Justin and Jesus, or "Leave It To Bieber"

I confess: I missed the Teen Choice Awards Sunday. But an author working on a book about Justin Bieber (whose mother is Catholic and whose childhood reportedly included Catholic schooling in Canada) did see the show, and notes the following: When Justin Bieber strode onto the stage of the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles on [Read More...]

Bon appetite: fried butter on a stick.

The latest sensation in state fair food… Yummy. Would you like a coronary with that, on the side? [Read more...]

On the Feast of St. Lawrence, deacon and martyr

“The Roman Church commends this day to us as the blessed Lawrence’s day of triumph, on which he trod down the world as it roared and raged against him; spurned it as it coaxed and wheedled him; and in each case, conquered the devil as he persecuted him. For in that Church, you see, as [Read More...]

The bottom line: Vatican toilet paper for sale in Spain

Really? Yes: Renova, one of Europe’s biggest producers of household paper products, has launched toilet paper in the colours of the Vatican flag in honour of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Spain next week. Each pack contains two perfumed rolls of toilet paper, one yellow and the other white, which the company says on its [Read More...]

Diocese of Orange increases its offer for Crystal Cathedral

Despite recent reports indicating that the fabled megachurch isn’t for sale, the Diocese of Orange has upped the ante, and raised its bid. Details: Chapman University and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange appear to be the front-runners to buy the bankrupt Crystal Cathedral, although a new suitor has emerged, according to documents filed in [Read More...]

Looky here: new design for USCCB website

My friends at the USCCB  have just unveiled a new design for the website, which is now even snazzier and — dare I say it? — downright elegant. Visit the website to take it for a test drive. There’s also an explanation of everything that’s changed right here. Nice. Very nice. Kudos to Secretary of [Read More...]

Meet iPadre, the priest behind the iBreviary

He’s Father Paolo Padrini, and he’s got a few other ideas up his clerical shirt sleeve. He describes some of his work to the Cult of Mac: CoM: What apps do you use most? Father Paolo Padrini: Generally, I use apps related to TV, newspapers and magazines. In addition, of course, to my app iBreviary, [Read More...]

Prayer in Time of Economic Trouble

Father, times are hard. They say many people will lose their jobs. No one can tell how long this crisis shall last. No assurance can be given to all who grope in the dark. But we believe, dear Father that this too, shall pass, and there is no trial we cannot be able to conquer [Read More...]

"I have a public obligation to try to change that injustice"

That is how Maryland’s Catholic Governor Martin O’Malley  responded to a letter from Baltimore’s archbishop, asking that he withdraw his support for a bill that would legalize gay marriage. The remarkable  correspondence was reported in the Catholic Review: Two days before Gov. Martin J. O’Malley announced his July 22 decision to sponsor legislation legalizing same-sex [Read More...]

Critics slam cost of pope's trip for World Youth Day

With World Youth Day about to begin in Madrid, the high cost of the pope’s visit to the event  is coming under fire: The pope arrives in Madrid on August 18 to attend the final four days of the Roman Catholic Church’s six-day youth festivities, expected to draw more than one million faithful. Organisers of [Read More...]

Report: Maryknoll to dismiss Fr. Roy Bourgeois for causing "grave scandal"

Details, from the New York Times: The Rev. Roy Bourgeois, who refused to renounce his increasingly public campaign to see women ordained as priests in the Roman Catholic Church, has been notified of his dismissal by his religious order, the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers. A letter to Father Bourgeois, signed by the superior general and [Read More...]

"I surrender all to thee"

How about this for a love story: the saga of Athea-Anne Lee Jendel, who fell in love with Catholicism and with the man who would become her fiance. The Arlington Catholic Herald describes her remarkable journey from religion to religion, until something just clicked: In the fall of 2008, Jendel had an experience that, while [Read More...]

Priest of note: he tried out for the Met — and he's married

From Oregon comes this intriguing piece about yet another married Episcopalian minister who has become a Catholic priest: Two things set Father Bryce McProud apart from most newly ordained Roman Catholic priests: He once tried out for the Metropolitan Opera and placed highly enough to consider it a career option. And he’s married. The opera [Read More...]

When the government decides what religions do

Sister Mary Ann Walsh takes a look at what government will be doing with contraceptives — and the “religious exemption” — and isn’t impressed: When it comes to church-state relations, both church and government historically have watched to keep the government out of church business. The U.S. Constitution acknowledged the significance of the role of [Read More...]

Your Monday morning kick-start

A day in the life of California.  Hope your day is like this! The creator, Ryan Killackey, notes: “I worked on this project on and off for over a year and a half. It is composed of over 10,000 photos shot in California by my wife and me.” Tools: Canon Rebel XS, 50mm (nifty), 18-55mm [Read More...]

What we have come to: protestors attack rescued Chilean miners

It happened Friday in Copiapo, Chile. From the AP: It has been a bittersweet anniversary for Chile’s rescued miners, who were honored as heroes in their hometown only to come under attack by anti-government protesters who threw fruit and small stones at them, accusing them of being ungrateful, greedy sellouts. Chilean President Sebastian Pinera and [Read More...]

Showdown: ailing Cardinal Bevilacqua ordered to appear in court

His health is failing, but the man at the center of the sex abuse scandal in Philadelphia has been ordered to make a court appearance next month. From the Philadelphia Inquirer: Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua has been ordered to appear at a Sept. 12 hearing so a judge can determine if he is competent to [Read More...]

RIP Hugh Carey: pro-choice pol who became pro-life

The Catholic former governor of New York has died. Details: Hugh L. Carey, the governor who helped rescue New York from the brink of financial collapse in the 1970s and tamed a culture of ever-growing spending, died Sunday at his summer home on Shelter Island. He was 92. His death was announced by the office [Read More...]


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