Justice Scalia: Strive to retain Catholic identity

That was Antonin Scalia’s message to Duquesne University in Pittsburgh on Saturday.  The Supreme Court Justice  spoke at an event marking the school’s 100th anniversary. From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Scalia’s 20-minute address to about 1,200 people in the A.J. Palumbo Center, Uptown, included a defense of religion in the public life and of an approach [Read More...]

Preaching to children

Thursday night, I got a call from a classmate and  friend, the DRE in my parish, Deacon Bill, explaining that his mother-in-law had died after a long illness.  As a result, he would not be attending or preaching at the special mass for third graders in our parish Sunday.  He asked: Could I fill in [Read More...]

In Amarillo, protests for Fr. Pavone — UPDATED

They took to the skies, and to the streets, Friday, according to local reports: An airplane, two trucks and one demonstrator holding signs made up the efforts of an anti-abortion organization Friday to urge local Catholics to implore Diocese of Amarillo Bishop Patrick J. Zurek to rethink his decision to keep prominent anti-abortion priest Father [Read More...]

The growing phenomenon of "missing girls"

The Vatican news site picks up on some troubling statistics: India is the fourth country in the world most at risk for the female gender, after Afghanistan, Congo and Pakistan, and the widespread practice of selective abortion of female fetuses makes the situation even more difficult. Since the last provisional census carried out in 2011, [Read More...]

Homily for September 25, 2011: 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for readings] Here at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, it’s customary to remember and honor the martyrs of different cultures. This weekend, we’ll have a special mass commemorating a Filipino martyr, Lorenzo Ruiz.  We also have special masses for the Korean Martyrs and the Chinese martyrs. Last week, I learned something remarkable about [Read More...]

Happy Birthday to Jim Henson, from Google

To celebrate and honor the master Muppeteer on what would have been his 75th birthday, the gang at Google has created a clever, one-of-a-kind doodle (above) that allows anyone using the search engine to become a digital puppeteer. Just visit your Google search page to play with it. The video below explains how it all [Read More...]

"Inspired and joyous"

Those two words were used by one critic to describe what has become for me the first must-see movie of the fall: “Being Elmo,” a documentary about Kevin Clash, the man behind the famous red Muppet. Fittingly, tomorrow is the late, great Jim Henson’s birthday (RIP), and a trailer for this documentary has just been [Read More...]

Coming attractions: "Reel Faith"

Anyone interested in a Catholic perspective on the fall movie season will want to check out “Reel Faith,” the cinema series on NET, the TV station for the Diocese of Brooklyn. Hosted by David DiCerto and Steven Greydanus, “Reel Faith” takes a different look at what’s unspooling at the multiplex, with an emphasis on Christian [Read More...]

On the blue tongue of Brian Kelly: "Hypocrisy at the highest levels of Catholic academia"

Did Notre Dame coach go too far during a recent f-bomb attack on national television? Peter Finney, Jr., of the Clarion Herald newspaper in New Orleans, thinks so: Just a pooch punt from the towering icon called “Touchdown Jesus” in athletic homage to Christ’s eternally upraised arms, Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly, with bulging [Read More...]

Ordination update: baker's dozen in Boston

The big news, from The Pilot: On a crisp, sunny, September morning at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley ordained 13 men as permanent deacons for the Archdiocese of Boston. Deacons David A. Brooks, Christopher Z. Connelly, Paul David Coughlin, Joseph Bryere Guerrier, Geoffrey W. Higgins, Joseph J. Hopgood, Cheonil Kim, [Read More...]

For the first day of fall: "September Song"

A drizzly, foggy, muggy day here in Manhattan — a perfect setting for a little black-and-white Durante, in a melancholy mood.   This rendition of “September Song,” from 1955, remains a classic. [Read more...]

WWPD? What Would Pio Do?

For this feast of St. Padre Pio, Diane over at Te Deum laudamus! reflects on how he dealt with persecution and hardship in the middle of his own vocation: We know that St. Pio suffered greatly at the hands of Church authorities.  Such things should not come as a surprise to any priest or religious.  [Read More...]

Muslim leader to Pope: "I wish to see Muslims and Christians growing in mutual understanding…"

“The following story by the Prophet Mohammed reminds us of the Gospel according to Matthew: “Allah will ask a man on the Day of Resurrection: ‘I was sick but you did not visit Me, I asked food from you but you did not feed Me and I asked drink from you but you did not [Read More...]

Pope to Muslims: "We believers have a special contribution to make…"

“From the 1970s onwards, the presence of numerous Muslim families has increasingly become a distinguishing mark of this country. Constant effort is needed in order to foster better mutual acquaintance and understanding. Not only is this important for peaceful coexistence, but also for the contribution that each can make towards building up the common good [Read More...]

"The miraculous healing power of lips to scars…"

If anyone wonders what it means to be married and in love after decades together, Pat Gohn has this heart-stopping and beautiful answer: Like many survivors of breast cancer, I have some serious battle scars. My un-bandaged body after breast cancer certainly made for some interesting pillow talk between my husband and myself. Going into [Read More...]

Now that's using your head…!

How long until this crops up in someone’s liturgical dance? Behold, the Guiness World Record for most number of head spins in one minute (131!) It’s nice when someone has a hobby, isn’t it? [Read more...]

Phoenix restricts reception of communion under both kinds

After eliminating female altar servers at the cathedral, the Diocese of Phoenix is now eliminating something else: wide reception of communion under both species. Details: The Diocese of Phoenix has announced that it will issue norms specifying the conditions under which Holy Communion may be distributed under both species. “The new norms will promote unity [Read More...]

A miracle for Fulton Sheen?

An investigation has begun, according to CNS: That James Fulton Engstrom celebrated his first birthday Sept. 16 is amazing. In fact, some would call his life a miracle. Considered stillborn one year ago after his mother’s healthy pregnancy and “a beautiful, short labor,” James was without a pulse for the first 61 minutes of his [Read More...]


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