A royal homily about getting married "in the spirit of a generous God"

Beautiful sentiments from the homily at the royal wedding this morning (and if you have to ask “whose wedding?,” roll over and go back to sleep…).  From the ever-vigilant Frank Weathers, a snip:   “In a sense every wedding is a royal wedding with the bride and the groom as king and queen of creation, [Read More...]

Counting the cost of China's one-child policy

It may be having an impact that extends further, and deeper, than some people realize. The Wall Street Journal notes: Is one really best? New census data from China suggest the economic costs of Beijing’s one-child policy are more serious than the government is prepared to acknowledge. The government claims the fertility rate, the number [Read More...]

Meet Maryknoll's bicycle priest

They may be looking for bike blessings in New York this weekend, but here’s a priest offering blessings by bike every day: Imagine 150 million people on land the size of Iowa. Part of the country doesn’t have any infrastructure. The people are predominately Muslim with a large Hindu minority in a country that is [Read More...]

Double life: priest gets three years for stealing a million dollars for Armani and male escorts

It happened in Connecticut: A Roman Catholic priest from Waterbury who stole more than $1 million in church money and spent it on male escorts, Armani clothes and nights out at gay bars has been sentenced to three years in prison. A plea of no contest was entered on behalf of The Rev. Kevin Gray, 65, [Read More...]

Flash: Pfleger suspended

Late today, Cardinal Francis George issued a sharply worded letter on the case of Fr. Michael Pfleger.  The controversial Chicago priest — and outspoken Obama-backer — can no longer function as a priest in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Details: Citing what he called threats from the Rev. Michael Pfleger to leave the church, Cardinal Francis [Read More...]

Pedaling faith: New York City's "Blessing of the Bikes"

This annual gathering will take place this weekend at New York’s Episcopal Cathedral of St. John the Divine.  You can find out more about it right here. Earlier, I wrote about blessing houses.  So why not bikes? Check out the video below. [Read more...]

Gingrich blasts "fanaticism of the secularists" at prayer breakfast

The convert and likely candidate for President was the keynote speaker at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast this morning. One early review: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich delivered the keynote speech at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast Wednesday morning. If the audience’s reaction is any indicator, he’ll have to do a lot more to woo religious [Read More...]

More views from the Vigil

If you haven’t gotten enough of Easter, and caught some of these pictures the other day, you can find a whole gallery of my parish Easter Vigil over at this link. Alleluia. And kudos, again, to Niranjan Fernando, the photographer. [Read more...]

Soldiers push for a chaplain for atheists

I know: it sounds like a headline from The Onion.  But it’s true. From the New York Times: In the military, there are more than 3,000 chaplains who minister to the spiritual and emotional needs of active duty troops, regardless of their faiths. The vast majority are Christians, a few are Jews or Muslims, one [Read More...]

Helping tend the "new Catholic subculture"

Russell Shaw explains: Signs of a new Catholic subculture can be seen in things like a handful of proudly orthodox colleges and universities, media ventures like EWTN and Catholic radio, a growing number of websites and periodicals and a few publishing houses, and organizations and movements that work to promote a dynamic Catholic spirituality — [Read More...]

The pope was his co-pilot

Below, John Paul checks out the cockpit on Shepherd I during his first trip to the United States in 1979. One of the pilots for that trip, Nelson Krueger, has published a charming gallery of photos from that trip — which includes a shot of a guitar that the pope used to play “Silent Night” [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words: a Deacon heads to mass

That would be Reese Witherspoon’s young son, Deacon Phillippe. (I can’t tell you how often I’ve Googled the word “Deacon” and stories about this kid have popped up.  Really.  Who’s his agent?) Photographers snapped him — along with his mother, sister and new step-dad — heading to Easter mass at a Catholic church in Santa [Read More...]

Bless this house, O Lord we pray…

The day after Easter, I stopped by a parishioner’s apartment to perform a favorite ritual, a house blessing.  That simple blessing, and all that it means, is the subject of this week’s “All Things New”: Whatever compels people to ask for these blessings, there is in every case a strong desire to make something old [Read More...]

Lila Rose to address National Prayer Breakfast Wednesday

A young woman who has become a household name in the pro-life movement will be addressing the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast tomorrow. From the Religion News Service and USA TODAY: Anti-abortion activist Lila Rose has shared the stage with Sarah Palin, seen her exploits extolled on Fox News and drawn comparisons to heroic Gentiles who [Read More...]

One Anglican priest's leap of faith

One of those who joined the Church during the Triduum is a former Anglican priest with eight children — and, for now, no job. Details, from CNS: It’s a brave decision for Ian Hellyer to give up his job when he has to provide for eight children and his wife is pregnant with the couple’s [Read More...]

Ladies and gentlemen, the Dominicans

Here’s a terrific short video about the order, full of wonder and reverence and joy. H/T CMR. [Read more...]

Worth a thousand words, Easter Vigil edition

From the Vatican at the Easter Vigil, one of five new Catholics baptized and confirmed by Pope Benedict prepares to bring up the gifts at the offertory. Photo from CNS/Paul Haring [Read more...]

Episcopalians to McGreevey: not so fast

Remember the scandal-plagued former New Jersey governor James McGreevey? The one-time Catholic (and former altar boy) was studying to become an Episcopal priest, but the church now wants him to wait: Former Gov. Jim McGreevey, who abruptly resigned in 2004 after declaring himself “a gay American” and admitting an extramarital affair with a male staffer, [Read More...]


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