Sorry, *Gay or Straight Friends in Rome*, this is just Rude

Wait, let me get my eyeroll over with, in anticipation of all the people who, knowing nothing about me, will nevertheless descend on this blog screaming "homophobe."Now that that's out of the way, Huffpo Religion did one of their attention-getting tweets about big, bad old Catholicism: LOOK: The photos of gays and lesbians kissing in church that the Vatican doesn't want you to seeAnd then the breathless:Despite Pope Francis' earlier remarks about opening up the Church, the … [Read more...]

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A “Priesthood” Disingenuous, Thoughtless and Vain UPDATED

"I am Long Island's first female priest!"Deacon Greg has the story, from Newsday (while Tom has the impatient snark):A Sag Harbor grandmother says she has become the first Long Island woman to be ordained as a priest in a group that seeks equality for women in the Roman Catholic Church.Eda Lorello, a longtime church worker, said she was ordained during a service in Wellesley, Mass., on Aug. 10 organized by Roman Catholic Womenpriests, an advocacy group that says it has ordained … [Read more...]

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A good day for this book: Voices of the Saints

I happened to be talking to Julie Davis -- who is the primo go-to person when pondering any book, because I do believe she may have read them all! -- about what collections of "lives of the saints" we would recommend. I have a few that I like a lot, and they're all well-known award winners: Father Jim Martin's My Life with the Saints, Colleen Carroll Campbell's My Sisters, the Saints and Robert Ellsberg's All Saints. And I've always liked Lisa Hendey's collection for Catholic Moms.Julie … [Read more...]

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Papa and Pop-Pop, Side-by-Side as Christians

What a day it is! With the release of Lumen Fidei and the announcement of canonizations of Blessed Popes John XXIII and John Paul II, today is all about continuity, cohesion and co-operation: the announced canonization of two modern popes; the release of an encyclical composed by two modern popes, "written with four hands" but with one heart; an unexpected moment when two modern popes sit side-by-side and ask our great angelic warrior, Saint Michael the Archangel, and the most humble of … [Read more...]

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Obama says Church Consciences will Be Respected? – UPDATE

That would be surprising! Refreshing, too!Says Obama, today:On an issue as sensitive as [gay marriagte], knowing that Americans hold a wide range of views based on deeply held beliefs, maintaining our nation’s commitment to religious freedom is also vital. How religious institutions define and consecrate marriage has always been up to those institutions. Nothing about this decision – which applies only to civil marriages – changes that.This from the man who said, during his Comme … [Read more...]

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I’m back, baby, I’m back!

I am very nearly positive that in the years I've been writing this blog I have never left it completely unattended for a full week -- not when I've traveled to Rome. Not when I've traveled to Rome and been lying on the tile floor, at death's door, even! Nor when I've vacationed anywhere. Except for the days following my brother's passing -- for which there were no immediate words -- I've blogged or arranged for a guest blogger when I've been on the road.And it's not like I didn't have plenty … [Read more...]

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The Mystery of God’s Own Timing

Yesterday morning my email and twitter feeds were busy with people laughing and saying "he did it again! It's downright spooky!" while sending me this link to Pope Francis' homily, which contained many important themes but was particular heavy on the subject of idolatry:‘The Lord is the only God, there is no other’, but then live as if He was not the only God and have other deities at our disposal...There is a danger of ‘ idolatry: idolatry, which is brought to us through the spirit of the w … [Read more...]

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Dark Joy, Inclusion, Mad Men, Conceit, Accommodation and the American Church

My First Things column this week was more or less (and a little weirdly) inspired by three very disparate things: Pope Francis' thoughts on "the dark joy of gossip" (and his homily from yesterday morning), Harry Crane's outburst on last Sunday's episode of Mad Men and Russell Shaw's new book, American Church: The Remarkable Rise, Meteoric Fall, and Uncertain Future of Catholicism in AmericaThe pope's words on gossip have been reverberating within me (and, I know, within others) for weeks, … [Read more...]

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“The Church challenges all its members, in different ways over different issues.” Just like Life Itself

Two great reads for you as I head out to Adoration:1) Sister Mary Ann Walsh hits a homerun as she observes the media going batshit crazy over basic Church teaching as though it's all brand-new: It amazes me when basic church teaching is received as if it were somethig brand new. This morning's New York Times brought the latest example with the headline: "Dolan Says the Catholic Church Should Be More Welcoming to Gay People." A glance at other media outlets finds similar news accounts. From … [Read more...]

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Why AM I Catholic? – UPDATED

Patheos had the idea of asking its bloggers, from all channels, why they believe what they believe; why they are "Evangelical Christian" or "Mormon" or "Protestant" or so forth, in 200 words or less. The page is likely to be completed next week (so check back, because it will be fascinating) and I'm very happy that so many of us in the Catholic portal are posting on the question during Holy Week. You'll find links to some of them at the end of this piece. You can answer yourself, in the … [Read more...]

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