Reconciliation, from the priest’s point of view

Yesterday, I posted about my visit to a church in midtown Manhattan to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Today, my blog neighbor Fr. Michael Duffy tells the story from the other side of the screen:  I walked into the church at ten to three and already fifty people were waiting.  I went into the priest’s sacristy, [Read More...]

Spa-like abortion clinic to open outside Washington

Making murder more comfortable:  With its natural wood floors and plush upholstery, Carafem aims to feel more like a spa than a medical clinic. But the slick ads set to go up in Metro stations across the Washington region leave nothing to doubt: “Abortion. Yeah, we do that.” The Maryland clinic, opening this week in Montgomery [Read More...]

Vatican defends Barros appointment in Chile

From Reuters:   The Vatican on Tuesday strongly defended its appointment of a bishop in Chile despite protests by critics who have accused him of covering up sexual abuse. Juan Barros was installed on March 21 as new bishop of Osorno as supporters holding white balloons and opponents carrying black ones shouted at each other during [Read More...]

Just published: the pope’s daily homilies

A perfect Easter gift: Each morning when Pope Francis celebrates Mass he offers a short homily for fellow residents and guests in the chapel of St. Martha’s Guesthouse, where he has chosen to live. Now, Morning Homilies makes it possible for everyone to experience his lively interpretations of Scripture and his uncanny capacity to engage [Read More...]

Meet the Muslim building a chair for Francis in Bosnia

From AP:  Salem Hajdarovac says he didn’t sleep for a week when he heard his workshop had been granted the honor of carving a special chair that Pope Francis will sit on during his visit to Bosnia. Hajdarovac, 61, and his 33-year-old son Edin, both devout Muslims, started working on the chair on Monday in [Read More...]

Illinois street renamed for miraculous icon

From our Orthodox siblings:  Orthodox Church officials joined Archpriest Nicholas Dahdal and officials from the Town of Cicero in commemorating the miracle of the Tearing Icon known as “The Miraculous Lady of Cicero, Illinois.” The Town of Cicero placed an Honorary Street Marker that reads “Our Lady of Cicero Court” on the corner of 60th Court and [Read More...]

An iPad from the pope to be auctioned for charity

Get in your bid:  A Montevideo auction house hopes to get at least $40,000 for an iPad used by Pope Francis, with the proceeds to be donated to a Catholic high school in the northwestern Uruguayan city of Paysandu. “There is interest not only in our country,” auctioneer Juan Castells told Efe. “Recently, we received [Read More...]

Renegade bishops plan consecrations for “The Resistance”

Grim news for Holy Week:  Two renegade Catholic bishops plan to consecrate a new generation of bishops to spread their ultra-traditionalist movement called “The Resistance” in defiance of the Vatican, one of them said at a remote monastery in Brazil. French Bishop Jean-Michel Faure, himself consecrated only two weeks ago by the Holocaust-denying British Bishop Richard [Read More...]

Reconciliation Monday at St. Francis of Assisi

I dropped by one of my favorite churches in Manhattan, St. Francis of Assisi, for confession today, “Reconciliation Monday.”  The church is open for confessions every day, at all hours, but there was a line today anyway—about 20 people when I arrived at 5 p.m.  Four confessionals were open, so things moved quickly. I was [Read More...]

Want to prove you’re a good Catholic? Get your papers in order!

An excellent nudge, from Commonweal:  Want to prove you’re a good Catholic? I’m afraid you’ll have to do more than feed the hungry and teach your children the Lord’s Prayer in at least four modern languages and one or two dead ones. The absolute steel test for proving you’re a good Catholic has little to [Read More...]

EWTN workers build Pope Francis Habitat for Humanity house

Details:  EWTN employees more accustomed to running cameras, editing video and overseeing a worldwide religious TV network got their hands dirty on Friday. An anonymous donor contributed $60,000 to Greater Birmingham Habitat for Humanity in honor of Pope Francis and his commitment to “work confers dignity.” That money has been used toward construction of a [Read More...]

Cupich: hospitalized Cardinal George in good spirits

From The Chicago Tribune:  A day after the Archdiocese of Chicago announced that Cardinal Francis George was back in the hospital, Archbishop Blase Cupich said that his predecessor was in good spirits. “He was very good to talk to, as he always is,” Cupich told reporters after Palm Sunday Mass in Holy Name Cathedral. “He asked me how I was doing, and said, [Read More...]

Palm Sunday: the view from my parish in Queens

Weather: chilly. Liturgies: beautiful. Music: “All Glory, Laud and Honor,” “The Palms,” “Ride On! Ride On!,” “O Sacred Head Surrounded,” “Lift High the Cross.” Church: packed. [Read more...]

“My earthly journey is now at at an end…”

“My earthly journey is now at an end. When I was born, my Mother laid me in a manger. I lived almost my whole life in Nazareth. I immersed myself in the history of the Chosen People. On my journey as the One sent by the Father, I preached the breadth of his love, which overlooks [Read More...]

“We need these palms as a reminder—and a challenge”

We need these palms as a reminder – and a challenge. They remind us that we are called to be heralds of Christ – to celebrate him the way they did that day in Jerusalem. And these palms challenge us to keep crying “Hosanna,” to keep proclaiming the Good News – even when the world [Read More...]

Who knew Mitt Romney had a sense of humor?

Or that Jimmy Fallon did such a great Mitt impression? This popped up on The Tonight Show this week. It echoes Jimmy’s hilarious bit with Mick Jagger a few years ago—and it’s pretty great. [Read more...]

Cheers: Catholic Church opens a bar

Details:  A bar being run by the Catholic Church might sound like the setting for a lame Irish joke, but it’s not Irish and it’s no joke. AFP reports that a bar recently opened in northern France with the backing of the Catholic Church. Bar Cana in Lille launched this month as part of an [Read More...]

“God, I’m a dancer! A dancer dances!”

Is he auditioning for “A Chorus Line”? The YouTube description says: “French Provincial Minister Michel Laloux expressed himself in dance during our morning Mass for the Annunciation.” Because, of course, that’s more important than, like, listening to the wisdom of Pope Benedict XVI, who said: It is totally absurd to try to make the liturgy [Read More...]


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