Salon: Inside the “catastrophic collapse” of the Catholic right

Cardinal Raymond Burke by CanonLawJunkie via Wikipedia From author Patricia Miller:  For years they struck fear in the hearts of progressive Catholic candidates. They could, and did, help destroy presidential campaigns. The media took them seriously, reporting on their pronouncements as representative of a significant bloc of conservative Catholics. They were not legion; but they [Read More...]


Photo: Diocese of Arlington via Facebook A hug that’s worth a thousand words. Deacon Rafael Goldsmith is vested and embraced by his son, Father Joseph Goldsmith, at the diaconate ordination in the Diocese of Arlington on Saturday January 17th. Read more about the men who were ordained here.  And there are more pictures here. Ad [Read More...]

CNA: Proposed dates, details of pope’s trip to U.S. in September

Catholic News Agency has the exclusive:  Archbishop Bernardito Auza – a member of the organizing committee for Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the U.S. – has revealed details of the proposed schedule, which includes visits to three cities.“He would arrive on the 22nd and he would leave the evening of the 27th. It’s really a full [Read More...]

The Philadelphia Story: Pope’s upcoming trip “changes the whole paradigm” for tourism in the city

Independence Hall in Philadelphia by Rdsmith4 via Wikipedia From Associated Press:  To be fair, Natalie Suresch and Joe Felicetti claimed that weekend first. The Philadelphia couple chose Sept. 26 for their wedding and then planned accordingly: They booked their venue, a former factory building in one of the city’s most historic neighborhoods. They hired a [Read More...]

What we have come to: teenager announces plans to marry her father

Details:  A teenager has revealed in an interview that she plans to marry her father and have children after dating for two years. The unnamed 18-year-old revealed in an interview with New York Magazine her romantic relationship of almost two years with her biological father after being estranged from him for 12 years. In the [Read More...]

Historic: Crowd in Philippines sets new world record for papal Mass

From Catholic News Agency:  The Vatican’s spokesman said that papal history was made Sunday during Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines where an estimated 6-7 million people attended his closing Mass.“The official number that has been given to us is between six and seven million,” Father Federico Lombardi told journalists at a press conference in [Read More...]

Galveston-Houston copes with declining number of nuns

From The Houston Chronicle: The decline in the numbers is a bit of a paradox. It well could be the defining problem facing the institution in coming decades, yet the sisterhood publicly faces it without blanching. “The numbers affect the general public and the media more than they do us personally,” said Sister Heloise Cruzat, [Read More...]

Charity worker killed in accident during papal Mass in Philippines—UPDATED

Details:  A 27-year-old Catholic charity worker has been killed after she was hit by a piece of scaffolding during a visit to the Philippines by Pope Francis. Kristel Padasas was volunteering at a mass officiated by the Pope near Tacloban’s airport today when a scaffolding reportedly holding huge speakers was blown over by strong winds. [Read More...]

Homily for January 18, 2015: 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Photo: from Knights of Columbus This Sunday’s scripture has a very simple theme, surrounding the ways that God calls to us. It may happen as it did with Samuel, while we are sleeping—perhaps while we are not just asleep physically, but also spiritually. Or it may happen, as it did in Galilee, by just being [Read More...]

“It’s time to stop the craziness”: Brooklyn priest to hold Month’s Mind Mass for slain police officers

From The New York Daily News: Msgr. David Cassato, pastor of St. Athanasius Church in Bensonhurst, will say a special Month’s Mind Mass at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday to mark the one-month anniversary of the assassinations of Police Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu. “It will be a month on Tuesday, but the Month’s Mind [Read More...]

Is your pet in paradise? The fascination over pets and the afterlife

Photo: from Harstdale Pet Cemetery website From The New York Times: In December, Pope Francis got the attention of pet owners everywhere when he was quoted as saying, “Paradise is open to all of God’s creatures.” Alas, media outlets, including The New York Times, confused the remarks and the circumstances under which they were made. [Read More...]

Pope improvises prayer at Mass for typhoon survivors

From Vatican Radio: Pope Francis improvised a special prayer at the end of the Holy Mass celebrated for the survivors of the typhoon Haiyan at Tacloban, Philippines on Saturday. Praying spontaneously in Spanish with an aide translating it simultaneous in English, he filled the hearts of the survivors with gratitude and hope.   The text:  [Read More...]

Michael Sam reveals he proposed to his boyfriend at St. Peter’s Basilica

St. Peter’s Basilica by Wolfgang Stuck / Wikipedia From The Daily Mail:  He made headlines the world over by coming out earlier last year, and then even more by kissing his boyfriend on live TV. Now Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL, has taken another leap of confidence [Read More...]

BREAKING: The pope is still Catholic

The AP confirms it:  Pope Francis issued his strongest defense yet of church teaching opposing artificial contraception, using a Friday rally in Asia’s largest Catholic nation to urge families to be “sanctuaries of respect for life.” Francis also denounced the corruption that has plagued the Philippines for decades and urged officials to instead work to [Read More...]

After the fire: “We are blessed with good, good people”

Father Edward Smith celebrates Mass in Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Academy auditorium in a makeshift worship space Jan. 11. (Photo: Marie Elena Giossi / The Tablet) Several days ago, I posted on this devastating fire that hit a church in my diocese. Now a followup, giving witness to the resilience and faith of this remarkable parish. [Read More...]

Archdiocese files for bankruptcy

From The Minneapolis Star Tribune:  The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Friday, saying it cannot meet its financial obligations from an unprecedented wave of clergy sex abuse lawsuits. The move freezes lawsuits against the church, protecting the archdiocese from creditors while allowing it to develop a reorganization plan. “I make [Read More...]

Francis makes unscheduled stop to visit Manila street children—UPDATED WITH VIDEO

From Vatican Radio:  Pope Francis made an unscheduled stop at a center for street children in Manila Friday shortly after celebrating mass in the Filipino capital.  Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi confirmed that the Pope visited a home for street children run by the ANAK-Tnk charitable foundation.  Fr. Lombardi said the Pope spent almost a half an [Read More...]

Reversal: Citing “serious and credible” security threat, Duke cancels Muslim call to prayer

It made big news this week, and now it’s not going to happen: Duke University canceled plans Thursday to begin a weekly Muslim call to prayer from the campus chapel this week, an initiative that had set off debate on social media. A school spokesman and a Duke Muslim leader said that a serious and [Read More...]