Clarification from Bishop Zurek on Fr. Pavone

On the Amarillo Diocese website: UPDATE: Canon lawyer Ed Peters has some analysis. UPDATE II: Comments closed. When you reach a point where people are beginning to compare Fr. Pavone’s situation to Jesus headed to Calvary, things are seriously off the rails. [Read more...]

"His life was a living testament…"

“His life was a living testament of how one’s faith can steer you through tough times as well as prosperous times. As we reflect, we must celebrate what he has meant to all of us here in New Orleans, to the youth of our city, the elderly, all of us have in some way been [Read More...]

Catholic cemetery offers free burial of "cremains"

Interesting news, from New Mexico: Rosario Cemetery is offering to bury cremated remains for no charge. William Roibal, supervisor of the Roman Catholic cemetery northwest of downtown Santa Fe, said he’s already been contacted by a few families, including one that had stored a relative’s ashes in a closet for decades. Archbishop of Santa Fe [Read More...]

"Glad to meet you — and I'm a fan of your blog!"

That’s what I said to the guy below: Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley, who dropped by our offices today to say hello. He seemed flattered.  But for some reason, he didn’t mention “The Deacon’s Bench.” Photo by Erin Edwards, CNEWA Speaking of the good Cardinal’s blog: his latest installment includes a nice photo gallery of the [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“Sounds good to me.” – Archbishop Philip Hannan, after receiving absolution Saturday. Hannan died yesterday at 98.  Read more. [Read more...]

Tweet Jesus…

This is working its way around the Internets…so here it is. I like it because it features a bench [Read more...]

Nun on the run: future sister taking part in marathon

Running, it turns out, is habit-forming. Details: Her nun’s habit is too long to run with, so Stephanie Baliga won’t wear it when she runs in next month’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon. But you still might be able to pick out Baliga from among the thousands of runners by the rosary beads that she’s [Read More...]

Out: founder of Zenit quits

The reason: serious differences with the news agency’s sponsor, the Legionaries of Christ.  Details, from Catholic News Service: Spanish journalist Jesus Colina, who established Zenit in 1997 and helped build it into a seven-language agency with about 450,000 email subscribers around the world, said he had been asked to resign because he resisted pressures to [Read More...]

A sign of the times, in an envelope

Behold, a new line of greeting cards from Hallmark, offering support and consolation after a job loss: Details: “Don’t think of it as losing your job, think of it as a time-out between stupid bosses.” That’s just one of the many comforting sentiments that that consumers can find in Hallmark’s line of greeting cards for [Read More...]

The next Susan Boyle? You decide.

Ladies and gentlemen, from the X-Factor, meet the burrito-maker with the amazing voice, Josh Krajcik.  Feel those goosebumps? [Read more...]

Now you know: the real meaning of "deacon"

A tweet forwarded to me from a reader: [Read more...]

Archbishop Philip Hannan dies

Another giant is gone.  Details: Philip Matthew Hannan, the archbishop who built an ever-widening network of services for the poor during nearly a quarter-century as the pastor of nearly a half-million New Orleans’ Catholics, died Thursday at 3 a.m. at Chateau de Notre Dame, the Archdiocese of New Orleans said. He was 98. Archbishop Hannan [Read More...]

Ed Peters and Al Kresta on the Pavone-Zurek standoff

There’s a lively and intelligent debate about the Pavone-Zurek standoff simmering in a couple corners of the blogosphere, with broadcaster Al Kresta and canon lawyer Dr. Ed Peters staking out very different opinions on the matter. After Kresta interviewed Fr. Pavone for his radio show, Peters offered some pointed criticism.  And yesterday, Kresta responded: Calling [Read More...]

How Catholic is Notre Dame?

Fr. Joe Corpora was once a student at the legendary university, and now lives and works there.  He offers his perspective in the Observer, Notre Dame’s newspaper: During my years away, I began to hear rumblings about the Catholic nature of Notre Dame. The controversy surrounding the commencement visit of the President of the United [Read More...]

Christian clerk refuses to issue gay marriage licenses

And of course, she’s now being sued over it.  It’s unfolding in the upstate New York town of Ledyard.  Details, from the New York Times: Rose Marie Belforti is a 57-year-old cheese maker, the elected town clerk in this sprawling Finger Lakes farming community and a self-described Bible-believing Christian. She believes that God has condemned [Read More...]

"Look, honey! A new neighbor!"

And his name is Mark Shea!. Details: Mark-the-prolific; Mark-the-down-shouting; Mark-the-smart; Mark-the-serious; Mark-the-scathingly-funny; Mark-the-take-no-prisoners-passionately-Catholic-Shea is moving his blog here to the Catholic portal at Patheos! Having been a fan of Mark’s for years (after I got past my terror of him; he is formidable when he’s passionate, but you know that!) I could not be more [Read More...]

Ordination update: 9 new deacons for Toledo

Below, the first pictures of the recent ordination of deacons in the Diocese of Toledo.  You can read and see more at this link. Congratulations!  Ad multos annos! Photos by Laurie Stevens Bertke [Read more...]

Priest uses water gun to spray congregation with holy water

Really?  Seems so.  Details: A Catholic priest from a small Mexican town has turned on his own congregation armed with a watergun which was loaded with holy water. Father Juan Ramon Hernandez gives mass at a church in Acatlan. He became so saddened by the seemingly daily drug-related killings and violence he decided to take [Read More...]


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