Dismissing — and dissing — bishops

Wherein Msgr. Charles Pope, from the Archdiocese of Washington, vents: I am well aware of the (often legitimate) frustrations by some Catholics that the Bishops, either individually or collectively have not always shepherded in a clearer way; a way that both disciplined dissenters and corrected liturgical abuses and also encouraged those who tried to remain [Read More...]

Worst church website ever?

Take an aspirin and click here. H/T Brandon, who posted this on his FB page. Ouch. [Read more...]

See you in court: more Catholics seek justice through canon law

It’s an interesting development that may be having a profound impact on how lay people think of the Church. From the AP: In recent years, clergy and lay people in the United States have increasingly turned to the church’s internal legal system to challenge a bishop’s or pastor’s decision about even the most workaday issues [Read More...]

A bishop and a dog who’s really paper-trained

Gotta love this.  After spotlighting a story about a priest and his dog, I found the charming video below, starring the St. Louis Review and Maggie, the pooch belonging to Archbishop Robert Carlson. H/T to Jim Lackey at CNS. Woof! [Read more...]

Quote of the day

“The interest of society in the enforcement of employment discrimination statutes is undoubtedly important.  But so too is the interest of religious groups in choosing who will preach their beliefs, teach their faith and carry out their mission.” – Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts He was writing about a unanimous court ruling today on [Read More...]

“Dear Hiring Manager…”

Are you an unemployed over-achiever?  Looking to get a good job with a humanitarian organization?  No problem!  Just cut and paste the cover letter below, and you’ll be on your way: Dear Hiring Manager for [insert International Humanitarian Organization], I would like to apply for the position of [insert vague sounding job title that has [Read More...]

Google pays tribute to a blessed priest and scientist

That would be Bishop Nicolas Steno.  Google’s description of him: Google revealed its latest homescreen Google Doodle today, this time commemorating the birth of Nicolas Steno, a 17th century researcher and bishop who straddled the worlds of science and religion. Born on this day, all the way back in 1683, Steno studied medicine at the University of [Read More...]

Out of Antarctica: “We never know where the Divine plan will take us…”

Remember Msgr. Steve Rossetti, who spent Christmas snowed in at the bottom of the world? He posted an update a few days ago, after he was finally able to leave: I am grateful for the enthusiasm which many communicated to me about my Antarctic journey. One couple told their young child that I was at [Read More...]

When holy obedience saved a priest’s life

It happened, incredibly, when he followed his superior’s order to get off the Titanic. The story of Jesuit Fr. Frank Browne: When Derry priest Fr. Eddie O’Donnell stumbled across over 40,000 negatives belonging to the late Fr. Frank Browne he would not have been able to envisage the significance of what he had just discovered. [Read More...]

Meet Jake, the Rectory Dog!

A reader in Vermont sent this my way: the story of a priest’s best friend, who happens to have four legs:       The Rev. Charles Ranges and Jake, a small, 8 -year-old black and white papillon, have been a staple around Essex Junction for nearly four years. The two live together in Holy Family [Read More...]

Deacons who serve on the fly

Some are doing it at airports, and St. Louis Today recently looked at a thriving ministry at the local international airport: The young soldier was sitting by herself in the airport terminal sobbing. George Miller, a deacon at the chapel at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, said he walked over, introduced himself and stayed with her [Read More...]

Best. Fingerpainting. Ever.

He’s  Fabian Gaete Maureira, from Santiago, Chile.  He’s actually got his own blog, with links to other videos.  But you have to see this to believe it. [Read more...]

A priest in Nigeria: “I could have been among the victims…”

A deacon from Canada sent this story my way, with the following note: In our parish (St. Martin de Porres, Toronto) we have been and continue blessed to have a number of priests from overseas help us out with Masses. One of the most loved of these men is Fr. Emmanuel Mbam, who hails from [Read More...]

Who has jurisdiction over RealCatholic TV? — UPDATED

After last month’s statement from the Archdiocese of Detroit — saying that Michael Voris isn’t authorized by the archdiocese to use the word “Catholic” — there seems to be some disagreement about who actually has jurisdiction over Voris’s work.  Details: [Detroit] Archdiocesan Director of Communications Ned McGrath noted that concerns about Voris had been public [Read More...]

The cardinal as card

From the NY Post: His new post as a cardinal comes with a princely red hat, but Archbishop Timothy Dolan isn’t letting the promotion go to his head. When asked by a reporter yesterday whether he should be called an archbishop or a cardinal-designee, the portly priest flashed his famous sense of humor. “Just call [Read More...]

Mass on a mountain

From the Diocese of Des Moines Facebook page: Thanks to Mercy Medical Center for providing this image from Africa, taken of Msgr. Frank Bognanno celebrating Mass on the eve of the Epiphany. The service, attended by Catholics, Christians, Jews and Muslims, was for a group of cancer survivors and caregivers, including Msgr. Bognanno, who are [Read More...]

A resolution worth keeping

From the President of CatholicCulture.org: Those of us with dogmatic personalities—and that includes many who take the Faith seriously in a hostile culture—have an additional spiritual hurdle, because we so often confuse our commitment to God’s principles with our own self-importance as God’s spokesmen. This can lead to a habit of self-righteous indignation, as if [Read More...]

Lifting the curtain on child sex abuse in Hollywood

A story that’s been lurking on the sidelines for several months (just Google “Corey Feldman”) has finally made the Los Angeles Times: Advocates and professionals who work with victims of child sexual abuse say predators exploit the glittery lure of Hollywood to prey on aspiring actors or models. They assert that the problem is more [Read More...]


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