Jeb to Evangelicals: “The blessed sacraments give me great comfort”

From The Daily Beast:  Evangelicals aren’t typically the target audience for Roman Catholic theology talk. Low-church Protestants from the Bible Belt have historically been hostile to Catholicism, even sometimes fearing that Catholics’ devotion to the pope will lead to one-world government, and that their political clout in the United States presages the end times. So it was [Read More...]

Why is a Catholic fasting during Ramadan?

Rudy Lopez explains:  As someone once told me; “Fasting without prayer is just going hungry.” How true! Many Muslims pray fives times a day, and especially during Ramadan. Prayer feeds the soul and helps sustain the meaning behind the fast. Several years ago, I was walking through the Minneapolis airport and saw a young airport [Read More...]

Ordination update: 4 new deacons for Venice

Check out the full story at Florida Catholic.  It happened on June 6th, when Bishop Frank J. Dewane ordained Stephen Beck, Roberto Landron, Edison Gibbons and David Reardon at Epiphany Cathedral in Venice, FL. Congratulations and welcome, brothers! Ad multos annos!  Photo via Diocese of Venice Facebook page [Read more...]

Coming soon: a common date for Easter?

View image | This news popped up several days ago, and it’s now getting wider attention: Speaking to a global gathering of priests, Pope Francis signaled an openness to changing the date of Easter in the West so that all Christians around the world could celebrate the feast on the same day.The Pope on [Read More...]

What they’ve said: a brief roundup of reaction to Laudato Si’

Here you go. John Allen: Laudato Si seems destined to go down as a major turning point, the moment when environmentalism claimed pride of place on a par with the dignity of human life and economic justice as a cornerstone of Catholic social teaching. It also immediately makes the Catholic Church arguably the leading moral voice [Read More...]

Who said that?

Francis isn’t the first pope to speak out about the environment—though he is the first to pen an encyclical devoted to the topic. And it turns out, his views aren’t that different from his predecessors. So, a quick quiz. Which pope said which quote?  John Paul, Benedict or Francis? 1.“Preservation of the environment, promotion of [Read More...]

This must be a first: Vatican releases video linked to encyclical

And it’s a beauty. Take a look, below.   [Read more...]

Patriarch Bartholomew on the encyclical: “We count it a true blessing”

Some smart person at TIME magazine sought an exclusive response to the new encyclical from the man dubbed “The Green Patriarch” — and the essay he’s written helps put this vital new work in an important context: It came as no surprise to us that our beloved brother Francis of Rome opens his encyclical, which [Read More...]

From the encyclical: Pope Francis’ prayers for our earth

View image | The following appears at the end of the pope’s new encyclical:   At the conclusion of this lengthy reflection which has been both joyful and troubling, I propose that we offer two prayers. The first we can share with all who believe in a God who is the all-powerful Creator, while in [Read More...]

Looking for the new encyclical?

View image | Here’s a handy link, via Fr. Robert Barron’s Word on Fire: Click here.  [Read more...]

Pope appoints renowned atheist and population control advocate to Pontifical Academy of Sciences

This tidbit popped up on the VIS website:  Vatican City, 17 June 2015 (VIS) – The Holy Father has appointed Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, professor of theoretical physics at the University of Potsdam and director of the Institute for Climate Impact in Potsdam, Federal Republic of Germany, as ordinary member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.  [Read More...]

Church to become luxury apartments in “a new and changing Boston, where nothing is sacred”

From The Boston Globe: Three years ago, Cardinal Sean O’Malley designated the Holy Trinity Church in the South End for secular purposes – in official church language, “for profane but not sordid use.” That decree triggered a $7 million sale of the building to developers and a plan — just approved by the city — to turn it into [Read More...]

Bishop decries “hirsute flabmeisters spreading out in the pew…”

Behold the bishop of Providence, Thomas Tobin, unplugged: The sloppy and even offensive way people dress while attending Mass is something I’ve witnessed personally and regularly receive complaints about. You know what I’m talking about; you’ve seen it too. Hirsute flabmeisters spreading out in the pew, wearing wrinkled, very-short shorts and garish, unbuttoned shirts; mature [Read More...]

Francis: encyclical will be part of Church’s social doctrine

From Vatican Radio:  Pope Francis asked the faithful and all persons of good will to receive his new Encyclical letter on the care of creation with open hearts. Speaking to pilgrims and tourists gathered for his weekly General Audience on the eve of the much-anticipated document’s official release, Pope Francis said, “Tomorrow, as you know, [Read More...]

Vatican adds Carolyn Woo of CRS to list of presenters on new encyclical

Catholic Culture notes: The Holy See Press Office has announced that Carolyn Woo, president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, will be among the four presenters at the releases of Pope Francis’s second encyclical, Laudato Si. The press office previously announced the names of three presenters: Cardinal Peter Turkson, the president of the Pontifical Council for [Read More...]

Is this the best dam basketball shot ever? Yes.

Literally. Behold something truly jaw-dropping: a 415-foot swish through a hoop from atop a dam in Tasmania. If confirmed by Guinness, it will be a world record. The Australian group behind it, How Ridiculous, has a method to their madness—and it’s rooted in the gospel:  In the YouTube description, How Ridiculous says it may be aiming for [Read More...]

Pew survey: Catholics divided over global warming

View image | Details:  On the eve of a forthcoming encyclical by Pope Francis on the environment and climate change, a new Pew Research Center survey finds that U.S. Catholics’ views on global warming are broadly reflective of American public opinion writ large; a solid majority believe that Earth is warming, but there is [Read More...]

Holy See pulls press credentials for prominent Vatican journalist over encyclical leak

This news broke this morning on Twitter, following yesterday’s leak of a draft of the new encyclical: Sandro Magister of @espressonline loses his @HolySeePress credentials for disclosing embargoed draft of Encyclical. — Fr. Manuel Dorantes (@TweetingPriest) June 16, 2015 Details (roughly translated): In a press release, Federico Lombardi reported that he was withdrawing the [Read More...]