Praying for Geraldine

Above and beyond the lively debate about whether Geraldine Ferraro merits a Catholic funeral, I think we can all agree on this: God is merciful, and prayer can’t hurt.  That’s the gist of my column this week. From “All Things New”: Msgr. Peter Elliott, writing about the notion of purgatory, once offered another beautiful thought: [Read More...]

If Google had existed in 1960 …

…would it have looked like this? Source. [Read more...]

In praise of the "necessary others"

I’ve posted a lot of items around here about wearing the Roman collar.  Elizabeth Scalia has a few choice thoughts about those who do — and suffer because of it: When Buddhist monks and nuns go out in public wearing their robes, they usually get some curious looks, but they’re not harangued for their vows [Read More...]

"Every 21 minutes, our next possible leader is aborted…"

That’s the in-your-face message of these billboards, featuring an image of President Obama, which have gone up around Chicago. (Click to enlarge.) The story behind them: Thirty pro-life billboards featuring the image of Barack Obama are going up in South Chicago, U.S. president Barack Obama’s adopted hometown, starting tomorrow. “Every 21 minutes, our next possible [Read More...]

"Catholic artists today are virtually invisible"

That’s the assessment of someone in a position to know, this year’s recipient of the distinguished Laetare Medal. Details: Faithful Catholics have all but disappeared from the arts in America — leaving the arts “spiritually impoverished” and undercutting the ways the church “speaks to the world,” according to Dana Gioia, Catholic poet and former chairman [Read More...]

Dolan to inmates: "All of us are sinners"

One of the most famous bishops in America — maybe the most famous? — marked Lent with a visit to a local prison. From a Staten Island website: The modest chapel at the Arthur Kill Correctional Facility in Charleston is a daily source of comfort and redemption for dozens of the prison’s 950 inmates. Today, [Read More...]

Fr. Corapi's order says investigation has not yet begun

And the Diocese of Corpus Christi disputes a characterization posted on Fr. Corapi’s website, claiming that it was a bishop who suspended the priest. Details, from Catholic News Service: Marty Wind, director of communications for the Diocese of Corpus Christi, disputed (Bobbi) Ruffatto’s claim that Bishop Mulvey placed Father Corapi on leave. He said the [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“What are my sources of strength? My husband and my three kids [Donna, Laura and John Jr.], my health-care team, and my religion.  My desk drawer is filled with all kinds of prayers.” – Geraldine Ferraro, writing about her struggle with cancer, quoted here. [Read more...]

Woody Allen raises money for Catholic hospital in Rome

Surprised?  I was. Read the details below, from the Reuters: What’s a nice Jewish boy from Brooklyn doing helping to raise money for a Catholic hospital owned by the Vatican in a city where until 1870 the papacy required Jews to live in a ghetto? If that nice Jewish boy is Woody Allen, the conundrum is [Read More...]

A Catholic funeral for Geraldine Ferraro? — UPDATED

A commenter raised the issue, citing the former congresswoman’s support for abortion rights, and declared: “Geraldine Ferraro should be denied a Catholic Mass with Catholic sacraments and yes, may God have mercy upon her soul.” Details about Ferraro’s funeral haven’t yet been released.  I presume it will be Catholic. (To those who have asked: no, [Read More...]

It's official: female "deacon" excommunication lifted

Last month, Norma Jean Coon renounced her attempted ordination to the diaconate.  And on Friday, the feast of the Annunciation, she publicly announced that her excommunication was lifted: The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has lifted any canonical sanctions that I incurred by attempting ordination as a deacon. A letter from Bishop Robert [Read More...]

"Jesus Met A Woman at the Well…"

In tune with today’s gospel, Peter, Paul and Mary perform a classic folk spiritual (evidently from a televised performance in Japan…) [Read more...]

Geraldine Ferraro dies

One of the most famous — some would say, infamous — Catholic politicians of the last 30 years has died after a long battle with cancer.  For a time, she was a regular at my parish in Queens, and people still talk about rounding the corner in the grocery store and nearly crashing into her [Read More...]

Homily for March 27, 2011: 3rd Sunday of Lent

Today’s gospel poses this intriguing challenge: What would happen if we met Jesus in the middle of an ordinary day?   How would we react? Well, consider the story of a young Japanese woman named Satoko Kitahara.  Last week the new Archbishop of Los Angeles, Jose Gomez, used one of his homilies to tell her story. [Read More...]

Fr. Corapi update: "The unsubstantiated rant of a former employee" — UPDATED

Santa Cruz Media, which owns and distributes Fr. John Corapi’s CDs and DVDs has posted the following statement on his website: We are a secular corporation and not affiliated with the Catholic Church in any way. As such, we are not under the jurisdiction of any bishop or other official in the Catholic Church, although [Read More...]

Caps for sale: a new blog salutes the biretta

Further proof that there’s a blog for everyone, and about everything: word from across the pond that there’s now a blog up and running that pays tribute to the traditional headgear worn by priests. (Below, an image of one being worn by deacons!) You can visit the blog, Domus Birettarum, to see more for yourself. [Read More...]

Happy Feast Day, everyone

The Annunciation, as depicted in the movie “The Nativity”: This morning, a priest burst into my cubicle and said cheerfully: “Happy Feast Day! We are all announcing the Good News! This is our feast!” Then he bopped on to the next cubicle to repeat the same message. Well, it’s not quite the same annunciation that [Read More...]

Praying for priests in general, and one priest in particular

A few weeks back, I posted this prayer by St. Therese. Now seems a good time to revisit it: O Jesus, Eternal Priest, keep your priests within the shelter of your sacred heart, where none may touch them. Keep unstained their anointed hands, which daily touch your sacred body. Keep unsullied their lips, daily purpled [Read More...]