Census shows divorce rate higher in the south

Why is that?  Some details: While the Bible Belt is known for its devotion to traditional values, Southerners don’t do so well on one key family value: They are more likely to get divorced than people living in the Northeast. Southern men and women had higher rates of divorce in 2009 than their counterparts in [Read More...]

Sacred transformation: another wedding story

You might consider this the flip side of the story I posted yesterday, courtesy Fr. Dwight Longenecker.  He approached a wedding ceremony the same way I approach baptisms, by first reminding those present of what is really about to occur and underscoring the solemnity of the occasion. The results, I think, speak for themselves: As [Read More...]

More parents living together instead of getting married

And that’s becoming even more common than divorce, according to this new report: The number of Americans with children who live together without marrying has increased twelvefold since 1970, according to a report released Tuesday. The report states that children now are more likely to have unmarried parents than divorced ones. The report was published [Read More...]

World Youth Day priests may lift excommunications for abortion

The confessionals pictured above are where the sacrament of reconciliation will be celebrated — and where this extraordinary move may now take place. Details: The Cardinal Archbishop of Madrid, Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, has granted all of the 2,000 priests attending World Youth Day this week the special power to the lift the excommunication and [Read More...]

Irish bishop: children of divorce are "born losers"

He made that statement during an interview with a local newspaper yesterday: Many children from broken homes are born “losers” and so deprived of love that they grow up to be dysfunctional adults, according to a Catholic bishop. Bishop of Elphin Christopher Jones said that during his 17 years working in social services in Sligo [Read More...]

"Operation I Do" to marry up to 20 couples in one ceremony

How’s this for a wedding-a-palooza, from Catholic San Francisco: St. Thomas More Parish in San Francisco is hosting a wedding for as many as 20 couples — one parish’s response to a decline of almost 50 percent in weddings among Catholics in the past two decades. “We’ll be doing a real shebang. Areal wedding,” said [Read More...]

First look: snazzy confessionals for World Youth Day

No question: you’ll definitely be able to spot them in a crowd. Take a look: Details, from Women of Grace (h/t New Advent) Young people who want to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation at World Youth Day will be able to do so in ultra-modern portable confessionals that resemble a sailing ship and will sport [Read More...]

10 great benefits of confession

We hear a lot about this during Lent.  But here’s a helpful reminder that this sacrament is welcome, and necessary, all year ’round. From Sr. Mary Ann Walsh at the USCCB: Penance, aka confession, is the sacrament of the forgiveness of sin. You can’t beat it for convenience. It’s available practically whenever. Tell a priest [Read More...]

Should we be like Monaco?

Below, a brief report on the Catholic wedding of Prince Albert (not, it seems, in a can) and Charlene Wittstock.  This came a day after their civil ceremony. Given what has just happened in New York State with gay marriage, should the church in the United States get out of the marriage racket altogether and [Read More...]

From bulletproof vest to vestments

From Alaska comes this unusual story of a divorced father recently ordained a priest (shown below with his daughter): It started out as just another routine day on patrol for Officer Steve Gallagher cruising the streets of Olympia, Wash. At an imposing 6’ 4” and 240 pounds, armed with a .45 caliber Heckler and Koch [Read More...]


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