Out of Egypt: a woman reporter speaks

This month, ONE has a revealing and unsettling look at what it’s like to be a Coptic woman in Egypt (hint: it ain’t easy.)   The reporter, Sarah Topol, sat down for a brief video interview, below, where she explains some of the challenges involved in being a woman journalist in that corner of the [Read More...]

Sheen's way: "I love the journey…"

Sr. Rose Pacatte has a terrific and inspiring interview with Martin Sheen, tied to his new movie “The Way,” over at National Catholic Reporter.  He talks about his faith, his family, his film career, and much more. I feel that your opening performance in “Apocalypse Now” (1979) has something to do with your new film, [Read More...]

Dog bites man: former editor says Times is "socially liberal"

Well, who’da thunk? Details: Former New York Times editor Bill Keller sat down for an interview at the LBJ Library last week and discussed the Times’ editorial stance when covering hotly contested social issues. In a forthright admission, Keller openly described the paper as “socially liberal.” Keller, who stepped down as Executive Editor of the New York [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words

From a friend’s FB page: The night before the burial of her husband 2nd Lt. James Cathey of the United States Marine Corps, killed in Iraq, Katherine Cathey refused to leave the casket, asking to sleep next to his body for the last time. The Marines made a bed for her, tucking in the sheets [Read More...]

"Be a man": an anthem for priestly discernment

Now, for something completely different, from Franciscan University, and the men who are in the Priestly Discernment program.  Evidently, a talent for performing tunes from Disney animated musicals (here, a production number from “Mulan”) is an important part of priestly discernment.  Who knew? Anyway, the audience clearly loved it.  Enjoy. [Read more...]

"What's on your PowerBook?" Meet the Jesuit who appeared in an Apple ad

The ad above was selected as one of the best Apple ads by an editor at Huffington Post.  The Jesuit priest — Creighton University’s Fr. Don Doll, who appeared in it (along with rocker Todd Rundgren) — dropped an e-mail about the experience to CNS: In an email titled “A bit of Creighton in Apple [Read More...]

Ordination update: 8 new deacons in Reno

Lucky Reno!  Details, from the Northern Nevada Catholic: On Sept. 17, eight men were ordained at Saint Teresa of Avila Catholic Church in Carson City as permanent deacons for the Diocese of Reno by Most Rev. Randolph R. Calvo, Bishop of Reno. These men are: Joseph Bell from St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral, Reno; Russell Bergin [Read More...]

Deep Forest: the man who knew both Merton and Day

And he’s written about them both, too.  And now U.S. Catholic has a fascinating interview with Jim Forest, discussing Thomas Merton and Dorothy Day — two of my heroes: Few have written authoritative biographies of the 20th-century spiritual giants Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker, and Thomas Merton, the celebrated Trappist monk and writer. [Read More...]

Sultan: Muslims who attended Methodist supper will receive counseling

Who knew church suppers could be such a threat? Details: Islamic authorities will provide counseling to a dozen Malaysian Muslims to “restore their belief and faith” after they attended a community dinner at a church hall, a royal sultan said Monday. The case has triggered worries among officials in Muslim-majority Malaysia that some non-Muslims were [Read More...]

"You discover all the problems which the real Creator must have had…"

That’s how the ingenious Theo Jansen describes the experience of creating these incredible walking “Strandbeests,” powered purely by air and his own imagination.  Just watch. [Read more...]

History: first Episcopal church in the U.S. converts under ordinariate

It finally happened.  Details: The Rev. Mark Lewis awoke early on the last morning of his life as an Anglican priest and dressed in a suit and tie instead of his usual priestly regalia. That’s different, he thought, for the first of many times on a day when so much was different for St. Luke’s, [Read More...]

Madison joins Phoenix in limiting Communion under both kinds — UPDATED

Weeks after Phoenix moved to restrict use of the Precious Blood during Mass, it now appears that Madison, Wisconsin is moving in the same direction. Fr. Z. broke the news: On the site of the parish of the Cathedral of Madison in Wisconsin, where His Excellency Most Rev. Robert Morlino is, by the grace of [Read More...]

"You Lost Me": Why teens leave church — UPDATED

Some sobering food for thought on a Sunday night, courtesy Religion News Service and the Barna Group: Why do young Christians leave the church? New research by the Barna Group finds they view churches as judgmental, overprotective, exclusive and unfriendly towards doubters. They also consider congregations antagonistic to science and say their Christian experience has [Read More...]

While Egypt burns

In Cairo, clashes between Christians and military police have taken a deadly turn. From Reuters: Nineteen people were killed in Cairo on Sunday when Christians, some carrying crosses and pictures of Jesus, clashed with military police, medical and security sources said, in the latest sectarian flare-up in a country in political turmoil. Christians protesting against [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words

Spotted on a friend’s Facebook page: [Read more...]

Boom: Scranton diocese doubles number of seminarians

How’d that happen?  Some answers: Encouraged by a proactive vocations office and a supportive bishop, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Scranton’s class of men studying to be priests has doubled in the last two years to 17 seminarians. The diocese last had as many seminarians in 2004, when 20 men were studying for the priesthood. [Read More...]

Ordination update: 7 new deacons in Palm Beach

It happened last month, and is featured in this week’s Florida Catholic: Between them, they have 14 children and represent parishes from around the diocese. Their backgrounds and careers are all different: among them a doctor, dental professional, several businessmen and a computer engineer. Their paths crossed for more than five years here in the [Read More...]

Homily for October 9, 2011: 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

This past Wednesday, the world lost a giant. But I don’t mean Steve Jobs. In all the news coverage given to his passing, all the accolades about his life, much of the media overlooked another life that didn’t get as much attention. But I want to give it that attention this morning. I’m speaking of [Read More...]


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