Meet a modern hermit

She’s a widow, doing her thing outside Baltimore (go Terps!) and took a moment to chat with Margaret Cabaniss at  Inside Catholic. Snip: What does your average day look like? If you go back to the desert fathers, they say, “Go sit in your cell, and your cell will teach you everything.” That’s the kind [Read More...]

USCCB: Seven "credible" allegations against priests in 2010

The organization yesterday released an update on the sex abuse crisis still roiling the Catholic Church: Reports of current instances of sexual abuse of minors continues to decrease, with seven credible allegations against seven priests reported in 2010, according to the 2010 Survey of Allegations and Costs done by the Center for Applied Research in [Read More...]

Uncovered: why we veil the cross this week

Some churches go all out to cover statues and crosses before Holy Week; others do hardly anything at all. The New Theological Movement has an interesting explanation: We will reproduce here the historical study offered by Fr. Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy at the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University (taken from Zenit): “It probably derives from [Read More...]

Papal ring and cross to be sold on eBay

Get ready to update your PayPal account.  Now you can own some priceless religious objects — for a price. From the Associated Press: A lavishly jeweled cross and a ring once owned by Pope Paul VI are heading to auction on eBay. The items have turned up at a U.S. store owned by a Southern [Read More...]

April in New York

I went for a walk during lunch and stumbled on the scene below, just two blocks from my office.  (Incredibly, I took the shot with my cell phone.) Across the East River, on Roosevelt Island, there were no signs of either King Kong or the Green Goblin (despite what you might see in the movies.) [Read More...]

Coming soon: "The Church of Blessed John Paul II"?

It could happen — most notably in the late pontiff’s native Poland. The Vatican today released guidelines for observing the soon-to-be-Blessed’s feast day — to be marked on October 22 — along with the collect for that feast day’s mass, and other details: In the Diocese of Rome, where Pope John Paul served as bishop, [Read More...]

Please: think before you post

A gentle reminder: there are guidelines for posting comments.  Please make yourself familiar with them. Any comments that use slurs involving someone’s race, religion, political ideology or sexual orientation will be automatically deleted. Thank you for your cooperation. Dcn. G. [Read more...]

On Michael Voris: "It is not an approved apostolate" — UPDATED

While the Diocese of Scranton’s decision to cancel an appearance by Michael Voris has made headlines, his standing in his own diocese is meriting a closer look. A reader posted the following in the comments: The Archdiocese of Detroit recently issued the following statement regarding St. Michaels’ Media and Real Catholic TV: “In 2006, St. [Read More...]

Shock: Catholic colleges supporting Planned Parenthood

Tim Drake over at the National Catholic Register has the scoop: A new report, “A Scandalous Relationship: Catholic Colleges and Planned Parenthood”, by the Manassas, Va.-based Cardinal Newman Society, reveals more than 150 current and past connections between Catholic colleges and universities and Planned Parenthood. The Cardinal Newman Society broke the connections down into seven different categories: [Read More...]

A revised "Hallelujah" for the Passion

With Holy Week approaching, a reader from Canada sent this my way: Leonard Cohen’s ubiquitous classic, rewritten to tell the story of Christ’s Passion, by singer Kelley Mooney. [Read more...]

As parishes close, mass attendance in Camden plunges

While church attendance in beleaguered Boston appears to be improving, the story further south is less encouraging. From the Philadelphia Inquirer: Kim Simmons-Dimpter was the sort of lifelong Catholic who attended Mass every Sunday, volunteered at religious classes, and even tried to persuade her teenage son to get out of bed and go to church. [Read More...]

Class act: a Catholic grammar school embraces a classical education

It’s happening in suburban Washington, D.C. — and the Washington Post this weekend sat up and took notice.  (I took notice when I saw the photograph below: they still have those desks??!!) Details: It’s 1 p.m. and time for Amy Clayton’s fifth grade to show off their memorization skills. Decked out in blue long-sleeved shirts [Read More...]

Welcome home: Boston sees some Catholics returning

The archdiocese launched the ambitious “Catholics Come Home” project on Ash Wednesday, and the Boston Herald takes a look at how it’s doing: The Boston Archdiocese’s largest effort in a generation to reach lapsed Catholics is drawing wandering souls back to the church’s open arms, but the biggest obstacle could be keeping them, priests and [Read More...]

A mitre in the marathon: meet the bishop who's also a runner

St. Paul famously compared his faith to a race.  Well, here’s a disciple who takes that idea to a whole new level. From St. Louis Today: Cross, ring, mitre, staff: symbols of the office that place Auxiliary Bishop Edward M. Rice near the head of the Roman Catholic Church in St. Louis. Rice will put [Read More...]

A long day's journey into the Easter Vigil

What can you do for the Easter Vigil in a place where it doesn’t get dark until 10:30 at night? From The Catholic Anchor, in Alaska: In an ancient Christian custom, the Catholic Church begins the celebration of Easter in the dark of night before – on Holy Saturday. But in a land famous for [Read More...]

"Sing choirs of angels…"

My voice is far from angelic, but I’m laboring mightily to — once again — chant the Exultet this Easter. The hardest part, I think, is just learning it.  And to that end, I’ve been helped immensely by this recording by Fr. Tim Hepburn, from the Archdiocese of Atlanta.  Back in 2008, for my first [Read More...]

RIP, Sidney Lumet

The brilliant director (and son-in-law of Lena Horn!) has died.  Read more here. And see a sizzling snippet of his work below:  the trailer for the prophetic “Network,” written by the incomparable Paddy Chayefsky. [Read more...]

Quote of the day

“Virtue does matter. Courage and humility, justice and perseverance, do have power. Good does win. And the sanctity of human life will endure.” – Archbishop Charles Chaput, quoted here. [Read more...]


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