From the Department of Excessive Excess

For the really really rich executive who has everything:  a smart phone that’s so smart, it costs $2,400. A review: Let’s begin digging into what will interest the business elite — the phone’s design and hardware. First off, we’ll need to answer the first burning question: does the P’9981′s cost have anything to do with [Read More...]

Catholic colleges and the HHS contraception ruling

Another angle of this story, from the New York Times: Bridgette Dunlap, a Fordham University law student, knew that the school’s health plan had to pay for birth control pills, in keeping with New York state law. What she did not find out until she was in an examining room, “in the paper dress,” was [Read More...]

Praying for Greta: “My wife continues to decline…”

Many commenters know Greta and her husband Mark.  The Anchoress last night posted this comment from Mark: My wife continues to decline. She was not supposed to go to the march for life but insisted and anyone who has seen her post knows that stopping her on anything to fight for life has a hard [Read More...]

My Catholic school: at the center of it all was Jesus

My parish is celebrating its centenary this year.  As part of the festivities, this weekend we had a special Mass at 1 p.m. honoring the school and its alumni.  Two of those alumni, Msgr. John McGuirl and Msgr. Ned Ryan, concelebrated.  Below is the homily I delivered for that event.  It’s a little rough; I [Read More...]

Teachers and preachers: innovative program aims to help immigrant priests with English

It’s happening in Los Angeles, but I can think of a lot of other corners of the country (including my own) where something like this could reap dividends. From The Tidings: The group of nuns and priests sitting around the conference table had been invited to a historic event: an orientation meeting for the “Teachers [Read More...]

Bishop accused of inciting hatred with homily

Given the state of the Church in Ireland these days, I have to wonder how this will turn out.  Details: A homily delivered at Knock shrine by the Bishop of Raphoe, Philip Boyce, is being investigated by the Director of Public Prosecutions following a formal complaint by a leading humanist who claims the sermon was [Read More...]

Can’t sleep? Try this: a recording of Sunday’s homily

I got an early start, and preached this weekend’s homily at Saturday’s 5 pm vigil Mass. You can hear it by clicking the arrow below. [Read more...]

Say it ain’t so: church where Babe Ruth was baptized being sold

An era is ending: A renowned city architect designed St. Peter the Apostle Church 170 years ago. Irish laborers dug the foundation by hand, donating their labor to build it. And its early parishioners spared no expense in adorning their house of worship. They installed an elaborate white marble altar, with a life-size statue of [Read More...]

Ed Koch: Jews need stronger ties to Catholic Church

From the In My Backyard Desk… One of New York City’s more colorful mayors — who had a close friendship and collaboration with Cardinal John O’Connor — offered some advice the other day: Jews need to form stronger ties to the Catholic Church to ensure their survival, according to former Mayor Ed Koch. “We’re 13 [Read More...]

Homily for January 29, 2012: 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for readings.] Two years ago, a study at Columbia University found some alarming information that people should hear – if, in fact, they can hear.  It’s about noise. The study found that just walking the streets of New York, or even working in some offices in this city, can put you at risk [Read More...]

For crying out loud: a pastor’s message to parents

I wrote about this issue last summer.  And I noticed today that a Queens pastor I know has taken the bull by the horns (or the baby by the diaper) and posted this on his parish’s Facebook page: One of the things we try hard here is to create a welcoming and child friendly atmosphere [Read More...]

Remember this? A classic Super Bowl ad from 1976 starring a monk

With all the buzz these days about the upcoming Super Bowl ads, I thought this one was worth a second look.  The quality isn’t the greatest, but it’s awfully clever. [Read more...]

The Catholic-turned-atheist teen who’s waging a war on prayer

She’s caused a firestorm of controversy and protest in Rhode Island.  Who is she? Details: She is 16, the daughter of a firefighter and a nurse, a self-proclaimed nerd who loves Harry Potter and Facebook. But Jessica Ahlquist is also an outspoken atheist who has incensed this heavily Roman Catholic city with a successful lawsuit to get a [Read More...]

Santorum on his wife: “She’s my hero…”

One of the highlights of tonight’s GOP debate in Florida, on CNN, from Sen. Rick Santorum.  Each candidate was asked why his wife would be a good first lady. WOLF BLITZER: Senator Santorum, your wife is not here tonight. SANTORUM: Yeah, she’s not. She’s — she’s doing what she does incredibly well, which is to [Read More...]

Airline discontinues prayer cards on some flights

As if air travel weren’t stressful enough already, now some travelers will be flying on a wing, but not a prayer.  An airline tradition is coming to an end: Alaska Airlines’ prayer cards always offended Gordon Bowker, not because the Seattle businessman cared what religion they represented, but because they suggested in-flight prayer was a [Read More...]

Memories of Sister Mercedes in Manhattan

From the Nostalgia File: writer and storyteller Thomas R. Pryor in today’s New York Times shares his memories of his beloved Catholic grade school in Manhattan: I had a wide variety of strategies for getting detention: talking in church after a warning, sliding into an imaginary second base on the smooth marble floor at the [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“The Obama administration has just told the Catholics of the United States, ‘To Hell with you!’ There is no other way to put it.” – Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik, on the HHS ruling. Read it all here. [Read more...]

“I want the pope to be proud of us…”

The head of the new Ordinariate, bringing Anglicans into the Catholic Church, spoke recently with CNS, and had a lot of interesting things to say about his new role, and his life.  The married father of three — and former Episcopal bishop — Father Jeffrey N. Steenson will be installed in his new post next [Read More...]


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