Meet the "Running Priest"

A priest in the Philippines has become a celebrity for the courageous — and unusual — way he now draws attention to important issues. Check this out, from the BBC: Father Robert Reyes is a Catholic priest, but he is better known for putting on his running shoes and jogging around the country promoting different [Read More...]

Another Kennedy funeral

For Kara Kennedy Allen, daughter of Ted Kennedy.  Details: The funeral for Kara Kennedy, the eldest child of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, will be held Wednesday in Washington. Kara Kennedy died Friday at age 51, collapsing after her daily workout at a health club. Her family says in a statement that a wake will [Read More...]

Quote of the day, on single-sex dorms

“It’s the same as saying that since Muslims and Jews don’t get along we should force them to live apart.  Should we also have separate sex classes or separate sex parking lots?” – Lawyer John H. Banzhaf, on CUA’s decision to return to single-sex dorms. Evidently, he was serious. Read more. [Read more...]

Schonborn on protesting priests: "I'm not ready for schism"

Austrian priests who have issued a “Call to Disobedience” have gotten an answer, and it may not be what they wanted. Details: The head of Vienna’s Roman Catholic community ruled out sweeping changes demanded by dissident priests and said there could be “serious conflict” if they defied Church teaching on celibacy or give communion to [Read More...]

Go ahead. Be amazing.

Since this is Catechetical Sunday, it seems a good time to turn a nice shiny spotlight on someone who knows a thing or two about being a catechist — indeed, being An Amazing Catechist — my Patheos neighbor Lisa Mladinich. Her fine column last week paid tribute to the catechetical vocation: Catechists have always had [Read More...]

On Mr. Rogers and prayer

How’s this for a little Sunday morning lectio: a story about the day Fred Rogers met a boy with cerebral palsy.  Mr. Rogers asks the boy to pray for him: The boy had always been prayed for. The boy had always been the object of prayer, and now he was being asked to pray for [Read More...]

Holy Toledo: 9 to be ordained today in Ohio

The diocesan paper doesn’t appear to have anything about this, but the local secular press does: Nine men from throughout the 19-county Toledo Catholic Diocese will be ordained as deacons Saturday by Bishop Leonard Blair in a Mass at Rosary Cathedral. Msgr. William Kubacki, director of formation for the permanent diaconate, said this is the [Read More...]

Homily for September 18, 2011: 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for the readings.] This Sunday, we mark Catechetical Sunday – an opportunity to celebrate, pray for and bless those men and women who use their time, their talent and their love to teach the faith. If you think you have a good idea of who these people are, think again. About 10 years [Read More...]

On 9/11: Millennials will never forget

One week after the anniversary, here’s a moving and thoughtfully produced short film by Andrew Jenks that gives a different perspective.  It shows how young people were shaped by the events of September 11, 2001. [Read more...]

Fr. Pavone: "Nobody needs anybody's permission to save a life…" — UPDATED

The latest, from Fr. Pavone: It’s so encouraging to see so many people on the same page with me, loving and respecting the Church and, out of that very love and respect, supporting the pro-life mission we are all engaged in together. Amidst the many expressions of support, many say to me that they are [Read More...]

In the e-mailbag: "We would all appreciate your prayers…" — UPDATED

A reader sent along the following e-mail: Eight deacon candidates will be ordained tomorrow at St. Teresa of Avila Church in Carson City, Nevada for service in the Diocese of Reno, Nevada. It would be wonderful if you could post this information on your blog.  We would all appreciate your prayers. You got ‘em. Pictures [Read More...]

Group plans to protest Fr. Pavone's "ecclesiastical house arrest"

As someone mentioned to me in an e-mail, the wisest thing for Fr. Pavone to do at this moment would be to “call off the dogs.” Details, from Ed Peters: A group called “The Center For Bio-Ethical Reform” has decided to intervene in behalf of Fr. Pavone. I know little about CBR, but if their goal [Read More...]

Something fishy: meatless Fridays return to England and Wales today

And a priest has a few observations, along with some recipes: The Filet-o-Fish sandwich was added to McDonalds’ menus in 1962 after Louis Groen, owner of the chain’s Cincinnati franchises, noticed that his restaurants experienced a sharp drop in sales every Friday. Even today, 25 per cent of the 300 million Filets-o-Fish sold annually in [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words

Vice President Joseph Biden blesses himself after receiving communion at the memorial Mass for Archbishop Pietro Sambi on 14 September 2011. Photo: by CNS/Leslie E. Kossoff [Okay.  This has gone far enough.  Comments now closed. -- Ed.] [Read more...]

On Fr. Pavone: "A great leader inspires others to act sacrificially, death to self"

A lot of people here and elsewhere have grabbed torches and pitchforks and are stalking off into the woods in search of Fr. Frank Pavone’s superior, Bishop Zurek.   Dr. Gerard Nadal is trying to call them back: I love the energy and focus that Father Pavone has brought to the pro-life movement. I love [Read More...]

A Christmas card for our times

From a friend’s FB page: [Read more...]

Meet the deacon iconographer

Imagine my surprise when I stumbled on this engaging and interesting piece, about a Friend of the Bench (FOB), Deacon Charles Rohrbacher, and his daughter, Phoebe, both artists based in Alaska who have shows opening later this year: About 10 years ago, Charles, with the help of his father and other friends, stripped his garage [Read More...]

Do-it-yourself religion?

According to a new book, more Americans are custom-designing their own beliefs and theologies. From HuffPo, and USA TODAY: If World War II-era warbler Kate Smith sang today, her anthem could be “Gods Bless America.” That’s one of the key findings in newly released research that reveals America’s drift from clearly defined religious denominations to faiths [Read More...]