New problems surface for Michael Voris and RealCatholicTV — UPDATE

Weeks after making headlines over his appearance at World Youth Day, Michael Voris of RealCatholic TV is in the news again, with reports of new troubles for his organization: Michael Voris, the founder and host of RealCatholicTV, says he was completely unaware of recently discovered troubles within his organization, involving a staff apologist’s sexually explicit [Read More...]

Deaf priest: "I want to be a bridge…"

He is that rarity in the Catholic Church: a deaf priest, embarking on an extraordinary ministry  that seeks to preach The Word to those who cannot hear. From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Father Christopher Klusman stands at the back of St. Roman Catholic Church on Milwaukee’s south side and greets worshippers after the Saturday night [Read More...]

Married priest: "A celibate priest can give so much more"

That comes straight from the horse’s mouth, as it were — from a former Anglican in the UK who is now a Catholic priest. From the BBC: A married Roman Catholic priest from Burnley has said he believes the church is correct to prefer single celibate clergy in their parishes. Father Paul Blackburn is the [Read More...]

Here it is: "One-to-One"

At long last, Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) and its magazine ONE (where I serve as Executive Editor) now has its very own blog. Ladies and gentlemen, I’m proud to introduce you to ONE-TO-ONE. It’s still very much a work-in-progress — among other things, we’re hoping to launch an RSS feed in the days [Read More...]

The grandmother who's also a sister

I tend to spotlight older men entering the priesthood around here, but thanks to The Anchoress, I can turn the spotlight this morning on an older woman — and grandmother — who has found a late vocation as a sister. Take a look: When Sister Shirley Shafranek makes her final profession of vows as a [Read More...]

More parents living together instead of getting married

And that’s becoming even more common than divorce, according to this new report: The number of Americans with children who live together without marrying has increased twelvefold since 1970, according to a report released Tuesday. The report states that children now are more likely to have unmarried parents than divorced ones. The report was published [Read More...]

World Youth Day priests may lift excommunications for abortion

The confessionals pictured above are where the sacrament of reconciliation will be celebrated — and where this extraordinary move may now take place. Details: The Cardinal Archbishop of Madrid, Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, has granted all of the 2,000 priests attending World Youth Day this week the special power to the lift the excommunication and [Read More...]

The ultimate World Youth Day family

They are literally a product of this international event.  CNS has details: You might say Steve and Nicole Kerekes have really lived the World Youth Day experience. The California couple met at World Youth Day in Denver in 1993, even though Steve Kerekes said that, at the time, he wasn’t particularly religious. Today, the couple [Read More...]

The train's the thing: Shakespeare on the subway?

Ah, New York!  A performance that’s really Standing Room Only.  Especially during rush hour. Find out all about it here. And catch a scene, below. [Read more...]

Worth a thousand words

An Iraqi man inspects damages at the Mar Afram Syriac Orthodox Church following an explosion in the northern city of Kirkuk as a series of nationwide attacks hit the country. The daylong wave of violence was the deadliest in the country this year. Iraqi Christians now fear for their lives — but they aren’t the [Read More...]

What we have come to: new restaurant requires signed contract when making reservation

It’s “concept dining” in which the concept is: sign your life away before picking up a fork: Get your pen out if you want to have dinner at Rogue 24, because first you have to sign a two-page contract to cement your reservation at the newly opened conceptual restaurant serving only 24- and 16-course tasting [Read More...]

Irish bishop: children of divorce are "born losers"

He made that statement during an interview with a local newspaper yesterday: Many children from broken homes are born “losers” and so deprived of love that they grow up to be dysfunctional adults, according to a Catholic bishop. Bishop of Elphin Christopher Jones said that during his 17 years working in social services in Sligo [Read More...]

Preachers, get to the point!

That’s the message of a recent seminar on homiletics for priests and deacons.  CNS has details: For eight days at Loyola University New Orleans, three priests and five deacons absorbed the cool mathematics and internal symmetry of good preaching. Just as Moses descended from Mount Sinai with Ten Commandments chiseled on two stone tablets, the [Read More...]

The Catholic baseball star who just learned that he's Jewish

The sports world is wrapping its collective head around this surprising news: it turns out that a well-known player for the fabled Brooklyn Dodgers, a lifelong Roman Catholic, is in fact Jewish — and has close relatives who died in Auschwitz. The New York Times reporter Joshua Prager has the scoop: Earlier this summer, Ralph [Read More...]

Welcome home, Dad!

Emmitt was happy to see his military dad after nine long months apart.  Separation is rrrrrruff.   h/t WelcomeHomeBlog [Read more...]

Two minus one: the shocking practice of "singleton" abortions

It involves aborting one twin — and it’s more common than you may think.  The New York Times took a closer look at the practice in the Sunday magazine last weekend: As Jenny lay on the obstetrician’s examination table, she was grateful that the ultrasound tech had turned off the overhead screen. She didn’t want [Read More...]

Young religious find older garb habit-forming — UPDATED

It’s no secret that people entering religious life these days are increasingly attracted to wearing the kinds of clothes that were abandoned in the ’60s and ’70s — habits and veils for women, cassocks and birettas for men. U.S. Catholic looks at how one order is addressing this old-fashioned new fashion: Around the time Karen [Read More...]

St. Maximilian Kolbe on obedience

I think it’s a message more of us need to hear — now, more than ever.  I stumbled on this in the Office of Readings for his feast, which was August 14. It comes from his letters: It is obedience and obedience alone that shows us God’s will with certainty. Of course our superiors may [Read More...]


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