Woman who cared for her husband's killers is on path to sainthood

Hers is an extraordinary story of love, sacrifice, and forgiveness. Details, from CNA: Maria Seiquer was born in 1891 in Murcia, Spain. In 1914, she married Angel Romero, a doctor known for his honesty and dedicated service. The couple built a public chapel on their ranch in Villa Pilar where Maria taught catechism to children [Read More...]

A deacon item that has nothing to do with sex

It’s all about service — and just who, or whom, deacons serve. Fr. Z. picks up an interesting nugget from an Anglican priest, who suggests that the basic idea of diakonia has been wrongly interpreted (emphases are Fr. Z’s): The Deacon’s basic purpose is not to be washing the feet of the lowest of the [Read More...]

Deacons and sex: the debate continues — UPDATED

After all the sound and fury here and here, I got an email from a deacon who is a canon lawyer, William Finnegan, who noted: While I was studying for my Licentiate in Canon Law (JCL) at Catholic University in the late 80s, I brought up this very question, since I was already ordained as [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words: Dr. King's priests

Catholic priests often stood side-by-side with the Civil Rights leader: below, Fr. Theodore Hesburgh (second from left) with Martin Luther King, Jr. You can read more about Catholics and the Civil Rights movement here. [Read more...]

Study: spread of religion may be due to "believer gene"

Researchers are speculating that whether or not you have faith may have something to do with your DNA. Details, from the Religion News Service and Huffington Post: A British university study suggests that people of strong faith can spread religion through a “believers’ gene” that is part of their DNA. Cambridge University economics professor Robert [Read More...]

More on married deacons abstaining from sex

Following up on this post, here’s a post post-script, from canon lawyer Edward Peters, at his blog: Dcn. Greg Kandra, webmaster of the respected “Deacon’s Bench” blog, asks: “Does anyone seriously think that tens of thousands of married deacons — not to mention the hundreds of married priests — are now suddenly going to commit [Read More...]

Life is a song — sing out!

Behold: another delightful “flash mob” from Philadelphia — a “Random Act of Culture” that unexpectedly brought opera to a busy marketplace.  (No Handel this time.) Enjoy! [Read more...]

Snow day for the sisters!

I think it was Leon Bloy who wrote that “joy is the most infallible sign of the presence of God.” Well, then, there’s a whole lot of God in the gals  below.  A merry h/t to Lizzie Scalia for sharing this.  I found it not only joy-filled, but unexpectedly moving. Ever wonder how nuns spend [Read More...]

Historic first: Vatican appoints Protestant to head science academy

Details: Pope Benedict XVI named Saturday Nobel laureate Werner Arber, a Protestant, to head the Vatican’s scientific academy, the first time a non-Catholic is heading the centuries-old body. The 81-year old Swiss microbiologist will succeed Italian Nicola Cabibbo, who died in August, to lead the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the Vatican announced in a press [Read More...]

What's the most dangerous thing you own?

You might be surprised at the answer that CNN offers — but it makes perfect sense: Forget what’s in your wallet — beware your smartphone. It’s becoming one of your most dangerous possessions. If your phone was stolen a few years ago, the thief could make prank calls and read your text messages. Today, that [Read More...]

Ad multos annos! Welcome, brothers!

New deacons in Arlington, Virginia! Read all about it and see more pictures at this link. Congratulations! [Read more...]

Can you countenance continence? — UPDATED

For those who are curious about this topic — and any married deacon should be — check out this article on the subject by canon lawyer Edward Peters. The issue in question is here: 1983 CIC 277. § 1. Clerics are obliged to observe perfect and perpetual continence for the sake of the kingdom of [Read More...]

Here they are — UPDATED

The three men (still in dalmatics) who today became the first in the world ordained under the new Anglican ordinariate. You can read more details here. And Rocco adds this nugget: A daughter of the freshly-named ordinary proclaimed one of the readings at the Mass, and in the rite’s emotional high-point, the new priests’ vestments [Read More...]

Homily for January 16, 2011: 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

This past week, we’ve heard a lot about words, and the power of words, all surrounding last week’s horrific events in Tucson.  We’ve heard about words that incite, or inflame, as well as ones that inspire and console. Now, in a kind of divine irony, we find ourselves face to face with a gospel, the [Read More...]

This video gets to me every time

No matter how often I see it, it just knocks me into a puddle of tears.  Today seems a good day to give it another look: (soon-to-be-Blessed) Pope John Paul and Tony Melendez, in Los Angeles, in 1987. You can read more about Tony here. He also has a website. But watch the video.  It [Read More...]

"Put out into the deep and lower your nets for a catch"

If you need a reminder of why Pope John Paul will soon be known as “Blessed,” this wonderful video tribute by Salt+Light TV says it all. Take a few minutes and be reminded of a great man’s message, and mission. [Read more...]

Where are all the Catholic chaplains?

A new study indicates thata the chaplains serving the military don’t really mirror the people they serve. From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, via Huffington: A military chaplains serves as both a religious leader and a listener — ideally one who can assist military personnel of all faiths. A frequent refrain among chaplains is “chaplain to [Read More...]

Obama's speech: from president to preacher

Preachers and theologians are taking a closer look at President Obama’s stirring speech from Wednesday night, and finding some striking religious undercurrents.  Details, from the Religion News Service: Drawing on Scripture, theology, and the rising rhythms of black preaching, President Obama was more pastor than politician at Wednesday’s (Jan. 12) memorial service for the victims [Read More...]