And the Catholic empire at Patheos continues to grow…

A big shout-out and welcome to our newest blogger, Lisa Hendey! Check out her new place, the nicely named “A Good Measure.”  Lisa will be familiar to scads of Catholic blog readers for her website CatholicMom.com.  She’s also a terrific speaker and ardent advocate for all things bloggy and social media-y.  I saw her in [Read More…]

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First look: the new deacons of Richmond

I’ll look forward to getting a full report in the next few days. But for now, here’s a first glimpse at the 19 newly ordained deacons from the Diocese of Richmond (and, of course, their bishop.)  Profiles of the men can be found here.  Ad multos annos!  [Read more…]

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School district orders football team to remove cross from logo

Details: A Wisconsin school district has ordered a joint public-private school football team to change its logo – in the middle of the season — after a lone parent said the inclusion of a bishop’s hat and cross was a violation of the U.S. Constitution. Martin Lexmond, superintendent of the Shorewood School District, told Fox [Read More…]

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Jerry Mathers, Catholic

And the star of “Leave It to Beaver” is speaking out in support of Catholic education. Details: He grew up with the world watching.  In the 50’s and 60’s, Sioux City’s own Jerry Mathers was the kid other kids wanted to be like, and the child many parents felt they had. Jerry Mathers had already [Read More…]

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State of Grace: two new saints next week will come from New York

From the In My Backyard Desk…an observation, from Lawrence Downes in the New York Times: When Pope Benedict XVI canonizes seven Catholic saints in Rome next Sunday, two Americans will be among them, bringing the total of American saints to an even dozen. That may seem surprisingly few after 500 years of Christianity in the [Read More…]

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Must see TV: SNL’s version of the Biden/Ryan debate

As expected, the wizards at SNL didn’t disappoint. Herewith, their take on the Biden/Ryan debate. [Read more…]

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“Is it a rule that you have to give the sign of peace…?”

A reader writes: I’m a recent convert with Asperger’s. I have a REAL problem with the touchy feely parts of the “ordinary” form, and I typically try very hard to go to the Tridentine for just that reason (ok, not just that one, I do love the Latin). On occasion I have no choice but [Read More…]

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A glimpse inside the synod: what some bishops are talking about

If you’re looking for insight into what’s happening at the synod on the New Evangelization, Tucson Bishop Gerald Kicanas is offering terrific daily reports for Catholic News Service’s blog.  Here’s part of Saturday’s post: During the morning we heard 26 continuous five-minute interventions. While we might feel overwhelmed and weary with so many interventions, the [Read More…]

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Making a splash: California gets ready for annual Blessing of the Waves

A preview from the Los Angeles Times: Surfing luminaries and religious figures will converge in Huntington beach on Sunday for an unusual event. At the fifth annual Blessing of the Waves, an interfaith service sponsored by the Diocese of Orange, Tom Morey — the inventor of the Boogie Board — will represent the Baha’i Faith. [Read More…]

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Homily for October 14, 2012: 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for readings.] This episode in the gospels could go down as one of the great “unsolved mysteries” of the New Testament. We never hear what happened to the rich young man, never find out what he did, never hear the rest of the story.  We tend to assume that he was simply too [Read More…]

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Officially adorable: dads singing “Part of Your World”

Now I’ve seen everything. For all you dads out there with little princess-fixated daughters, take heart: you have plenty of company. Enjoy. [Read more…]

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What’s “the most Christian city in America”?

No big surprise here:  A study measuring religious bodies in the United States called the, “2010 U.S. Religious Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study (RCMS)” was recently released by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). The most comprehensive study of its kind, it provides detailed county by county information on congregations, members, [Read More…]

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Another Catholic church may become a mosque

Some weeks back, I posted on a California church being used by Muslims. Now, a church in France may also undergo a conversion: A church in the central French town of Vierzon may be converted to a mosque, as Muslims across Europe are converting empty churches to fit their faith – but some locals are [Read More…]

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Canadian official: Catholic schools cannot teach that abortion is wrong—UPDATED

Details from the web site New American:  The Education Minister of Ontario, Canada — a professing Catholic who sends her children to Catholic schools — declared October 10 that the province’s publicly funded Catholic schools may not teach students that abortion is wrong because such teaching amounts to “misogyny,” which is prohibited in schools under [Read More…]

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“The homilist should strive to live a life of holiness…

A topic of which there is no shortage of opinions — preaching — will be getting more attention next month at the bishops’ meeting in Baltimore. From the USCCB:  The U.S. bishops will vote on a formal document on preaching at their annual fall meeting, November 12-15, in Baltimore. The document, “Preaching the Mystery of [Read More…]

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“Never let the facts get in the way of a good story”

That’s an old, irreverent adage in journalism.  Seems to work in politics, too. From my blog neighbor Frank Weathers, who dug this up from the USCCB, regarding Joe Biden: Last night, the following statement was made during the Vice Presidential debate regarding the decision of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to [Read More…]

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This year’s Christmas stamp: the flight into Egypt

Something altogether different from the U.S. Postal Service this year. From CNS: The U.S. Postal Service Oct. 10 released a Christmas stamp featuring an image of the Holy Family fleeing to Egypt. A ceremony to celebrate the first day of issue of the stamp took place at the Washington National Cathedral of the Episcopal Church. [Read More…]

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Raw video: Ryan and Biden on abortion and their Catholic faith

For those who missed it last night, here’s the exchange many are talking about this morning.It came near the end of the debate, as the men were asked to talk about how their Catholic faith has informed their views on abortion. [Read more…]

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