Archdiocese throws cold water on the “ice bucket challenge”

And if you read on, you’ll see one of our Patheos bloggers mentioned. Details:  The Cincinnati Archdiocese has warned Catholic school principals against donating to the ALS Association due to concerns that the money could wind up funding research that uses embryonic stem cells. Archdiocese spokesman Dan Andriacco told the Cincinnati Enquirer that Catholic schools [Read More...]

The godless, lame-stream media strikes again

From the Facebook page of Channel 11 in Atlanta. While shooting a story at a local diner, the team decided to do something that undoubtedly will leave some people shocked. Post by 11Alive.   [Read more...]

Must-read: James Foley writes of his Jesuit education, prayer and seeing God in all things

A friend from Marquette, Tim Cigelske, posted this on his Facebook page today. It’s an email he received from James Foley, the journalist beheaded by ISIS yesterday. It was sent in 2011, after he was freed from a jail in Libya. Cigelske noted: “I’ve re-read the email he sent three years ago in search of [Read More...]

Faith, prayer sustain James Foley’s family

From CNS: In April 2013, the parents of slain U.S. journalist James Foley attended a prayer vigil at Marquette University in Milwaukee to pray for their son, who at that time had disappeared in Syria.Before Diane and John Foley had confirmation that spring that their son was missing, Diane said she just felt it — [Read More...]

Want to support Iraqi Christians? Here’s a great fundraiser

And it was all started by a deacon. From the CNEWA blog, One-to-One:  A couple days ago, I got an email from Deacon Charles Rohrbacher in the Diocese of Juneau (Alaska), who wanted me to know about a fundraiser they are undertaking to help Christians in Iraq — and, specifically, to support the work of CNEWA. [Read More...]

In Iraq, one man’s “No” led to a massacre

Chilling details of what is happening in parts of Iraq, via Reuters: When Islamic State militants stormed into a northern Iraqi village and ordered everyone to convert to Islam or die only one person refused. But that did not satisfy the Sunni insurgents who are even more hardline than al Qaeda. The militants, who have [Read More...]

James Wright Foley, Catholic, writes of praying the rosary in prison

What happened to this man yesterday is beyond imagining. But few accounts of his brave life and horrible death have mentioned one significant fact: his faith. My blog neighbor Frank Weathers has the scoop, with an excerpt from a piece Foley wrote for the Marquette alumni magazine three years ago: Myself and two colleagues had [Read More...]

“Blessing of the planes” in Alaska

Details: Some Anchorage pilots may feel safer in the skies now that a Catholic priest has blessed their planes. Rev. Leo Walsh of St. Benedict’s Catholic Church performed a blessing ceremony Tuesday evening at Lake Hood Seaplane Base. The Catholic priest sprinkled holy water and prayed over about a dozen planes while their owners looked [Read More...]

“I’m a straight woman married to a woman…”

And now for something completely different. I’ve never seen a story quite like this before. This isn’t exactly the ordinary couple next door. From The Washington Post:  I’ve never questioned my sexuality, my desire to be with a man. Still, when I first encountered the person who would become my husband, he was wearing makeup and [Read More...]

The struggles of being a woman minister—and staying employed

We don’t usually think about people in ministry being out of work and struggling to make ends meet. But this profile of one woman in New York City offers a different perspective: The Rev. Dominique C. Atchison stood at the lectern in the church fellowship hall, her voice soaring, her body swaying. There were joyful [Read More...]

One priest’s challenge to the “ice bucket challenge”

You may have read about the moral problems of donating to via the “ice bucket challenge.” Now, a blogging priest, Fr. Michael Denk, is offering a challenge of his own…to Check it out. And, like my blog neighbor Fr. Mike Duffy (who first raised ethical questions about this gimmick) he offers an alternative to donating [Read More...]

St. Louis archbishop issues letter on Ferguson, encourages prayer to Our Lady, Undoer of Knots

From the Archdiocese of St. Louis website:  Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, We are all aware of the turmoil and tragedy our St. Louis community is experiencing. The residents of Ferguson, Missouri, are struggling to find peace in the chaos. As people of Christ, we are struggling to find direction in the unrest. I [Read More...]

RIP, Don Pardo

One of the most familiar voices in the world is silent. Details:  Don Pardo, the magisterial announcer of Saturday Night Live for nearly 40 years — the highlight of seven heard and hardly seen decades at NBC — has died. He was 96. Pardo died Monday evening, an NBC spokesperson confirmed toThe Hollywood Reporter. He died in [Read More...]

Pope Francis on Iraq: “To stop the unjust aggressor is licit”

From Catholic News Service:  Pope Francis said the use of force can be justified to stop “unjust aggressors” such as Islamic State militants in northeastern Iraq, but he declined to endorse U.S. military airstrikes against the militants and said such humanitarian interventions should not be decided on by any single country.The pope also said he [Read More...]

A plea for Iraq: “As a daughter of Nineveh, a sister in Christ, I write to you…”

This morning, I got an unexpected phone call from Mother Olga of the Sacred Heart, who runs a community of sisters in the Archdiocese of Boston known as the Daughters of Mary of Nazareth. Mother Olga was born and spent much of her life in Iraq, and has now embarked on a special ministry to encourage [Read More...]

A rabbi answers a call to diakonia

From The New York Times comes an inspiring glimpse at one prominent New York religious leader who decided it was time to step away from the pulpit and work to help the poor: Leafy, affluent Park Slope, Brooklyn, embodies the challenge facing modern American Jewry: Though many Jews live there, few are observant. So it [Read More...]

All aboard: pope takes train to Mass in Korea

Details:  He has built a reputation for his down-to-earth style and has no patience for pomp. But even so, Pope Francis surprised hundreds of ordinary commuters when he took public transport to celebrate a Mass in Korea where he is on a five day visit. The pope scrapped his plans to take a helicopter from [Read More...]

Pope baptizes father of Korean ferry disaster victim—and the man takes the name “Francis”

Details:  On Sunday morning Pope Francis baptized 62-year-old Lee Ho-Jin – the father of one of the victims from the Sewol Ferry tragedy earlier this year – who took on the baptismal name “Francis.” Vatican Spokesman Father Federico Lombardi reported that the baptism was celebrated in 20 minutes without Mass. It was officiated by a [Read More...]