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...]

Quote of the day

“Viewing life as a “zero sum” game, in which advancing one’s interests requires putting aside the needs of others, can lead to callous unconcern for anyone who is especially weak, defenseless, and in need of our help. The unborn child, the aging parent who some call a “burden” on our medical system, the allegedly “excess” [Read More...]

This made my day: "When I grow up I want to be a deacon"

The following was sent to me and Deacon Bill Ditewig via Facebook from Brian Gadbois in Charlton, Massachusetts: I read Deacon Greg’s blog article yesterday – “Where Do Deacons Come From?” –  in which he quoted Deacon Bill as saying “that the diaconate will only become fully accepted as a vocation when young people say, [Read More...]

New sex abuse lawsuit filed in Montana — against nuns

Details: A new sex abuse lawsuit filed Tuesday against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena is one of the first involving abuse by nuns toward Native American children, the plaintiffs’ attorney said. The latest suit, which also names the Ursuline Sisters of the Western Province as a defendant, is the second in as many weeks that [Read More...]

Fr. Pavone: "Joyfully guilty forever"

That’s what he posted to his Facebook page and on Twitter this morning, responding to the “charge” that he places too much of a priority on fighting abortion. Meanwhile, Dr. Ed Peters continues to question Fr. Pavone’s approach in his ongoing dispute with Amarillo Bishop Zurek: Pavone’s diminished appreciation of diocesan priestly work, coupled with [Read More...]

Quote of the day, on baseball

“Baseball is a game of inches. And hours. And in those moments between release and resolution are contained particles of infinity—the space between a prayer of supplication and the surrender of “Amen”; the whisper of intention that brings what is empty and void into fullness. The hope for redemption. We can relate to that just [Read More...]

Now online for the first time: the Dead Sea Scrolls

Check this out: Two thousand years after they were written and decades after they were found in desert caves, some of the world-famous Dead Sea Scrolls went online for the first time on Monday in a project launched by Israel’s national museum and web giant Google. The appearance of five of the most important Dead [Read More...]

Trailblazers: Baltimore's first class of deacons, 40 years later

What was it like to be one of the first permanent deacons in the United States?  The Catholic Review chats with surviving members of the class of ’71: After Cardinal Lawrence Shehan ordained Deacon George Evans as one of the first permanent deacons in the United States 40 years ago, a lot of people didn’t [Read More...]

The City of Angels seeks angels for Catholic schools

Got a hundred million bucks to spare?  The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has a good way to use it, with an ambitious plan to support its schools. From the Los Angeles Times: Dwindling enrollment and other challenges have decimated urban Catholic schools nationwide, but a high-profile initiative to raise $100 million in tuition assistance may [Read More...]

The humbling experience of being an EMHC

After the recent decision in Phoenix, cutting back on distributing the Precious Blood at communion, there’s been a lot of discussion about whether Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHCs) are really all that necessary or helpful. My neighbor in Patheosian bloggery, the great Max Lindenman, has some thoughts: Serving as an EM, like manning a [Read More...]

Justice Scalia: Strive to retain Catholic identity

That was Antonin Scalia’s message to Duquesne University in Pittsburgh on Saturday.  The Supreme Court Justice  spoke at an event marking the school’s 100th anniversary. From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Scalia’s 20-minute address to about 1,200 people in the A.J. Palumbo Center, Uptown, included a defense of religion in the public life and of an approach [Read More...]

Preaching to children

Thursday night, I got a call from a classmate and  friend, the DRE in my parish, Deacon Bill, explaining that his mother-in-law had died after a long illness.  As a result, he would not be attending or preaching at the special mass for third graders in our parish Sunday.  He asked: Could I fill in [Read More...]

In Amarillo, protests for Fr. Pavone — UPDATED

They took to the skies, and to the streets, Friday, according to local reports: An airplane, two trucks and one demonstrator holding signs made up the efforts of an anti-abortion organization Friday to urge local Catholics to implore Diocese of Amarillo Bishop Patrick J. Zurek to rethink his decision to keep prominent anti-abortion priest Father [Read More...]

The growing phenomenon of "missing girls"

The Vatican news site picks up on some troubling statistics: India is the fourth country in the world most at risk for the female gender, after Afghanistan, Congo and Pakistan, and the widespread practice of selective abortion of female fetuses makes the situation even more difficult. Since the last provisional census carried out in 2011, [Read More...]


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