Because this never grows old

Happy Solemnity of Christ the King!  Everybody dance! [Read more...]

Bishop vs. deacon arm-wrestling match

Can you guess who won? Details:  There were no 1980s Rocky Balboa training montages and no official weigh-in for contenders during the inaugural Man Alive arm-wresting challenge. But in the title fight, the “Melee on Main Street,” Bishop Gary Gordon of Victoria squared off against Deacon Paul Goo in an epic bout.Before the match, I [Read More...]

The deacon symbolizes “the care of Christ for those who need to be nourished”

Someone passed this along: A very good piece on the diaconate by Fr. Jan Larson in The Inland Register, diocesan publication of Spokane: Occasionally a bishop will ordain men to the order of deacon, one of the ministries included in the sacrament of Holy Orders. Many of these deacons are called “permanent” because they normally [Read More...]

Report: German bishops to vote on “hidden bombshell”

From The National Catholic Register:  In the latest in a series of attempts by German bishops to align Church teaching with secular values, a sub-committee of the German episcopal conference is planning to amend Church labor law to allow Church employees who are homosexual or divorced and civilly remarried to work in ecclesiastical institutions. Until now, those [Read More...]

Incredible: Man freed from death row after 39 years for wrongful conviction

This should give all of us pause. Details: Ricky Jackson walked out of jail in Cleveland, Ohio today after spending 39 years on death row, making him the longest-held prisoner to be exonerated in the United States. Ricky Jackson was just 18 years old when he and two others, Wiley and Ronnie Bridgeman, were convicted [Read More...]

Meet the nun who coaches college football

Really. This is pretty terrific. From The New York Times: The celebration after the College of St. Scholastica won its fourth consecutive conference football championship resembled an extended family gathering this month. Oblivious to the numbing cold, players, coaches, family members and students lingered on the field, exchanging hugs and posing with the Upper Midwest [Read More...]

Homily for November 23, 2014: Solemnity of Christ the King

I’ve been reading some of the obits about the director Mike Nichols over the last few days, and one of the most remarkable stories of this truly remarkable life is about how he came to America. Mike Nichols was born in Germany. In 1939, when he was eight years old, his family managed to book [Read More...]

Miami church reports young Catholics seeking out Latin Mass

Details:  Roman Catholic Mass was at one time universally celebrated in Latin, the ancient Roman language. After the second Vatican Council in the 1960s, Mass was allowed to be celebrated in the language of the people, meaning Mass in Peru was celebrated in Spanish and Mass in the United States was celebrated in English — [Read More...]

Pope: In the Christian community “no one is a stranger,” all are welcome

From CNS:  The Catholic Church “is a mother without limits and without borders,” welcoming and assisting all of God’s children, particularly those fleeing violence, oppression and poverty, Pope Francis said. Addressing the 300 participants in the Vatican-sponsored World Congress on the Pastoral Care of Migrants, the pope said the church’s concern for the whole person [Read More...]

Winnie-the-Pooh, pervert

From The Independent:  Winnie the Pooh has been banned from a Polish playground because of his “dubious sexuality” and “inappropriate” dress. The much-loved animated bear was suggested at a local council meeting to decide which famous character should become the face of the play area in the small town of Tuszyn. But the idea soon [Read More...]

Bill Murray, liturgist: “I think we lost something by losing the Latin”

H/T to Rod Dreher, who posted this item:  His parents were Irish Catholics; one of his sisters is a nun. This conspicuous religion adds to his broad church appeal (there’s a citation from the Christian Science Monitor on his golfing memoirs). You don’t need to ask if his faith is important to him. He talks about [Read More...]

After 100 days, “dire situations” for Christians in Iraq

A new report from CNEWA’s blog One-to-One: After 100 days away from their homes, churches, and lands, more than 20,000 Christian families find themselves in dire situations where they have to fight everyday to cover their basic needs. …It is estimated that today more than 1.8 million people are displaced in the country, mostly in [Read More...]

Bishop stops speech, changes venue when reporter refuses to leave

Details:  Madison Catholic Bishop Robert Morlino halted a public speech Wednesday night at UW-Platteville and switched the venue to a Catholic student center after a reporter in the audience refused to leave. The bishop’s action followed the appearance at the event of nine protesters opposed to his leadership. They demonstrated with signs outside Doudna Hall, [Read More...]

The cardinal and the mayor: “A sort of municipal buddy movie”

While they haven’t quite forged the friendship that defined Cardinal John O’Connor and Mayor Ed Koch, Cardinal Dolan and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio are finding their own way to a unique partnership. From The New York Times: Less than a year into Mr. de Blasio’s tenure, he and the cardinal, two of New [Read More...]

Cardinal O’Malley writes about his “60 Minutes” interview

From The Boston Pilot’s website:  Last Sunday evening I was privileged to be featured on the CBS television program “60 Minutes,” which is actually three 20 minute segments. I was featured in segment two of the broadcast. The whole experience was fascinating. I was very impressed by the entire team, their work ethic, professionalism and [Read More...]

People, look east: Bishop announces celebration of Mass ad orientem during Advent

From Bishop James Conley in Lincoln, Nebraska:  Since ancient times, Christians have faced the east during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass to remember to keep watch for Christ. Together, the priest and the people faced the east together, waiting and watching for Christ. Even in Churches that did not face the east, the priest [Read More...]

Miracle? Fire destroys church, but crucifix is discovered intact

Photo: Gary Reyes / Bay Area News Group Details: The morning after the spectacular fire, the Rev. Firmo Mantovani and bleary-eyed members of his parish were stunned by the wondrous sight inside the burned out shell of Holy Cross Catholic Church. “I can’t believe what I’m seeing,” said Sam Arlotta, a parishioner for all of [Read More...]

Archbishop Cupich’s installation program, featuring music and the coat of arms

For those who missed it, you can download the full program right here.  After all the debate that erupted online over the archbishop’s selection of “All Are Welcome” at the vespers service, liturgists might want to note that the installation Mass itself included “How Lovely Are the Messengers“ by Mendelssohn, and “Taste and See,” along [Read More...]