A Maryland milestone: parish marks 200-year anniversary

St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Photo by Tom Fedor/The Gazette I stumbled on this bit of news this morning, about the Maryland parish where my wife and were married in 1986. From the Gazette newspapers:  In its 200 years, St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Rockville has seen Civil War soldiers, famous authors and thousands of Rockville [Read More...]

Open wide: Hundreds show up for Catholic Charities free dental clinic

From my Shamelessly Proud of Where I Came From file…a great story involving my alma mater in Maryland, St. Vincent Pallotti High School:  The first two people in line arrived within 10 minutes of each other Friday evening, ready to sleep on the sidewalk overnight for free dental care at a high school in Laurel on [Read More...]

Maryland bill would allow citizens to pick their own gender

From my home state, some facepalm-inducing legislation, courtesy Mark Shea:  Senate Bill 449 would remove male and female as the two forms of being human and replace that with a self-determined gender identity. According to the bill: “GENDER IDENTITY” MEANS A GENDER–RELATED IDENTITY, APPEARANCE, EXPRESSION, OR BEHAVIOR OF AN INDIVIDUAL REGARDLESS OF THE INDIVIDUAL’S ASSIGNED SEX [Read More...]

Maryland company closes wedding business rather than serve same-sex couples

Details, from the Baltimore Sun:  An Annapolis company whose old-fashioned trolleys are iconic in the city’s wedding scene has abandoned the nuptial industry rather than serve same-sex couples. The owner of Discover Annapolis Tours said he decided to walk away from $50,000 in annual revenue instead of compromising his Christian convictions when same-sex marriages become legal in [Read More...]

This is what happens when you oppose same-sex marriage in Maryland

From NBC News:  The chief diversity officer at Gallaudet University was put on administrative leave Wednesday after the school learned she had signed a petition supporting efforts to reverse Maryland’s same-sex marriage law, media reports say. Dr. Angela McCaskill signed the petition at her church after her preacher spoke against gay marriage, the Planet DeafQueer blog [Read More...]

Who's that "lady in the blue dress"?

From Baltimore comes this story about efforts to reach young people and encourage vocations: A panel of Roman Catholic priests and others in church life faced an audience of lively fifth graders Thursday, offering snippets of their personal history histories and the motivation for their career choices. But many children were so unfamiliar with a [Read More...]

"I have a public obligation to try to change that injustice"

That is how Maryland’s Catholic Governor Martin O’Malley  responded to a letter from Baltimore’s archbishop, asking that he withdraw his support for a bill that would legalize gay marriage. The remarkable  correspondence was reported in the Catholic Review: Two days before Gov. Martin J. O’Malley announced his July 22 decision to sponsor legislation legalizing same-sex [Read More...]

The long distance deacon

A reader alerted me to this story from my home state, about a hospital CEO who was just ordained a deacon. From the  Cumberland Times-News: The four-year journey to become a Catholic deacon tested not only Donald Battista’s character and commitment, but his automobile as well. After 37,576 miles, two sets of tires and zero [Read More...]

Activists fight new Catholic hospital in Maryland

And they’re arguing that the real issue is the separation of church and state. Details: Opponents say they have not exhausted their options for fighting a proposal to build a Catholic hospital on the grounds of Montgomery College in Germantown, despite approval of the plan last week by the state Board of Public Works. The [Read More...]

Meet a modern hermit

She’s a widow, doing her thing outside Baltimore (go Terps!) and took a moment to chat with Margaret Cabaniss at  Inside Catholic. Snip: What does your average day look like? If you go back to the desert fathers, they say, “Go sit in your cell, and your cell will teach you everything.” That’s the kind [Read More...]


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