Another list of favorite blogs… — UPDATED

…this time, from a blogging bishop. Christopher Coyne, from Indianapolis, offers his own take on Catholic websites, broken into two parts, over at his blog Let Us Walk Together. It has some names that are familiar — and maybe some that aren’t.  Take a look! UPDATE: He just posted Part Deux. [Read more...]

Christmas is over

This box was in the sacristy this morning, waiting to be filled. [Read more...]

The three little pigs, by Shakespeare

This popped up before Christmas, and I’m just catching up with it now.  But I laughed out loud.  Several times. Enjoy. (A jolly h/t to Marcel at Aggie Catholics.) [Read more...]

“Christ is bathed in light…”

“Christ is bathed in light; let us also be bathed in light. Christ is baptized; let us also go down with him, and rise with him. John is baptizing when Jesus draws near. Perhaps he comes to sanctify his baptizer; certainly he comes to bury sinful humanity in the waters. He comes to sanctify the [Read More...]

When the person praying for a job is clergy

Here’s an unusual look at an often-unreported aspect of the recession: ministers who are unemployed. From the Columbus Dispatch: When ordained minister Rudy Alexeeff talks about his job search, it’s clear he’s looking for more than just a paycheck. He and his wife, Maggie, could definitely use more money, but he wants to find exactly [Read More...]

Why evangelicals may back a Catholic or a Mormon

It’s an interesting twist this election year, and one observer wonders why it’s happening: For a party that was once defined by a White Anglo-Saxon Protestant heritage, this is a remarkable turnaround. Not once in the GOP’s history has it nominated a Catholic and it has certainly never considered another Mormon. The South Carolina GOP [Read More...]

The Latinos who aren’t Catholic, but used to be

It’s a trend that bears watching: While the Catholic church is still the principal religion for Latinos, a growing number are bucking tradition and moving toward evangelism — particularly among the younger generation. “My mother is so Catholic,” said Jose Rosales, 55. “She tripped out when she found out. She and my aunt said, ‘Oh, [Read More...]

Homily for January 8, 2012: the Epiphany of the Lord

[Click here for readings] If there is any image that captures this time of year perfectly, it’s the sad sight of a Christmas tree dumped by the curb. You see them all over the city.  I walked by a bunch of them Friday while on the way to work in Manhattan: piles of them, some [Read More...]

Cardinal George: “I’m truly sorry for the hurt my remarks have caused”

Details: Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George apologized Friday for remarks aired on Christmas Day comparing the gay pride parade to the Ku Klux Klan. “I am truly sorry for the hurt my remarks have caused,” George said in an interview with the Tribune. “Particularly because we all have friends or family members who are gay and [Read More...]

Quote of the day, from Dolan

“Yes, I am honored, humbled, and grateful, …but, let’s be frank: this is not about Timothy Dolan; this is an honor from the Holy Father to the Archdiocese of New York, and to all our cherished friends and neighbors who call this great community home. It’s as if Pope Benedict is putting the red hat [Read More...]

Now, about all those married Catholic priests…

The New York Times takes a closer look at how the new ordinariate will be  impacting one facet of Catholic life in particular, with more married priests: Most Americans, perhaps most American Catholics, do not know that the church allows married priests. But there have always been married priests in the non-Latin rites, like Ukrainian [Read More...]

Cardinal Dolan — UPDATED

Yes, as many expected, he’s getting the red hat. The list: Fernando Filoni, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples; Manuel Montiero de Castro, Major Penitentiary of the Roman Church; Santos Abril y Castelló, archpriest of St Mary Major; Antonio Maria Veglió, president of the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Refugees; Giuseppe Bertello, [Read More...]

A former Anglican’s journey: “We look forward in faith”

A priest from the Archdiocese of Washington and FOB (Friend of the Bench), Fr. R. Scott Hurd has been tapped to be the Vicar General for the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter.  He’s well-suited for the job — being a former Episcopalian priest himself.  He’s also the Executive Director of the Archdiocese’s [Read More...]

America’s next top model: a little boy with Down syndrome

This is something wonderful to behold. From AdWeek: One young man is making great strides in the modeling world despite what many might see as a significant impediment—he has Down syndrome. His name is Ryan, and he appears on page 9 of the new Target circular, just a few months after making an appearance in [Read More...]

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...]


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