The next battleground in modesty: yoga pants

It’s happening at a Catholic school in Canada: First it was playground balls, and then it was kilts. Now another Ontario school has joined the bandwagon of proposed bans by saying no to tight-fitting Lululemon yoga pants. Some students at St. Joseph Catholic High School in Ottawa have kept wearing the yoga pants, even after [Read More...]

Answering the call: meet a seminarian…and his wife

Here’s something we don’t encounter very often: a story about seminarians preparing to get married.  They are Greek Catholic, in Ukraine, and the story comes from the pages of the current issue of ONE magazine: In the Greek Catholic tradition, seminarians are permitted to marry prior to ordination. But some still choose a life of [Read More...]

Detroit may close, consolidate nearly 50 parishes

That’s according to recommendations presented to the bishop yesterday. Details: In a sweeping reorganization of Catholic parish life that will hit the suburbs as well as landmark churches in Detroit’s urban core, the Archdiocese of Detroit unveiled tentative proposals Wednesday night to cluster, close and merge some four dozen parishes in the next five years. [Read More...]

World’s worst nativity sets

Or, in this case, perhaps it’s “wurst nativity set.” Check out this site for more — including one made of SPAM. [Read more...]

Ruling: same-sex dorms at CUA not discriminatory

Details: Catholic University is allowed to segregate students’ living quarters into same-sex dormitories, according to a ruling handed down Tuesday. The District’s Office of Human Rights said that same-sex dorms do not constitute discrimination or disparate treatment of either sex. The controversy over same-sex dorms erupted this summer when Catholic University President John Garvey announced [Read More...]

Bishop’s decree: stop holding hands

Hot on the heels of the new Roman Missal translation, the Bishop of Covington, Roger J. Foys, has issued a decree clarifying the proper gestures and postures for Mass, according to rubrics laid out in the General Instruction of the Roman Missal. As he notes: The rituals of the Roman Church, of which we are [Read More...]

A pro-life iPhone? Apple’s Siri doesn’t give names of abortion clinics

Details: Ask Siri, Apple’s virtual assistant for the iPhone, for ideas on where to eat dinner or whether you need an umbrella, and it will deliver helpful localized suggestions. But try asking it to find a local abortion clinic, and the software turns up a puzzling blank — even in areas that clearly have such [Read More...]

“You’re never too old to sit on Santa”

Here’s a nice palate-cleanser for you.  The latest bit of inspired weirdness from the folks at Improv Everywhere: a production number about Santa’s lap staged at a New Jersey mall. With the stress of the holidays, who couldn’t use a little song and dance? [Read more...]

Boom: seminary enrollment up around the country

And Catholic News Service has the numbers, and details: In his first months as rector of Theological College in Washington, Father Phillip J. Brown has been confronting a problem that the national diocesan seminary for the U.S. Catholic Church “has not had for a long time” — it is bursting at the seams. Enrollment is [Read More...]

Have we become the Pharisees? — UPDATED

That’s the provocative question that Mike Hayes poses over at his blog, Googling God: Where are our Mother Teresa’s today? Why are those stories not being told? Every time the church is in the media it’s almost always about something insular. Mass changes, child abuse, embezzlement, school and parish closings. Where is the good news? [Read More...]

Extreme Makeover, the Catholic Digest edition

The venerable little magazine that has been a fixture in a lot of Catholic living rooms (and, I suspect, a few bathrooms) is getting a new editor, new focus, and a new look. The press release: Bayard, Inc. announces a new direction for its landmark publication, Catholic Digest. With the March 2012 issue, Catholic Digest [Read More...]

The cost of Christmas? 12 days, 6 figures

For the first time, the tally of everything in that famous Christmas carol has now crossed the $100,000 mark: If you’ve ever thought about actually purchasing all the items (though we assume you’d need to rent the lords a-leaping, maids a-milking, and all the ladies dancing to the drumming drummers and piping pipers) listed in [Read More...]

After 800,000 visitors, Mary’s belt heads back to Greece

The reaction to this relic’s display in Moscow was phenomenal.  Now it’s headed home.  Details: The Belt of Our Blessed Virgin Mary has left Russia after 3 million people went to see it on its 15-city tour. In Moscow, more than 800,000 people came to see the holy relic that was taken back to Mount [Read More...]

Did you burn your old books?

What can you do with an old sacramentary? Here’s one suggestion: Details: After the switch to a new Mass translation, old liturgical books should be respectfully buried, either intact or after being burned, according to the U.S. bishops. “Whether or not the Sacramentary has been blessed by an official rite, it is appropriate to treat [Read More...]

Looking for the perfect gift? Look no further

From the Archdiocese of Washington, a nifty ad campaign debuts on TV tonight.  See below. For more, check out the website: FindThePerfectGift.org., which lists ideas for finding a parish or finding ways to get more involved with the faith. [Read more...]

Bevilacqua talks

But it’s unclear how much he was able to say.  Details: A retired Roman Catholic cardinal testified behind closed doors for about three hours Monday as lawyers prepare for a groundbreaking priest-abuse trial in Philadelphia. Prosecutors deposed Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua in case he cannot appear for the March trial of three accused priests, an ex-teacher [Read More...]

And now, the first funeral with the new missal…

A lifetime parishioner — baptized in our church, in fact — and longtime trustee of the parish died just before Thanksgiving.  This morning, we had his funeral, the first with the new Roman Missal. There was a substantial turnout, and a sizable crowd in the sanctuary, too: four priests, two deacons, six altar servers, and [Read More...]

An important point people keep getting wrong about the new Mass

Over the last couple days, as reaction has trickled in to the new translation of the Mass, there seems to be a common theme: we the people haven’t been affected as much, because it’s the priest who has all the newfangled words and prayers to worry about.  “Our parts,” people in the pews seem to [Read More...]


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