Meet the new nuncio: Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano

This just in: Pope Benedict XVI named Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, 70, to be the new nuncio to the United States. In his most recent position, the Italian archbishop had served for two years as secretary general of the commission governing Vatican City. He succeeds the late Archbishop Pietro Sambi in Washington. Just minutes after [Read More...]

Was Jesus a conservative?

Herman Cain argues as much, in a column he wrote last Christmas that’s getting wider circulation this week: Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain wrote last December in a RedState column titled “The Perfect Conservative” that Jesus was killed by a “liberal court.” The column claims Jesus as a conservative. “He helped the poor without one [Read More...]

A joyful noise?

With the full implementation of the new missal now about a month away — can you believe it? — writer Jeffrey Tucker is putting it into context, and raising some concerns, particularly when it comes to music: The “elephant in the living room” of non-liturgical texts at Mass comes through music at Mass. The problem [Read More...]

What they didn't ask

Men applying to study for Holy Orders are familiar with the psychological exams you have to take. Here are the impressions of one man, after taking the test for the diaconate: One interesting feature of the exam is that the examiner (a clinical psychologist) had to review the self-narrative with me, and for a fixed [Read More...]

Lino Rulli, move over: another Catholic "Sinner" heading into bookstores

The celebrated host of “The Catholic Guy” radio show has just published a book called “Sinner.” But now former centerfold star Jenny McCarthy has stolen the title (is that a sin, too?) for a book of her own.  And it has a distinctly Catholic angle that will raise eyebrows (and, I think, blood pressures), according [Read More...]

"A is for Arnold…"

I featured this guy some months back, and here he is again, brilliant as ever.  Ladies and gentlemen: Jim Meskimen doing the alphabet (with some celebrity help). [Read more...]

Shock: child hit by van, left for dead, bystanders do nothing

What happens when a country like China has widespread abortion and a “one-child” policy? Things like this: It begins last Thursday when a two-year-old girl totters into a narrow lane in a wholesale market in the thriving industrial city of Foshan in Guangdong Province and is hit by a small, white van. The driver pauses, [Read More...]

Never try to hide from the deacons…

…they’ll find you every time. Saw this on a friend’s FB page. [Read more...]

Worth a thousand words

From Fr. Frank Pavone’s Twitter feed this weekend: [Read more...]

Roy Bourgeois detained by police at Vatican

He never gives up, does he? Details: A U.S. Catholic priest who supports ordination for women was detained briefly by police Monday after marching to the Vatican to press the Holy See to lift its ban on women priests. The Rev. Roy Bourgeois and about a dozen supporters had marched down the main boulevard leading [Read More...]

The 11-year-old genius who's thinking of becoming a priest

My brother-in-law who teaches at Notre Dame sent me this great story this morning: a boy genius in Minnesota who was home-schooled — and who is weighing all his career options: Most people enter college as a teenager with the hope of graduating in four to five years, but in that same time span, one University [Read More...]

Cheering for the underdogs: making "The Mighty Macs"

The movie about the fabled basketball team opens this Friday — did you know the original title was “Our Lady of Victory”? — but it took a long time to happen. The AP has the scoop: Here’s a sports fairy tale that never gets old: Underdog team with few resources but a lot of heart [Read More...]

A dream deferred, fulfilled

A remarkable story from the world of boxing, about a man who spent a quarter century behind bars for a murder he didn’t commit and finally, at the age of 52, lived his dream. From ESPN: Dewey Bozella landed a hard right cross on his opponent’s jaw at the final bell, and the 52-year-old boxer [Read More...]

Want to be a priest? There's an app for that

The Church in Ireland has developed an innovative way to spread the word about vocations — one you can hold in the palm of your hand. Details: An establishment viewed as a bastion of tradition is turning to a new app to encourage more “applications.” The app, says the church, is “designed to promote vocations [Read More...]

Coping in Kansas City: "Obviously, we're not O.K. with this…"

How does a diocese deal with having its bishop indicted?  The New York Times visited a parish in Kansas City — the former parish of Fr. Shawn Rattigan, the priest at the center of the scandal — to find out. The Rev. Justin Hoye was struggling to figure out what, if anything, to say on [Read More...]

Why this Assisi meeting will be different

The interfaith prayer gathering happening next week will carry Pope Benedict’s own stamp, according to CNS, and welcome into dialogue in a special way nonbelievers and agnostics: The Oct. 27 event marks the 25th anniversary of the first such gathering. As in 1986, it is expected to draw representatives from many Christian denominations and more [Read More...]

Report looks at questions surrounding Priests for Life financial records — UPDATED

While the standoff between Fr. Frank Pavone and his bishop appears to be at an impasse, (and some observers still find the whole thing far too murky) the local newspaper in Amarillo takes a closer look at the financial records of Priests for Life.  Some details will be familiar to those who have been following [Read More...]

"Horrific": church attacked, desecrated in Rome violence

It happened near the Lateran basilica during the “day of rage” planned for many cities around the world yesterday.  Details: The Vatican has condemned Saturday’s violent clashes in central Rome including an attack by protesters on a church in which a crucifix and a statue of the Virgin Mary were destroyed. Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi [Read More...]


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