Quote of the day

Caught this one in a trailer the other day, and it just cracked me up… “Is the Popemobile Catholic?” – Tow Mater, in Pixar’s “Cars 2,” opening next month. [Read more...]

Man sets priest on fire during mass

Details: An assailant has sprayed a Roman Catholic priest with flammable liquid and set him alight during mass in a church in Lithuania, police in the Baltic state say. Father Remigijus Kuprys, 46, managed to extinguish the flames with the help of worshippers, but suffered facial burns. The attack occurred during the service on Thursday [Read More...]

Where were you four years ago today?

I was here: And here: Happy 4th anniversary, diaconate class of ’07. Ad multos annos! And a special prayer of love and gratitude to Jim. We miss you, brother. [Read more...]

25 years after "I do" …

From my column  this week “All Things New” … “Beyond the sacramental grace involved—and grace and prayer do play a big part, I think—it’s a lot of talking, and a lot of listening, and a lot of patience, and a lot of persistence. It’s wanting this little partnership to hold together, in spite of all [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words

Mel Gibson, photographed a few weeks ago, wearing his scapular. Story here. [Read more...]

Florida parish prays for Osama bin Laden

A couple weeks ago, this exact situation arose in England, and made headlines.  Now it’s happening in West Palm Beach, Florida. Details: The name of Osama bin Laden appears in the Holy Name of Jesus Sunday bulletin. There’s a cross next to it. A parishioner made a prayer request for the mastermind behind the 9/11 [Read More...]

Jerry Lewis hangs up tux, quits telethon

Wow.  This really is the end of an era.  Labor Day will never be the same. Details: For 45 years, Jerry Lewis and the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s annual Labor Day fundraiser have been synonymous, so much so that it’s now known as the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, in honor of the comic’s tireless efforts. But this [Read More...]

Call off the search team!

I’m fine.  If anyone was wondering where I’ve been, no worries:  I’m taking a couple weeks off to celebrate my 25th wedding anniversary.  My bride and I are in sunny Orlando, where we’re spending an inordinate amount of time sleeping late and over-eating and rubbing elbows with royalty.  (This place is crawling with princesses, by [Read More...]

Amnesty International cites Vatican for human rights concerns

Not so very long ago, something like this would have been unimaginable. From NCR: Amnesty International named the Vatican in its annual report on human rights’ concerns for not sufficiently complying with international mandates on protecting children from abuse. It marked the first time the Vatican was named in the group’s Annual Report on the [Read More...]

Just for the halibut: no meat on Fridays

It’s happening in England, beginning on September 16th, the anniversary of the pope’s trip to the UK. From ZENIT: The bishops of England and Wales are re-establishing the practice of abstaining from meat on Fridays as a penance to identify with Christ on the cross. In the resolutions published from their spring plenary assembly, which [Read More...]

On women deacons: "Not all of us are agitating for such a 'restoration'"

Evidently irked by Phyllis Zagano’s argument in support of women deacons, Daniel Van Slyke today offers a counter-argument, in the form of an open letter to the pope, in Crisis: The specific roles assigned to deaconesses in ancient documents such as the Didascalia Apostolorum comprise charitable services for women, the instruction of female catechumens, and [Read More...]

What about the deacon wives?

Chicago is getting set to ordain a dozen new deacons, and the Catholic New World looks at an often-overlooked aspect of the deacon’s vocation: his wife. Snip: There are close to 600 permanent deacons in the Archdiocese of Chicago, and most of them are married. Many of the wives live lives of service, volunteering in [Read More...]

Basta! Don't try this at home

An Italian bus driver using two cell phones, and steering with his elbows … ?! Turns out, he’s been suspended. Read more. [Read more...]

Brush up your Latin

That seems to be the gist of the new instruction on the use of the Extraordinary Form of the mass — a.k.a., the Latin mass — according to a new instruction released today. From the National Catholic Register: This morning, on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, the Vatican published a long awaited Instruction on [Read More...]

If I were a rich man: study sheds light on religion and wealth

Does what you believe affect what you earn? Some insight, from the New York Times: The economic differences among the country’s various religions are strikingly large, much larger than the differences among states and even larger than those among racial groups. The most affluent of the major religions — including secularism — is Reform Judaism. [Read More...]

Shock: mom defends giving Botox to eight-year-old

And now  the mother is under investigation. Details: A San Francisco mom defends using Botox to remove the lines from the face of her 8-year-old daughter. The interview first aired on ABC’s Good Morning America Thursday morning and immediately touched off a controversy and now there is an investigation. Child Protective Services is now getting [Read More...]

Live on stage: "The Exorcist"?

Watch out for the pea soup: the blockbuster novel and movie (based on the true story of a Catholic exorcism) is being adapted for the stage and will have its world premiere next year in Los Angeles. From the New York Times: The playwright John Pielmeier (“Agnes of God”) is writing the stage version of [Read More...]

What went wrong in Philadelphia?

“Apparently Philadelphia’s bishops don’t fully grasp that by failing to speak openly from the outset they will continue to pay a higher price, in terms of both credibility and cash. If only they would have followed the example of the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin of Chicago. Confronted with an accusation against him, Cardinal Bernardin openly, [Read More...]