LCWR Responds

Predictable. Here’s the text of a statement that was posted this morning: [Washington, DC] The national board of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) held a special meeting in Washington, DC from May 29-31 to review, and plan a response to, the report issued to LCWR by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the [Read More...]

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Benedict’s Remarks on the “Vatileaks” Story

“Events in recent days regarding the Curia and my collaborators have brought sadness to my heart, though the firm conviction, that despite human weakness, despite difficulties and trials, the Church is guided by the Holy Spirit, and the Lord will never fail to give His aid in sustaining the Church on her journey. Nevertheless, some [Read More...]

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Barcode Everyone at Birth!

… says writer Elizabeth Moon. If I were empress of the Universe I would insist on every individual having a unique ID permanently attached – a barcode if you will; an implanted chip to provide an easy, fast, inexpensive way to identify individuals. It would be imprinted on everyone at birth. Point the scanner at [Read More...]

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The Deacon Turns Five

Five years ordained, and now five years blogging. With the exception of his homilies, he usually stands aside and let’s his stories and his readers do the talking, but today he reflects on his time as a blogger and deacon, and posts a must-read homily from the early days. Drop by and give him your [Read More...]

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Blatty v. Georgetown

Best-selling author, screenwriter, director, and Academy Award-winner William Peter Blatty is challenging Georgetown to reclaim its Catholic identity. Blatty is best known as the author of The Exorcist, but he’s also a GU grad (class of 1950) and a devout Catholic who has had enough of Georgetown working against the church while pretending to be a Catholic [Read More...]

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Mario Batali Tries to Live on Food Stamps

Doesn’t turn out so well. The famous chef and his family tried living on $1.48 per meal for a week to draw attention to the need for food stamps in a hard-hit economy. How did that go, Mario? “I’m (expletive deleted) starving,” said Batali, who’s on the board of the food relief agency Food Bank [Read More...]

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And Now for a REALLY Important Anniversary

The British Sandwich Association (I’ll let that sink in for a moment … they even have a website) has designated this week as the 250th anniversary of the sandwich.  This week, in 1762, is the earliest recorded mention of a sandwich, found in the journals of Edward Gibbon. John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich, [Read More...]

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Norway Abolishes State Church

State churches are a really bad idea, and they always have been. Now that Norway is almost a completely post-Christian culture (only 2% of the population attends services), there’s no reason for them to pretend any more. In an unprecedented move, the Norwegian Parliament has voted to abolish the state-sponsored Church of Norway with a [Read More...]

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