“This is a sad moment in the life of our country…”

“I cannot imagine a more direct and frontal attack on freedom of conscience than this ruling. This decision must be fought against with all the energies the Catholic Community can muster. For me there is no other fundamental issue as important as this one as we enter into the Presidential and Congressional campaigns. Every candidate [Read More...]

Homily for January 22, 2012: 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for readings.] I have office hours the first Saturday of every month, to meet with families and schedule baptisms. It’s fairly routine, mostly collecting paperwork and filling out forms.  But a few years ago, there was one meeting that I will never forget. It was anything but routine. A young mother arrived at [Read More...]

Catholics to Gingrich, Santorum: “Stop perpetuating ugly racial stereotypes”

Details: More than 40 national Catholic leaders and prominent theologians at universities across the country released a strongly worded open letter today urging “our fellow Catholics Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum to stop perpetuating ugly racial stereotypes on the campaign trail.” In the lead up to Saturday’s primary in South Carolina, Newt Gingrich has frequently [Read More...]

Oops

This is why God made proofreaders (source): [Read more...]

Quote of the day

“In effect, the president is saying we have a year to figure out how to violate our consciences.  To force American citizens to choose between violating their consciences and forgoing their healthcare is literally unconscionable.It is as much an attack on access to health care as on religious freedom. Historically this represents a challenge and [Read More...]

This is what you get for spending a lot of time around Saints

New Orleans Saints Owner Tom Benson and his wife, Gayle Benson have received from Pope Benedict XVI the highest papal award granted to a layperson. Details, from the New Orleans Clarion Herald: This special papal recognition was granted by the pope at the request of Oblate Bishop Michael Pfeifer, O.M.I., of the Diocese of San Angelo, Texas, [Read More...]

Will parishioners call him “Ref. Mr.”?

This deacon candidate is due to be ordained later this year.  And he’s found that some of the skills he’s developed in sports could be useful in ministry.  From Arkansas Catholic: The similarities between John Hall III’s roles as an aspiring deacon and a basketball referee may not be immediately apparent to the layperson, but [Read More...]

A first: Southern Africa bishops pick nun as Secretary General

A little piece of history being made: The bishops of Southern Africa have appointed Sister Hermenegild Makoro as the new Secretary- General of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference. She will replace Fr Vincent Brennan SMA who is to retire in March. Linda Bordoni spoke to Sr. Hermenegild by telephone and asked her about her [Read More...]

More on Michael Voris and “safeguarding ‘Catholicity’”

From canon lawyer Ed Peters, one month into the Michael Voris/RealCatholicTV/Archdiocese of Detroit standoff: Canon 216 embraces “any undertaking” not just “any undertaking that seems to be heterodox”. Most of what Voris/RCTV produces would probably pass doctrinal muster, but that happy fact counts for little in the face of the undoubted canonical requirement to secure [Read More...]

Great moments in Utah history

I mean: really?  REALLY?  We’ve reached the place where reality now is more ludicrous than satire.  The Onion should just go out of business. Check this out: KSTU-TV in Utah reports that a new high school’s hope to call its team the Cougars was rejected because . . . wait for it . . . [Read More...]

The Bark Side: Volkswagen’s inspired new Super Bowl ad

Clearly, designed to go viral — so allow me to give it a little nudge.   Those who remember this priceless spot from last year will recognize the theme: the Imperial March, a.k.a., Darth Vader’s Theme.  But you’ve never heard it like this.  Or seen it performed by dogs dressed as those iconic characters. [Read more...]

Family charges “cruel discrimination” over communion

Details, from the London Daily Mail: The parents of a seven-year-old boy with Down’s Syndrome have accused the Catholic Church of ‘cruel discrimination’ for refusing to allow him to take Holy Communion. Denum Ellarby attends a mainstream Roman Catholic primary school and his parents wanted him to join his classmates in the First Communion ceremony. [Read More...]

Newly ordained priest removed after fathering a child while in seminary

It happened in the Archdiocese of New York.  Details: The priest, the Rev. Casmir Manyonyi Mung’aho, 34, was ordained in May after graduating from St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers. He had not told his superiors that he had fathered a child in a consensual relationship with an adult woman, “which he certainly should have done,” [Read More...]

Meet Fr. Don, the surfer priest

This is a great video about a priest who surfs: Fr. Don Calloway.  But that’s just the beginning.  He’s got a great story — and a great message. Curious for more?  Check out his website. [Read more...]

Ordination update: happy new year, happy new deacons in Arlington

And just as at the beginning of the Church, there are seven. Details, from the Catholic Herald: Seven men answered the call to the permanent diaconate and were ordained last Saturday by Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington. Family, friends and clergy of the diocese joined in [Read More...]

Roll out the welcome mat!

And “light one candle”  for Tony Rossi and Christopher Closeup – a shiny new blog here at Patheos, and great addition to the family. I’ve known Tony for a few years, and can vouch that he will be both a friendly neighbor and an agreeable dinner guest; we’ve dined together a time or two and [Read More...]

Beautiful. Uplifting. Funny. And so very true.

Take 10 minutes and watch this extraordinary video, created by a class of Alabama middle school students.  It will stay with you long after it’s finished. H/T Aggie Catholics. [Read more...]

Climb every mountain: a priest’s journey up Kilimanjaro

Last week, I posted an item about a priest from Des Moines climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro.  CNS caught up with him this week, and has more: A pastor from the Des Moines Diocese has experienced a once-in-a-lifetime adventure with the hope that it will bring others to God. Msgr. Frank Bognanno, 72 and pastor of Christ [Read More...]


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