UPDATE: Court stops hospital from forcing nurses to take part in abortions

Following up on this report…a judge has now stepped in. Details: A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order Thursday prohibiting a New Jersey hospital from forcing any of 12 nurses that sued the facility to participate in training or services related to abortions. As LifeNews reported, the nurses filed a lawsuit against their employer, the [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“If a tiny spark of God’s love already burns within you, do not expose it to the wind, for it may get blown out. Keep the stove tightly shut so that it will not lose its heat and grow cold. In other words, avoid distractions as well as you can. Stay quiet with God. Do [Read More...]

What’s wrong with the American Church?

Bishop Howard Hubbard of Albany has been writing on the topic, and gotten some feedback from readers, which he shares in his monthly column .  It’s unusual for a bishop to turn his attention to this topic — and more unusual, I think, for him to let the people in the pews sound off: Parishes [Read More...]

Friday palate-cleanser: singing about Jesus on Letterman

Elsewhere, I’ve written about the new production of “Godspell” on Broadway, and even linked to a clever flash mob staged in Times Square.  Here’s the cast on the David Letterman show earlier this week.  (It’s always good to remember that we are the light of the world, isn’t it?) Fun fact: In the early 1970′s, [Read More...]

Santa, I want these

Just in time for Christmas: two toys connected to the Disney movie “Cars 2.” It’s a little pope car and popemobile.   Source. [Read more...]

Ready, aim, pray

Just don’t do it in Wisconsin. Details: As Wisconsin’s concealed carry law goes into effect, the state’s Catholic bishops are urging parishioners to keep their weapons out of church. “The Catholic Church has a long tradition of sanctuary, allowing people feeling violence to take refuge in church buildings as a place of safety and protection. For [Read More...]

How do you make a music video for people who can’t hear music?

Like this. Behold: a music video for hearing-impaired children, courtesy The Deaf Professional Arts Network. [Read more...]

Quote of the day

“Your priesthood has a great assist in the accessibility of communications technology that men like Billy Graham or Fulton Sheen would have embraced and quickly mastered, to powerful effect. Take advantage of all of this; seize it for the sake of the Gospel. Jesus told us to preach to “all the nations,” and Vatican II [Read More...]

Boston Catholic paper withdraws column suggesting same-sex attraction is the work of the devil — UPDATED

Details: The column, which appeared Friday in the Archdiocese of Boston’s official newspaper, The Pilot, was titled “Some fundamental questions on same-sex attraction.” It was written by Daniel Avila, an associate director for policy and research for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. In the column, Avila says “the scientific evidence of how same-sex attraction [Read More...]

A peek inside the "Harvard of Santa schools"

I wonder what they do for gym class.   Chimney climbing? Details: The Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan takes the coveted position very seriously and just wrapped up its 75th (75th!) year of the country’s finest Santa Claus training. The Los Angeles Times reports on the school’s storied history and why it’s considered the [Read More...]

The Catholic Worker adds its voice to Occupy Wall Street

What would Dorothy Day think? Details: Soon after legendary folk singer Loudon Wainwright III finished performing for cheering protesters in Zuccotti Park yesterday afternoon, telling them that the Occupy Wall Street encampment reminded him of the 1968 “Summer of Love,” a Catholic Worker band called the Filthy Rotten System showed up. Bud Courtney, who plays [Read More...]

Nurses face job loss for refusing to assist in abortions

It’s happening in New Jersey — but somehow, I don’t think that’s the only place stories like this will be unfolding. Details: Twelve nurses in New Jersey have filed a lawsuit against a local government hospital for being told they would lose their jobs if they refuse to perform abortions. The case shows evidence of [Read More...]

Morning must-read: on HHS, Catholics and conscience

Sister Mary Ann Walsh at the USCCB offers this eyebrow-raising overview of a story in yesterday’s Washington Post: The most memorable line since Richard Nixon’s “I am not a crook” has just come out of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Ta da: “ I’m not trying to get anyone off the [Read More...]

A brush with genius: a painting performance you have to see

Performance painter David Garibaldi creates works that are wholly original — and this time, it’s a holy original.  Just watch. [Read more...]

Attack: HuffPo slams bishops for "war on women"

How low can the secular media go?  This low: A group of men with no real background in law or medicine, but blessed with a strong personal interest in women’s bodies, have quietly influenced all of the major anti-abortion legislation over the past several years. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops may be one of [Read More...]

Bone appetite: the ingredients of the McRib sandwich

You never know what the Google newsfeed will drop in your lap. Today, it was the ingredients of the mysterious McRib sandwich at McDonald’s — which, it appears, is weirder than you may think, and not just because it has a noticeable lack of bone, thus making the whole “rib” thing somewhat dubious to begin [Read More...]

Ordination update: 8 new deacons in Portland

Details: After years of prayer and study, eight married men were prepared to be ordained permanent deacons Oct. 29 in Portland’s St. Mary Cathedral. Archbishop John Vlazny said the Archdiocese of Portland is “blessed with the presence of so many men who are stepping forward to offer themselves as servants of the gospel.” “All leadership in [Read More...]

How to excommunicate someone

This Protestant pastor seems to have a flair for it: “Jesus himself tells the church to discipline those who refuse to repent of their sins and listen to him through the church.  In obedience to his command, we are handing you over to Satan and his kingdom of darkness, in hopes that you will come [Read More...]


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