NY’s Tri-Diocesan Merger of Seminaries

Patheos' Future of Seminary Educationsymposium included some thoughts specific to Catholic Seminaries, but there was one issue I really wanted to write about and couldn't because the timing was off -- the truly historic Tri-Diocesan merger of three important seminaries in the New York area: Archbishop Dolan and his brother bishops of the Diocese of Brooklyn and the Diocese of Rockville Centre Nov. 10 jointly signed a joint operating agreement creating a single program of priestly formation for … [Read more...]

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The Priest as Bridge and Balm – UPDATED

Over on the Dedicated-Catholic page of Patheos' symposium on the Future of Seminary Education, two more entries, and I think they're both exceptional expositions of both the challenges facing our new generation of priests, and the profound gift of opportunity that lies within those very challenges.Read Deacon Greg Kandra's remarkable and moving story (it made me cry) of Father Martino BaThong Nguyen, who was born in great deprivation in Vietnam and now serves in the Diocese of Savannah in … [Read more...]

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Future of Seminary Education

I mentioned yesterday that Patheos was hosting a symposium on the Future of Seminary Education, and that it was primarily focused on Protestant seminaries, but today we're going live with a page devoted to Catholic Seminary issues, which we're kicking off with a very informative piece by Father Shawn McKnight.Father Shawn is currently serving as Executive Director of the Secretariat for Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations at the USCCB, and he writes, here:There's good and bad news … [Read more...]

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“ABC: Anybody But Catholics”

Sister Mary Ann Walsh, Writing at the USCCB Media Blog:There seems to be a new unwritten reg at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). It’s the ABC Rule, Anybody But Catholics.It showed up in a letter from HHS’s Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) to advise the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Office of Migration and Refugee Services (MRS) that it would not receive a grant to continue its services for victims of human trafficking.The USCCB progr … [Read more...]

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Freedom of Religion Under Assault

I have to stop blogging and start writing two columns and an introduction to a book, but I wanted to just encourage you to be aware of two important stories, and perhaps take the time to make a phone call or send an email:Julie at Happy Catholic writes: ...Margaret at ten thousand places rightly points out that this is a much bigger issue. Which is, of course, what Keith Rothfus points out in his letter.And, I forgot that today is the deadline.Today is the last day to voice your concerns … [Read more...]

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Debuting at The Catholic Answer – UPDATED

Look at that cover; Pope Benedict XVI and Jordan's Prince Ghazi Muhammad bin Talal, taken during Benedict's visit to the Holy Land in 2009. Given the headlines coming our way every day from an evolving Middle East, and what these changes mean for governments and churches, could it-- or the cover story featuring an interview with Jesuit Father Samir Kahalil Samir -- be more timely?Like its editor Dr. Matthew Bunson, The Catholic Answer has a gift for timeliness; it's previous issue anticipated … [Read more...]

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Muldoon and Coffey Honored by CPA

Well, bust my buttons!It seems that while passing out awards recently, the Catholic Press Association singled out two of our Catholic Portal columnists for distinction:Congrats to Boston College's Tim Muldoon, who runs his own page, here and also toils weekly at Culture in the Crossroads, where his recent series on Sex and Christianity has been a popular feature.Of his book, Love One Another, co-edited with Cynthia S. Dobrzynski and honored with a third place prize in the book category … [Read more...]

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Peace of Mind, Distractions, Forgiveness?

Matt Emerson writes today of Peace of Mind. Why don't we have it? Do we really need it? What brings it?Of late, however, I've been unsettled less by the headlines and more by the trepidation of friends and family. I've sensed a growing unease and a strident wish to know when and by what means the economy gets fixed.At root, I sense a desire for peace of mind.But the cure we seek may never come. Gas prices may continue to rise, housing prices may continue to drop, and a second recession … [Read more...]

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Heresy is Rare and Everywhere

In the comments section of another thread, I wrote in response to a commenter:". . .it is extremely distressing to me that so many Catholics are willing to make a decision about our fellows, stick a label on them and figure they know all about them and can ever-dismiss them as “that sort” of Catholic, or not as good a Catholic or the wrong sort of Catholic than you know…”better” Catholics.”To that another commenter wrote:This is where you completely lose me . . . a broad question in g … [Read more...]

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Barron on Of Gods and Men

I wrote about the film here, and in the comments Manny pointed out that Fr. Robert Barron had written about the film and also talked about it in video.Well, a weekend after seeing the film, I am still haunted by its beauty and challenge.Barron, like me, is impressed with Brother Luc's statement that he is "a free man." And yeah, it's all about detachment -- the discipline that frees us. … [Read more...]

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