What do people live for?

Watch this great commercial and try, just try, not to dissolve into a puddle of tears.  It’s GREAT!  H/T The A. [Read more...]

Here come more Anglicans: up to 100 priests + 2,000 laypeople in U.S.

More news from the USCCB confab in Washington state: As many as 100 U.S. Anglican priests and 2,000 laypeople could be the first members of a U.S. personal ordinariate for former Anglicans who want to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church, Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington reported to his fellow bishops June [Read More...]

Ordination update: 11 new deacons for Fort Wayne-South Bend

The ordination took place on May 21 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. It marked a milestone: the first class of permanent deacons ordained for the diocese since 1983. From Bishop Rhoades’ homily: To proclaim the Gospel worthily in the Church’s liturgy, you must first hear that Word in your own heart and bear witness [Read More...]

Corapi announcement? — UPDATED

A reader posted this in the comments thread of an old post about Fr. John Corapi, and similar statements are hurtling around the Catholic blogosphere tonight.  It evidently comes from a statement distributed to those on Fr. Corapi’s e-mail list: We understand many of you would like an update–any update–on the status of Fr. John [Read More...]

Catholic Charities cancels event at local Hooters

Really? Yeah.  You can’t make this stuff up: A benefit for the homeless at the Downtown St. Louis Hooters restaurant drew fire and was ultimately shot down Tuesday.  The St. Patrick’s Center’s  “Dine or Donate” event was set for Thursday night. St. Patrick’s Center cancelled the event after receiving what a spokeswoman said were a [Read More...]

Bishops ready document on preaching for next year

Interesting development from the USCCB confab in Seattle: Following a lively debate on the first day of their spring general assembly near Seattle, the U.S. bishops voted overwhelmingly to authorize preparation of a 50-page document on preaching for consideration in November 2012. St. Louis Archbishop Robert J. Carlson presented the proposal on behalf of the [Read More...]

Falsely accused priest "died of a broken heart"

This is the sort of story that rarely gets told. I  posted on this priest’s case over at Beliefnet some months back.  But now columnist Brian McGrory tells more in today’s Boston Globe: The first time the Rev. Charles Murphy was cleared of accusations that he improperly touched a minor, a girl 25 years earlier, [Read More...]

Hello, Dalai — or, how not to tell a joke

I have to give this Aussie anchor props for having the honesty and nerve to reveal to his audience that he is, in fact, a doofus. [Read more...]

In the Weiner's circle

If anyone wonders what it’s like having the Anthony Weiner circus playing in your backyard, I can tell you.  Check out this week’s column, “All Things New”: Suddenly, a lot of us in the area are uncomfortably aware that some of the nice folks who sweep their sidewalks and water the azaleas and smile sweetly [Read More...]

The best argument yet for cloning

This cat, Fredde Gredde, is new to me, but evidently he’s been floating around the Internets for while, crafting these ingenious videos.  (He got a lot of buzz last year, evidently, for his inspired medley of TV Theme Songs.) Take a look at what a little green screen ingenuity can do in his latest opus, [Read More...]

Leading cause of death: Chris Matthews

Actually, it’s television in general.  But I’m sure he has something to do with it. Glenn Beck, too, for that matter. Details: No one ever claimed that watching TV was healthy, but doctors are only now discovering just how bad it can be. Evidence from a spate of recent studies suggests that the more TV [Read More...]

To forgo in Fargo: wealthy businessman joining the Franciscans

He’s giving up his fortune — and some degree of fame — for a life of poverty, chastity and obedience. Details: Dennis Narlock has cooked for Hollywood stars and built a well-known local catering business throughout the past three decades. But Narlock plans to walk away from his business and his cooking career at the [Read More...]

Let's remember Russert

Rocco did yesterday, on the anniversary of the legendary newsman’s passing: Above all, Russert’s death genuinely, deeply shook no shortage of folks — above all, the many ’round here who were so blessed to have known him, but just as much, the far more of us for whom his hour on Sunday morning was almost [Read More...]

"Born this way"?

Given a post that’s generated a lot of interest the last day or so, I think some readers might want to take a gander at what Elizabeth Scalia has to say on the subject of homosexuality over at First Things: Perhaps homosexuals are in fact “special and exceptional others,” whose distinctions are meant to be [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“I worked with Father Shawn Ratigan for two years. My children were around him. I knew him. For all I know, there’s pictures on his computer of my children. That’s a possibility. But it doesn’t change my support of the bishop.” – Nathan Lewis, supporting embattled Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn. Read more and see [Read More...]

Ordination update: 14 new deacons in Tulsa

Oklahoma?  Ok! The beautiful shot below is from last weekend’s ordination.  What a marvelous way to mark Pentecost! The diocese has a great Facebook page with a gallery of pictures, too. Check ‘em out. Congratulations, brothers! Ad multos annos! [Read more...]

Ordination update: a dozen new deacons for New York City

A reader alerted me to this item in Catholic New York, featuring biographies of the men scheduled to be ordained last weekend. How’d it go?  Anybody got any pictures? Ad multos annos, gentlemen! [Read more...]

Making a little history: meet the world's shortest man

The folks who keep track of these things set out to measure him recently.  Check out the video below.  I have to say, there’s something endearing and sweet about his smile.  This is a guy who doesn’t seem perturbed by the challenge God has given him. Details: Weighing 11 pounds and standing just under 2 [Read More...]


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