On Fr. Pavone: "A great leader inspires others to act sacrificially, death to self"

A lot of people here and elsewhere have grabbed torches and pitchforks and are stalking off into the woods in search of Fr. Frank Pavone’s superior, Bishop Zurek.   Dr. Gerard Nadal is trying to call them back: I love the energy and focus that Father Pavone has brought to the pro-life movement. I love [Read More...]

A Christmas card for our times

From a friend’s FB page: [Read more...]

Meet the deacon iconographer

Imagine my surprise when I stumbled on this engaging and interesting piece, about a Friend of the Bench (FOB), Deacon Charles Rohrbacher, and his daughter, Phoebe, both artists based in Alaska who have shows opening later this year: About 10 years ago, Charles, with the help of his father and other friends, stripped his garage [Read More...]

Do-it-yourself religion?

According to a new book, more Americans are custom-designing their own beliefs and theologies. From HuffPo, and USA TODAY: If World War II-era warbler Kate Smith sang today, her anthem could be “Gods Bless America.” That’s one of the key findings in newly released research that reveals America’s drift from clearly defined religious denominations to faiths [Read More...]

Amarillo bishop widens inquiry into pro-life charities — UPDATED

The probe extends beyond Priests for Life, to include two of its affiliates. From Amarillo.com: Bishop Patrick J. Zurek has demanded that the Rev. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, produce documentation for how donations have been handled by the Staten Island, N.Y., charity’s affiliates Rachel’s Vineyard and Missionaries of the Gospel of [Read More...]

Our Lady of Sorrows

“The Holy Virgin in Old Age” by James Tissot Can the human heart refrain from partaking in her pain, in that Mother’s pain untold? – Stabat Mater Visit here and here for more on this feast day. [Read more...]

Here they are: the "10 Happiest Jobs." And #1 is…

Take a wild guess. Read on, from Forbes: There are some surprises in the ten happiest jobs, as reported a General Social Survey by the National Organization for Research at the University of Chicago. (I am indebted to Lew Perelman in drawing my attention to the Christian Science Monitor article.) 1.  Clergy:  The least worldly [Read More...]

What does the BBB say about Priests for Life?

With all the controversy surrounding Priests for Life right now, I thought it might be interesting to see what the Better Business Bureau Charity Review has to say about them. The BBB looks at how charities run, where the money goes, and whether or not the agencies operate efficiently.   They can tell you, for example, [Read More...]

Imagine: he was found by nuns in a shoebox in Iraq, and he's singing today on TV

Incredible story of survival and hope.  Take a moment, go get a Kleenex, and then watch.  You can thank me later. [Read more...]

"Lift High the Cross…"

And now, a little musical interlude for this great feast, the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.  Here’s one of my favorite hymns.  Everybody sing! [Read more...]

Foul ball: MLB schedules opening day for Good Friday — UPDATED

A reader alerted me to this and called it “the most stupid marketing decision by anyone!” Details: Opening Day for the Cincinnati Reds will move to Friday in 2012, with an April 6 game against the Miami Marlins at Great American Ball Park. Major League Baseball released the Reds’ 2012 schedule today. Click here to download a [Read More...]

In the mail this morning: "I'm writing on behalf of Father Frank…"

A colleague at work passed along an interesting and especially timely email he got this morning.  It’s dated yesterday and comes from Priests for Life.  Some of you may have gotten it as well. It begins: I’m writing on behalf of Father Frank [Pavone]. My name is Jerry Horn and I am the Senior Vice [Read More...]

Vatican to SSPX: sign here

According to reports from Rome, the Vatican has given the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X a formal “doctrinal preamble” listing several principles they must agree with in order to move toward full reconciliation with church. From CNS: U.S. Cardinal William J. Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, gave the [Read More...]

Priests for Life shocker: Fr. Frank Pavone ministry restricted — UPDATED

A couple of people e-mailed me this afternoon, wondering if I would post on this.  I was in meetings all day and just got out, so I’m late getting to it.  The Anchoress, however, has a strong wrap-up. The salient point seems to be this letter from the Bishop of Amarillo to his brother bishops: [Read More...]

What we have come to: Canadian mother strangles newborn, goes free

This news has to give all of us pause: An Alberta judge has let a woman who strangled her newborn son walk free by arguing that Canada’s absence of a law on abortion signals that Canadians “sympathize” with the mother. “We live in a country where there is no protection for children in the womb [Read More...]

The pro-life party? — UPDATED

I saw parts of last night’s debate and was surprised by this response, too: A bit of a startling moment happened near the end of Monday night’s CNN debate when a hypothetical question was posed to Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas). What do you tell a guy who is sick, goes into a coma and doesn’t [Read More...]

Bishop calls on clergy to "wear the ecclesiastical garb"

This news comes from the Philippines: A Catholic bishop today called on all clergy to observe the Church’s dress code, especially when they appear in public “as an integral part of priestly decorum.” Bishop Leonardo Medroso of Tagbilaran, a canon lawyer, said ecclesiastical garb is not the external sign of the priesthood but an indicator [Read More...]

SNAP seeks charges against the pope, Vatican at The Hague

Details, from the AP: Clergy sex abuse victims upset that no high-ranking Roman Catholic leaders have been prosecuted for sheltering guilty priests brought their claims Tuesday to the International Criminal Court, seeking an investigation of the pope and top Vatican cardinals for possible crimes against humanity. The Center for Constitutional Rights, a New York-based nonprofit [Read More...]


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