Catholic bishops trying to get out the vote

And many aren’t being shy about which candidate they think you should support.  From Religion News Service: A number of Roman Catholic bishops are making forceful last-minute appeals to their flock to vote on Election Day, and their exhortations are increasingly sounding like calls to support Republican challenger Mitt Romney over President Obama. The most [Read More…]

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“We’re still here…”

My blog neighbor Father Michael Duffy was finally able to break his long silence and give an update yesterday on his situation on Long Island. Just ordained in June, he writes that, like so many things in his young priesthood, “this is something they didn’t prepare you for in the seminary”:  We’re still here. my parish [Read More…]

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After Sandy: we rise, and we kneel

I have one word for my experience today: jaw-dropping. My parish in Queens seats about a thousand people.  At the 12:05 daily Mass today, we had all that and more.  They were standing in the back, and some in the aisles.  We went through four full ciboriums of hosts, which is almost unprecedented. The Mass [Read More…]

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George Lucas to donate billions from Disney sale to charity

He called the first Star Wars epic “A New Hope.”  From the Hollywood Reporter, here’s something spectacular to give all of us hope: By the end of the year, the $4.05 billion sale of Lucasfilm to Disney should be finalized. And since George Lucas owns 100 percent of his company – which has little to [Read More…]

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For All Saints Day: “I want to be in that number…”

The inimitable Louis Armstrong does it as only he can.  From 1959, at a concert in Germany. Trivia buffs take note: Armstrong lived not far from where I live today, and is buried in Flushing.  His funeral in 1971 drew an astonishing who’s-who of the music world, and the honorary pall bearers included Bing Crosby, [Read More…]

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Coming next: a Lutheran Ordinariate?

A cardinal raised that possibility recently: The president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity said in an interview that the Vatican would entertain a hypothetical proposal by Lutherans to establish ecclesial structures modeled on the ordinariates developed for Anglican communities that wish to enter into full communion with the Holy See. “Anglicanorum coetibus [Read More…]

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Bishop to flock: “I call upon every Catholic in this Diocese to vote”

Dennis Coday in the National Catholic Reporter reports that he received the following e-mail: MOST REV. DANIEL R. JENKY, C.S.C. OFFICE OF THE BISHOP DIOCESE OF PEORIA Election AD 2012 By virtue of your vow of obedience to me as your Bishop, I require that this letter be personally read by each celebrating priest at [Read More…]

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Homily for November 1, 2012: All Saints Day

[Click here for readings.] Yesterday morning, I went to the store to pick up a few things.  While I was in line, a little girl came in, six or seven years old, wearing a pink costume and carrying a small plastic pumpkin.  She tried to get the attention of the guy behind the counter “Trick [Read More…]

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Biden defines “the civil rights issue of our time”

Details: Vice President Joe Biden said transgender discrimination is “the civil rights issue of our time” during a visit to a Florida field office on Tuesday, according to pool reports. Biden was meeting with volunteers at an Obama for America office in Sarasota, Fla., when he singled out one woman “who he thought had beautiful [Read More…]

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“Within our darkest nights, you kindle a fire that never dies away…”

A priest friend who works at a college on Long Island posted this on his Facebook page this morning: It’s another cloudy day here on Long Island. It’s dark with out power and hard to get around with so many trees down. Dark, no energy and cut off. For many it seems bleak. What lies [Read More…]

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Another casualty of Sandy: Halloween

Details: Communities along the East Coast are still reeling from the effects of Superstorm Sandy, and now officials in storm-ravaged areas have postponed Halloween festivities and trick-or-treating. Anticipating a long-term recovery effort, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie promised to reschedule Halloween if conditions do not improve by Wednesday evening. “If conditions are not safe on [Read More…]

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“Hungry and You Fed Me”: homilists for the homeless

Looking for preaching ideas for next year?  Look no further. I’m honored and humbled to be a part of this new book,  “Hungry and You Fed Me: Homilies and Reflections for Cycle C,” which collects sermons from a wide range of sources and puts them between covers for the first time, with sales going to [Read More…]

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Is this what schism looks like?

I have to wonder if same sex marriage will be the issue that finally and irrevocably rends the American church in two. First, there’s Seattle: The folk mass hymns and gospels were familiar, the response “And with your spirit” recited Sundays in church by millions of Catholics, but the 120 faithful gathered outside Seattle’s St. [Read More…]

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Biden campaign video: “As a practicing Catholic, like many of you…”

The mind boggles. Keep practicing, Joe. Practice makes perfect. [Read more…]

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Before and after

An astonishing comparison of lower Manhattan after Sandy hit, and before.  The caption: This combination of photos shows above, lower Manhattan dark after the hybrid storm Sandy on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, and below a fully lit skyline on Jan. 6, 2012, both seen from the Brooklyn borough of New York. In an attempt to [Read More…]

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On Hurricane Sandy: “God sent the whirlwind. Thank God for righteous judgment”

We could see this coming, couldn’t we? Details: Hurricane Sandy continues to pummel the coastal Atlantic region as the historic “superstorm” makes its way up the East Coast. The death toll has risen to at least 65, and the damage may cost as much as $55 billion, but the Westboro Baptist Church is thanking God [Read More…]

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How Dan Rather helped invent modern hurricane coverage on TV in 1961

We’ve gotten used to seeing endless hurricane coverage these days, but the real trailblazer in this kind of reporting, the first television correspondent to wade into the water and report from the center of a storm, was Dan Rather, covering Hurricane Carla in Houston in 1961. Here’s a fascinating glimpse back at how that coverage [Read More…]

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Ordination update: 22 new deacons in Seattle

The web page for Seattle’s cathedral has some wonderful pictures of the event.  Some higlights below. I’m told a story will be appearing in the diocesan newspaper in a few days. I hope to post more then. Meantime, the new deacons are: Salvador Ardon Sanchez, Bruno Bahk, John Bergford, Jose Blakeley, Carl Chilo, Jose’ DeLeon, [Read More…]

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