A great video: life with the Norbertines

Some longtime readers may remember the great story of Grant Desme, star player for the Oakland A’s, who left the A’s farm team last year to join the seminary — in fact, entering St. Michael’s Abbey, to begin formation with the Norbertines in Orange County in California.  I just stumbled on this beautifully produced video, [Read More...]

Warning: Fr. Ray Bourgeois facing dismissal over women's ordination

A prominent priest may soon be removed from his order over his very public support of women priests. From the National Catholic Reporter: Maryknoll Fr. Roy Bourgeois, the longtime peace activist and founder of SOA Watch, has received a letter from his order giving him 15 days to “publicly recant” his support of women’s ordination [Read More...]

"Secret Access: The Vatican"

Thanks to my pal Dave Gibson, who alerted his readers to a History Channel special on the Vatican, airing tonight at 9 pm. As Dave notes: The show provides an overview of the history of the Vatican, and focuses on everyday life in the city-state today, and how it all works, or doesn’t, as the [Read More...]

Ex-priest strikes back, sues his accuser

He was laicized, but that doesn’t mean he’s been silenced. Details, from the New York Daily News: A once-prominent Bronx priest who was defrocked after a church tribunal found him guilty of sexually abusing a teen is suing his accuser for defamation. Charles Kavanagh, who was once in charge of the archdiocese’s fund-raising arm, claimed in [Read More...]

Praying for Geraldine

Above and beyond the lively debate about whether Geraldine Ferraro merits a Catholic funeral, I think we can all agree on this: God is merciful, and prayer can’t hurt.  That’s the gist of my column this week. From “All Things New”: Msgr. Peter Elliott, writing about the notion of purgatory, once offered another beautiful thought: [Read More...]

If Google had existed in 1960 …

…would it have looked like this? Source. [Read more...]

In praise of the "necessary others"

I’ve posted a lot of items around here about wearing the Roman collar.  Elizabeth Scalia has a few choice thoughts about those who do — and suffer because of it: When Buddhist monks and nuns go out in public wearing their robes, they usually get some curious looks, but they’re not harangued for their vows [Read More...]

"Every 21 minutes, our next possible leader is aborted…"

That’s the in-your-face message of these billboards, featuring an image of President Obama, which have gone up around Chicago. (Click to enlarge.) The story behind them: Thirty pro-life billboards featuring the image of Barack Obama are going up in South Chicago, U.S. president Barack Obama’s adopted hometown, starting tomorrow. “Every 21 minutes, our next possible [Read More...]

"Catholic artists today are virtually invisible"

That’s the assessment of someone in a position to know, this year’s recipient of the distinguished Laetare Medal. Details: Faithful Catholics have all but disappeared from the arts in America — leaving the arts “spiritually impoverished” and undercutting the ways the church “speaks to the world,” according to Dana Gioia, Catholic poet and former chairman [Read More...]

Dolan to inmates: "All of us are sinners"

One of the most famous bishops in America — maybe the most famous? — marked Lent with a visit to a local prison. From a Staten Island website: The modest chapel at the Arthur Kill Correctional Facility in Charleston is a daily source of comfort and redemption for dozens of the prison’s 950 inmates. Today, [Read More...]

Fr. Corapi's order says investigation has not yet begun

And the Diocese of Corpus Christi disputes a characterization posted on Fr. Corapi’s website, claiming that it was a bishop who suspended the priest. Details, from Catholic News Service: Marty Wind, director of communications for the Diocese of Corpus Christi, disputed (Bobbi) Ruffatto’s claim that Bishop Mulvey placed Father Corapi on leave. He said the [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“What are my sources of strength? My husband and my three kids [Donna, Laura and John Jr.], my health-care team, and my religion.  My desk drawer is filled with all kinds of prayers.” – Geraldine Ferraro, writing about her struggle with cancer, quoted here. [Read more...]

Woody Allen raises money for Catholic hospital in Rome

Surprised?  I was. Read the details below, from the Reuters: What’s a nice Jewish boy from Brooklyn doing helping to raise money for a Catholic hospital owned by the Vatican in a city where until 1870 the papacy required Jews to live in a ghetto? If that nice Jewish boy is Woody Allen, the conundrum is [Read More...]

A Catholic funeral for Geraldine Ferraro? — UPDATED

A commenter raised the issue, citing the former congresswoman’s support for abortion rights, and declared: “Geraldine Ferraro should be denied a Catholic Mass with Catholic sacraments and yes, may God have mercy upon her soul.” Details about Ferraro’s funeral haven’t yet been released.  I presume it will be Catholic. (To those who have asked: no, [Read More...]

It's official: female "deacon" excommunication lifted

Last month, Norma Jean Coon renounced her attempted ordination to the diaconate.  And on Friday, the feast of the Annunciation, she publicly announced that her excommunication was lifted: The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has lifted any canonical sanctions that I incurred by attempting ordination as a deacon. A letter from Bishop Robert [Read More...]

"Jesus Met A Woman at the Well…"

In tune with today’s gospel, Peter, Paul and Mary perform a classic folk spiritual (evidently from a televised performance in Japan…) [Read more...]

Geraldine Ferraro dies

One of the most famous — some would say, infamous — Catholic politicians of the last 30 years has died after a long battle with cancer.  For a time, she was a regular at my parish in Queens, and people still talk about rounding the corner in the grocery store and nearly crashing into her [Read More...]

Homily for March 27, 2011: 3rd Sunday of Lent

Today’s gospel poses this intriguing challenge: What would happen if we met Jesus in the middle of an ordinary day?   How would we react? Well, consider the story of a young Japanese woman named Satoko Kitahara.  Last week the new Archbishop of Los Angeles, Jose Gomez, used one of his homilies to tell her story. [Read More...]


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