Study: church attendance among women plunges

This is something to make you put down your morning coffee and say “Huh?” Details, from the Religion News Service and Huffington Post: Women, long considered the dominant pew dwellers in the nation’s churches, have shown a dramatic drop in attendance in the last two decades, a new survey shows. Since 1991, the percentage of [Read More...]

Sacked: NY principal fired over writings on race and white supremacy

The story broke over the weekend.  Yesterday, it escalated.  Today, the Archdiocese of New York took action: The principal of a Catholic elementary school in the Bronx has been fired because of his writings on race and white supremacy, the Archdiocese of New York said Tuesday. Frank Borzellieri was relieved as principal of Our Lady [Read More...]

Time capsule from 1981: imagine reading your newspaper on your computer!

Could you imagine such a thing? Check out this report from KRON 30 years ago. [Read more...]

"When people deride their bishops and priests, they undermine the Church…"

“Bishops, priests, and deacons are too often weak and sinful. They need to be held to high standards. Some deserve to be chastised. The clergy’s leadership in the Church should always be marked by humility and service, and never by a sense of entitlement. But men and women didn’t found the Church, they don’t own [Read More...]

The best movies of the last 15 years in three and a half minutes

Don’t believe me?  Just watch.  A great montage by Kees van Dijkhuizen. Pixar rocks.  It’s that simple.  Nobody does it better. [Read more...]

If God had a blog …

This has to make you smile. From the New Yorker, a funny glimpse at what God had to say after He created the world:  read it all. The comments are priceless. [Read more...]

"Love your Church, love God's people…

Those are the beautiful sentiments that conclude this 1990 ordination homily from Cardinal John O’Connor, which was published recently in the Catholic Review: As your bishop, I give you but one mandate: love our Church, love God’s people. Love them for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health. Love them [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“We should all go to Mass tonight.” – VP Joseph Biden, after watching the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Read the whole thing here. [Read more...]

Car bomb hits Catholic church in Iraq; at least 20 injured

It happened early this morning in Kirkuk, about 150 miles north of Baghdad. Details: The attack took place in Kirkuk’s Shatterlo neighborhood around 5:30 a.m., according to a police official who spoke to CNN on condition anonymity, because he’s not authorized to speak to the media. The wounded included staff from the Holy Family Church [Read More...]

Historic and moving: Gabrielle Giffords returns to Congress

A moment that some people thought could never happen: Congresswoman Gabby Giffords appears on the floor of the House of Representatives tonight to cast her vote for the debt ceiling bill. [Read more...]

Contraception: like a "flu shot"? — UPDATED

That seems to be the rationale behind the Obama Administration’s directive to make insurers pay for birth control pills for all women. From the Washington Post: A half-century after the advent of the pill, the Obama administration on Monday ushered in a change in women’s health care potentially as transformative: coverage of birth control as [Read More...]

New York Catholic principal linked to white supremacist group — UPDATED

After reports surfaced about him, the Archdiocese has launched an investigation.  And yesterday, a mass at the man’s parish was disrupted by a protestor, according to the New York Daily News: Shock over an outspoken Catholic school principal’s ties to a white supremacist group turned ugly during Sunday Mass at a Bronx church. Cops were called [Read More...]

From attending World Youth Day to organizing it: one priest's surprising journey

As plans ramp up for this month’s World Youth Day in Madrid, L’Osservatore Romano interviews the newly appointed monsignor in charge — and finds he’s no stranger to the event. Details: When in August, 1989 he found himself immersed in a sea of young people rhythmically chanting their love for John Paul II during the [Read More...]

"Best God joke ever"?

A poll a few years ago voted this the winner.  And it’s got a lot of truth to it — as anyone who has spent any time in the blogosphere can attest. From Emo Phillips: Once I saw this guy on a bridge about to jump. I said, “Don’t do it!” He said, “Nobody loves [Read More...]

Pastor: Crystal Cathedral not for sale

The Catholic Diocese of Orange submitted a bid last week — in cash, for  $50 million — but it seems the place is no longer on the market. From the Orange County Register: The Crystal Cathedral, Orange County’s iconic megachurch built by Robert H. Schuller, is not for sale, Sheila Schuller Coleman, senior pastor of [Read More...]

Sisters of Life: restoring hope in Hell's Kitchen

This remarkable order of nuns has offices in my building, and barely a day goes by without my seeing one of the blue-habited Sisters of Life on the elevator or striding by on the street.    Now the Wall Street Journal has done a piece on them, to mark the 20th anniversary of the order’s founding. [Read More...]

Comments are back

For now, at least. I’m planning to moderate comments, to cut down on trolls, elves, dweebs, lurkers, bigots, crybabies, bullies, idiots, pigs, cretins and thugs. If you are one of those, kindly leave.  An usher will escort you out the side door. If not, take a moment to read over the guidelines for comments. Going [Read More...]

Study: more couples "staying over" instead of "living together"

The latest trend in romantic commitment evidently involves even less commitment than it used to. Details: Today’s generation are opting for “stayover relationships” that let them enjoy relationships without living together, a trend that appears to be slowing down the road to marriage. Research from the University of Missouri-Columbia found that instead of cohabitating, young [Read More...]