish unites to save a couple’s wedding

I don’t know about you, but I could use a little good news about now.  Check this out, from the Trenton Monitor: Take one bride and groom whose plans for their special day intersected with the wrath of Hurricane Sandy, mix with a parish united in the desire to see them wed by candlelight despite [Read More…]

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Fordham Republicans cancel appearance by Ann Coulter, as school president slams invitation

Salon has details, including the two statements, reprinted below: The College Republicans, a student club at Fordham University, has invited Ann Coulter to speak on campus on November 29. The event is funded through student activity fees and is not open to the public nor the media. Student groups are allowed, and encouraged, to invite [Read More…]

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Little-known David Petraeus fact: his father was named for a pope

While Washington is scratching its collective head over the General David Petraeus resignation, a quick visit to our friends over at Wikipedia finds this intriguing nugget: Petraeus was born in Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York, the son of Miriam (née Howell), a librarian, and Sixtus Petraeus, a sea captain from Franeker, Netherlands.[19]His mother was American and his [Read More…]

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Obama, Palin, Jobs and the Beach Boys enter Bartlett’s—and there’s an app for that

Check it out: The 18th edition of the venerable reference work has just been released, the first for the electronic age and a chance to take in some of the new faces, events and catchphrases of the past 10 years. General editor Geoffrey O’Brien says he has expanded upon the trend set by his predecessor, [Read More…]

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Is this what little girls really want? A doll that breast feeds?

My jaw is still hanging open over this:  We’ve got dolls that wet, crawl and talk. We’ve got dolls with perfect hourglass figures. We’ve got dolls with swagger. And we’ve got plenty that come with itty bitty baby bottles. But it’s a breastfeeding doll whose suckling sounds are prompted by sensors sewn into a halter [Read More…]

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Making history: Buddhist, Hindu elected to Congress

The United States did not elect its first Mormon president Tuesday, but history was made elsewhere in the world of religion and politics: Tuesday’s elections brought two historic firsts for religion in American politics: A Buddhist senator and a Hindu representative — both from Hawaii — will join Congress. Democrat Mazie Hirono beat former Gov. Linda [Read More…]

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Understanding married priesthood

It may be one of the most bewildering and confusing issues in the Church these days, and Our Sunday Visitor this week takes a long look at it: There are widened eyes, some confused looks and questions. Many knowledgeable, faithful Catholics are taken aback for the first time when they meet a Catholic priest — [Read More…]

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The bishops and politics: “Prophets are respected when they are perceived to be independent and fair”

Are the U.S. bishops tilted too much toward the Republicans?  University of Dayton professor Vincent Miller thinks so, and raises some interesting points in a post over at CNN’s Beliefs blog: The Catholic Church will enhance its public authority by speaking out in a way that supports and challenges both parties. Prophets are respected when [Read More…]

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This year’s perfect stocking stuffer: world’s smallest dog

Is this terrier the world’s smallest dog? The agency promoting it hopes so. I’m convinced.  Just keep this thing away from Great Danes and Dobermans, who might look at this little guy and think, “Hmm.  Appetizer…” 4 [Read more…]

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Pastor publishes parish evaluation of his priestly ministry

I’ve never heard of a pastor doing something like this, but I’m awfully impressed. Fr. Ken Simpson, from St. Clement Parish in Chicago, posted this candid evaluation of his job performance on the parish website: Dear Parishioners, Over the last few months I have been participating in a Periodic Review of Priestly Ministry. This coincides [Read More…]

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Minnesota Catholic leaders disappointed in vote over marriage amendment

Details: Minnesota Catholic leaders issued statements on Wednesday expressing deep disappointment over the defeat of the proposed marriage amendment. The Minnesota Catholic Conference, the public policy arm of Catholic bishops in Minnesota, said that despite the setback, “our efforts to promote and defend the cornerstone social institution of marriage will continue.”… …Minnesota Catholic bishops have been [Read More…]

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