Remember Fr. Pfleger? He’s back in the news

Details: Nearly a year after a confrontation between the Rev. Michael Pfleger, an outspoken Chicago priest, and Cardinal Francis George, the Archdiocese of Chicago announced Tuesday that Pfleger will take on administrative duties at a new parish while sharing responsibilities with a co-pastor at his longtime parish, St. Sabina. Pfleger was named the temporary administrator [Read More…]

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Quote of the day

“Yes, I want a solution to this mess. But, I also want a victory by which I mean I want a really robust conscience exemption. I want any change by the White House not only to work in terms of resolving this issue but to send a clear and unambiguous statement that in this great [Read More…]

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Nevermore: did you know you can actually see the raven that inspired Poe?

I sure didn’t. Details: When it comes to literary greats, inspiration can come from anywhere. For famed gothic writer Edgar Allen Poe, one idea came from a raven, which inspired his famous poem of the same name about the foreboding bird. Now that little black muse is enshrined in a history exhibit for all to [Read More…]

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Cardinal Egan takes back apology for abuse: “I don’t think we did anything wrong”

He made his remarks in an interview with a Connecticut magazine, and it’s set off a firestorm: In 2002, at the height of the outcry over the sexual abuse of minors by Roman Catholic priests, the Archbishop of New York, Edward M. Egan, issued a letter to be read at Mass. In it, he offered an apology [Read More…]

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You know things are bad when…– UPDATED

…even Chris Matthews is upset with the HHS/contraception ruling. On Tonight’s “Hardball,” the Catholic Matthews (whose aunt, he mentioned, is a Sister of St. Joseph) was almost beside himself trying to fathom what compelled the Obama Administration to insert itself into the way people practice their faith: I guess I grew up watching movies like [Read More…]

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New polls: Catholics favor birth control in health care coverage

I don’t think we’ve seen the last of polls like this — or interpretations of them.  Details: The Catholic bishops, backed by conservative evangelicals, say the Obama administration shouldn’t include contraceptioncoverage as part of free preventive care options in employers’ health insurance plans. Hence the showdown: As our editorial Monday says, religious liberties fight or, as Health [Read More…]

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Arizona to get its first Catholic college

Details: The first Roman Catholic presence in Arizona dates to 1539, when Franciscan priest Marcos de Niza explored the Southwest in his quest for the mythical seven cities of gold. Despite this early visit and the 1692 founding of a Jesuit mission near Tucson, the church’s long history has failed to produce a Catholic university [Read More…]

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Costa Concordia passenger sues over miscarriage

Details: Another Costa Concordia passenger has come forward and filed a lawsuit against Costa Crociere. A 30-year-old Italian woman identified only as Cristina M. claims she was four months pregnant when she went on the doomed Costa Concordia cruise, the Herald Sun reports. Though she managed to get off the sinking ship, she was admitted [Read More…]

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“The permanent diaconate was an unexpected blessing of the Second Vatican Council”

The National Catholic Register has a good, long piece on the diaconate in its newest issue, marking the 45th anniversary of the restoration of the restoration of the order in the Latin Church: Deacon Thomas Dubois, executive director of the National Association of Diaconate Directors, believes that the rapid growth of the permanent diaconate in [Read More…]

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A corner of the U.S. where the Church is growing

It’s in Florida: For years, Cathy Cardinal was a spiritual pilgrim, filing into government offices in Viera to take Holy Communion while praying alongside her fellow believers for a permanent place to worship. “After a while, the government building got too small for what we needed. It was confusing for a while, but we were [Read More…]

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Has the White House misread the Catholic barometer?

Gerald Seib of the Wall Street Journal is beginning to wonder: If you want to find the absolute center in American politics, you could do worse than look at the nation’s Catholic vote. In nine of the past 10 presidential elections, the Catholic vote has gone with the candidate who ultimately won the election. Five [Read More…]

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Sebelius defends HHS ruling: “Virtually all American women use contraception at some point…”

Details, from a column in USA TODAY: Today, virtually all American women use contraception at some point in their lives. And we have a large body of medical evidence showing it has significant benefits for their health, as well as the health of their children. But birth control can also be quite expensive, costing an [Read More…]

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OMG! J-Lo is here and blogging!

Sorry.  My mistake.  It’s K-Lo. I really should have my eyes checked. Anyway: she’s better known as Kathryn Jean Lopez, the editor-at-large of the National Review Online (NRO, to the blog savvy) and she has a shiny new blog here at Patheos called, fittingly, K-Lo at Large. She describes it as her “casual corner” — [Read More…]

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Six things to know about the HHS mandate

From Sister Mary Ann Walsh at the USCCB blog: 1. The mandate does not exempt Catholic charities, schools, universities, or hospitals. These institutions are vital to the mission of the Church, but HHS does not deem them “religious employers” worthy of conscience protection, because they do not “serve[] primarily persons who share the[ir] religious tenets.” [Read More…]

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Best Super Bowl ad: the Dog Strikes Back

Here it is: arguably the best ad on last night’s Super Bowl — or, at least, the best one that didn’t star Clint Eastwood. (You’ll remember the VW ad being teased here.) [Read more…]

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Who drove the Komen story? The tweets tell the story

This is pretty interesting–and revealing: Last Tuesday, the Susan G. Komen Foundation announced it would no longer fund clinical breast exams and mammograms through Planned Parenthood. The $680,000 per year that was going to Planned Parenthood helped provide exams for 170,000 mainly low-income and minority women. The organization claimed that they were tightening their rules for [Read More…]

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My bishop’s letter on the HHS ruling

The letter below was read at all the Masses in the Diocese of Brooklyn this weekend. [Read more…]

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