Group seeks to revoke tax-exempt status of Catholic Church

That chill you’re feeling isn’t the new nor’easter. It’s something else. Details: A public watchdog group is charging the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops with openly politicking on behalf of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and it wants the Internal Revenue Service to explore revoking the hierarchy’s tax-exempt status. “In completely unqualified terms, the IRS [Read More…]

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Ordination update: 18 new deacons for Richmond

If you’re thinking, “Didn’t I read about that already?,” think again. This year’s ordination class was so large, it was split in two. Here’s the previous posting about the first group of 19. And here’s a link to biographies of the new batch, ordained on November 3.  (Thanks to new Deacon Tom Healey for keeping [Read More…]

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Which professions have the most psychopaths?

Glad you asked. Details: First off, psychopath doesn’t just mean someone who cuts you up with a chainsaw — though the majority of people who do things like that are psychopaths. What’s the definition? Psychopathy is a personality disorder that has been variously described as characterized by shallow emotions (in particular reduced fear), stress tolerance, lacking [Read More…]

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The religious vote

Here’s how it went, according to CNN’s exit polls:   [Read more…]

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Dolan to Obama: “We pray that you will exercise your office to pursue the common good…”

The President of the USCCB wrote a congratulatory letter to the President of the United States: Dear President Obama, In my capacity as President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, I write to express my congratulations on your re-election as President of the United States.The people of our country have again entrusted you [Read More…]

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“Virulent partisanship must yield to bold cooperation”

From Sister Mary Ann Walsh of the USCCB:  With the election over, it’s time for the nation to retake its noble position as the home of the brave. Certainly the next four years will mark a critical time for our nation, an opportunity to show our better selves after unprecedented political rancor. It’s long been [Read More…]

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“Whether we have won or lost, Lord, keep us faithful…”

What’s the best thing to do the Morning After?  As we do every morning: pray. Rebecca Hamilton has this great prayer from the USCCB.  And the Concord Pastor offer this:  (This reflection was written on Tuesday afternoon, 11/6, before the results of the election were known.) Lots of people are very happy today, Lord, and almost [Read More…]

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GOP asks: “Now what?”

Let the soul-searching begin: Mitt Romney’s loss to a Democratic president wounded by a weak economy is certain to spur an internecine struggle over the future of the Republican Party, but the strength of the party’s conservatives in Congress and the rightward tilt of the next generation of party leaders could limit any course correction. [Read More…]

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Obama wins with the Catholic vote —UPDATED

Details, from Catholic News Agency: The Catholic vote was divided much as was the rest of the nation’s voters, leaning slightly in favor of Obama. A final Gallup poll, reflecting tracking from Nov. 1 to 4, showed Catholics favoring Obama by 52 to 45 percent. “The Catholic vote, like any number of votes, does have [Read More…]

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Must-read: What kind of man wants to be a priest today?

Yesterday, I posted on the peculiar way that Fr. Michael Pfleger marked Holy Thursday a couple years ago. Well, the person who stumbled on that video was Boston Magazine Executive Editor Patrick Doyle, who spent months seeking to answer a question that has haunted the American Church for the last decade: who would possibly want [Read More…]

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Ah, Dan

Has it really been eight years? In 2004, I was one of the writers for what turned out to be Dan Rather’s last election night. I remember sitting at my computer console during a break and becoming aware that someone had pulled up a folding chair and was sitting just behind me. I glanced over [Read More…]

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Pulling the lever, praying the psalms

More wisdom for this particular moment from my blog neighbor Elizabeth Scalia, who opines at First Things:   When I cast my vote today, I will do so while pondering ten years worth of praying the Divine Office and those psalms that so perfectly reflect the human condition. As we read them, pray them, we [Read More…]

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A great reminder from Blessed John Henry Newman for election day…

“He has not made us for nought; He has brought us thus far, in order to bring us further, in order to bring us on to the end. He will never leave us nor forsake us; so that we may boldly say, ‘The Lord is my Helper; I will not fear what flesh can do [Read More…]

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Colorado voters find a surprise at one polling place: thousands of crosses protesting abortion

Details:  Boulder County voters whose polling place is Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church on South Boulder Road can expect to walk past an anti-abortion display — including thousands of crosses representing aborted fetuses — when they go to cast their ballots Tuesday. County election officials said the display does not appear to violate any [Read More…]

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Disappearing breed: “bad Catholics”

Australia’s Cardinal George Pell observes: Some decades ago when I was a priest in the country I blessed many marriages and generally attended the wedding reception. As a priest my presence was acknowledged and welcomed.  I tried to ensure the telegrams and speeches were not too crude; efforts that met with mixed success. Regularly when [Read More…]

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Looking for something else to talk about besides the election? Check this out

This video shows how Rev. Michael Pfleger —yes, that one—completely re-wrote the Eucharistic Prayer during a performance (yes, performance) of the Mass on Holy Thursday two years ago. It’s used in seminaries as an example of what NOT to do with the Mass. Writer Patrick Doyle notes: This past spring, while reporting “Resurrection,” my story [Read More…]

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Nobody knows what tomorrow will bring, but …

… Peggy Noonan senses something happening. Details: Among the wisest words spoken this cycle were by John Dickerson of CBS News and Slate, who said, in a conversation the night before the last presidential debate, that he thought maybe the American people were quietly cooking something up, something we don’t know about. I think they [Read More…]

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“I didn’t leave the Democrats. They left me.”

An interesting take on tomorrow, from Sheldon Adelson in the Wall Street Journal:  When members of the Democratic Party booed the inclusion of God and Jerusalem in their party platform this year, I thought of my parents. They would have been astounded. The immigrant family in which I grew up was, in the matter of [Read More…]

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