From the e-mail bag: "More and more, I find a lack of Christian charity in so many comments…"

I’m in Maryland this weekend for a family wedding, so blogging will be light.  But late last night, I got the following e-mail from a longtime reader. I think that you must be near saintly to be able to put up with so many of the comments that are placed on your blog.  I have [Read More...]

Eucharistic miracle in Minnesota?

Officials are investigating, according to this report: The mystery centers on a consecrated host that the Rev. John Echert of St. Augustine Church said fell to the floor last month during Holy Communion and turned “blood red” after being placed in a cup filled with water. It has yet to fully dissolve, he said. “It was notable enough that, [Read More...]

"A Catholic by any other name…"

Sr. Mary Ann Walsh over at the USCCB blog takes a good long look at Bill Keller’s remarks about Catholicism last week. Her stirring conclusion: The Catholic Church doesn’t totally give up anyone. Even if you’re excommunicated, it expects you to attend Mass each week, though not to participate in the sacraments. James Joyce in [Read More...]

Good news for guys like me

Science is proving what we’ve known all along: it’s not that bad being a beta. Details: From the wild to Wall Street, as everyone knows, the alpha male runs the show, enjoying power over other males and, as a field biologist might put it, the best access to mating opportunities. The beta is No. 2 [Read More...]

"Pay a little more attention to each other…"

“Don’t be angry with God or with Fr. Paul. Don’t be afraid for him. Don’t be scandalized by him. Rather, pray for him, for one-another and learn. God has placed it in our hands to seek and to make present something good from tragedy. For the mystery of Christ’s resurrection is always with us, that [Read More...]

Playing for Bob Dylan, Christina Aguilera, and God

You might think you’d never meet a serious Catholic in a popular rock band.  Think again.  And meet Ray Hermann. Details: Ray Herrmann is currently on tour, entertaining thousands of fans across Europe as the lead saxophonist and flautist for Chicago, one of the world’s longest running rock bands. A highly gifted Grammy award-winning musician [Read More...]

Shock: proposed law in Ireland would order breaking confession seal

If passed, Ireland would reportedly become the first and only country in the Western world with such a law on the books. Details, from Pat Archbold: The Irish government, including the person no less than the Prime Minister, the Minister for Justice, and the Minister for Children are all backing legislation that would require priests [Read More...]

Meet the unemployed: "You're not what we're looking for…"

“I am an unemployed Iraq war veteran that hasn’t had steady work since I was Honorably discharged at the end of 2009. I have a BS in International Relations, an active security clearance, and I speak four languages. I am currently enrolled in an MBA program in hopes of bettering myself, and my situation, but [Read More...]

A great video on a week in the life of a priest

From Australia.  (With a big H/T to CNS.) This should shatter a few misconceptions, and give a little inspiration, too. [Read more...]

"You are called to be missionaries of God's love…"

That’s part of the message contained in Archbishop Jose Gomez’s recent homily at the diaconate ordination for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.  It’s rare to find a homily for a deacon ordination online, but I stumbled on this, and thought it worth sharing.  He has wise words for all of us. [Read more...]

Pro-life and pro-love: a family welcomes its newest member

It’s a little girl with cerebral palsy, adopted from Eastern Europe through an agency called Reece’s Rainbow. A reader sent along this music video following her journey.  Break out the Kleenex and watch.  This is love. Or, as the song says, “This is home.” [Read more...]

Michele Bachmann's church: pope is the "Antichrist" — UPDATED

This tidbit is raising a few eyebrows — including those belonging to Bill Donohue. Details: Michele Bachmann is practically synonymous with political controversy, and if the 2008 presidential election is any guide, the conservative Lutheran church she belonged to for many years is likely to add another chapter due to the nature of its beliefs–such [Read More...]

"Heresy resides in all of us…"

“Heresy resides in all of us, in one way or another, and increasingly I am coming to realize that the corny old song “Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me…” is speaking a truth. Pope Benedict XVI has said, “God does not force us to believe in Him, but draws us [Read More...]

"Truly scandalous": report indicates Irish abuse continued

Another report, another dose of grim news from across the pond: The Catholic Church in Ireland was still covering up sexual abuse of children by priests as recently as 2009, long after it issued guidelines meant to protect children, and the Vatican tacitly encouraged the cover-up by ignoring the guidelines, according to a scathing report issued on Wednesday [Read More...]

New York clerk quits over gay marriage: "I have to choose between my job and my God"

A woman in upstate New York has taken a bold  stand on the issue. Details: A rural New York town clerk has resigned her post rather than grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples. “I would be compromising my moral conscience by participating in licensing same-sex couples,” Laura Fotusky, the clerk of the Town of Barker, [Read More...]

"Heaven is where I've been since the day I was born…"

Want a real day-brightener? Check out this lovely note from the late Sherwood Schwartz, creator of “The Brady Bunch” and “Gilligan’s Island,” who passed away yesterday. It was written to be published after his death.  As the Hollywood Reporter notes: The Gilligan’s Island and The Brady Bunch creator penned the goodbye as an account of what he [Read More...]

"Call to Disobedience": cardinal to meet with dissident priests

Hundreds of priests in Austria are reportedly involved in an effort that has sparked criticism — but, so far, no disciplinary action.  But that could soon change. From CNS: Michael Pruller, spokesman for Cardinal Christoph Schonborn of Vienna, said the cardinal plans to meet in late August or September with the Viennese priests who are [Read More...]

Remembering a "wounded healer"

Priests and parishioners gathered yesterday to pray for the repose of the soul of a young Massachusetts priest who took his own life last week: His fellow clergymen remembered the Rev. Paul Archambault Tuesday as a “wounded healer” who devotedly performed his work as a priest despite a long-time clinical depression brought on by bullying. [Read More...]