Quote of the day

“The interest of society in the enforcement of employment discrimination statutes is undoubtedly important.  But so too is the interest of religious groups in choosing who will preach their beliefs, teach their faith and carry out their mission.” — Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts He was writing about a unanimous court ruling today on [Read More…]

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“Dear Hiring Manager…”

Are you an unemployed over-achiever?  Looking to get a good job with a humanitarian organization?  No problem!  Just cut and paste the cover letter below, and you’ll be on your way: Dear Hiring Manager for [insert International Humanitarian Organization], I would like to apply for the position of [insert vague sounding job title that has [Read More…]

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Google pays tribute to a blessed priest and scientist

That would be Bishop Nicolas Steno.  Google’s description of him: Google revealed its latest homescreen Google Doodle today, this time commemorating the birth of Nicolas Steno, a 17th century researcher and bishop who straddled the worlds of science and religion. Born on this day, all the way back in 1683, Steno studied medicine at the University of [Read More…]

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Out of Antarctica: “We never know where the Divine plan will take us…”

Remember Msgr. Steve Rossetti, who spent Christmas snowed in at the bottom of the world? He posted an update a few days ago, after he was finally able to leave: I am grateful for the enthusiasm which many communicated to me about my Antarctic journey. One couple told their young child that I was at [Read More…]

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When holy obedience saved a priest’s life

It happened, incredibly, when he followed his superior’s order to get off the Titanic. The story of Jesuit Fr. Frank Browne: When Derry priest Fr. Eddie O’Donnell stumbled across over 40,000 negatives belonging to the late Fr. Frank Browne he would not have been able to envisage the significance of what he had just discovered. [Read More…]

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Meet Jake, the Rectory Dog!

A reader in Vermont sent this my way: the story of a priest’s best friend, who happens to have four legs:       The Rev. Charles Ranges and Jake, a small, 8 -year-old black and white papillon, have been a staple around Essex Junction for nearly four years. The two live together in Holy Family [Read More…]

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Deacons who serve on the fly

Some are doing it at airports, and St. Louis Today recently looked at a thriving ministry at the local international airport: The young soldier was sitting by herself in the airport terminal sobbing. George Miller, a deacon at the chapel at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, said he walked over, introduced himself and stayed with her [Read More…]

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Best. Fingerpainting. Ever.

He’s  Fabian Gaete Maureira, from Santiago, Chile.  He’s actually got his own blog, with links to other videos.  But you have to see this to believe it. [Read more…]

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A priest in Nigeria: “I could have been among the victims…”

A deacon from Canada sent this story my way, with the following note: In our parish (St. Martin de Porres, Toronto) we have been and continue blessed to have a number of priests from overseas help us out with Masses. One of the most loved of these men is Fr. Emmanuel Mbam, who hails from [Read More…]

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Who has jurisdiction over RealCatholic TV? — UPDATED

After last month’s statement from the Archdiocese of Detroit — saying that Michael Voris isn’t authorized by the archdiocese to use the word “Catholic” — there seems to be some disagreement about who actually has jurisdiction over Voris’s work.  Details: [Detroit] Archdiocesan Director of Communications Ned McGrath noted that concerns about Voris had been public [Read More…]

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The cardinal as card

From the NY Post: His new post as a cardinal comes with a princely red hat, but Archbishop Timothy Dolan isn’t letting the promotion go to his head. When asked by a reporter yesterday whether he should be called an archbishop or a cardinal-designee, the portly priest flashed his famous sense of humor. “Just call [Read More…]

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Mass on a mountain

From the Diocese of Des Moines Facebook page: Thanks to Mercy Medical Center for providing this image from Africa, taken of Msgr. Frank Bognanno celebrating Mass on the eve of the Epiphany. The service, attended by Catholics, Christians, Jews and Muslims, was for a group of cancer survivors and caregivers, including Msgr. Bognanno, who are [Read More…]

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A resolution worth keeping

From the President of CatholicCulture.org: Those of us with dogmatic personalities—and that includes many who take the Faith seriously in a hostile culture—have an additional spiritual hurdle, because we so often confuse our commitment to God’s principles with our own self-importance as God’s spokesmen. This can lead to a habit of self-righteous indignation, as if [Read More…]

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Lifting the curtain on child sex abuse in Hollywood

A story that’s been lurking on the sidelines for several months (just Google “Corey Feldman”) has finally made the Los Angeles Times: Advocates and professionals who work with victims of child sexual abuse say predators exploit the glittery lure of Hollywood to prey on aspiring actors or models. They assert that the problem is more [Read More…]

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Philippine Catholics defy terror warning, hold procession

From the AP: More than 3 million Roman Catholic worshippers paraded with a charred Christ statue through the Philippine capital in an annual procession Monday despite a warning from the president that terrorists might target the gathering. The black wooden statue known as the Black Nazarenewas displayed at the seaside Rizal Park where Manila’s Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle [Read More…]

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Another list of favorite blogs… — UPDATED

…this time, from a blogging bishop. Christopher Coyne, from Indianapolis, offers his own take on Catholic websites, broken into two parts, over at his blog Let Us Walk Together. It has some names that are familiar — and maybe some that aren’t.  Take a look! UPDATE: He just posted Part Deux. [Read more…]

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Christmas is over

This box was in the sacristy this morning, waiting to be filled. [Read more…]

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The three little pigs, by Shakespeare

This popped up before Christmas, and I’m just catching up with it now.  But I laughed out loud.  Several times. Enjoy. (A jolly h/t to Marcel at Aggie Catholics.) [Read more…]

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