Fun fact to share at Friday's fish fry: half of our bishops are Benedict's

From the USCCB: This month brings the sixth anniversary of the pope’s election — a brief length of time for an institution that “thinks in centuries” — yet of the178 Latin rite dioceses and archdiocese in the U.S., 86, or 48 percent of them, are headed by bishops appointed by this pope. Take into account [Read More...]

Want to meet a hero? Here

They should be naming elementary schools and highways for this man.  RIP, Bob Howard. He passed away in 2009, but someone put this on Facebook today.  IMO, we can never be reminded too often of men like this. [Read more...]

Rutgers update: school revises its press release on woman "bishop"

Some heartening news. A deacon reader, Tom Lang, learning about the misleading (and inaccurate) press release Rutgers issued about the appearance of a Catholic woman “bishop,” dropped a line to Rutgers University President Richard L. McCormack, expressing serious concerns. President McCormick wrote back: Thank you for your message about the upcoming lecture at Rutgers-Camden by Patricia [Read More...]

Michael Voris appearance rescheduled

After his appearance at a Catholic university in Scranton was scrapped last weekend, the popular speaker and media personality will be coming to a secular site nearby this Saturday: Michael Voris is scheduled to speak at the Best Western Genetti Hotel and Conference Center in Wilkes-Barre at 6:30 p.m. His talk, “Living Catholicism Radically,” was [Read More...]

After 46 years, another Catholic voice is silenced

It’s a story no newspaper ever wants to report, but it happened this week in Wilmington. The Dialog, the newspaper for the Diocese of Wilmington is closing — and all staff members being laid off.  And that’s just the beginning.  More diocesan offices are also being shuttered, including some affiliated with Catholic Charities. Details: The [Read More...]

It's written all over her face

Here’s one stunning entry in the iConfess video contest — it says it all, brilliantly.  It was produced by students at the John Paul the Great Catholic University in San Diego.  Check out other entries at this link. [Read more...]

Bracing for "The Week That Was"

We’re sliding into one of the busiest times for parishes, but it can be easy to forget what it’s really about. From this week’s “All Things New”: Back in the 1960s, there was a TV show called “That Was the Week That Was,” which satirized current events. It was a precursor to “Saturday Night Live” [Read More...]

I love these gals

The Sisters of Life have an office in my building, and I always get a kick out of seeing them on the elevator or in the lobby or striding down the sidewalk, headed for the subway.  They’re a young order, of young women, and they radiate enthusiasm and joy. The ones I’ve encountered aren’t exactly [Read More...]

Charlie Sheen's father on the meaning of life — UPDATED

Martin Sheen talks with Irish interviewer Gay Byrne about life, faith, conversion — and Charlie. You can watch the entire conversation right here.  An excerpt, below. UPDATE: LifeSiteNews has picked up this significant excerpt: Byrne asked Sheen: “The liberal causes that you espouse are readily identifiable with people in the movie business, but your anti-abortion [Read More...]

Bishop: some benefits for gay couples are acceptable

The Bishop of Providence Rhode Island granted an interview to a local media outlet, and offered some thoughts about homosexual rights: In an exclusive interview, Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin said the Church is not opposed to granting some benefits and rights to gay couples—as long as the term marriage is not used. His statement—which [Read More...]

A reader is dyeing to know…

Here’s a classic Easter-time quandary. A friend writes: How terrible is it if I have little kids come over to the apartment on Good Friday and color Easter eggs? I answered: “Not terrible at all.  The color is black, right?” She wasn’t amused. Any thoughts?  What do you think? [Read more...]

Cat + dolphin = adorable

Brace yourselves.  This is guaranteed to make you go “Awwwww….” [Read more...]

This Lent: sheep, wolves, serpents

Elizabeth Scalia over at First Things sums up the season now ending, and a church riven by factions, with a meditation on today’s scripture readings: Our Lenten time in the desert has felt similarly discordant and serpent-struck. Our Christ-loving Pope—I wouldn’t want to be in his place—is beset on all sides; his curia often “helps” [Read More...]

Meet a modern hermit

She’s a widow, doing her thing outside Baltimore (go Terps!) and took a moment to chat with Margaret Cabaniss at  Inside Catholic. Snip: What does your average day look like? If you go back to the desert fathers, they say, “Go sit in your cell, and your cell will teach you everything.” That’s the kind [Read More...]

USCCB: Seven "credible" allegations against priests in 2010

The organization yesterday released an update on the sex abuse crisis still roiling the Catholic Church: Reports of current instances of sexual abuse of minors continues to decrease, with seven credible allegations against seven priests reported in 2010, according to the 2010 Survey of Allegations and Costs done by the Center for Applied Research in [Read More...]

Uncovered: why we veil the cross this week

Some churches go all out to cover statues and crosses before Holy Week; others do hardly anything at all. The New Theological Movement has an interesting explanation: We will reproduce here the historical study offered by Fr. Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy at the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University (taken from Zenit): “It probably derives from [Read More...]

Papal ring and cross to be sold on eBay

Get ready to update your PayPal account.  Now you can own some priceless religious objects — for a price. From the Associated Press: A lavishly jeweled cross and a ring once owned by Pope Paul VI are heading to auction on eBay. The items have turned up at a U.S. store owned by a Southern [Read More...]

April in New York

I went for a walk during lunch and stumbled on the scene below, just two blocks from my office.  (Incredibly, I took the shot with my cell phone.) Across the East River, on Roosevelt Island, there were no signs of either King Kong or the Green Goblin (despite what you might see in the movies.) [Read More...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X