What’s the world’s best-selling Catholic book?

You might be surprised.  Check out this release: In his foreword to YOUCAT — the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church — Pope Benedict XVI urges readers to “study this Catechism with passion and perseverance.” The book’s amazing, global popularity suggests that millions of Catholics have embraced the Holy Father’s call. YOUCAT now ranks as the best-selling [Read More…]

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George Zimmerman’s lawyer: “A good Irish Catholic boy”

Now he’s defending the accused in this year’s most sensational murder case: Attorney Mark O’Mara will have the eyes of the world upon him as he takes on the position of defense lawyer for George Zimmerman, the man charged with second degree murder of Trayvon Martin, a minor, in Florida. When asked why he took [Read More…]

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Interested in becoming a married Catholic priest?

My blogging neighbor, Father Dwight Longenecker, is one, and has a few words of advice for anyone who thinks he might be called: I am now receiving a good number of phone calls from men all over the world who wish to also be a “married Catholic priest.” There are, however, certain rules of eligibility [Read More…]

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Bishop: “We can no longer be Catholics by accident, but must be Catholics by conviction”

Details: “Heroic Catholicism, not casual Catholicism” is required to confront state and federal threats to religious liberty and the church’s public ministries, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, told more than 500 Catholic men who marched through the downtown Peoria in a steady rain April 14 in a public defense of the faith. “We can no [Read More…]

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“We’re organ donors”: Indiana church closes, sends tabernacle and altar to a needy parish

Here’s a remarkable account of a church leaving a legacy — and sending part of it to another parish in need: The purpose of any parish is for mission, and since 1876, the community of St. Ann Parish has fulfilled its mission by taking care of those in need. In days long gone, the parish [Read More…]

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Benedict and his bishops

A friend recently noted that, for all his greatness, Blessed John Paul was not necessarily the best judge of character or ability when it came to appointing bishops.  This piece from Vatican Insider/La Stampa may help to explain why; it also points out what his successor is doing differently: Not many are aware of the [Read More…]

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Teenager walks 70 miles from frat house to shrine for a dying friend

This is the sort of thing that gives you hope for the next generation: Andrew Domini’s feet were blistered and bloodied. He could barely walk by the time he finally made it to a pink marble church and crawled the last 90 feet to a quiet shrine tucked into the corner. As he paused a [Read More…]

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A million expected to see the “Holy Robe” of Jesus in Germany

It’s just gone on display, for the first time in decades: Over the next four weeks, around a million German Christians will be travelling to Trier to admire the “Heiliger Rock”, or the Holy Robe: one of the most important relics in German Christendom, that Jesus supposedly wore before being crucified. Stephan Ackermann, the Bishop [Read More…]

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Something to sink my teeth into

I thought the new header for the blog, shown above, looked familiar, but I couldn’t put my finger on it.  Then it came to me: it’s an awful lot like the title card from a favorite afternoon TV show from my youth: I hadn’t thought about that in years. Curious, I did a little Googling [Read More…]

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The downside of cohabitation before marriage

A clinical psychologist writes in the New York Times: At 32, one of my clients (I’ll call her Jennifer) had a lavish wine-country wedding. By then, Jennifer and her boyfriend had lived together for more than four years. The event was attended by the couple’s friends, families and two dogs. When Jennifer started therapy with [Read More…]

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How do you like the redesign so far?

We’re tweaking, but let’s drop in on one of our bloggers, who is working with the design team to update her page… [Read more…]

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Worth a thousand words

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Artist modifies clothing iron to show Our Lady of Guadalupe

Well this is…different.  From artist Robert Weschler: The steam holes of a working iron were re machined to mirror the iconic aura of the Virgin of Guadalupe. When cloth is scorched by the iron an image of the Virgin appears in the burn. The text on the T-shirts (everything is coming up roses) accompanies the [Read More…]

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Ordination update: New Ulm ordains its first class of deacons

Eleven men were set to be ordained on Saturday April 14th, and a local paper in Minnesota took notice: The men will become the first group to be ordained as permanent deacons for the Diocese of New Ulm that serves 15 southwestern Minnesota communities, including North Mankato. “The church needs servants,” said Mark Kober of [Read More…]

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Reboot: A revised homily for April 15, 2012, 2nd Sunday of Easter

You never know how the Holy Spirit will work.  After posting this weekend’s homily, I got a number of comments from people who said that the man I’d used as a springboard for a reflection on conversion and mercy had, in fact, renounced his conversion.  (I couldn’t find any evidence of this from Googling, but [Read More…]

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The priest who went down with the Titanic while hearing confessions

Details: Amidst all the tales of chivalry from the Titanic disaster there is one that’s not often told. It is that of Fr. Thomas Byles, the Catholic priest who gave up two spots on a lifeboat in favour of offering spiritual aid to the other victims as they all went down with the “unsinkable” vessel. [Read More…]

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Pardon our dust

This weekend, you might hear the sound of hammering and sawing, with earth being moved and walls going up.  There’s some construction work going on here at Patheos.  The site is being redesigned, some new features are being installed, and you may stumble upon some sawdust.  My boss Elizabeth says it shouldn’t disrupt things too [Read More…]

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Homily for April 15, 2012: 2nd Sunday of Easter/Divine Mercy

[Click here for readings.] Every year on the Sunday after Easter, the greatest celebration of faith, we encounter the gospel’s most famous story of doubt:  the story of Thomas, who demands proof before he will believe. We live in an age when we are surrounded by Thomases – not only doubters, but disbelievers. Atheists, agnostics, [Read More…]

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