Contraception: like a "flu shot"? — UPDATED

That seems to be the rationale behind the Obama Administration’s directive to make insurers pay for birth control pills for all women. From the Washington Post: A half-century after the advent of the pill, the Obama administration on Monday ushered in a change in women’s health care potentially as transformative: coverage of birth control as [Read More...]

New York Catholic principal linked to white supremacist group — UPDATED

After reports surfaced about him, the Archdiocese has launched an investigation.  And yesterday, a mass at the man’s parish was disrupted by a protestor, according to the New York Daily News: Shock over an outspoken Catholic school principal’s ties to a white supremacist group turned ugly during Sunday Mass at a Bronx church. Cops were called [Read More...]

From attending World Youth Day to organizing it: one priest's surprising journey

As plans ramp up for this month’s World Youth Day in Madrid, L’Osservatore Romano interviews the newly appointed monsignor in charge — and finds he’s no stranger to the event. Details: When in August, 1989 he found himself immersed in a sea of young people rhythmically chanting their love for John Paul II during the [Read More...]

"Best God joke ever"?

A poll a few years ago voted this the winner.  And it’s got a lot of truth to it — as anyone who has spent any time in the blogosphere can attest. From Emo Phillips: Once I saw this guy on a bridge about to jump. I said, “Don’t do it!” He said, “Nobody loves [Read More...]

Pastor: Crystal Cathedral not for sale

The Catholic Diocese of Orange submitted a bid last week — in cash, for  $50 million — but it seems the place is no longer on the market. From the Orange County Register: The Crystal Cathedral, Orange County’s iconic megachurch built by Robert H. Schuller, is not for sale, Sheila Schuller Coleman, senior pastor of [Read More...]

Sisters of Life: restoring hope in Hell's Kitchen

This remarkable order of nuns has offices in my building, and barely a day goes by without my seeing one of the blue-habited Sisters of Life on the elevator or striding by on the street.    Now the Wall Street Journal has done a piece on them, to mark the 20th anniversary of the order’s founding. [Read More...]

Comments are back

For now, at least. I’m planning to moderate comments, to cut down on trolls, elves, dweebs, lurkers, bigots, crybabies, bullies, idiots, pigs, cretins and thugs. If you are one of those, kindly leave.  An usher will escort you out the side door. If not, take a moment to read over the guidelines for comments. Going [Read More...]

Study: more couples "staying over" instead of "living together"

The latest trend in romantic commitment evidently involves even less commitment than it used to. Details: Today’s generation are opting for “stayover relationships” that let them enjoy relationships without living together, a trend that appears to be slowing down the road to marriage. Research from the University of Missouri-Columbia found that instead of cohabitating, young [Read More...]

Lisa Graas is crazy about the Lord

And she has been posting some wise and brave thoughts about that — and specifically, about her own struggles with Bipolar Disorder. To one concerned reader, she writes: There is nothing in this but the Cross…but that is the whole point. Jesus is our leader, and we follow Him in carrying the Cross. If we [Read More...]

An all-star lineup for "The Church and New Media"

Looking for some sizzling reading at the beach this summer? Break out the Coppertone and break open “The Church and New Media.”  Okay: it’s not Danielle Steele or John Grisham, but this new book by blogger Brandon Vogt is a fascinating and — dare I say it? — provocative piece of work, though in this [Read More...]

A "cardboard cathedral" for New Zealand?

The innovative design for a temporary structure — that could serve as Christchurch’s cathedral for several years — was unveiled yesterday. Details: Christchurch leaders have revealed the unconventional design they want to use for the city’s temporary Cathedral and it is made out of cardboard. They hope to have it built by the first anniversary [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words: new priest edition

As part of our parish’s annual novena to St. John Vianney, a newly ordained priest comes to celebrate Sunday mass and offer a special blessing after.  This year, we were lucky to have Fr. Rodnev Lapommeray, ordained for the Diocese of Brooklyn just last month. Following mass, people lined up outside — some waiting over [Read More...]

A sister for 60 years: one woman's story

The Georgia Bulletin is profiling several women religious as they mark significant milestones in their vocation — including Sister Angela Abood, who is celebrating her 60-year jubilee. Details: A native of Georgia, Sister Angela has spent nearly 40 years of her ministry in the Atlanta area. She has worked at the Village of St. Joseph [Read More...]

New York Times spotlights Call to Action

The peg, ostensibly, is the rich Catholic history of America’s Second City.  But, of course, this being the Times, there’s more to it than that. Snip: It’s a long way from the Vatican to Roscoe Village, but a group based in that North Side neighborhood is leading a high-profile protest among American priests that challenges [Read More...]

World Youth Day? There's an app for that

And the Vatican announced it yesterday. Details: Pilgrims at next month’s Catholic World Youth Day in Madrid will have some high-tech help in their devotions, thanks to a new iPhone app unveiled at the Vatican on Friday (July 29). World Youth Day (WYD), an international gathering held every three years in a different city, will [Read More...]

Wanted: cowmonks

A monastery that once ran one of the largest ranching operations in North Dakota is planning to stop raising cattle. Details: A Roman Catholic monastery in western North Dakota is ending a century-old practice of raising cattle because of a lack of monks with cowboy skills. The Assumption Abbey in Richardton intends to sell its [Read More...]

Homily for July 31, 2011: 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

For the last few weeks, we’ve been hearing a series of parables from St. Matthew’s gospel: the story of the sower and the seed; the parable of the wheat and the weeds, the stories that have compared the Kingdom of God to a pearl of great price or a treasure in a field. While each [Read More...]

The paper people: when iCal just won't do

It sounds soooo 1985, but there is a loyal band of people who steadfastly refuse to give up their Filofaxes and DayRunners. Writer Pamela Paul has done a little anthropological study on this rare breed: Last month, I did something that not once in my 20 years as an overscheduled, neurotically punctual, paper-bound calendar keeper [Read More...]


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