Boston Catholic paper withdraws column suggesting same-sex attraction is the work of the devil — UPDATED

Details: The column, which appeared Friday in the Archdiocese of Boston’s official newspaper, The Pilot, was titled “Some fundamental questions on same-sex attraction.” It was written by Daniel Avila, an associate director for policy and research for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. In the column, Avila says “the scientific evidence of how same-sex attraction [Read More...]

A peek inside the "Harvard of Santa schools"

I wonder what they do for gym class.   Chimney climbing? Details: The Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan takes the coveted position very seriously and just wrapped up its 75th (75th!) year of the country’s finest Santa Claus training. The Los Angeles Times reports on the school’s storied history and why it’s considered the [Read More...]

The Catholic Worker adds its voice to Occupy Wall Street

What would Dorothy Day think? Details: Soon after legendary folk singer Loudon Wainwright III finished performing for cheering protesters in Zuccotti Park yesterday afternoon, telling them that the Occupy Wall Street encampment reminded him of the 1968 “Summer of Love,” a Catholic Worker band called the Filthy Rotten System showed up. Bud Courtney, who plays [Read More...]

Nurses face job loss for refusing to assist in abortions

It’s happening in New Jersey — but somehow, I don’t think that’s the only place stories like this will be unfolding. Details: Twelve nurses in New Jersey have filed a lawsuit against a local government hospital for being told they would lose their jobs if they refuse to perform abortions. The case shows evidence of [Read More...]

Morning must-read: on HHS, Catholics and conscience

Sister Mary Ann Walsh at the USCCB offers this eyebrow-raising overview of a story in yesterday’s Washington Post: The most memorable line since Richard Nixon’s “I am not a crook” has just come out of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Ta da: “ I’m not trying to get anyone off the [Read More...]

A brush with genius: a painting performance you have to see

Performance painter David Garibaldi creates works that are wholly original — and this time, it’s a holy original.  Just watch. [Read more...]

Attack: HuffPo slams bishops for "war on women"

How low can the secular media go?  This low: A group of men with no real background in law or medicine, but blessed with a strong personal interest in women’s bodies, have quietly influenced all of the major anti-abortion legislation over the past several years. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops may be one of [Read More...]

Bone appetite: the ingredients of the McRib sandwich

You never know what the Google newsfeed will drop in your lap. Today, it was the ingredients of the mysterious McRib sandwich at McDonald’s — which, it appears, is weirder than you may think, and not just because it has a noticeable lack of bone, thus making the whole “rib” thing somewhat dubious to begin [Read More...]

Ordination update: 8 new deacons in Portland

Details: After years of prayer and study, eight married men were prepared to be ordained permanent deacons Oct. 29 in Portland’s St. Mary Cathedral. Archbishop John Vlazny said the Archdiocese of Portland is “blessed with the presence of so many men who are stepping forward to offer themselves as servants of the gospel.” “All leadership in [Read More...]

How to excommunicate someone

This Protestant pastor seems to have a flair for it: “Jesus himself tells the church to discipline those who refuse to repent of their sins and listen to him through the church.  In obedience to his command, we are handing you over to Satan and his kingdom of darkness, in hopes that you will come [Read More...]

The "offensive" complaint: Catholic University responds

“The fact is that no Muslim student at Catholic University has registered a complaint with the University about the exercise of their religion on campus. And today we learned from an article in the Washington Post that [lawyer John] Banzhaf himself has not received any complaints from our Muslim students . . . Contrary to [Read More...]

"Redemption is an open possibility to everyone"

That’s the beautiful truth that artist John Nava expresses while talking about his exquisite tapestries at Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral in Los Angeles (which I mentioned in my homily for All Saints Day.)  Below, a video where he talks more about his work, his politics, and shows off more details of those tapestries. [Read more...]

"What is required is a virtuous life of obvious holiness…"

As we mark All Saints Day, I was surprised to learn how our brothers and sisters in the East honor their saints — and how they decide who becomes one. Among other things, they don’t celebrate this feast day; they have, instead, the Sunday of All Saints, the Sunday after Pentecost. I posted something on [Read More...]

Homily for November 1, 2011: All Saints Day

If you find yourself in Los Angeles, in between going on tours to see the homes of the stars or dining at Spago, take a side trip to 555 Temple Street.  There, in a corner of the city that’s a little off the beaten track, you’ll find a home for some other stars – the [Read More...]

Happy JesusWeen?

Really?  REALLY? Yep.  Check out the website. [Read more...]

Candidate of note: ladies and gentlemen, the musical stylings of Herman Cain

When was the last time a presidential candidate was able to sing like THIS?   Whatever your political leanings, you gotta admit: Herman Cain’s got a fine set of pipes. He rocks the house at the National Press Club. [Read more...]

Quote of the day

“Oh wow, oh wow, oh wow.” – Steve Jobs’ final words, according to his sister. Read her eulogy. [Read more...]

Study: Catholics more willing to share wealth

That appears to be the case in Europe, at least.  Details: Catholics are more likely to support government intervention in the economy than Protestants and also have a stronger preference for sharing wealth equally, a European Central Bank study said. The research paper also said Max Weber’s theories about the Protestant work ethic were supported [Read More...]


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