Historic first: Catholic college building residence for single pregnant women

It’s happening at Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina. Details: It was a summer of romance and fear. A bittersweet mix that cast a long shadow through the years. One that Debbie Capen, 37, of Charlotte will remember today at the groundbreaking for what is believed the nation’s first college-based maternity and after-care residential facility [Read More...]

"O Jesus, Eternal Priest, keep Your priests within the shelter of Your Sacred Heart…"

Now seems an especially apt moment to recall this prayer below. I first discovered it this spring, in St. John the Evangelist Church, on the ground floor of the building where I work in Manhattan.  They had several yellow cards on a table, with this prayer printed on it.  I took one home, folded in [Read More...]

Boston's Gay Pride mass is back on

It will happen next month, according to the Boston Globe: “See you all on July 10!’’ said Rainbow Ministry president John Kelly, throwing his hands into the air at an alternative service held outside the church last night. An audience of nearly 250 people, from children in baseball uniforms to elderly couples in their Sunday [Read More...]

Corapi "unleashed" — UPDATED

He responds to last weekend’s developments — and  to his critics — right here. Well.  If we had any doubts, it now seems clear from hearing his latest performance that the Corapi saga has nose-dived into something so pitiful and painful, all we can do is avert our eyes.  It’s not a scandal anymore.  It’s [Read More...]

Saved: relics from the World Trade Center

Over at JFK Airport, a hangar is holding something besides planes: steel and salvaged objects from the World Trade Center. Some of the steel is being turned into crosses, as shown above, for memorial shrines around the country, as we approach the 10-year anniversary this September. Details, from MSNBC: It’s pretty amazing to see what [Read More...]

Bishop issues pastoral letter on diaconate to clear up "misunderstandings and misinterpretations"

I can’t remember the last time a local bishop has written this extensively on the diaconate. It’s a rare event.  But Bishop Alexander K. Sample. of the Diocese of Marquette, has just released a 19-page document on the diaconate that reflects on the vocation — and clarifies some of the deacon’s responsibilities. Details: Calling the [Read More...]

Corapi's superior: "We wanted him to come back to the community…" — UPDATED

He offers new insight into the case, from a story that just moved at the National Catholic Register: Father Gerard Sheehan, regional priest-servant of SOLT and Father Corapi’s religious superior in the U.S., confirmed June 19 that the order’s investigation faced complications created by a civil suit filed by Father Corapi against the former employee [Read More...]

Activists fight new Catholic hospital in Maryland

And they’re arguing that the real issue is the separation of church and state. Details: Opponents say they have not exhausted their options for fighting a proposal to build a Catholic hospital on the grounds of Montgomery College in Germantown, despite approval of the plan last week by the state Board of Public Works. The [Read More...]

Following the Black Sheep Dog down the rabbit hole — UPDATED

I wasn’t planning to re-open this can of worms, but here goes.  I couldn’t help but be shocked by what I discovered late today over at John Corapi’s new website. At the top is the text of his now-infamous farewell to the priesthood — wherein he states, bluntly, “I am not going to be involved [Read More...]

RIP, Clarence Clemons

Let’s face it: we could all use a little dose of awesomeness right about now. Here, then, the awesome Clarence Clemons, with that guy from New Jersey, nearly 30 years ago — all sweetness and youth and rowdy, unstoppable, laugh-out-loud joy.  Crank up the speakers and travel back in time.  Because tramps like us, baby, [Read More...]

For Trinity Sunday: the Sign of the Cross

“This morning, mass began with something that most of us probably take for granted, and hardly think about. We do it so often. It’s the sign of the cross. In the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit. It’s not just a gesture that we use to punctuate prayer. It’s not [Read More...]

Happy Father's Day, Dad

We love you and miss you. 50 years ago: Summer 1961 [Read more...]

Ordination update: 18 new deacons for San Antonio

June is bustin’ out all over — with deacons! Some details, from the local paper: This year’s class of deacons includes men with varied and interesting backgrounds, each with their own unique story of faith. They include a former captain of the swim team of the U.S. Air Force Academy, a former railroad president and [Read More...]

What can an ex-priest do? — UPDATED

With the Corapi news, it’s a question many are asking. A few years ago, Jimmy Akin posted a good and clear-headed summary that, as far as I know, still holds: 1) He can’t celebrate any of the sacraments except for hearing deathbed confessions. It is especially noted that he can’t give homilies. 2) He can’t [Read More...]

Who is Fr. Shawn Ratigan?

The Kansas City Star has done a remarkable job of digging into this headline-making priest‘s early life, including his childhood and years in the seminary: Records from Conception Seminary College in Conception, Mo., show that Ratigan entered the school as a freshman undergraduate in 1996, 12 years after he graduated from high school. And though [Read More...]

Corapi, the morning after — UPDATED

You don’t have to look far to find a lot of wide-ranging reaction to the Big News around the blogosphere. First up, Max Lindenman, who says something a few people have wondered about in e-mails to me: The man is deeply distraught — that much is obvious. I’ll also venture the guess that he’s either [Read More...]

Fr. Corapi speaks: "I'm not going to be involved in ministry as a priest anymore…"

A recorded statement, below … You can also read the text over at his website.  No official statement or reaction yet from his order.  Stay tuned. UPDATE: Elizabeth Scalia has her first reaction to the tape – and it’s similar to my own.  I kept waiting for something, anything, that would point back to God, [Read More...]

Pre-Cana "nonsense"?

Allison Salerno has some observations about marriage preparation in general, and one couple in particular: A 78-year-old widower I know,  married to his first wife for 55 years, tomorrow will wed a never-married, lifelong Catholic in her sixties. They planned to marry in the Catholic Church. Instead, they are hoofing it across the street to [Read More...]


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