"March Madness" and the case against Fr. Corapi

Dr. Gerard Nadal — a frequent visitor and commenter here — says aloud on his own blog what many have been thinking: It is possible that the allegations are true in whole, or in part. While I strongly doubt that may be the case, it is nevertheless a possibility, grounded in the reality of past [Read More...]

Another memorable image of Jesus and St. Joseph — UPDATED

This, from Orlando and the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary Queen of the Universe.  (Visitors to Disney World will be familiar with it — it’s practically my second parish!) This is a life-sized bronze depiction of Jesus with his foster father in their workshop.  (Note: some pieces of wood arranged like a cross [Read More...]

On this Feast of St. Joseph, Husband of Mary

An unusual image of the beloved saint, below, from the great John Collier.  As the artist explains: “Joseph dressed as a carpenter with the Child Jesus standing beside him. Jesus holds a plumb line to say that He, as the Plumb Line, is a fixed point against which all else can be measured.” Litany of [Read More...]

Accused: Fr. Corapi placed on "administrative leave" — UPDATED

The celebrated speaker and televangelist posted the following statement on his web site: On Ash Wednesday I learned that a former employee sent a three-page letter to several bishops accusing me of everything from drug addiction to multiple sexual exploits with her and several other adult women. There seems to no longer be the need [Read More...]

John Paul's relics appearing in Poland

Several weeks before the former pontiff’s scheduled beatification, remnants and reminders of his life are everywhere.   Pictured below: the blood-stained sash he wore when he was shot, now on display in Czestochowa, Poland. Details: Pope John Paul II is not yet a saint, but objects donated by his longtime secretary are already being venerated [Read More...]

And when you're done, fetch my pipe and slippers

A seminarian I know is looking for a summer job and asked his friends on Facebook for any suggestions.  Someone posted the link to the blog post below, from Georgetown University in the fall of 2009. I can only conclude that they just aren’t making 19-year-olds the way they used to.   This sophomore was [Read More...]

That time of the month: introducing the NFP app

Yep. Simcha Fischer has all the details: When I spotted this app, I was delighted to see that it’s extremely similar to my Creighton chart.  It’s designed for the Billings Ovulation Method, which tracks a woman’s cervical fluid to establish times of fertility. (NB: I’m using a Billings app for a Creighton method of charting, and [Read More...]

"The Way of the Cross in the Company of Clowns"

That’s how it’s described in one parish in Albany, according to Fr. Z.  One of his readers picked up this description of the event — happening tonight, if you’re in the neighborhood — from the archives of the local paper: While clowns are seen as symbols of humor, the Clown Ministry Associates take a page [Read More...]

"We are citizens of a world on fire…"

Last night, I was invited to preside at Evening Prayer at a neighboring parish in Queens.  The good folks over at the Catholic portal at Patheos have posted the homily, which offers a few thoughts about Lent, one week on, and building something out of the ashes: More than ever before, it seems, we live [Read More...]

Suspended: diocese stops accepting new candidates for diaconate

The diocese in question is in Massachusetts. Details: The Worcester Diocese has stopped accepting new men into its permanent diaconate program – at least temporarily – Deacon Anthony R. Surozenski, director of the Office of Diaconate, said this week. This will allow time to assess whether more deacons will be needed and whether assignments and [Read More...]

The brilliance of Steve Martin: "Atheists don't have no songs"

We loved him with “King Tut,” and he’s gone and done it again, with this inspired Bluegrass tune, accompanied by the Steep Canyon Rangers.    (In a related vein, Heather King ruminates on the idea that “atheists have no story…”) [Read more...]

A flash mob like no other: dancing in the Beirut airport?!

This is pretty terrific. [Read more...]

Mel Gibson's comeback?

A first look at his new movie, “The Beaver,” coming out in May… The Hollywood Reporter gave it a rave review. [Read more...]

Best. Soda bread. Ever.

You can find the recipe right here. I had the good fortune to sample this very stuff a couple St. Paddy’s Days ago, when The Anchoress stopped by my TV studio for a taping.  Frankly, it’s less like bread, more like cake — and sublime.  Not crumbly.  Moist.  Flavorsome.  Addictive. I want some.  Now. And [Read More...]

Bishop: give up sex for Lent

And you thought giving up chocolate was tough. Try this idea, from a bishop in the Philippines: Proving that Catholic and Islam also have some commonality, a Roman Catholic prelate said abstinence from sex during the Lenten Season is also something that they are encouraging couples to do. But according to Pampanga Archbishop Paciano Aniceto, [Read More...]

Ethicist: let's only keep most intelligent embryos

And, of course, destroy all the rest. Details: Human embryos should be screened for their potential intelligence and only the smartest allowed to live, an Oxford University ethicist has argued. In shocking remarks, Prof Julian Savulescu says embryos that do not pass the intelligence test should be destroyed for the good of society. The Australian [Read More...]

"Down in adoration falling…"

So begins the English translation of one of the most beloved and popular Catholic hymns, “Tantum Ergo,” the great song of praise sung at Eucharistic Adoration. We have Exposition and Adoration at my parish every Thursday — concluding with Benediction (sometimes celebrated by the deacon) at 7:30.  We also offer Benediction at the conclusion of [Read More...]

The reluctant penitent: my journey back to confession

Been to confession lately?  Lent is a good time to do that — and I talk about my own experience as a reluctant penitent in this week’s column, “All Things New”: “Bless me, Father, for I have sinned.” I spoke the words clearly, firmly, just as I had been taught by Sister St. Margaret. This [Read More...]