Boom: young Texas diocese has grown nearly 70% in a decade

Details:  Whether it’s the charitable acts of Pope Francis, the church’s emphasis on family or the promotion of worldwide unity, Bishop Plácido Rodriguez of the Lubbock Diocese believes there’s a lot to love about the Roman Catholic faith. A recent study released by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University revealed [Read More...]

Ruling halts abortions in one third of clinics in Texas

Details:  A third of the abortion clinics in Texas can no longer perform the procedure starting Friday after a federal appeals court allowed most of the state’s new abortion restrictions to take effect. A panel of judges at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled Thursday evening that Texas can enforce its law [Read More...]

In Texas, Baptists seek to “address the spiritual questions of current and former Catholics”

From the Baptist Press via the Biblical Recorder:  As Hispanic populations across the United States, many of which are traditionally Catholic, continue to increase, so do opportunities for Southern Baptist churches to address the spiritual questions of current and former Catholics. Hispanics made up 38.1 percent of the population of Texas in 2011, the U.S. [Read More...]

Nuns launch radio show in Texas

They aren’t exactly flying nuns, but they’re definitely on the air. Details:  Yesterday we spent some time at the Guadalupe Radio Network studios prepping for our new weekly live show, A Good Habit. It debuts this coming Wednesday, May 1st, at 1pm. We hope you’ll not only tune in, but call in, as we’ll be devoting part of [Read More...]

In Texas, “the Body of Christ is suffering greatly”

A deacon from Austin writes: Please keep the people of West, Texas in your prayers. One of the newly ordained deacons, Deacon Ron Sykora, is from the parish there, St. Mary of the Assumption. The Church and buildings are OK, but the Body of Christ is suffering greatly. Vatican Radio adds: Rescuers in central Texas [Read More...]

Before and after: a Texas church reborn

Earlier, I posted on my visit to St. Monica’s in Dallas, which has just completed a lengthy renovation. It will be rededicated later this month.  I paid a visit to the parish Facebook page and found some truly impressive pictures of the renovation in progress.  Check ‘em out. [Read more...]

Judge rules that cheerleaders can use banners with Bible verses

Details: A Texas judge has decided to continue allowing, for now, a Southeast Texas high school’s cheerleaders to use run-through banners with biblical verses at football games. State District Judge Steve Thomas said Thursday at the end of a day of testimony that he needs more time to issue a final ruling. He extended a [Read More...]

Texas church accused of violating IRS rules

Details:  A local Catholic church appears to have violated IRS rules — and Catholic doctrine — by endorsing a presidential candidate in a church bulletin. St. Raphael Catholic Church on the city’s East Side might have violated an Internal Revenue Service rule that prohibits tax-exempt churches from taking sides when it comes to candidates seeking [Read More...]

Come Holy Ghost: Class receives Sacrament of Confirmation in hospital with leukemia patient

A Texas reader sent this my way, describing it as “awesome” — and she’s right. Read on:  Alexis Enriquez was sitting in a hospital room at Cook Children’s Medical Center May 14 when doctors delivered some disappointing news. The 15-year-old high school freshman, undergoing treatment for a third bout of leukemia, was scheduled for a [Read More...]

Report: wrong man executed in Texas

I have to wonder how many other times this has happened. Details: He was the spitting image of the killer, had the same first name and was near the scene of the crime at the fateful hour: Carlos DeLuna paid the ultimate price and was executed in place of someone else in Texas in 1989, a report [Read More...]


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