Um, Your Eminence, that wasn't in my job description…

Reading Bill Keller’s review of “Absolute Monarchs: A History of the Papacy” by John Julius Norwich, my eyes fell upon this choice paragraph, which mentions deacons, and a task one deacon in particular allegedly had to perform: “A scholar or devout Roman Catholic would probably not have had so much fun, for example, with the [Read More...]

The accountant who became a bishop

The Cincinnati Enquirer (via USA TODAY) has an interesting look at Ohio’s new auxiliary, and his unusual journey into the priesthood. Details: Bishop Joe Binzer worked in the business world for a decade before entering the seminary and in June became the region’s highest-ranking Catholic leader behind Archbishop Dennis Schnurr. The former accountant, whose style [Read More...]

Quote of the day

The heart of a true baseball fan: “He deserved this. He worked so hard for this. He’s been in the league for so long. I’m not really the kind to take something away from him.  He earned it.” – 23-year-old Yankee fan Christian Lopez. Moments after catching the baseball that made history for Derek Jeter, [Read More...]

"Stop forwarding that crap to me"

One of the great poets of our age, Mr. “Weird” Al Yankovic, speaks for us all. [Read more...]

A rewritten "Great Gatsby" that grates

Last summer, I decided to revisit one of my favorite books, “The Great Gatsby.” I almost read it in one sitting.  The sheer music of it was as captivating as I remember, and the lines just flowed.  F. Scott Fitzgerald captured something elusive and haunting and real in that book; there’s a mystery and delicacy [Read More...]

Homily for July 10, 2011: 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“A sower went out to sow…” Those simple words begin one of the most memorable parables in the gospel – a story that has much to teach us not only about gardening and growing, but also about listening.  Listening to the Word of God.  Being receptive to it.  Being open to it. That can be [Read More...]

He's baaaaack…

The notorious Catholic priest who had a very public affair, caused a scandal, and subsequently joined the Episcopalians is about to launch his own TV show. Details: Just weeks ago Oprah Winfrey stepped down from her 25-year-run as the ultimate talk show star. Now some are hailing a former Roman Catholic priest as the one [Read More...]

On Betty Ford

Early this morning, I posted on the death of Betty Ford.  I took the post down a short time ago because a number of people were angry and shocked that I was memorializing a woman who was pro-abortion. Betty Ford was also instrumental in the lives of a number of people close to me who [Read More...]

Corapi on camera — UPDATED

He hasn’t been seen on camera in several months.  Today, that changed. He appeared on a video, wearing a Harley Davidson leather jacket, in front of a plain white background, to describe his next media venture. Below, John Corapi, 8 July 2011.  Details. UPDATE: The Anchoress has just posted a few thoughts on last night’s [Read More...]

The reality TV that wasn't: how CBS faked the Fourth

What you see below never happened. Read all about it: Those who watched Boston’s revered Fourth of July celebration Monday night on CBS were treated to spectacular views of fireworks exploding behind the State House, Quincy Market, and home plate at Fenway Park, among other places – great views, until you consider that they were [Read More...]

How is the New York Times like the Catholic Church?

Departing Executive Editor of the paper Bill Keller — who was raised Catholic — has a provocative thought or two: “My parents took their faith very seriously — especially my mother, who had the fervor of a convert (from Episcopalian). My brothers and I had nuns and priests as our teachers through high school, and [Read More...]

The Corapi case: what was said, and what wasn't — UPDATED

There’s been a lot of back-and-forth over the last several hours about John Corapi’s response yesterday to the SOLT statement of 5 July, summarizing the order’s findings and directing him, under obedience, to return to the order and live in community. It might be useful for all who are interested to see what exactly was [Read More...]

Fr. William Doyle's prayer for priests: "I am no longer myself, I am Jesus crucified…"

A reader posted this in the comments, and I thought it too good not to share. It’s a prayer for priests by Fr. Willie Doyle, heroic priest of World War I: O my God, pour out in abundance Thy spirit of sacrifice upon Thy priests. It is both their glory and their duty to become [Read More...]

This helps put everything in perspective

A young man named Adam returns to the gym for the first time since losing his leg to cancer in 2009. God bless him. [Read more...]

Quote for the day

“Pride makes everyone into ‘God,’ and you have no objective truth. The antidote is humility. If God humbled himself, who are we not to humble ourselves? Remember that humility leads to obedience, which leads to life. Pride leads to disobedience and death.” – John Corapi, 1 May 2010, St. Louis Read the rest. [Read more...]

BREAKING: Corapi responds to SOLT statement — UPDATED

Take a look here. A snip: Regarding my personal financial situation—From the earliest days (more than twenty years ago) the Founder of the Society of Our Lady, Fr. James Flanagan, encouraged me to support myself and the Church as well. He said they could not afford to support my ministry and me personally because of [Read More...]

Clap happy at mass

“Hello — if this is “ministry” then it is not about the musicians and their “performance,” and it should not be applauded as though they’d provided entertainment breaks. Should we applaud the ushers? Should we applaud the priest and deacon? I keep waiting for one “music minister” — just one — to announce before mass, “we [Read More...]

Why did the Episcopal Church knowingly ordain a man accused of sex abuse?

That’s a question a lot of people are asking. But the Episcopal Church is now defending the bishop at the center of this storm. Details: The Episcopal Church is rejecting charges that its top leader, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, mishandled the ordination of a former priest who is now accused of sexual abuse. Jefferts [Read More...]