BREAKING: Arrest in “VatiLeaks” case

From CNS: The Vatican police have arrested an individual in possession of private Vatican documents in connection to the so-called “VatiLeaks” scandal that began in January. “This person now is being questioned by the Vatican magistrates for further information,” said Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, who declined to name the person. He told reporters [Read More…]

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Better late than never: Ireland to get first permanent deacons

Details, from the Independent: The first married men to be permitted to baptise children and officiate at weddings will be ordained in the Irish Catholic Church next month. The church is looking to deacons to do some of the jobs of the clergy because vocations to the priesthood are at an all-time low. And eight [Read More…]

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Answering the call — at a baseball game

From Major League Baseball … a fan with faith. And a phone. [Read more…]

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All about Eve

That would be Eve Tushnet, who has just arrived at Patheos with her self-titled blog. As Elizabeth Scalia notes: I think Eve Tushnet’s name became much more widely known in 2010, when the New York Times profiled her, identifying her in the opening graph as that (to them) most exotic of all creatures, a “the celibate, [Read More…]

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Embracing poverty: life at the Catholic Worker

What is it like to live and work among the poorest of the poor in New York City? From the Wall Street Journal, here’s a rare glimpse at the volunteers who live at the Catholic Worker: Felton Davis is one of a dozen folks who live and work at Maryhouse and St. Joseph House, East [Read More…]

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The joy of sects

Is the Catholic Church becoming little more than a sect? Jamie Manson, a columnist at NCR offers this observation: With its attacks on same-sex marriage, battle against providing adequate health care for women, hostile takeover of LCWR and inquisition into the Girl Scouts, the hierarchy continues to make itself an embarrassing media spectacle in a [Read More…]

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Another giant falls: New Orleans paper may cease daily publication

Grim news in the media world: The New Orleans Times-Picayune, which distinguished itself amid great adversity during Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, is about to enact large staff cuts and may cut back its daily print publishing schedule, according to two employees with knowledge of the plans. Newhouse Newspapers, which owns the Times-Picayune, will apparently [Read More…]

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New York ordains just one priest — and his first Mass is in Latin

Details: Today Fr. Patric D’Arcy, newly ordained priest of the Archdiocese of New York, celebrated his first Mass – a Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form – amid the Gothic splendor of Blessed Sacrament Church. Many clergy and seminarians were in attendance. A schola performed both chant and polyphony, including Allegri’s Miserere. The website for the Archdiocese [Read More…]

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Vatican publishes rules on Virgin Mary sightings

It’s unclear if this is connected to the ongoing investigation into Medjugorje, but it’s an interesting development at the end of the month devoted to Mary. Details: The “Norms Regarding the Manner of Proceeding in the Discernment of Presumed Apparitions or Revelations” have been in use since 1978, but until now had been available only [Read More…]

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Chaplain removed for bringing wine into prison

It happened in South Carolina: For a quarter century, Monsignor Ed Lofton has served as one of 86 volunteer chaplains at the Charleston County jail. Bringing calm to inmates and jailers alike is considered essential to his mission. But carrying wine into a facility where alcohol is labeled as contraband hasn’t come without controversy. He [Read More…]

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Poll: number of “pro-choice” Americans at record low

Details: A record low 41 percent of Americans call themselves ‘pro choice’ on abortion, with the number sliding among independent voters, a key political group, a Gallup poll released on Wednesday showed. The results of the May poll come as abortion and contraception supporters have come under increasing pressure in Congress and across the United States. “Pro [Read More…]

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Indiana Jones and the new translation

Referring to the climactic scene in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” Deacon Bill Ditewig makes some compelling points about the new translation of the Roman Missal — and one word in particular, “chalice.”  For his jumping off point, he uses a new essay by Rev. John Donahue, S.J. on the topic. Snip from Deacon Bill: [Read More…]

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Racism and reconciliation: remembering the priest who was killed for performing a wedding

This involves a tragic incident from our not-so-distant past that I’d never heard about — but leave it to The Anchoress to find this and send it my way: More than 90 years after a Methodist clergyman killed a Catholic priest in Birmingham, members of both churches gathered to seek forgiveness and reconciliation. “There is [Read More…]

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Gallup: 82% of Catholics approve of contraception

Details: A new Gallup Poll has found that contraception is “morally acceptable” to 89 percent of Americans, including a top heavy 82 percent majority of American Catholics, despite the Church hierarchy’s opposition to the pill. The poll was released a day after Catholic dioceses and institutions sued the Obama administration to block a requirement that [Read More…]

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“My Dearest Maureen”: Bill Donohue’s open letter to Maureen Dowd

The New York Times’ Maureen Dowd has been a consistently predictable critic of the Catholic Church; she wrote a piece Sunday, and another one today.  Her latest piece has prompted the Catholic League’s William Donohue to post the following letter on his website: +++ My Dearest Maureen, In today’s New York Times, you write the following: [Read More…]

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Judge bans the “distinctly Christian” Lord’s Prayer

Details: A U.S. district court judge in Delaware ruled last week that members of a local city council who had been reciting the Lord’s Prayer at every meeting for six years must stop the “Christian” practice because it violates the Constitution. The decision by Judge Leonard P. Stark comes in response to a lawsuit filed [Read More…]

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Anatomy of a viral video

How does something uploaded onto YouTube turn into a sensation? Travel blogger Joel Oleson can tell you. He shot and posted online this quirky little video about a baby penguin encountering a person for the first time.  Take a look: Then he started noticing it was getting more interest than usual.  Traffic began going a [Read More…]

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First look: “The Great Gatsby”

Here’s a first look at Baz Luhrman’s insanely art-directed-to-within-an-inch-of-its-life high concept rendition of “The Great Gatsby.” I loved the book in high school, and even liked the Robert Redford/Mia Farrow movie of the 1970s, which made pink shirts with white collars unbelievably cool.  This version?  I dunno.  The trailer lurches between being an eyeful — [Read More…]

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