“What to make of Vice President Biden?”

That’s how Michael Gerson begins this surprisingly sympathetic piece in this morning’s Washington Post, and he adds: Sometimes he is gaffe-prone comic relief. Sometimes he is the possessor of the worst geopolitical judgment in Washington — as when he opposed the Osama bin Laden raid or advocated the partition of Iraq. And sometimes he seems [Read More…]

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LCWR says Vatican report “unsubstantiated…flawed…lacked transparency”

The group released a statement this morning, which is reproduced below in its entirety from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious website: The national board of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) held a special meeting in Washington, DC from May 29-31 to review, and plan a response to, the report issued to LCWR by [Read More…]

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Where to get your free donuts on National Donut Day

Those intrepid journalists at TIME magazine have performed an invaluable national service by reporting on this vital issue: Today is National Doughnut Day. What, you didn’t know the first Friday in June was National Doughnut Day? Now you do. More importantly, now you can find out which doughnut chains around the country are doling out [Read More…]

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Why should you go to Mass? Here are some reasons

Below, a very effective video from the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. [Read more…]

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Priest suspended for leading breakaway parish — UPDATED

Details: The Rev. Robert Marrone has been suspended from priestly ministry for disobeying an order by Cleveland Catholic Bishop Richard Lennon to remove himself as pastor of a breakaway congregation, according to a letter the priest wrote to his followers. Marrone and his congregation, the Community of St. Peter, broke away from the diocese to set [Read More…]

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“This is the real war on women”

That’s how one Republican described the vote this afternoon that will not ban abortions based on sex selection: The House on Thursday fell short in an effort to ban abortions based on the sex of the fetus as Republicans and Democrats made an election-year appeal for women’s votes. The legislation would have made it a [Read More…]

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Mary’s journey: a homily for The Visitation

For the Feast of the Visitation, here’s a portion of my homily from 2007 from the Solemnity of the Assumption, which used the same gospel reading. +++ The gospel today begins with a journey. “Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste…” This time of year, I think, a lot of us [Read More…]

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“It’s a hit piece in the service of another agenda”

Mark Shea, as usual, cuts right to the heart of the matter concerning this report about Cardinal Timothy Dolan in the New York Times: There is much dudgeon the article. There is no dudgeon–none whatsoever–about the fact that exactly the same tactic is used to get rid of pervy public school teachers. This, and the lionization of [Read More…]

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How the Vatican marks the end of Mary’s month

If you can’t be in Rome, check out this video preview, courtesy CNS: [Read more…]

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Why Anna Quindlen quit the church — UPDATED

I’ve always appreciated Anna Quindlen’s wry, elegantly shaped prose, going back to her “Life in the 30s” column she wrote for the Times back in the ’80s.  I read her sporadically after she went to Newsweek, and dipped into a couple of her novels when she tried her hand at fiction. So when I came [Read More…]

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“The Clan of the Red Beanie”

That’s the oh-so-pwecious term of endearment that writer Charles Pierce uses for Catholic bishops here. Perhaps he’d like to come up with a similar soubriquet for rabbis? [Read more…]

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A promise kept: Cardinal Dolan returns to St. Louis to preach at priest’s first Mass

Details: Surrounded by family, friends and supporters, Father Brian Fallon and four other newly ordained priests celebrated their first Masses last weekend, just one day after their May 26 ordination at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. It was a culminating moment, a realization of all the hard work they had achieved through their years [Read More…]

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“If she could not have joy, she was determined to have light…”

Years ago, when the great Harold Ross was editing the New Yorker, he’d pore over writer’s manuscripts and if there was a name he didn’t understand or a person he felt wasn’t properly identified, he’d scribble in the margins two words: “Who he?” When Elizabeth Scalia told me she was writing a new introduction to [Read More…]

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Having trouble juggling family, job and ministry?

Then, read this. Sound and sensible advice here—for deacons and anyone who feels like he’s got too many balls in the air… [Read more…]

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First look: official trailer for “Les Miserables”

Do you hear the people sing?  Well, you hear Anne Hathaway.  This looks superb. [Read more…]

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“I’m continually evangelized by the poor”

What a great insight, expressed in this beautifully produced slideshow/video. The photographer, Paul Jeffrey, also happens to be a Methodist minister, and the remarkable photographs  remain a vibrant and haunting reminder of his ministry to some of the poorest of the poor. Just watch.  Huge H/T to CNS for finding this. More people need to [Read More…]

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Deacons and the “Fortnight for Freedom”

As the USCCB ramps up preparations for this event next month, Chicago’s deacons are launching their own response: a conference on religious liberty. From an e-mail I received yesterday: The intent is: To prepare deacons and priests to preach during the Fortnight of Freedom To provide clergy and church ministers with a venue for their [Read More…]

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The secret to a long marriage: matching outfits

This is either a) adorable, b) bizarre or c) inspired. Take your pick. I’m surprised they don’t bring this up in Pre-Cana. [Read more…]

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