Archbishop Dolan on CBS

Archbishop Timothy Dolan, who shared with moving honesty the story of his encounter with an angry Catholic here will be featured tomorrow night on 60 minutes.Even though 60 minutes starts the same time as In the Arena (the real one, not Spitzer's) that's one episode I will be sure to watch.Asked if he feared the impact of the scandal would go on forever, Dolan replies, "In some ways, I don't want it to be over, because...this was such a crisis in the Catholic Church that in a way, we don't … [Read more...]

Fr. John Corapi Accused UPDATED

As near as I can tell, Deacon Greg Kandra has been the first to pick up this news off of Fr. John Corapi's site:On Ash Wednesday I learned that a former employee sent a three-page letter to several bishops accusing me of everything from drug addiction to multiple sexual exploits with her and several other adult women. There seems to no longer be the need for a complaint to be deemed “credible” in order for Church authorities to pull the trigger on the Church’s procedure, which was in recent y … [Read more...]

God and Tsunami, Priests and Subprime

Two perspectives I might not ordinarily put into one post, but both really deserve your attention and both are relevant to headlines, in their own way.First, apparently last night Glenn Beck opined (or, as someone said to me, "tiptoed") that the horrors we're seeing in Japan may be God telling us that we're bad. Theologian Tim Muldoon has a different -- and very thought-provoking -- take on Japan, natural disasters and end-times:What if tsunamis are a reminder that human beings really must … [Read more...]

Perpetual Adolescents in the Widening Gyre -UPDATED

I give you two rather different pieces, both sharing a common thread: the full-rein head we have given to all of our adolescent leanings.If the society has been dumbed-down -- and it has been -- it has also developed a case of arrested development, and both issues appear to stem from a generational and cultural mindset that has embraced the sensibilities and reason of 14 year-olds.Think about being 14, for a moment. When you are 14, you know everything, and you resent anyone saying you … [Read more...]

"Racism is a God-damned thing!"

If you are not reading historian Pat McNamara's weekly column In Ages Past, you're missing great profiles, of American Catholics who impacted this nation in dramatic and often downright exhausting ways.This week, say hello to Father John Markoe, S.J. - football star, soldier, alcoholic, priest, and a civil rights activist a few decades ahead of the rest:Born in 1890 to a blueblood family whose ancestors included Benjamin Franklin, John Prince Markoe was the son of a prominent Minnesota … [Read more...]

Holy Eucharist, Humility and Flannery O

My column at First Things this week looks at the story of Father Augustin Escobar, the California priest who recently had his priestly faculties suspended for concelebrating Mass with a Presbyterian minister. As few details had yet emerged as I was writing, I stuck to the question of closed communionThere exists an odd double-standard concerning Catholic observances and almost any other ritual. Culturally nuanced and sensitive Americans would never presume to attend a Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, … [Read more...]

"An Israelite Without Guile"

It has always seemed somehow fitting to me that the apostle Jesus called "An Israelite Without Guile" would suffer a martyrdom that involved being skinned alive. Whether one resolves to live without guile or is simply gifted with its absence, going through life without a bit of craftiness suggests walking around with a degree of naked self-revelation that can go beyond skin deep.So, it's not really surprising that Max Lindenman has chosen to call his new weekly column at Patheos, "An … [Read more...]

Catholic ComBoxes, Catholic Harumphs!

My friend Tony Rossi -- who has a fun and thoughtful piece up over at Patheos, looking at the headline-reflecting themes on this seasons episodes of "V", particularly as pertains to the ongoing battle between people of faith and the secularists (do read!) -- sent along this cute piece from NCR, asking which personality are you in the Catholic Combox?.Encyclical Man. Encyclical Man has a quote from a papal document for every occasion. Doesn’t matter if you are talking social justice or the L … [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...]

"The Rite" Roundup – UPDATED

It's not on my "must see" list, but then again, I am a crank who doesn't like going to the movies, anyway (although True Grit did lure me), but The Rite opens today and it seems many people are aching to explore a theme of exorcism, so here is a round-up of sorts:Start with the book by Matt Baglio which uber-reader Julie Davis says "gets it right":Undoubtedly, when the film is released, it will be sensational, but reading The Rite may deliver more authentic chills; without the CGI there is … [Read more...]


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