Corpus Christi in Queens

Scenes from my parish on Sunday.  Click to enlarge. Photos by Joanna Sokolowska [Read more...]

RIP, Nick Charles

The trailblazing CNN sports anchor died yesterday after a long bout with cancer — just short of one of his personal goals, to see his 65th birthday.  He would have been 65 on June 30. This spring, he spoke with CNN about his life and his last days — and the importance of his rediscovered [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“I would have to say I was sad because it’s not good for the common good. I think society and culture is at its peril. “I tell the gay community I love you very much, and every single morning when I say my morning prayers, I pray for the health of all New Yorkers and [Read More...]

Canon law, gay marriage and Andrew Cuomo

“(New York Governor Andrew) Cuomo’s concubinage gives prominent bad example against marriage, but his official actions in regard to “gay marriage” have changed the very definition of marriage in the populous state under his care; Cuomo’s living arrangements are of immediate canonical concern to only two of New York’s eight arch/bishops, but his political actions [Read More...]

Praying for some tasty waves

A popular ritual on the West Coast is moving east, with the blessing of surf boards for the summer season. Details, from CNN: Some New York surfboards and boogie boards got a splash of holy water before hitting the waves Sunday. St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church in Montauk held its first ever blessing of [Read More...]

Boston convert launches new order of sisters

And, it’s the first new order of its kind in over 60 years. Details: It was May 2001 when Sister Olga Yaqob arrived in Boston. She had graduated top of the class in seminary in her native Iraq and was offered a scholarship to study ministry and spirituality at Boston College. First, she had to [Read More...]

"Come and kneel before him now"

For your Corpus Christi meditation: a remarkable Eucharistic flash mob in Great Britain.  Read all about it here. [Read more...]

"Not just Catholic": meet one NY pol who voted for gay marriage

He spoke openly about wrestling with his religious convictions before the vote on Friday. And now USA TODAY has more: New York Catholic leadership vociferously opposed legalizing gay marriage in the state. But when it passed the state senate Friday night to become law, it was with the help of a yes vote from a [Read More...]

Out: KC replaces vicar who oversaw clergy abuse charges

This item moved while I was out of town, but it’s a significant step, involving a priest at the center of the Kansas City sex abuse crisis who himself was once accused of abuse: The vicar general for the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph no longer will oversee sexual-abuse allegations against priests, the diocese [Read More...]

Homily for June 26, 2011: Corpus Christi

On Palm Sunday, a woman approached me between masses with an unusual question.  “Excuse me,” she said, “but do you mind if I kneel when I receive communion?” I was in a hurry, and a little surprised at the question.  But I quickly told her no, that wasn’t a problem, and she thanked me.  And [Read More...]

Kudos! — UPDATED

“These are untold stories, rich with the sort of confluence of religion, history, culture and nationalism that reveal true complexity.  The writing pulls from multiple sources in ways that allow us to feel as if we’re not seeing a single tile in a great mosaic, but the entire mosaic itself.  These are a triumph of [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature have deconstructed the single most important institution in human history. Republicans and Democrats alike succumbed to powerful political elites and have passed legislation that will undermine our families and as a consequence, our society… …I have asked all Catholic schools to refuse any distinction or honors bestowed upon [Read More...]

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...]