Pentecostals who are “challenging the notion of Catholicism as a buttoned-up faith”

From The Tennessean:  They gathered in the little chapel at St. Ignatius of Antioch, lit by stained-glass abstracts capturing the setting sun, ready to experience something outside the bounds of Mass. Some strummed guitars; others grabbed maracas and tambourines from a basket and joined in; still others quietly paged through Bibles brought from home. After each [Read More...]

Nuns fleeing Gaza: “The crimes are multiplying…”

Details:  Three nuns of the Institute of the Word Incarnate working with the Catholic Holy Family parish in Gaza are preparing to leave the Gaza Strip following multiple Israeli air strikes Wednesday evening that destroyed a neighbor’s home. According to the Catholic news agency Fides, the sisters, all foreigners, received a telephone call from the [Read More...]

Bishop: Syracuse “stands at the ready” to welcome migrant children

Details:  The Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse “stands at the ready” to help temporarily house migrant children from Central America who are awaiting deportation hearings, Bishop Robert J. Cunningham said today. In an open letter to the community, Cunningham said the Diocese of Syracuse would be a willing partner to help take care of the [Read More...]

What’s causing the child refugee crisis?

Catholic Relief Services posted this on its website: Catholic Relief Services’ Rick Jones, the Deputy Regional Director for Global Solidarity and Justice for Latin American and the Caribbean, testified before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs today on the current spike of unaccompanied Central American children fleeing violence and crossing into other Central American [Read More...]

The naked truth about television: 500 channels and there’s nothing on. Not a stitch, in fact.

The TV critic at The New York Times is keeping an eye on the tube, so we don’t have to. Reading this, describing what’s coming into our living rooms this summer, I have to think that’s a very good thing: In case you missed the news that traditional courtship is dead, naked people on VH1 [Read More...]

Catholic schools become first in Canada to have a “transgender policy” on pronouns, uniforms, washrooms

It may be a first in the world, in fact. Details: Catholic schools in Vancouver have adopted a policy that could allow transgender students to use the pronouns, uniforms and washrooms that match their gender identity after a human rights complaint forced the local archdiocese to balance its religious teachings with the rights of transgender [Read More...]

Standing ovation: Thomas Peters’ recovery continues

One year after his horrific, life-changing accident, he’s just posted this video: Read all about it, and more, at his blog.  His wife notes: Today we invite you to pray and celebrate with us for all the grace and beauty that has come out of the accident. We are grateful beyond words for the outpouring of love and [Read More...]

VIDEO: What happens when two chimps go to see “Planet of the Apes”?

Pretty much what you’d expect. Details:  Two chimpanzees from the Myrtle Beach Safari went to the opening night of Dawn of the Planet of Apes Friday, and hopefully, this won’t be a case of “monkey see, monkey do.” Vali and Sugriva, both two-year-old chimps from the T.I.G.E.R.S. Preserve, went to the opening night of the [Read More...]

The 10 most endangered jobs

Not really surprising, but a reminder of how quickly the world has changed: Want some job security in the future? Avoid any career involving paper — and that includes newspapers. A new study released Tuesday by job-search site, lists the 10 top endangered jobs in the U.S. Using data on 200 jobs from the [Read More...]

Happy Catholics: Pew survey shows we like us, we really like us

Details:  Jews, Catholics and evangelical Christians are viewed warmly by the American public. When asked to rate each group on a “feeling thermometer” ranging from 0 to 100 – where 0 reflects the coldest, most negative possible rating and 100 the warmest, most positive rating – all three groups receive an average rating of 60 [Read More...]

So what does an atheist “invocation” sound like?

It happened last night in Greece, NY. You can check it out in the video below. A summary: A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision brought a lot of attention to Western New York Tuesday night. Efforts to maintain separation of church and state took center stage in the Rochester suburb of Greece where an atheist [Read More...]

Canon lawyer charges cover-up on sex abuse

This story is starting to get more traction.  Via the AP:  A canon lawyer alleging a widespread cover-up of clergy sex misconduct in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has made her most detailed claims yet, accusing archbishops and their top staff of lying to the public and of ignoring the US bishops’ pledge to have [Read More...]

“The world’s first transgendered Roman Catholic consecrated maiden”?

Details:  As the world’s first transgendered Roman Catholic consecrated maiden, Tia Michelle Pesando has many reasons for wanting to prove Why God Doesn’t Hate You, which is also the name of her new book. The 35-year-old London resident says the extensive research she did while writing her book shows God’s love for everyone, regardless of [Read More...]

A truly great idea that will make your day

It made mine. Check out this video about a language exchange program that is connecting the world in a wonderful new way. [Read more...]

Too good to miss: Weird Al’s “Word Crimes”

The man is a national treasure. Somebody needs to carve his face on Mt. Rushmore. Check out his latest video, “Word Crimes,” a parody of “Blurred Lines”: [Read more...]

Atheist will open New York town meeting with a non-prayer

From AP:  An atheist is set to deliver the invocation at a town board meeting in a community whose leaders won a U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the right to start such gatherings with a prayer. Dan Courtney, a 52-year-old mechanical engineer, said he asked the town of Greece right after the 5-4 decision in [Read More...]

Pope Francis: “Child migration demands the attention of the entire international community”

From the BBC: Pope Francis has added his voice to calls to help thousands of unaccompanied Central American children migrating to the US every month. In a letter read by the Vatican envoy to Mexico, the Pope said the region was facing “a humanitarian emergency”. He urged Central American governments to offer protection to the [Read More...]

People, look East

My blog neighbor Joanne McPortland has posted an excellent primer on the whole Orthodox-Catholic-Why-Can’t-We-Get-Communion-If-We’re-Divorced-And-Remarried debate: Cardinal Kasper and others are reminding us that justice and mercy are inseparable. In practice, what the West can learn from the East is not that marriage is no big deal (because it is the biggest of deals for us both) [Read More...]