Now hear this: the new missal translation for the deaf

With so much attention focused on preparing the faithful for the new Roman Missal, it’s worth noting that it’s being translated into yet another language — the language of the deaf. The National Catholic Reporter notes: Across the country, deaf and hard-of-hearing Catholic communities and their interpreters are preparing for the November changes thanks to [Read More...]

Hope

A friend passed along the picture above, from a recent ordination. Not sure where it was taken. But it is priceless. [Read more...]

Aftermath: rescued Chilean miners battle depression, stress

The men hailed as heroes a year ago are facing a very different reality today.  From the New York Times: After his dramatic rescue from a mine last year, Jimmy Sánchez traveled the world, cruising the Greek islands, visiting Britain, Israel, Los Angeles, Disney World — all paid for by people who were moved by [Read More...]

Welcome, Frank!

All the Patheos crew is here to welcome Frank “Why I Am Catholic” Weathers to his new port of call! Welcome, pal! Anyone who, within hours of arrival, cheerfully posts a picture of Thomas Merton’s grave is aces in my book. UPDATE: Read Frank’s own story right here. [Read more...]

49 years ago today…

…what the world now knows as Vatican II began.  For that reason, today is Blessed Pope John’s feast day. Deacon Bill Ditewig looks back: What the great Pope John brought to the world, and what the Council he called emphasized, was a “novus mentis habitus” — a “new way of thinking” — about the world [Read More...]

Out of Egypt: a woman reporter speaks

This month, ONE has a revealing and unsettling look at what it’s like to be a Coptic woman in Egypt (hint: it ain’t easy.)   The reporter, Sarah Topol, sat down for a brief video interview, below, where she explains some of the challenges involved in being a woman journalist in that corner of the [Read More...]

Sheen's way: "I love the journey…"

Sr. Rose Pacatte has a terrific and inspiring interview with Martin Sheen, tied to his new movie “The Way,” over at National Catholic Reporter.  He talks about his faith, his family, his film career, and much more. I feel that your opening performance in “Apocalypse Now” (1979) has something to do with your new film, [Read More...]

Dog bites man: former editor says Times is "socially liberal"

Well, who’da thunk? Details: Former New York Times editor Bill Keller sat down for an interview at the LBJ Library last week and discussed the Times’ editorial stance when covering hotly contested social issues. In a forthright admission, Keller openly described the paper as “socially liberal.” Keller, who stepped down as Executive Editor of the New York [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words

From a friend’s FB page: The night before the burial of her husband 2nd Lt. James Cathey of the United States Marine Corps, killed in Iraq, Katherine Cathey refused to leave the casket, asking to sleep next to his body for the last time. The Marines made a bed for her, tucking in the sheets [Read More...]

"Be a man": an anthem for priestly discernment

Now, for something completely different, from Franciscan University, and the men who are in the Priestly Discernment program.  Evidently, a talent for performing tunes from Disney animated musicals (here, a production number from “Mulan”) is an important part of priestly discernment.  Who knew? Anyway, the audience clearly loved it.  Enjoy. [Read more...]

"What's on your PowerBook?" Meet the Jesuit who appeared in an Apple ad

The ad above was selected as one of the best Apple ads by an editor at Huffington Post.  The Jesuit priest — Creighton University’s Fr. Don Doll, who appeared in it (along with rocker Todd Rundgren) — dropped an e-mail about the experience to CNS: In an email titled “A bit of Creighton in Apple [Read More...]

Ordination update: 8 new deacons in Reno

Lucky Reno!  Details, from the Northern Nevada Catholic: On Sept. 17, eight men were ordained at Saint Teresa of Avila Catholic Church in Carson City as permanent deacons for the Diocese of Reno by Most Rev. Randolph R. Calvo, Bishop of Reno. These men are: Joseph Bell from St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral, Reno; Russell Bergin [Read More...]

Deep Forest: the man who knew both Merton and Day

And he’s written about them both, too.  And now U.S. Catholic has a fascinating interview with Jim Forest, discussing Thomas Merton and Dorothy Day — two of my heroes: Few have written authoritative biographies of the 20th-century spiritual giants Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker, and Thomas Merton, the celebrated Trappist monk and writer. [Read More...]

Sultan: Muslims who attended Methodist supper will receive counseling

Who knew church suppers could be such a threat? Details: Islamic authorities will provide counseling to a dozen Malaysian Muslims to “restore their belief and faith” after they attended a community dinner at a church hall, a royal sultan said Monday. The case has triggered worries among officials in Muslim-majority Malaysia that some non-Muslims were [Read More...]

"You discover all the problems which the real Creator must have had…"

That’s how the ingenious Theo Jansen describes the experience of creating these incredible walking “Strandbeests,” powered purely by air and his own imagination.  Just watch. [Read more...]

History: first Episcopal church in the U.S. converts under ordinariate

It finally happened.  Details: The Rev. Mark Lewis awoke early on the last morning of his life as an Anglican priest and dressed in a suit and tie instead of his usual priestly regalia. That’s different, he thought, for the first of many times on a day when so much was different for St. Luke’s, [Read More...]

Madison joins Phoenix in limiting Communion under both kinds — UPDATED

Weeks after Phoenix moved to restrict use of the Precious Blood during Mass, it now appears that Madison, Wisconsin is moving in the same direction. Fr. Z. broke the news: On the site of the parish of the Cathedral of Madison in Wisconsin, where His Excellency Most Rev. Robert Morlino is, by the grace of [Read More...]

"You Lost Me": Why teens leave church — UPDATED

Some sobering food for thought on a Sunday night, courtesy Religion News Service and the Barna Group: Why do young Christians leave the church? New research by the Barna Group finds they view churches as judgmental, overprotective, exclusive and unfriendly towards doubters. They also consider congregations antagonistic to science and say their Christian experience has [Read More...]


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