November 18, 2018

This could not be more timely or powerful, from Beth Haile. (H/T to Deacon Fritz Bauerschmidt for bringing this to my attention.) From Catholic Moral Theology:  I have a brain tumor. Actually two. I was diagnosed last year five days before Christmas. My youngest son was not yet a month old. And my tumors are terminal. Unless something else kills me, my tumors will. I don’t know when. It is not unreasonable that I will see my 35th birthday. It… Read more

November 17, 2018

From The New York Times:  The Trump administration is making it easier for employers to exclude birth control from health insurance benefits provided under the Affordable Care Act, and it has come up with a new justification, saying that female employees can obtain contraceptives at family planning clinics for low-income people. That, in turn, could increase demand for clinic services, which are already squeezed. The plan is one of several recent proposals that could affect access to birth control, such… Read more

November 17, 2018

From the superlative Bishop Shawn McKnight of Jefferson City, writing to his flock after the meeting in Baltimore: At the time of this writing, there has not been one bishop, archbishop or cardinal in either the Holy See or the United States who has come forward on his own to repent publicly of his sins of omission or commission with regard to Archbishop McCarrick’s series of promotions over decades.  Please, be men, not cowards, and come clean on your own!… Read more

November 17, 2018

I’m sure this would never happen in real life. No. Not at all. No, no. Nothing like this. This popped up on YouTube Saturday morning, and it’s too good to resist. Behold, a classic piece of clergy comedy from the incomparable Rowan Atkinson in “Four Weddings and a Funeral.”   Read more

November 16, 2018

If bishops want a sense of where things stand these days, consider this: Last weekend, a parishioner shared with me a story that offers a snapshot of what the world now thinks of the Catholic Church. He works for a private, secular day camp on Long Island and was giving a tour to a family. The mother kept peppering him with questions about how the children were supervised. Where did they change? What sort of access did adults have?  My… Read more

November 16, 2018

It’s never too early for a great Christmas ad. This is from the folks at John Lewis in Great Britain, who every year come up with some of the most potent and memorable TV commercials for the holiday season. It’s a two-minute epic called simply “The Boy and the Piano,” and it’s something to see. Watch. UPDATE: John Lewis on Saturday released this short video about the making of the commercial. Read more

November 15, 2018

Details:  Permanent deacons have a unique role in promoting the New Evangelization, according to a chief advisor of Pope Francis. Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay – a member of the pope’s C9 Council of Cardinal Advisors – said it should “be the symbol `par excellence’ of the servant-Christ.” Gracias was the keynote speaker at the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the International Permanent Diaconate Center in Stuttgart, Germany on Nov. 1. The restoration of the diaconate as a permanent ministry in… Read more

November 14, 2018

“Perhaps we must first have the courage to face Jesus in contrition and humility, to dismantle whatever clericalism may exist in our midst, before we can make the decisions that were delayed.” This was posted today on the website for the Diocese of Bridgeport, a reflection by Bishop Frank Caggiano: As the meeting of bishops continues here in Baltimore, much is being discussed about the change of direction the Holy See has asked regarding the proposed action items designed to… Read more

November 14, 2018

This is superb, from Dan Crenshaw, the former Navy SEAL and soon-to-be Republican representative from Texas. As you may have heard, he was mocked on SNL a couple weeks back, which caused a backlash and led to a very public and really superlative apology by SNL comic Pete Davidson (see below). Now Crenshaw has more to say—and more we need to hear— in op-ed in The Washington Post:  Was I really outraged by SNL? Really offended? Or did I just think the comment… Read more

November 14, 2018

ChurchPOP posted this Monday and it deserves wider circulation: Wow, what a witness! Every First Saturday of the Month, pro-life religious, clergy and laypeople gather on the streets of New York City to be witnesses for the pro-life movement. Some of the religious orders included the Sisters of Life, the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, and the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal. “Witness for Life,” a monthly event held in New York City, gives pro-lifers the opportunity to peacefully and publically pray for an end… Read more

Follow Us!



Browse Our Archives