A priest-painter who's "not afraid to push the envelope"

He’s attracting a lot of attention as he opens a new show near Boston. From the Boston Globe: John Frederick Arens is a cutting-edge artist. His Allston studio is stuffed from floor to ceiling with paintings of every size. Stacks of small, colorful abstracts jostle for space in the shadow of a 6-foot blue mammoth. [Read More...]

Crystal clear: diocese issues statement on cathedral bid

“The prevailing goals are to see creditors satisfied, adequately provide for all constituents and stakeholders, and accommodate the Diocese of Orange’s need for a new cathedral, while respecting the CCM ministry and its legacy. It is the Diocese’s intention to safeguard Rev. Schuller’s cherished landmark from potential commercial development or general purpose uses. ‘This sanctuary [Read More...]

Why is St. Clare the patron saint of television?

People ask me that question all the time, and Taylor Marshall offers the answer on this day, the saint’s feast: The Venerable Pope Pius XII declared Saint Clare of Assisi as patroness of television in 1958 when televisions were becoming universally common. Why did the pope choose this thirteenth century Franciscan foundress who was dedicated [Read More...]

Honoring a 9/11 "saint" who was gay?

A Catholic parish in Syracuse, New York plans to do just that in tribute to the man listed as the first official fatality of the 9/11 attacks, Fr. Mychal Judge. From  Religion News Service: Like most Americans, Brother Edmund Dwyer was stunned by early coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York City and [Read More...]

Another battle over the 10 Commandments

This one is unfolding in Florida: The folks who live in this sparsely populated rural region along Florida’s upper west coast don’t like outsiders butting in, especially when it comes to their religious beliefs. They’re miffed, to put it politely, and appealing a federal judge’s order to remove a five-foot high granite monument that prominently [Read More...]

What's the biggest threat to marriage?

You’re looking at it. Internet use — and misuse — is straining marriages more than ever in at least one country, according to a new report: The Catholic Church’s  marriage counselling service says the misuse of the internet is the fastest-growing cause of marital difficulty in Ireland. ACCORD’s annual report for 2010 showed that while [Read More...]

This is why they're French, and we aren't

Because their vending machines dispense fresh baguettes. See it in action, below. [Read more...]

"Operation I Do" to marry up to 20 couples in one ceremony

How’s this for a wedding-a-palooza, from Catholic San Francisco: St. Thomas More Parish in San Francisco is hosting a wedding for as many as 20 couples — one parish’s response to a decline of almost 50 percent in weddings among Catholics in the past two decades. “We’ll be doing a real shebang. Areal wedding,” said [Read More...]

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...]


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