A unique interpretation of The Annunciation in West Virginia

Lest we forget: March 25  is the Feast of the Annunciation. Above is an unusual depiction from the great artist John Collier.  He created it for a co-cathedral in West Virginia, and offers this explanation: “In my Annunciation the angel Gabriel stands on a rotting stump which has a living branch growing out of it [Read More…]

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Tebow in Babylon

From Ross Douthat in this morning’s New York Times: Why is Tim Tebow such a fascinating and polarizing figure? Not just because he claims to be religious; that claim is commonplace among football stars and ordinary Americans alike. Rather, it’s because his conduct — kind, charitable, chaste, guileless — seems to actually vindicate his claim [Read More…]

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Episcopal church ordains transgendered woman as deacon

Details: Carolyn Woodall, an attorney with the Tuolumne County Public Defender’s Office, was conferred the title in a ceremony at the Episcopal Church of St. Anne in Stockton, [California] joined by dozens of church leaders, family members and friends She will serve at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Jamestown, comprised mainly of local Episcopalians who [Read More…]

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Santorum’s surprising appeal to evangelicals: “He represents a game-changer”

Not so long ago, evangelical Christians wouldn’t seriously consider voting for an observant Catholic. But not this year: After more than a century of widespread antipathy between Catholics and evangelical Christians, a Catholic with Italian immigrant roots from the industrial Northeast has emerged as the favored presidential candidate among evangelicals, even in states he lost [Read More…]

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Homily for March 25, 2012: 5th Sunday of Lent

[Click here for the readings.] Click the green arrow below to hear this homily as it was delivered at the Saturday 5 p.m. vigil Mass. [audio:http://wp.patheos.com.s3.amazonaws.com/blogs/deaconsbench/files/2012/03/0325HOMILY.mp3|titles=0325HOMILY] The gospel today places us at a turning point in the scriptures – as Jesus confronts the looming reality of his own death. If you have ever been close to [Read More…]

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How the GOP got “Catholicized”

An interesting perspective, from a writer from across the pond: There was a time when the Republican Party was strictly for White Anglo Saxon Protestants. It was an alliance between Country Club Episcopalians and twice born followers of the Old Time Gospel, all firmly opposed to mass Catholic immigration from Europe. The nativism of the [Read More…]

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Awesome. Just awesome.

Take a look at what a little ingenuity — and a lot of patience — can do.  H/T New Advent. [Read more…]

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Catholic university will name building for pro-abortion politician

Details: Sacred Heart University (SHU), the second largest Catholic university in the Northeast, has announced that they intend to dedicate a new building on campus to a pro-abortion rights Catholic politician. The new building, named after former WWE CEO and Senatorial candidate Linda McMahon, was made possible by a $5 million gift from McMahon. McMahon [Read More…]

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Coming soon: a new game show called “The American Bible Challenge”

And the host is none other than Jeff Foxworthy: For one hour, Foxworthy will grill contestants on their knowledge of the Bible, GSN — which once stood for Game Show Network — told advertisers Wednesday morning in Manhattan. GSN said the questions will be “designed to acknowledge and celebrate the Bible’s continuing importance in contemporary life [Read More…]

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Memo to Tim Tebow: No, New York isn’t Sodom and Gomorrah

A writer for the New York Post asked a few observers — including Your Humble Blogger — whether Tim Tebow was a bad fit for a city like New York: Pundits couldn’t contain themselves over the news that quarterback Tim Tebow is joining the Jets — and I don’t mean sportswriters worried about Mark Sanchez’s [Read More…]

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Priest ordained early to fulfill father’s dying wish

A beautiful vocation story, courtesy the National Catholic Register: In the past several months, new priest Father Richard Dyer has experienced  deeply the highs and lows of the Christian life. In late December, he was ordained a priest six months early for the Diocese  of Arlington, Va., by Bishop Paul Loverde to fulfill his dying [Read More…]

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This is why researchers spent years perfecting the portable camcorder

So you could strap it to the back of a Corgi and see what he sees. [Read more…]

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People, look East: “The shape of the church worldwide now depends more on India than on Ireland”

From Fr. Raymond de Souza: On Monday night, I was honoured to host the senior Catholic prelate from India, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, in Mississauga, Ont. On Tuesday morning, a new archbishop — Christian Lépine — was announced for Montreal. In the 21st century, what will be more important for global Christianity — Mumbai and Mississauga, [Read More…]

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Preaching on contraception: “You have to make sure people know you’re being compassionate”

Several years ago, a newly ordained priest in the Archdiocese of Washington took it upon himself to preach one Sunday on the topic of contraception.  He reminded the congregation of the Church’s teaching on the subject, acknowledged that there were probably many in the pews that morning who did not follow it, and suggested that [Read More…]

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Answering the call again, and again, and again: families with multiple vocations

Vocations shortage?  What vocations shortage?  Over at Our Sunday Visitor, they’ve got an interesting roundup on families that have more than one child who has entered the priesthood or religious life. Take, for example, the Hopkins crew, with three priests and one nun: At one time, Sister Catherine Marie Hopkins, who grew up near Syracuse, N.Y., [Read More…]

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Meet the deacon who’s a “truck stop chaplain”

A deacon in St. Louis describes his unusual “ministry of presence” in this video, below.  Read more about it here. [Read more…]

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Lighting a candle, instead of cursing the darkness

Over at his little corner of the blogosphere, Tony Rossi has announced the winners of this year’s Christopher Awards: A young adventurer risks his life to reunite trafficked children with their families; African-American maids in the South reclaim their dignity through sharing their stories; a priest travels around the world to explore the history of [Read More…]

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It’s still a beautiful day in the neighborhood

Yesterday would have been Fred Rogers (a.k.a. “Mr. Rogers”) 84th birthday. The Christian Post notes that one significant aspect of the celebrated TV star (who died in 2003) was his early life as a minister: He left behind a lasting imprint on children’s televisionwith his series “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” but many may not know that he [Read More…]

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