When a Catholic marries a non-Catholic: what about the kids?

Recently this question popped up in a newspaper column by Rabbi Marc Gellman: Our children attended religious school and were bar and bat mitzvahed. Our son, now 30, has been dating a wonderful woman for two years and they’re contemplating marriage. She’s Catholic and wants her children to be baptized and confirmed. Our son wants [Read More...]

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In Philadelphia, pope will use same lectern Lincoln used for Gettysburg Address

Details:  When Pope Francis delivers his address at Independence Hall next month, he will stand behind a nondescript, lectern of dark walnut, largely unused since it was placed in a cemetery in Gettysburg on Nov. 19, 1863. There, President Abraham Lincoln gripped its softly curved sides and etched into the history books, “Four score and [Read More...]

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Report: “Scores of Christians” kidnapped by ISIS in Homs, Syria

Details:  Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have abducted scores of people, including several Christian families, after seizing a strategically located town in the central Syrian province of Homs, an activist group has said. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said on Friday that at least 230 people [Read More...]

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“Our country is in desperate need of servant leaders, willing to kneel and embrace those who are not like them…”

After last night’s debate, I stumbled on this essay from Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks, in The New York Times. From the earliest days of Starbucks, I’ve been captivated by the art of leadership. I was mentored over three decades by Warren G. Bennis, the eminent professor and scholar on leadership. I’ve gathered insights from peers, [Read More...]

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Check this out: previously unreleased audio of Chris Farley as Shrek

What might have been? Details:  Back in 1997 a very different SNL star almost voiced Shrek. Chris Farley, who’s been in the news recently because the new documentary, I Am Chris Farley, hit theaters this summer, was apparently originally cast as the animated ogre, according to his brother Kevin Farley. He told Yahoo: “Originally the Shrek character was a little bit more [Read More...]

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See you at Spago, Papa: Francis reportedly invites Oprah, Hollywood moguls to Vatican

From The Daily Mail:  What do television mogul Oprah Winfrey, fast-talking Hollywood agent Ari Emanuel and Academy Award winner Matt Damon have in common? All three have been invited to a special audience with Pope Francis in the Vatican this coming fall. The powerful trio, along with a handful of other show business heavyweights, have [Read More...]

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Hundreds of high school football players gather to pray in Atlanta

Here’s something you don’t see often in the mainstream media. Not so very long ago, covering something like this in Atlanta would have been unimaginable. But perhaps the coverage of this story indicates how much the demographics have changed. From Channel 11 in Atlanta: Decked out in matching green jerseys, hundreds of football players from [Read More...]

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A look at the chapels of Christ Cathedral

Bishop Vann in Orange County recently reflected on some of the work being done on the former Crystal Cathedral, as it is transformed into a Catholic worship center—and his newspaper has a number of pictures of newly dedicated chapels on the campus:  Right before our eyes is living history as chapels of prayer and worship, thanks [Read More...]

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People who are divorced and remarried aren’t excommunicated? Really?

The pope’s remarks earlier today seem to have caught some people by surprise. In fact, he didn’t really say anything new. He reminded the world of what the Catholic Church teaches about divorce and remarriage and encouraged an attitude of mercy and welcome toward those in these circumstances. Those who are curious can check out the [Read More...]

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Where can I get one of these?

Love this. A lot. From Mary DeTurris Poust in the Diocese of Albany, who posted this on Facebook. Caption: As seen in Bishop Scharfenberger’s office at the Pastoral Center. Mary adds: “One of my favorite things in the boss’s office. It’s a permanent fixture.” Follow Bishop Scharfenbereger (a Queens boy and FOB) on Instagram here. [Read more...]

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Pope: divorced and remarried are not excommunicated, should participate in the life of the Church

From Vatican Radio:  Pope Francis resumed his General Audiences on Wednesday, following the summer holiday. In his catechesis, the Holy Father continued his teaching on the family, reflecting on the situation of those who have divorced and entered into a second union. “The Church knows well,” he said, “that such a situation contradicts the Christian Sacrament.” [Read More...]

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Awesome: Turkish couple spends their wedding day feeding Syrian refugees

Details:  A Turkish couple who got married last week invited 4,000 Syrian refugees to celebrate with them. Fethullah Üzümcüoğlu and Esra Polat tied the knot in Kilis province on the Syrian border, which is currently home to thousands of refugees fleeing conflict in the neighbouring country. It’s traditional for Turkish weddings to last between Tuesday [Read More...]

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How not to do a funeral

View image | gettyimages.com The anonymous priest “Fr. Nonomen” at Commonweal describes an awful experience at one funeral, from bad music to weak preaching: When it was time for the homily, Father Pastor stepped away from the pulpit and walked down to the family in the pews. I was about to give him extra points [Read More...]

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Chris Christie: “I’ve used birth control”

From Philly.com, the governor of New Jersey seems intent on giving Donald Trump a run for his money when it comes to speaking his mind about, well, everything: Gov. Christie on Tuesday reflected on his Catholic faith and told diners at a New Hampshire restaurant that he had used birth control, against the teaching of [Read More...]

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Message to priests: “Thank you for your daily ‘Yes’”…

A priest friend in the Diocese of Cleveland forwarded this to me: a nice email sent to all the priests in the diocese for their feast day today.  Click to enlarge [Read more...]

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Gay chaplain reassigned to Newark parish

You may remember this item from a few months back. Now, there’s more. Details:  A former Seton Hall University chaplain who said he was fired from that position because he supported an organization opposed to anti-gay bullying has been appointed to a new post in the Archdiocese of Newark, church officials confirmed Monday. The Rev. Warren [Read More...]

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Latin Mass dating?

A reader sent me this link, which has the following brief description: You are unwed and want to marry? Get to know traditional Catholics all over the world. Find your match and start a big family. Latin-Mass-Dating.com is for all traditional Catholics – regardless where they attend the Traditional Latin Mass (Diocesan priests, religious communities, [Read More...]

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Rocco on Francis: “You’re going to have to mop me up if I get to meet him”

With Philadelphia bracing for the Big Visit in September, the granddaddy of Catholic bloggers, Rocco Palmo, is interviewed in the new issue of Philadelphia magazine. Snip: You’ve got to be pretty happy that the Pope’s actually coming to town. Oh, ecstatic, ecstatic. And especially this pope. Because this guy has just reinvigorated, as a complete surprise, [Read More...]

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