From death to life: couple seeks to help others heal after abortion

It’s something many couples would prefer to forget.  But from the St. Louis Review comes this inspiring story of a courageous couple who can’t forget — and who are reaching out to help others. Chuck Raymond clearly remembers the moment a visiting priest came to his parish and spoke at Mass on the subject of [Read More...]

How Catholics could affect the GOP race for president

Catholics — making up about a quarter of the Republican primary electorate — could form a formidable voting bloc in the months ahead.  And so TIME magazine looks at some of the choices: There is no natural fit for the conservative Catholic voter. Or, as Deal Hudson, who directed Catholic outreach for both Bush/Cheney campaigns, [Read More...]

Who's that "lady in the blue dress"?

From Baltimore comes this story about efforts to reach young people and encourage vocations: A panel of Roman Catholic priests and others in church life faced an audience of lively fifth graders Thursday, offering snippets of their personal history histories and the motivation for their career choices. But many children were so unfamiliar with a [Read More...]

Lawyer sues over "offensive" Christian images at Catholic University — UPDATED

Those images include things like the cross. Details: Crosses in every room at Washingon D.C.’s Catholic University of America are a human rights violation that prevent Muslim students from praying. That’s the complaint to the Washington, D.C. Office of Human Rights filed by a professor from rival George Washington University across town. GWU Law School Professor John [Read More...]

"There is nothing easy about being in the seminary…"

As part of the Patheos symposium on seminaries, seminarian Michael Duffy — less than a year from being ordained a priest — reflects on his seminary experience: There is nothing easy about being in the seminary; it is supposed to be difficult. It supposed to be challenging. Being in formation for the Priesthood of Jesus [Read More...]

Diocese of Orange loses bid to buy Crystal Cathedral

Among other things, this means the diocese can continue exploring options to build its own new cathedral. Details, from the Los Angeles Times: Chapman University has been picked by the board of the bankrupt Crystal Cathedral as the preferred buyer of the Garden Grove property. Under the plan, Chapman University would purchase the campus for [Read More...]

Taking the A train … to Assisi

Here’s something you don’t see every day: Benedict XVI hopping a train with other religious leaders to attend today’s “pilgrimage” in Assisi. You can read the text of his remarks here. And the AP has details, too. [Read more...]

Sometimes, marriage is like that

You never know when you’re gonna get hit by an unexpected storm.  Sand, or otherwise. If this isn’t a metaphor for commitment (and perseverance!), I don’t know what is.  Every engaged couple should watch this video of a marriage ceremony in Arizona interrupted by a little wind.  And sand. Lesson: yes, it’s worth it to [Read More...]

New York's new sex ed curriculum: birds, bees, bestiality

And that’s just for starters. Explicit content to follow.  Details: Sex ed, which becomes mandatory in city middle and high schools next year, is meant to stem unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases among teens. But parents may be shocked by parts of the Department of Education’s “recommended” curriculum. Workbooks reviewed by The Post include [Read More...]

What does an examination of conscience look like?

This intriguing short film describes one effort to answer that question, with the creation of a statue at Fairfield University.  (h/t In All Things). Read more about it and see a slide show here. [Read more...]

The problem with being religious but not spiritual

Among other things, churches without a spiritual vitality are reporting declining numbers. Details: Men would rather watch Monday Night Football than go shopping. Eating too many Hardees Monster Thickburgers is linked to obesity. Texting while driving is a bad idea. There are times when research findings are so obvious they are almost beyond questioning. So [Read More...]

"Amazingly, the clergy sex abuse scandal did not deter men from answering God's call…"

Patheos is hosting something new this month: an intriguing online symposium on seminaries, and our crack editor Elizabeth Scalia has established a special page for Catholics. Kicking things off is Rev. W. Shawn McKnight, who takes a look at some of the challenges the Church in America is facing: One is to maintain a basic [Read More...]

"Godspell" gets born again

With “Godspell,” as with so many things, you never forget your first time. Mine was in the spring of 1973, on an 8th grade class trip that took us down to Ford’s Theater in Washington to see that “hippie musical about Jesus,” as one of the nuns in the school disdainfully called it (though to [Read More...]

UN: Catholic Church not contributing to population boom

With the world population about to hit seven billion, the United Nations says the teaching of the Catholic Church isn’t really a factor, in part because few people actually follow it : The Catholic Church’s ban on the use of contraception is not to blame for the population boom that is about to tip the [Read More...]

"Personhood" amendment gains ground

Details, from the New York Times: A constitutional amendment facing voters in Mississippi on Nov. 8, and similar initiatives brewing in half a dozen other states including Florida and Ohio, would declare a fertilized human egg to be a legal person, effectively branding abortion and some forms of birth controlas murder. With this far-reaching anti-abortion strategy, the [Read More...]

Somewhere in heaven, St. Francis is smiling

Check out this touching video about an animal rescue out west. The story: Nili was dumped in the desert, and just sat there, waiting for her owner. My dear friends, Liraz and Alan saw her as they were driving home from Nevada to California and tried to help her. They spent 6 hours the first [Read More...]

Aaron Neville: "I want people to see Him in me…"

Raymond Arroyo has a glimpse inside the profound faith of this Catholic singer — and Aaron Neville himself speaks movingly of his journey into drug addiction and back: “It’s four o’clock in the morning in New York, and I’m staying at a friend’s house, and I’m sitting there by myself with a tape recorder. And [Read More...]

"This is a book that will get people thinking — and talking"

If you find yourself in Chicago Thursday, you might want to wander over to the Simpson Living Learning Center (1032 West Sheridan Road) at 4 p.m. for what promises to be a lively presentation and discussion on the topic of women deacons. It’s to mark the official publication of the long-aborning book “Women Deacons: Past, [Read More...]


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