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...]

How do you say "Thank you" to the world?

How about giving presents to strangers?  That’s what happens here, and it’s delightful.  Watch. [Read more...]

What did you hear?

Borrowing a page from Amy Welborn, I’m curious to hear what your experience was like at yesterday’s Mass.  The anniversary was emotional and packed with a lot of complicated feelings.  And the scriptures, as any preacher will tell you, were especially challenging. Someone in my office, who lives in a parish that lost several first [Read More...]

Report: treatment of Muslims today similar to Catholics and Mormons of 19th century

A new study finds that many Americans remain uncomfortable with Islam and believe its teachings are at odds with American values — which, ironically, echoes in some ways how Americans felt about Catholics a century or so ago. Details from CNS: Slim majorities of the people polled this summer by the Public Religion Research Institute [Read More...]

A thought for 9/12: "Let there be light"

[Yesterday, I was invited to preach at an interfaith memorial service at C.W. Post University on Long Island.  There were prayers from three faith traditions -- Jewish, Christian and Muslim. Below is a portion of my remarks for the occasion. -- Dcn. G.] Late on September the 12th, the subways and trains were running again, [Read More...]

"God of Our Fathers"

I can’t think of a better way to close this day.  This was sung as our recessional hymn at all the Masses this Sunday.  Here, doing it to perfection, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. God of our fathers, whose almighty hand Leads forth in beauty all the starry band Of shining worlds in splendor through the [Read More...]

Praying through the storm

From Diane over at Te Deum laudamus comes this beautiful report and photo gallery about a pro-life Mass and march by the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants, taking place one day before the 9/11 anniversary — and serving, I think, as a timely reminder of the value of all life.  Above, dozens of marchers trek [Read More...]

Vocations born out of the ashes of 9/11

Over at Our Sunday Visitor, Mary DeTurris Poust offers portraits of three people who answered a call to vocation in the aftermath of 9/11, including newly ordained Deacon Paul Carris. Details: When Paul Carris went to work on the 71st floor of One World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, he never could have imagined [Read More...]

Sunrise over New York: 9/11/11

Photo: Librado Romero/The New York Times [Read more...]

"It's official: I'm a bishop"

With those historic words, North America’s youngest bishop — 40-year-old Thomas Dowd, of Montreal — yesterday tweeted the happy news of his ordination. In fact, throughout the day, the cheerful blogger (whose site is called “Waiting in Joyful Hope”) used Twitter to update the world on the biggest day of his life.  “Off to the [Read More...]

Was there any patriotic music at your parish this weekend?

I asked a similar question a few weeks back, around Memorial Day, and got some interesting responses. Here’s what happened at my parish at the 5 pm Mass Saturday night. Following the prayer after communion, the leader of song invited everyone to remain standing to sing our national anthem. Not “America” or “God Bless America.”  [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words

Firefighters line up outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral, on September 10, 2011, for a memorial mass paying tribute to the 343 members of the FDNY who died on 9/11. Photo: Paul Peluso/ [Read more...]

Remembering 9/11: Homily at the Funeral Mass of Fr. Mychal Judge

From Fr. Michael Duffy, OFM, delivered on 15 September 2001.  A snip: You know when you step back and see how my friend Mychal died, I’m sure that when we finish grieving, when all this is over and we can put things in perspective, look how that man died. He was right where the action [Read More...]

New Jersey man charged with vandalizing Catholic churches

Details from On Wednesday, Curtis Condell, 41, of Magnolia, was arrested during a meeting with authorities, Evesham Township Police Lt. Walt Miller said. Condell, a drywall worker, has been charged with nine counts of criminal mischief and nine counts of bias intimidation, police said. He was held on at least $100,000 bail at the [Read More...]

Homily for September 11, 2011: 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for the readings] Anyone who saw the 2002 Super Bowl saw something unforgettable. And it had nothing to do with sports. It was held in New Orleans, in the Super Dome.  The half time entertainment was Bono and U-2. There must have been 100-thousand people in the stadium, cheering wildly.  Bono stepped onto [Read More...]

Maybe I can use it for fertilizer – UPDATED

I got hit tonight with a huge pile of spam comments. I’m shoveling out now. Until further notice, all comments will be moderated. Meantime, thanks for your patience… UPDATE: Okay.  I think the problem has been addressed.  I’ve put a few filters in place to block spam — flagging certain key words and such — [Read More...]

Pope Benedict on 9/11: "The tragedy is compounded by the perpetrators' claim to be acting in God's name"

Archbishop Dolan’s office released this letter from Pope Benedict today: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ! On this day my thoughts turn to the somber events of September 11, 2001, when so many innocent lives were lost in the brutal assault on the twin towers of the [Read More...]