Conventional wisdom

Well, actually, I have no wisdom.  But I have pens.  Every booth here is giving away free pens.  Which is appropriate, since the Catholic Media Convention is in Pen-nsylvania.  Heh. The days here in Pittsburgh have been more crowded than I anticipated.  I’ve fallen behind on blogging — but have had wonderful opportunities to spend [Read More...]

Hittin' the trail

I’m headed to Pittsburgh this morning for this little event. Blogging may be spotty, but I’ll try to keep an eye on comments and news from the business center at my hotel. If I spot any celebrities — like, maybe, this gal – I’ll let you know. [Read more...]

"Fr. Corapi, you are a priest forever…"

That’s just the beginning of this extraordinary taped message, posted by four men who say their lives were changed by him. I’ve written more about Corapi and his priesthood right here – wondering, among other things, why the sacraments were such an insignificant part of his vocation.  Could that have been part of the problem? [Read more...]

Ordination update: 8 new deacons in Worcester

Great news from the great state of Massachusetts: Three bishops welcomed the diocese’s eight new permanent deacons into the Order of Deacon Saturday at their ordination Mass at St. Paul Cathedral. Bishop McManus was presider. Retired Bishop Reilly and Bishop Julio Cesar Corniel Amaro, of the Diocese of Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic, were [Read More...]

The new Vatican website, explained

H/T to web wizard Deacon Eric Stoltz. Click to enlarge. [Read more...]

Rube Goldberg + dogs = one awesome commercial

For a new self-parking car from Ford: [Read more...]

The odor of sanctity?

A fragrance in honor of the Pope: Read all about it. [Read more...]

Popular Jesuit removed from ministry

It stems from an allegation of sex abuse dating back more than 20 years ago: A prominent Jesuit priest has been permanently barred from public ministry for allegedly improperly touching a minor in the 1980s. The Maryland Province of the Jesuits said Tuesday that it removed the Rev. James Glenn Murray from church work after [Read More...]

Ordination update: 15 new deacons in St. Augustine

Ah, a little more sunshine for the Sunshine State! Details: Bishop Felipe J. Estèvez ordained 15 men to the Permanent Diaconate for the Diocese of St. Augustine on Saturday, June 18 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jacksonville. About 1,100 friends, family and priests nearly filled the church to celebrate the ordination. Joining Bishop Estèvez [Read More...]

The father-daughter reading habit that lasted nearly a decade

This is too good to overlook: an inspiring story of a nightly habit that became a tradition, courtesy NPR: When Alice Ozma was in the fourth grade, her family was going through a rough patch. Her parents had just split up, and her older sister had recently left for college. Ozma was suddenly spending a [Read More...]

Want to elect a pro-abortion pope?

Now you can, via the weird new Facebook game, “Vatican Wars.”  It’s “Farmville” for the churchy set. Details, from the game’s press release: Players are divided into two teams based on their opinions on topics including abortion, same sex marriage, the ordination of women and the use of birth control. Each team then works to ensure that [Read More...]

Should evolution be taught in schools?

Hey, let’s ask some experts: the Miss USA contestants! [Read more...]

Ordination update: 7 new deacons for Bridgeport

Just like in the beginning! There’s an article about the men right here. And from the bishop’s homily: You are to be good servants of the Word, and enthusiastic agents of the New Evangelization. Never offer your own word, your own views, in place of the Word of Christ as it comes to us through [Read More...]

Stephen Colbert: "Service is love made visible"

That’s just part of his very fine (and surprisingly Catholic) commencement speech at his alma mater, Northwestern University. Check it out below.  H/T U.S Catholic. They point out that he gets to the heart of the matter around the 16:00 mark. [Read more...]

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...]