Homily for September 4, 2011: 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for the readings] Not long ago, I read a short essay by a Protestant minister named Lillian Daniel.  She described an experience that a lot of us in the clergy have had at one time or another: being on an airplane, striking up a conversation with a stranger, and then hearing that person [Read More...]

Meet the priest who serves as umpire at the U.S. Open

The annual tennis match is unfolding just down the road from where I live, and it turns out one of those watching from above is a Catholic priest. From the New York Times: So a Catholic priest walks onto a tennis court. Seriously. It happens, for Father Paul Arinze, every day at the United States [Read More...]

Square peg in a round hole?

That’s how one priest I know described this new setting to the familiar (some would argue, overly familiar) “Mass of Creation” by Marty Haugan.  A lot of American parishes have used the older version, and will begin using this new setting this month, in anticipation of the new Roman Missal, which makes its debut on [Read More...]

"Taking care of the people who take care of the people of God"

Just in time for Labor Day, this week the Catholic Standard in Washington introduces readers to the deacon who directs human resources for the Archdiocese: The e-mails sent by Deacon Dan Finn, the director of human resources for the Archdiocese of Washington, include a simple phrase at the bottom: “Taking care of the people who [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“The moral measure of this historic process is not which party wins or which powerful interests prevail, but rather how the jobless, hungry, homeless and poor are treated…At a time of record foreclosures, increasing poverty and high unemployment it is not justifiable to weaken the national safety net or to make disproportionate cuts to programs [Read More...]

Defrocked Episcopal priest hopes to join Catholic Church

You almost never hear of Catholic priests being suspended for being too conservative — but that seems to happened with this Episcopalian from suburban Philadelphia. Details: A defrocked Episcopal priest must step down as rector of his Rosemont parish and vacate the premises after 21 years there, a Montgomery County Court judge has ruled. The [Read More...]

Catholic Church donates to repair National Cathedral

This “national church” commands the highest point in Washington and remains a significant spiritual and historical landmark — and so the Archdiocese of Washington is pitching in to help repair some of the damage from last month’s earthquake: The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington is donating $25,000 to help repair the Washington National Cathedral, which sustained [Read More...]

Just what the world has been waiting for: the 9/11 coloring book

For those who thought the 9/11 memorial wine wasn’t quite tacky enough…now this. Details: To the American people and all others who may read this child’s coloring book, We Shall Never Forget is designed to be a tool that parents can use to help teach children about the facts surrounding 9/11. This book also describes [Read More...]

A prayer at summer's end

Why, Lord, must the good days come to an end? Why are memories not enough? Why is the fall-filtered beauty of light and leaves not enough today to help me let go summer’s warmth and pace and peace? Of seasons there are four, they say, but yet a hundred seasons more just in my one [Read More...]

New Evangelization FAIL

“Honey, here’s something fun for the family…let’s go!” H/T to The Ironic Catholic. [Read more...]

First look: trailer for Emilio Estevez's "The Way"

I have to say: this looks really good. The website for the film describes its genesis, with star Martin Sheen undertaking the trek through Spain and later discussing the possibilities of a movie about the fabled pilgrimage trail with his son Emilio.  This film is the result.  It opens in October. [Read more...]

Santorum slams CNN over "bigotry"

It revolves around an interview with Piers Morgan that was broadcast Wednesday night: Presidential candidate Rick Santorum defended his position on gay marriage Tuesday while speaking to students at Pennsylvania State University, and slammed CNN’s Piers Morgan for questioning him as a “bigot” in a pre-taped interview that aired Wednesday night. “I had Piers Morgan [Read More...]

The door is open, just come on in

Archbishop Charles Chaput has decided to forgo the customary knock on the cathedral door when he is installed in Philadelphia next month — and other details of the ceremony are also coming to light: There will be no knocking on the door when Archbishop Charles J. Chaput arrives to the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter [Read More...]

Quote of the day, on freedom of religion

“Those who are adherents to Islam are entitled to pursue their worship in the United States just as are those who are adherents to more universally established faiths (in our community)…We have a duty equally to treat those whose religious beliefs are similar to the majority beliefs and to those whose beliefs are very different [Read More...]

Cardinal Egan remembers 9/11

The man who was the most visible spiritual leader to New York’s Roman Catholics on September 11, 2001 is sharing his memories of that day with the AP: Cardinal Edward Egan was eating breakfast when then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani called to say there was a tragedy and the churchman was needed. A police car would soon [Read More...]

Now hear this: National Catholic Register to debut radio news show

The newspaper’s media empire — growing in collaboration with its new owner EWTN — continues to expand: The National Catholic Register, a long-standing national biweekly newspaper, announces the launch of its first-ever radio program, Register Radio. “Register Radio will possess the same vibrancy and incisiveness to media coverage surrounding the Catholic faith that the Register [Read More...]

Judge strikes down parts of Texas sonogram law

Details: A federal judge on Tuesday blocked key provisions of Texas’ new law requiring a doctor to perform a sonogram before an abortion, ruling the measure violates the free speech rights of both doctors and patients. U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks upheld the requirement that sonograms be performed, but struck down the provisions requiring doctors [Read More...]

Happy Eid

As Ramadan ends, this video below is making the rounds, courtesy a group called My Fellow American: My Fellow American is an online film and social media project that calls upon concerned Americans to pledge and spread a message that Muslims are our fellow Americans. It asks people of other backgrounds to pledge, and share [Read More...]


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