For Trinity Sunday: the Sign of the Cross

“This morning, mass began with something that most of us probably take for granted, and hardly think about. We do it so often. It’s the sign of the cross. In the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit. It’s not just a gesture that we use to punctuate prayer. It’s not [Read More...]

Happy Father's Day, Dad

We love you and miss you. 50 years ago: Summer 1961 [Read more...]

Ordination update: 18 new deacons for San Antonio

June is bustin’ out all over — with deacons! Some details, from the local paper: This year’s class of deacons includes men with varied and interesting backgrounds, each with their own unique story of faith. They include a former captain of the swim team of the U.S. Air Force Academy, a former railroad president and [Read More...]

What can an ex-priest do? — UPDATED

With the Corapi news, it’s a question many are asking. A few years ago, Jimmy Akin posted a good and clear-headed summary that, as far as I know, still holds: 1) He can’t celebrate any of the sacraments except for hearing deathbed confessions. It is especially noted that he can’t give homilies. 2) He can’t [Read More...]

Who is Fr. Shawn Ratigan?

The Kansas City Star has done a remarkable job of digging into this headline-making priest‘s early life, including his childhood and years in the seminary: Records from Conception Seminary College in Conception, Mo., show that Ratigan entered the school as a freshman undergraduate in 1996, 12 years after he graduated from high school. And though [Read More...]

Corapi, the morning after — UPDATED

You don’t have to look far to find a lot of wide-ranging reaction to the Big News around the blogosphere. First up, Max Lindenman, who says something a few people have wondered about in e-mails to me: The man is deeply distraught — that much is obvious. I’ll also venture the guess that he’s either [Read More...]

Fr. Corapi speaks: "I'm not going to be involved in ministry as a priest anymore…"

A recorded statement, below … You can also read the text over at his website.  No official statement or reaction yet from his order.  Stay tuned. UPDATE: Elizabeth Scalia has her first reaction to the tape – and it’s similar to my own.  I kept waiting for something, anything, that would point back to God, [Read More...]

Pre-Cana "nonsense"?

Allison Salerno has some observations about marriage preparation in general, and one couple in particular: A 78-year-old widower I know,  married to his first wife for 55 years, tomorrow will wed a never-married, lifelong Catholic in her sixties. They planned to marry in the Catholic Church. Instead, they are hoofing it across the street to [Read More...]

Dolan: gay marriage bill "an ominous threat"

The Archbishop of New York made his remarks this morning on a New York radio show: Timothy M. Dolan, the Roman Catholic archbishop of New York, who has been a low-key presence during the debate over same-sex marriagein the state, called in to a capital radio talk show Friday morning to warn that the proposed legislation [Read More...]

Ordination update: five new deacons for Orlando

Pixie dust, anyone? Here are the Fab Five (Disney fans know who THOSE are) for central Florida. Details, from Florida Catholic: It was a long journey of formation and a long drive into Orlando to celebrate the ordination to the diaconate for George and Kayette Ferraioli of St. John Neumann Parish. “We prayed on the [Read More...]

On "Criteria Catholicism" and abortion

“As in the wake of Notre Dame’s invitation to President Obama, the message (George) Weigel and the like-minded are sending is clear: one’s position on abortion is the defining feature for faithful membership in the Roman Catholic Church. To link so imperiously authentic Catholicism with one’s attitude toward abortion, however, confines the fullness of discipleship. [Read More...]

Bishops approve revisions to Dallas Charter

The changes received overwhelming approval, but not everyone  is completely on board, according to CNS: Introducing the document to the bishops June 15, Bishop Cupich said the experiences of the past nine years have shown that “the charter works.” “The charter has served the church well,” he said. “It is a helpful tool as we [Read More...]

Evangelicals, Catholics, Jews band together to fight gay marriage in NY

An unusual but potentially potent alliance has formed in recent weeks to try and keep New York from becoming the sixth state in the country to allow homosexual marriage. Details: Evangelicals, Jews and Catholics in the state are urgently mobilizing their communities to bring a stop to the legalization of gay marriage. Senators’ offices are [Read More...]

Meet "Fr. Gadget" and his iPad

Remember when priests never went anywhere without a breviary? Here’s the 21st century (Anglican) version, from the BBC: A parish priest is turning heads by using the latest technology to help communicate with his flock. Father David Matthews, who jokingly calls himself “Father Gadget”, uses an iPad for readings, prayers and music. The Church in [Read More...]

Is interest in Catholicism dropping?

By one measure, the answer appears to be: yes. Online queries about Catholicism have taken a measurable plunge over the last several years, as the graph below indicates (click to enlarge). CARA has details: Searchers from the United States for anything with the term “Catholic” in them have dropped significantly in the 2004 to 2011 [Read More...]

Quote of the day

Or maybe, word of the day: “It was simply inconceivable — in the Wallace Shawn sense of the word — that Corapi’s accuser was telling the truth.” – Max Lindenman, with his take on the Corapi news. If you don’t get the reference, see below. [Read more...]

From Anglican bishop to Catholic layman

A controversial Anglican from Australia is now a happy Catholic: A former bishop who resigned from the Anglican church under a cloud has become a Catholic. Ross Davies resigned as bishop of the Murray last September, just before a church tribunal found he had failed to deal appropriately with sexual misconduct allegations against an archdeacon. [Read More...]

Here they are: New York's new deacons

They were ordained last weekend, as I reported in an earlier post. From Archbishop Dolan’s homily: “You realize, I trust, dear 12, that this ordination is not some kind of merit badge, this is not a graduation ceremony. It’s not a reward for years of preparation, this is not just another line on your curriculum [Read More...]


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