On priests and political activism

As we enjoy some relative quiet between the two conventions (and a long holiday weekend!) now might be a good time to reacquaint ourselves with the Church’s teaching on clergy and their involvement in politics. First, there are these remarks from Blessed John Paul II, titled “Priests Do Not Have a Political Mission”: The Church [Read More…]

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Meet the “new men”: the priests of tomorrow

From Catholic News Service comes this excellent video, featuring brief profiles of five of the men who have just arrived at the North American College in Rome to begin studies for the priesthood. Take a look. [Read more…]

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RIP, Cardinal Martini

One-time papal contender Cardinal Martini has died: Italian Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, a renowned biblical scholar and former archbishop of Milan, died Aug. 31 at the age of 85 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Pope Benedict XVI met privately with the cardinal during a visit to Milan in June, and was informed of [Read More…]

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Cardinal Dolan’s closing prayer at the GOP convention

From his blog: With firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, let us pray: Almighty God, father of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Jesus, we beg your continued blessings on this sanctuary of freedom, and on all of those who proudly call America home.  We ask your benediction upon those yet to be born, and [Read More…]

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“Please let Fr. Groeschel know we love him very much…”

This e-mail arrived today, from a nurse, regarding the Fr. Benedict Groeschel story: I have been thinking of him alot lately– I say the rosary at 9 pm when he leads it on the radio. He reminds me of the sweet religious that I was privileged to take care of at a Dominican nursing facility. [Read More…]

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Madonna, still gunning for the church

New Jersey Star Ledger writer Tris McCall describes what happens in the star’s latest concert: The lights went down, and we were in Troyes Cathedral, or perhaps Fordham University. A gigantic glowing crucifix, several stories high, hung over the stage. It was the centerpiece of a handsome Old World church built of light and shadow [Read More…]

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Statement from Fr. Benedict Groeschel and his order

I had meetings at the parish tonight, followed by Benediction, so missed this news when it broke earlier.  Hopefully, this brings this whole unhappy chapter to a close. Below is the full statement from the Friars and Fr. Benedict: Statement from the Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal: The Community of the Franciscan [Read More…]

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On Groeschel: statement from the National Catholic Register

Just posted on their website in place of the Fr. Groeschel interview: Child sexual abuse is never excusable. The editors of the National Catholic Register apologize for publishing without clarification or challenge Father Benedict Groeschel’s comments that seem to suggest that the child is somehow responsible for abuse. Nothing could be further from the truth. [Read More…]

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Archdiocese of New York responds to Fr. Benedict Groeschel

Following this bombshell, a statement was released this afternoon from Archdiocesan spokesman Joseph Zwilling (h/t to Fr. Michael Duffy): “The comments made by Father Benedict Groeschel that appeared on the website of the National Catholic Register are simply wrong.  Although he is not a priest of the Archdiocese of New York, what Father Groeschel said [Read More…]

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A Mormon’s journey to Catholicism

A compelling read, from First Things:  Early in the evening of May 28, 2010, I am attending Mass in the majestic Basilica di Sant’Apollinare next to the Pontificia Università della Santa Croce in Rome. From Utah I have come as a scholar to deliver a paper at an international conference on the work of the [Read More…]

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Dolan as the new Spellman: “He’s an extrovert on steroids”

A look at the man who will be praying at both political conventions this year, from the Washington Post:  Catholic bishops in 2010 badly wanted to buff the Church’s battered image. So they ditched their usual succession system and picked the jovial Tim Dolan as their president. Their investment has paid off in spades: Democrats confirmed Tuesday that [Read More…]

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Peggy Noonan jumps into the blogosphere

I noticed this the other day, and wondered when she had started blogging. I presume it was just in time for the conventions.  Politico notes: Out the gate, Noonan’s actually proven to have a great knack for the medium — mix of opinion and reporting, first-person informal, relatively frequent. Not bad for a 61-year-old veteran [Read More…]

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In Washington, Catholic churches cannot take up special collection to fight gay marriage

From the Associated Press:  Washington’s campaign finance watchdog says the state’s Catholic churches can’t collect donations from parishioners for the campaign seeking to overturn the state’s gay marriage law. Last week, Yakima Bishop Joseph Tyson sent a letter to pastors in 41 parishes of the Yakima Diocese asking them to announce a special collection that [Read More…]

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Paul Ryan: “Each one of us bears the image and likeness of the Lord of Life”

From his convention speech Wednesday night: Mitt and I also go to different churches. But in any church, the best kind of preaching is done by example. And I’ve been watching that example. The man who will accept your nomination tomorrow is prayerful and faithful and honorable. Not only a defender of marriage, he offers [Read More…]

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Fr. Benedict Groeschel on child sex abuse: “A lot of cases, the youngster is the seducer” — UPDATED

N.B.  The National Catholic Register has evidently pulled the interview excerpted below from its site.  It’s no longer available online.  The celebrated friar (and psychologist) has some shocking things to say about sex abuse and the Catholic Church in this interview with the National Catholic Register: Part of your work here at Trinity has been [Read More…]

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Three’s company in Brazil, with civil union between three people

From the BBC:  A notary in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo has sparked controversy by accepting a civil union between three people. Public Notary Claudia do Nascimento Domingues has said the man and two women should be entitled to family rights. She says there is nothing in law to prevent such an arrangement. But [Read More…]

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Catholic school uniforms: the thigh’s the limit

A staple of the Catholic school girl’s uniform is beginning to disappear.   Check this out, from Canada:  Kilts are falling out of fashion with Catholic high schools in Windsor-Essex. The Windsor Essex Catholic District School board said it’s moving away with the kilt because girls are rolling them up too high. In recent years, [Read More…]

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Pope to altar servers: “You are close to the altar, close to the Lord”

Details, from CNS:  Marking the feast of the martyrdom of St. John the Baptist, Pope Benedict XVI said Christians must not bow to the pressure of the powerful who demand a denial of Christ or of the truth he taught. “The truth is the truth and there is no compromise,” the pope said at his [Read More…]

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