Praying for priests in general, and one priest in particular

A few weeks back, I posted this prayer by St. Therese. Now seems a good time to revisit it: O Jesus, Eternal Priest, keep your priests within the shelter of your sacred heart, where none may touch them. Keep unstained their anointed hands, which daily touch your sacred body. Keep unsullied their lips, daily purpled [Read More...]

"Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord…"

A beautiful illustration of the Annunciation, celebrated every March 25th, as interpreted by one of my favorite biblical artists,  James Tissot: [Read more...]

Coming to Philly: "Phaith"

Another big change in the Catholic media landscape, as a venerable Philadelphia newspaper goes from a weekly to a monthly: Beginning in September local Catholics will have a new publication to look for in their mailboxes. Phaith — a monthly magazine — will be mailed free of charge to every registered Catholic home in the [Read More...]

One more reason to fast during Lent

It turns out regular churchgoers take up more room in the pews: Young, religiously active people are more likely than their non-religious counterparts to become obese in middle age, according to new research. In fact, frequent religious involvement appears to almost double the risk of obesity compared with little or no involvement. What is unclear [Read More...]

Divorce rate rising in rural America

The latest census figures are showing something new in parts of the heartland: divorce. From the New York Times: In the 1970s, the divorce rate was so low in this rural northwest Iowa County that it resembled the rest of America in the 1910s. Most of its 28,000 residents were churchgoers, few of its women [Read More...]

What hath God wrought? The talking rosary

A Florida newspaper has details, and a video: The so-called Freedom Rosary, developed by a Vero Beach couple, talks a devotee through the prayers with a tiny speaker in its cross. Like the Confession app, the device is meant to aid Catholic tradition rather than replace it. “People are confused about how to say [the [Read More...]

School for scandal: how St. Pio responded

More than a few people in comments here and elsewhere have  compared Fr. John Corapi to Padre Pio — most significantly because both men, while renowned for their faith and their piety, faced very public accusations of scandal.  Padre Pio, of course, was also charged with having multiple affairs and, like Fr. Corapi, had his [Read More...]

EWTN releases new statement on Fr. Corapi — UPDATED

Patrick Madrid has the scoop: We are aware that many of our supporters are disappointed in EWTN’s decision to remove Father John Corapi’s programs from the Network during his administrative leave.  We too are greatly disappointed that EWTN had to make this difficult decision. We can  assure you that it was made with much prayer [Read More...]

President Obama visits tomb of Archbishop Oscar Romero

And here’s the picture, courtesy CNS: The pool report has details on what the President of the United States (POTUS) did: POTUS, having walked down opposite stairs into the crypt, looked at the tomb and a kneeler used by Pope John Paul II when he visited Salvador. The tomb looks to be a bronze image [Read More...]

RIP Elizabeth Taylor, almost-Catholic

The film legend died today at the age of 79. One of her many marriages was to a Catholic, Nicky Hilton and, according to at least one biographer, she considered converting: Francis Taylor [Elizabeth's father] didn’t approve of Elizabeth’s proposed conversion to the Catholic faith. In April Elizabeth, too, had second thoughts, after learning that [Read More...]

"Even Saints Have A Past"

That’s the tagline on the poster for “There Be Dragons.”   You may be seeing this at your local multiplex soon (click for larger image): Meantime, the director recently screened the film in Rome, as CNS reports: Cardinals, Vatican ambassadors and the leadership of Opus Dei gathered in a seminary theater in Rome to watch [Read More...]

Bone appetite

Table for two? Behold, a couple of chow hounds. [Read more...]

Father Who? Why Corapi matters — UPDATED

If a legendary priest falls, and a lot of people don’t hear it, does he still make a noise? I look at that in this week’s column, “All Things New,” beginning with an encounter the other day: Mid-day Monday, I found myself by a bank of elevators, waiting to go to lunch. Two priests soon [Read More...]

Report: Catholics more supportive of gay rights than other Christians

That news will probably raise a few eyebrows. Details: Catholics are more supportive of gay and lesbian rights than the general public and other Christians, according to a new report released today. The new report, which is the most comprehensive portrait of Catholic attitudes on gay and lesbian issues assembled to date, also finds that [Read More...]

A Lenten reminder: have you been to confession lately?

If not, this might help. [Read more...]

No "Mad Men" this summer?! Nooooooo!

Some people count the days until baseball’s opening day.  The rest of us measure our lives by the number of months until “Mad Men’s” return. But now, there’s this depressing news: Fans accustomed to spending their summer Sundays with Don Draper may have to wait a while longer. It looks increasingly likely that the fifth [Read More...]

"Prejudice against single pastors abounds"

Here’s a surprising problem that Catholic pastors don’t confront, from a piece in the New York Times: Like all too many Americans, Mark Almlie was laid off in the spring of 2009 when his workplace downsized. He has been searching for an appropriate position ever since, replying to more than 500 job postings without success. [Read More...]

Quote of the day: "The only true Holy One is the Lord"

“An accusation leveled at a priest is a horrible thing, because it is nearly impossible today for a priest to have a fair hearing. There is no perfect justice or charity in this world, but these days falsely-accused priests don’t get anything like even the world’s “justice”.  But even when priests are guilty of that [Read More...]