Update: Muslim CUA students slam Banzhaf

The Catholic University students are not pleased with the complaint filed by a lawyer, alleging discrimination, and made it clear in the student newspaper that they don’t support him: University Muslim students have announced their opposition to the recent lawsuit against the University proposed by George Washington University professor John F. Banzhaf, who claims that [Read More...]

Basketball legend, sportscaster and deacon dies

From the St. Louis Review: Basketball Hall of Famer, former sportscaster and pro-life advocate Deacon Ed Macauley, known as “Easy Ed,” died Nov. 8 at age 83. Deacon Macauley was best known as an All-American with St. Louis University and a pro player with the St. Louis Bombers, Boston Celtics and St. Louis Hawks. The [Read More...]

On joining a convent: “You have to knock three times…”

The age of women who are attracted to religious life in Britain is getting younger, and Vanity Fair is taking a look at the phenomenon: For twenty-something women considering a life in a habit, it’s God’s honest truth: “Not everyone looks good in black.” So says Triona Adams, an effervescent former nun who, at 26, [Read More...]

Diocese still bidding for Crystal Cathedral

Evidently, the deal announced a couple weeks back isn’t a done deal. Details: The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange has once again increased its offer to buy the Crystal Cathedral — by $1.8 million to $55.4 million. Alan Martin, an attorney representing the diocese, made the announcement about the cash offer Wednesday in a bankruptcy court [Read More...]

Want to play a game with the Blessed Mother?

A friend sent me the following flier for a “rosary game” app now available on iTunes.  It’s not clear how, exactly, this works.  But visit the app store for details and to purchase. [Read more...]

Here come the Arab Christians

It’s a phenomenon that’s transforming more and more communities around the United States (shown above: St. Elias Maronite Church in Birmingham, AL). From the AP: Jordanian immigrants take Communion at an Arabic-language Mass in Albuquerque. Lebanese-Americans help raise nearly $2 million for major improvements to a West Virginia church. Iraqi refugees who practice an ancient religion that views [Read More...]

“We need more deacons”

That’s the argument that Phyllis Zagano makes in her column in this week’s National Catholic Reporter, as she notes several dioceses that for one reason or another have suspended their formation programs: A while back, Cardinal Walter Kasper said bishops have two arms: the priesthood and the diaconate. But a few U.S. bishops have interrupted [Read More...]

Deacon Robert Jergovic update

Last week, I posted a prayer request for this remarkable man. Tonight, this comment was left at that post: The world lost an amazing man today. He has left this life in pursuit of our dreams. As his son, I appreciate everything and every prayer that was spoken or thought. I am flattered at how [Read More...]

RIP, Bil Keane

The legendary creator of the popular comic “Family Circus” — who never shied from bringing his Catholicism to the fore, as shown above — has gone to the great drawing board in the sky: For more than a half century, Bil Keane’s clever “Family Circus” comics entertained readers with a mix of humor and traditional [Read More...]

“Communion under both kinds is…encouraged and is expected to be the norm”

That’s the sentiment of Bishop Patrick McGrath of the Diocese of San Jose  who, breaking with recent trends in other parts of the country, has issued a statement for his own diocese: In light of recent statements by the bishops of the Dioceses of Phoenix and Madison regarding the limited use of Holy Communion under [Read More...]

Further proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy

He has given us lip balm flavored like Girl Scout Cookies: The Girl Scout Cookie lip balm collection represents five of our favorite tasty treats: Thin Mints, Trefoils, Chocolate Peanut Butter (Tagalongs), Peanut Butter (Do-si-dos), and Coconut Caramel Stripes (Samoas). These lip balms taste and smell just as scrumptious as the cookies, and you won’t put [Read More...]

Mississippi’s Personhood Amendment fails

The fate of that issue  — which Catholic bishops declined to support — was one of the more closely watched votes in yesterday’s election.  The amendment was resoundingly rejected. Details: Mississippi voters Tuesday defeated a ballot initiative that would’ve declared life begins at fertilization, a proposal that supporters sought in the Bible Belt state as [Read More...]

From wearing a veil, to wearing a crown: new Miss World once studied to be a nun

Details: A woman who spent five years training to be a nun has been crowned the winner of Miss World 2011. Miss Venezuela, Ivian Lunasol Sarcos Colmenares, beat contestants from 122 countries to the coveted title after impressing the judges in the categories of beach beauty, top model, talent, sports, and beauty with a purpose [Read More...]

“It’s gonna be a lovely day”

It looks like just another singing “flash mob” on a London subway train.  But watch for a delightful surprise at the end. [Read more...]

Cardinal Law’s birthday bash

He turned 80 over the weekend, and the Boston Herald takes us to the celebration in Rome: Cardinal Bernard Law was treated to a lavish birthday spread, the company of a conclave of clerics and even the music of a mariachi band in a four-star Italian hotel, where guests rolled up in Vatican Mercedes sedans [Read More...]

Pope Benedict on permanent deacons

I seem to remember posting something on this a few years ago at my old site.  But a reader sent it my way, and it deserves re-posting. From Zenit, via Catholic Online, here is Pope Benedict speaking about permanent deacons in 2008: Following a Lenten tradition, Benedict XVI met Thursday with parish priests and clergy [Read More...]

Court rules Church may be responsible for priests’ wrongdoing

It’s a precedent-setting ruling out of the Royal Court of Justice in London. From the Guardian: Victims of clerical sexual abuse will find it easier to bring compensation claims against the Catholic church after a judge ruled it can be held responsible for the wrongdoings of its priests. In a test case heard at the high [Read More...]

Marriage is a marathon

And this couple decided to get married during one. They tied the knot while running the New York City Marathon last weekend. Really. Mary and Raymond Donaldson said “I do” while puffing their way through the 22nd mile. Somehow, I don’t think they went through Pre-Cana… [Read more...]