Does Paul Ryan have a “Catholic problem”?

Ed Morrissey just had to ask:  That question has come at me several times in the nine days since Paul Ryan joined the Republican ticket as Mitt Romney’s nominee — and not meant in the same way that JFK had a “Catholic problem” in 1960.  People wondering about Ryan’s relationship with Catholic voters usually results [Read More…]

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Followup: first Mass celebrated at Miami International Airport

You may remember this posting from a few weeks back, announcing weekly Mass at Miami’s airport. A local TV station was there for the first liturgy.  Video below.  (And check out those deacons!) [Read more…]

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Mitt at prayer: Mormon reporter covers his trip to Mormon church service—UPDATED

Last week brought us a glimpse at Paul Ryan attending church.  This week, it’s Mitt Romney’s turn.  An interesting item from the New York Times “The Caucus” blog, which posted excerpts of today’s pool report from McKay Coppins of Buzzfeed: “Following an hourlong drive from their Concord, NH hotel, your pool arrived in Mitt Romney’s [Read More…]

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On the wedding announcements page: priest assists at same sex wedding?

A wedding announcement in this Sunday’s New York Times: Roger Thomas Danforth and Richard James Termine were married Friday evening in New York. The Rev. David C. Parsons, a Lutheran minister, officiated aboard the Lexington, a chartered yacht, on the East River, with the Rev. Michael DeVito, a Roman Catholic priest and a cousin of Mr. Termine, [Read More…]

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First of its kind: New Orleans opens house of discernment for women

Details:  With finger sandwiches, prayers and the good wishes of dozens of visiting nuns, the Archdiocese of New Orleans on Wednesday turned over a vacant Uptown rectory where single women will live together while deciding whether to undertake lives as nuns. Archbishop Gregory Aymond, who dedicated the St. Rita Parish rectory to its new use, said the Magnificat [Read More…]

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Olympic swimmer dedicates her medals to Mary

Details, from Catholic News Agency: Spanish swimmer Mireia Belmonte offered her two silver medals from the London 2012 Olympic Games to Our Lady of Monserrat in Barcelona. The 21-year-old – who won silver in the 800 meter free-style and the 200 meter butterfly – posed for a picture before the image of Our Lady of [Read More…]

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Whatever happened to confession? — UPDATED

Recently, Rick Santorum mentioned something in public that Catholics rarely talk about at all anymore: confession.   It was startling, and not just because a politician mentioned it on the stump.  It was a reminder that a sacrament that once seemed commonplace has virtually vanished in some parts of the world. A writer in the [Read More…]

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Homily for August 19, 2012: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for readings] In the fall of 1930, America was sinking deeper and deeper into the worst economic crisis in its history, the calamity that became known as the Great Depression. Tens of thousands of New Yorkers found themselves suddenly out of work – eventually one in six people in New York, some 300,000, [Read More…]

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Deacons at work: Chicago’s Zacchaeus House

Check out this video from the Archdiocese of Chicago, describing the impressive work of deacons trying to help men looking for a second chance. Check out the group’s website, too. [Read more…]

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Something new to give up for Lent!

Wow.  Pizza + Cinnabon = ???? A hard-working foodie at Zagat’s decided to check it out: Since its founding in 1985, “Life Needs Frosting” has been the mantra forCinnabon, the bakery synonymous with the gold standard of cinnamon rolls worldwide. But this month, things have taken a savory turn at Atlanta’s Cumberland Mall location, a testing [Read More…]

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The write stuff: Bulwer-Lytton winners announced!

And here’s a good one, winner in the category of Vile Puns: Though they were merely strangers on a train, as she looked North by Northwest though the rear window, Marnie knew beyond a shadow of a doubt the trouble with Harry was that he was a psycho – his left and right hand middle [Read More…]

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Vietnamese villagers ordered to replace church cross with picture of Ho Chi Minh

Details:  Government authorities from a district in the Central Highlands last week compelled ethnic villagers to remove Catholic pictures and items from their chapel and replaced them with images of Ho Chi Minh last weekend. “After local Catholics finished prayers in the chapel on Sunday morning, local government authorities came and asked them to remove [Read More…]

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“Catholics for Obama” changes its tune

While one group of liberal Catholics is suggesting prayers for the conversion of Paul Ryan, another group that hailed Obama in 2008 as “pro-life” isn’t saying so this time. Details:  Catholics for Obama has launched its 2012 initiative with a focus on economic issues, in an apparent shift from its 2008 presentation of the presidential [Read More…]

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Dolan on Ryan: “I’m anxious to see him in action”

“He and I had a good, heated conversation and I offered some criticism which he was gracious in accepting. . . . [Ryan said he believes it is] ‘probably time to ask a big question . . . whether so-called entitlement programs are the best way to help the poor. . . . I’m for [Read More…]

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75 years a priest

Remarkable.  And inspiring. From Robert Dellinger and The Tidings of Los Angeles: The 97-year-old priest in the white chasuble with an embroidered cross on the front approached the wood lectern with short steps. By his side was the chaplain of Nazareth House, Trinitarian Father Frank Whatley. Normally because of his balance problem and poor eyesight, Msgr. [Read More…]

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On the diaconate: “This is what God is calling me to do”

An interesting look at some men in formation, from Florida Catholic:  The men gathered in worship with their wives sang the closing hymn of Mass, “Let Us Build the City of God,” with much spiritual enthusiasm. For the men who have heard the call to the vocation of the diaconate, the song culminated a retreat [Read More…]

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Meet the “Hug Lady”

Want a hug? Meet Elizabeth Lord. This is your go-to gal. [Read more…]

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Catholic and Orthodox leaders sign appeal for mutual forgiveness

Details:  The heads of Russia’s Orthodox church and Poland’s Catholic church signed an appeal Friday to their nations to forgive each other for past historical wrongs. The signing in Warsaw during the first visit to Poland by Russia’s Patriarch Kirill has been described by the churches as a historical act of reconciliation. The two nations [Read More…]

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