Cheering for the underdogs: making "The Mighty Macs"

The movie about the fabled basketball team opens this Friday — did you know the original title was “Our Lady of Victory”? — but it took a long time to happen. The AP has the scoop: Here’s a sports fairy tale that never gets old: Underdog team with few resources but a lot of heart [Read More...]

A dream deferred, fulfilled

A remarkable story from the world of boxing, about a man who spent a quarter century behind bars for a murder he didn’t commit and finally, at the age of 52, lived his dream. From ESPN: Dewey Bozella landed a hard right cross on his opponent’s jaw at the final bell, and the 52-year-old boxer [Read More...]

Want to be a priest? There's an app for that

The Church in Ireland has developed an innovative way to spread the word about vocations — one you can hold in the palm of your hand. Details: An establishment viewed as a bastion of tradition is turning to a new app to encourage more “applications.” The app, says the church, is “designed to promote vocations [Read More...]

Coping in Kansas City: "Obviously, we're not O.K. with this…"

How does a diocese deal with having its bishop indicted?  The New York Times visited a parish in Kansas City — the former parish of Fr. Shawn Rattigan, the priest at the center of the scandal — to find out. The Rev. Justin Hoye was struggling to figure out what, if anything, to say on [Read More...]

Why this Assisi meeting will be different

The interfaith prayer gathering happening next week will carry Pope Benedict’s own stamp, according to CNS, and welcome into dialogue in a special way nonbelievers and agnostics: The Oct. 27 event marks the 25th anniversary of the first such gathering. As in 1986, it is expected to draw representatives from many Christian denominations and more [Read More...]

Report looks at questions surrounding Priests for Life financial records — UPDATED

While the standoff between Fr. Frank Pavone and his bishop appears to be at an impasse, (and some observers still find the whole thing far too murky) the local newspaper in Amarillo takes a closer look at the financial records of Priests for Life.  Some details will be familiar to those who have been following [Read More...]

"Horrific": church attacked, desecrated in Rome violence

It happened near the Lateran basilica during the “day of rage” planned for many cities around the world yesterday.  Details: The Vatican has condemned Saturday’s violent clashes in central Rome including an attack by protesters on a church in which a crucifix and a statue of the Virgin Mary were destroyed. Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi [Read More...]

"Why did you change the words in the Gloria?" — UPDATED

That’s the question a woman asked me after Mass last night, as we introduced the altered musical settings for the new edition of the Roman Missal.  A friend who was with her echoed the sentiment.  She was baffled.  “Are they going to change back?,” she asked. This, after months of bulletin announcements and articles about [Read More...]

How come this doesn't work?

This is sweeping the Internets, so here it is, for those who might have missed it. What happens when a little girl who knows how to work an iPad encounters a print magazine? [Read more...]

Susan Boyle's latest: "You Have to Be There"

I found this unexpectedly moving: an unabashed statement of faith and hope addressed directly to God. [Read more...]

Ordination update: 6 new deacons in St. Pete

Details, from Bishop Robert Lynch’s own blog: Saturday morning at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, six new men were added to the rolls of permanent deacons of the Diocese of St. Petersburg. Joined by their wives, children, grandchildren, family and friends, these new deacons completed their four years of preparation and presented themselves [Read More...]

What happens when you sing "Ave Maria" to a baby?

Just what you’d expect. [Read more...]

Homily for October 16, 2011: 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

For the last several days, we’ve been hearing a lot about the demonstrations being staged in lower Manhattan and around the country: Occupy (Fill in the Blank) – Occupy Wall Street, Los Angeles, Washington…thousands of people taking to the streets to express their frustration over the economy and anger at Wall Street.   It remains to [Read More...]

Remembering a great success of Vatican II: permanent deacons

With the anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council this week, Matthew Cantirino over at First Things takes note of something I often mention — a great success story of the Council, the restoration of the diaconate as a permanent order: The restoration of the permanent diaconate to the Western church …must rank [Read More...]

Bishop on "Faithful Citizenship": "We felt it was important to keep it intact"

One of the bishops who worked on that landmark document explains why it was not rewritten this year: Four years after the bishops’ overwhelming approval of their teaching document “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” key leaders of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops did not feel that they needed to reinvent the wheel. The document [Read More...]

I'm back

Well, wouldn’t you know it: one of the biggest news days in the Catholic Church in America, full of head-scratching surprises, and I’m tied up doing Other Stuff. The Other Stuff included being part of a panel on social media at the USCCB headquarters on Washington, in a massive meeting room that is clearly designed [Read More...]

"Confessions of a Rosary Rattler"

That’s the title of this fine piece by Pat Gohn that looks at how she came to appreciate the rosary — and the woman behind it: My white-haired grandmother, Henrietta, owned a beautiful rosary with tiny delicate pearlescent beads. She kept it on her bedroom bureau in a small metal. Whenever I’d visit her apartment, [Read More...]

Hope springs eternal: Benedict Groeschel on Dolores Hope

“When I first met the Hopes 30 years ago, I was very impressed with the fact that their home had a chapel.  Obviously it had been placed there completely by Dolores.  Although the Blessed Sacrament was not reserved there in a private home, nevertheless the local pastors, who were great fiends of Dolores, often offered [Read More...]


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