Remembering Dorothy Day, a "saint of common ground"

She was a woman of our own times — and one who defies easy categorization. This morning, the good people at Huffington Post have just posted this reminiscence from writer and editor Robert Ellsberg: Despite all the sadness and suffering around her, she had an eye for the transcendent. There were always moments when it [Read More...]

Happy Birthday, Marshall McLuhan

Today would have been the trailblazing media analyst’s 100th birthday. Fr. Raymond de Souza takes note of a new biography, and takes note, as well, of McLuhan’s devout Catholicism: In the Internet age, his ideas appear more relevant than ever. The mark of a great idea is that it is obvious once stated. That how [Read More...]

Nearing the goal: update on soccer player studying for the priesthood

He made news a few years back, when he gave up a lucrative professional soccer career for the priesthood.  How’s he doing? The Washington Post has an update: Chase Hilgenbrinck looks back on his first few months at Mount St. Mary’s and wonders how he did it. His decision to leave behind a Major League [Read More...]

Sheer genius: one man, dozens of celebrities, all doing Shakespeare

I howled. This is really something.  Actor/impressionist Jim Meskimen with three minutes of bedazzling ingenuity. [Read more...]

The Sunday they received communion in space

Somehow I missed this when it made news a few years back. But blogger Kathy Schiffer, in looking back on the spirituality of space travel, mentions a remarkable communion service that took place in the heavens. This comes from a 2004 article in St. Anthony Messenger by astronaut Thomas Jones, describing one memorable moment on [Read More...]

What's the secret of a successful parish?

New York’s Archbishop Timothy Dolan has the answer. From his blog: “What makes this place tick?”  I quizzed the exuberant pastor as he showed me around the parish, renowned for its high rate of Sunday Mass attendance; first-rate school; excellent religious education for kids, teenagers, young adults, and adults; remarkably effective stewardship; and successful initiatives [Read More...]

"Incandescent with rage": priest close to pope calls for mass resignation of Irish bishops

This should have a lot of people sitting up and taking notice. From the Catholic Herald: A theologian who is a former student of Pope Benedict XVI has called for every Irish bishop appointed before 2003 to resign. Fr Vincent Twomey, emeritus professor of moral theology at Maynooth seminary, said the Irish Church had been [Read More...]

Catholic innkeepers sued for refusing to host gay wedding

It happened in Vermont, over a reception that was slated to be held at the inn pictured below. Details: A Vermont inn violated state anti-discrimination rules by refusing to host the wedding reception for two New York City women, the couple said in a lawsuit Tuesday. The lawsuit, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union’s [Read More...]

Nothing sacred: dozens of Catholic statues vandalized in New Jersey

Police have now labeled the acts bias crimes. Details: FBI agents are assisting in the investigation of a rash of vandalism cases at Roman Catholic churches in Camden and Burlington Counties. About three dozen religious statues have been damaged at six churches in Cherry Hill, Mount Laurel, and Evesham over the last week. Local authorities [Read More...]

When a bishop chooses cremation

Not that long ago, it was unthinkable for a Catholic to be cremated.  But no more.  And it’s even become an acceptable practice among some high-ranking clergy. A blogger in London has a rare case in point: As more details concerning Bishop Michael Evans’ funeral arrangements have come to light over the past week or [Read More...]

A bishop and his deacons

From today’s mass at the cathedral in Philadelphia, Archbishop Charles Chaput and two deacons.  (And, of course, Cardinal Rigali…) [Read more...]

For all you hermits out there

I know The Anchoress is itching for a retreat, and one of my readers just reminded me that he’s a hermit, which got me to thinking that we really need right now something very hermit-y. Ladies and gentlemen: Herman’s Hermits. And some absolutely spectacular lip-synching. Enjoy. [Read more...]

An offer they couldn't refuse

From Las Vegas comes this surprising story of a rare autographed movie script that found its way to a Catholic Charities thrift store. Details: This is how Diane Hutton, who runs one of the largest thrift store operations in town, ended up on the hit cable TV show “Pawn Stars” on Monday night. A while [Read More...]

From the e-mail bag: You say "Sha POO," I say "Sha PEW"

From a reader in Denver: Those of us who personally know and serve the Archbishop here in Denver pronounce his last name “Sha Pew” as does he and as did Cardinal Rigali at this morning’s press conference in Philadelphia. The Archbishop doesn’t correct those who mispronounce it unless you totally butcher it. Please accept this [Read More...]

Bishop in South Sudan dies while celebrating mass

It happened only days after history was made in the land where he had served as a missionary. From ZENIT: Just one week after welcoming the independence of South Sudan where he had been a missionary for three decades, Bishop Cesare Mazzolari of Rumbek died Saturday while celebrating Mass. The 74-year-old Italian Comboni missionary had [Read More...]

From the trenches of the culture war

Those scanning the web this morning will find, among other things, two views of the culture war, from two very different perspectives — but both writers come to conclusions that are more similar than you might think. From Elizabeth Scalia, over at First Things: Recently a reader at my blog asked me what it would [Read More...]

The first Chaput interview

NCR’s John Allen sat down for an exclusive interview with the soon-to-be Archbishop of Philadelphia, and found a few things that might surprise people. Snip: Love him or hate him, Archbishop Charles Chaput, Pope Benedict XVI’s choice as the new chief shepherd of the embattled Archdiocese of Philadelphia, is impossible to ignore. Few American bishops [Read More...]

Charles Chaput, a "visionary"

“You can’t mistake what he’s thinking. He’s a visionary. And what a change this will be. Philadelphia has had staid, traditional bishops and here comes someone who can combine genuine fidelity to the church with this vigor. This is a revolutionary choice!  [The pope wants] significant changes in the culture of the archdiocese. You won’t [Read More...]


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