We Live On An Unusual Planet In An Unusual Solar System. That’s Two “Unusuals.”

Or so we thought…
Image Credit: Robert Krulwich/NPR

Yesterday, I was going on about the Sun. Today, Robert Krulwich, of NPR’s science desk, has a very interesting piece up today on a blog that is written and illustrated by him.

It’s called, Our Very Normal Solar System Isn’t Normal Anymore. [Read more…]

To Help Fr. Pontifex Make An Album? Absolutely

The Man in Black

Before there was @Pontifex on Twitter, there was Father Pontifex, making music with the Spoken Word. [Read more…]

Like Only Nixon Could Go To China, Can Only Pope Francis Preach About The Devil?

Let me tell you about the Adversary…

Show of hands, how many of you have you heard your parish priest mention the Devil in a homily? Pope Francis doesn’t seem self conscious, or embarrassed, about doing so.

This excerpt is from yesterday’s Mass at Domus Sanctae Marthae, [Read more…]

Bishop O’Connell Accepts Resignations of Youth Ministers Who Enabled Fr. Fugee, And Of Parish Pastor UPDATED

Fr. Michael Fugee, center, with his longtime friends Michael and Amy Lenehan.

The tremors out of the Archdiocese of Newark can still be felt. The latest news concerns the termination of lay youth ministers, Michael and Amy Lenehan, longtime friends of Fr. Fugee

Below is a copy of Bishop O’Connell’s e-mail to priests dated yesterday afternoon announcing the above developments. [Read more…]

A Bible Verse For All Fathers Of Teenagers To Memorize…

You know, for when your kids roll their eyes when it’s time for you to hone them. [Read more…]

Archbishop Myers Accepts Resignation of Fr. Michael Fugee…

Archdiocese of Newark spokesman Jim Goodness
Photo Credit: The Star-Ledger

Effective immediately. The news came earlier this evening, via The Star-Ledger’s Mark Mueller,

The Roman Catholic priest at the center of a public furor enveloping Newark Archbishop John J. Myers has resigned from ministry, a spokesman for the archdiocese said tonight. [Read more…]

Has Archbishop Meyers Lifted the Lifetime Ban From Ministering to Youth For Fr. Michael Fugee? UPDATED

Archbishop John J. Myers. Image Credit: Aristide Economopoulos/The Star-Ledger

It appears that this might be the case, if I’m reading the letter that Archbishop Meyers wrote to the priests of the Archdiocese of Newark back in February correctly. Of course, he may not have known that Fr. Fugee was violating the agreement with the local Prosecutors Office, though there seems to be plenty of evidence pointing in that direction. [Read more…]

If This Happened In My Diocese, The Bishop Would Know My Eye Color Down to the Flecks…UPDATED

Me and my lifetime ban, hangin’ with the kids…

He would see them up close and personal when I asked questions like, “Isn’t there an abbot in a remote monastery who needs a permanent dishwasher in the scullery for work while said dishwasher is not praying the Divine Office? Why is this man not sent there?”

Who is Father Michael Fugee, and why should you care? Folks in New Jersey are pretty familiar with him and his story. His handling, or mishandling, by Archbishop John J. Myers is pretty much the thing of which legends are made. Legendary ineptness, I mean. [Read more…]

For All the Saints: Catherine of Siena

 

Fearless. Bold. Doctor of the Church. Poet. Mystic. Stigmatic. Correspondent of Popes and Royalty. Correspondent to the Faithful. Action-oriented contemplative. Saint Catherine of Siena was all these and more. [Read more…]

If Only I Could Get A Room At St. Martha’s House!

Then I could attend daily mass with Pope Francis. Of course, I can get the next best thing, by following along with Vatican Radio’s coverage.

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis, during Mass at the Casa Santa Martha on Saturday morning, invited people to proclaim Jesus with joy and to avoid being “closed in on ourselves”. Speaking to those gathered which included employees of the Vatican Post Office and the Santa Martha Pediatic Dispensary, the Pope focused on the theme of Evangelization during his homily. [Read more…]