The LCWR, Reform and the Persistence of Memory – UPDATED

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My plan was to end the night with a linking round-up of reactions, thoughts and analysis of how the story of the Vatican's call for a reform of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious was falling out. And I may still do that -- when do I ever shut up? But for tonight, I can't think of a better read for anyone interested in this story, than Max Lindenman's brilliant, heartfelt and almost lyrical piece that reads like the turn of a long, last loving look and a deep sigh into tomorrow:So … [Read more...]

LCWR, the SSPX and the Vatican; Fun Times in Catholicland UPDATED

Busy days here at Patheos and I am only now getting to a bunch of emails from people asking me what I think about "this misogynist outrage from the Vatican" concerning the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Others, possibly recalling a piece I wrote three years ago sound like they're rubbing their hands together in anticipation; "I can't wait to see what you have to say about this!" wrote one woman.I wrote back, "what I think may surprise you."The possibility of the … [Read more...]

Priest Videos and Problems of Recommendation

I have received probably three dozen emails over the past two days tipping me off to "a new priest video" or asking me to please post the video, or demanding to know why I have not yet posted it, as is my duty as a Catholic blogger.But I don't want to mischaracterize the emails. Most people are very nice, and they just want to make sure I am aware of this new video that advocates for the priesthood.Well, I am aware of it, but I haven't posted it here for a very simple reason. I don't … [Read more...]

Nun Soap: “You don’t look 53!”

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Had a doctor's appointment this afternoon and the intake nurse was surprised to learn I am 53. "You don't look it," she said.Well, that's nice, and flattering, of course, but I don't take it too seriously: I'm fat, and so my face wrinkles are filled out. As I go up and down the scale, the furrows deepen and widen. If the hips go down, the face makes a frown, and vice-versa.Currently, my face looks more cheerful than I'd like, but this doctor is thinking maybe my thyroid has been … [Read more...]

Nuns, Monks, Friars Linkfest! – UPDATED

It's unusual to be writing much about monks, nuns and friars in February, but for some reason I have a flurry of news and reports, so here goes!The Norbertine Sisters are a very interesting group of women. You know they make fabulous Christmas Wreaths each year (we had ours by the end of November and only just threw it out because it seemed oddball to have a wreath up at Valentine's Day, but it still looked great, still wasn't dropping needles!)Well, the sisters are finally established as … [Read more...]

The Healy Brothers; a Thrilling, Shameful Story

February is Black History Month, and to kick it off historian Dr. Pat McNamara brings us a fascinating story that thrilled and shamed me. What a remarkable family of faith existed in the sons and daughters of Michael Healy and Eliza Clark; they became priests, nuns and even a bishop emerging from their home in Georgia, where mixed-race children were called "slaves." But none of it came easily or peacefully in 19th century America:By any standard, the Healys were an impressive family. … [Read more...]

Deacons in the Center Ring! UPDATE

Ladies & Gents and children of mature ages: may I draw your attention to the center-ring, where the Wrangling Deacons will amaze and astound you with arguments about countenancing continence and canon law! You'll laugh! You're cry! You'll scream in terror as they wrestle the issue of celibate-deacons to the ground, and you'll wonder why I couldn't find a better way to describe that!Introducing--weighing in on Canon 277--Edward "the Examiner" Peters!Peters invites the competent … [Read more...]

Vocation Awareness Week

This is Vocation Awareness Week -- one of my favorite weeks of the year, because (as regular readers know) I get to bring out the Nun News Network banner (designed by reader Brian J.) and discuss all things nunny (and priestly, friarly, monkish and so forth)Let's begin here, with the Solemn Profession of a Poor Clare Nun as covered by the St. Louis Review:The sign of a woman’s true strength is not a measure of independence or success, but rather her persevering love.Just ask Sister Mary C … [Read more...]

The Setons, Bayleys and Roosevelts

Seton, Bayley and Roosevelt sounds like a Park Avenue practice; they sound like surnames of character names from an old Katharine Hepburn/Cary Grant movie. In fact, Hepburn did play a "Seton" in the 1938 film "Holiday".If the names sound much more "Episcopal" than Catholic, it's because they are.Dr. Pat McNamara, who runs a weekly column, "In Ages Past" at Patheos' Catholic portal, also blogs at McNamara's Blog, where this week I was delighted to read about a favorite saint of mine, … [Read more...]

"Goodnight, Chesty"

I had never heard of "Chesty Puller" until reading this piece just now, but it sounds like a film needs to be made, here:Enlisting in the Marine Corps in 1918 he would serve until 1955, rising in rank from private to lieutenant general. Throughout his career he led from the front, never asking his men to go where he would not go. For his courage he was five times awarded the navy cross, a silver star, a distinguished service cross, and a bronze star with a v for valor, along with … [Read more...]


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