"Why did you change the words in the Gloria?" — UPDATED

That’s the question a woman asked me after Mass last night, as we introduced the altered musical settings for the new edition of the Roman Missal.  A friend who was with her echoed the sentiment.  She was baffled.  “Are they going to change back?,” she asked. This, after months of bulletin announcements and articles about [Read More...]

How come this doesn't work?

This is sweeping the Internets, so here it is, for those who might have missed it. What happens when a little girl who knows how to work an iPad encounters a print magazine? [Read more...]

Susan Boyle's latest: "You Have to Be There"

I found this unexpectedly moving: an unabashed statement of faith and hope addressed directly to God. [Read more...]

Ordination update: 6 new deacons in St. Pete

Details, from Bishop Robert Lynch’s own blog: Saturday morning at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, six new men were added to the rolls of permanent deacons of the Diocese of St. Petersburg. Joined by their wives, children, grandchildren, family and friends, these new deacons completed their four years of preparation and presented themselves [Read More...]

What happens when you sing "Ave Maria" to a baby?

Just what you’d expect. [Read more...]

Homily for October 16, 2011: 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

For the last several days, we’ve been hearing a lot about the demonstrations being staged in lower Manhattan and around the country: Occupy (Fill in the Blank) – Occupy Wall Street, Los Angeles, Washington…thousands of people taking to the streets to express their frustration over the economy and anger at Wall Street.   It remains to [Read More...]

Remembering a great success of Vatican II: permanent deacons

With the anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council this week, Matthew Cantirino over at First Things takes note of something I often mention — a great success story of the Council, the restoration of the diaconate as a permanent order: The restoration of the permanent diaconate to the Western church …must rank [Read More...]

Bishop on "Faithful Citizenship": "We felt it was important to keep it intact"

One of the bishops who worked on that landmark document explains why it was not rewritten this year: Four years after the bishops’ overwhelming approval of their teaching document “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” key leaders of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops did not feel that they needed to reinvent the wheel. The document [Read More...]

I'm back

Well, wouldn’t you know it: one of the biggest news days in the Catholic Church in America, full of head-scratching surprises, and I’m tied up doing Other Stuff. The Other Stuff included being part of a panel on social media at the USCCB headquarters on Washington, in a massive meeting room that is clearly designed [Read More...]

"Confessions of a Rosary Rattler"

That’s the title of this fine piece by Pat Gohn that looks at how she came to appreciate the rosary — and the woman behind it: My white-haired grandmother, Henrietta, owned a beautiful rosary with tiny delicate pearlescent beads. She kept it on her bedroom bureau in a small metal. Whenever I’d visit her apartment, [Read More...]

Hope springs eternal: Benedict Groeschel on Dolores Hope

“When I first met the Hopes 30 years ago, I was very impressed with the fact that their home had a chapel.  Obviously it had been placed there completely by Dolores.  Although the Blessed Sacrament was not reserved there in a private home, nevertheless the local pastors, who were great fiends of Dolores, often offered [Read More...]

Report: birth rate plummets due to recession

A commenter in another post asked, “How is making it so financially difficult for people to marry and have kids ‘pro-life’?”  Good question.  Data just released suggests that the bad economy is forcing more people to think twice about having children. Details: A decline in fertility rates that began in 2008 is closely linked to [Read More...]

What we have come to: doll houses for divorce?

Oh yeah. This isn’t a joke from The Onion. Kathy Schiffer has the scoop: Industrial designer Ben Forman (benformandesign.co.uk) has introduced a new dollhouse to help today’s modern preschooler prepare for the inevitable unhappy changes in her family structure.  It’s called Detacho. Detacho families, like so many contemporary American families, can reconfigure themselves, either expanding [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words

From a protester at Occupy Boston, who is either hungry or quoting Marie Antoinette… Comments are now closed. [Read more...]

Now hear this: the new missal translation for the deaf

With so much attention focused on preparing the faithful for the new Roman Missal, it’s worth noting that it’s being translated into yet another language — the language of the deaf. The National Catholic Reporter notes: Across the country, deaf and hard-of-hearing Catholic communities and their interpreters are preparing for the November changes thanks to [Read More...]

Hope

A friend passed along the picture above, from a recent ordination. Not sure where it was taken. But it is priceless. [Read more...]

Aftermath: rescued Chilean miners battle depression, stress

The men hailed as heroes a year ago are facing a very different reality today.  From the New York Times: After his dramatic rescue from a mine last year, Jimmy Sánchez traveled the world, cruising the Greek islands, visiting Britain, Israel, Los Angeles, Disney World — all paid for by people who were moved by [Read More...]

Welcome, Frank!

All the Patheos crew is here to welcome Frank “Why I Am Catholic” Weathers to his new port of call! Welcome, pal! Anyone who, within hours of arrival, cheerfully posts a picture of Thomas Merton’s grave is aces in my book. UPDATE: Read Frank’s own story right here. [Read more...]


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