March 22, 2019

From The Montreal Gazette:  The rector at St. Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal was stabbed as he said mass in the church on Friday morning. Footage from the 8:30 a.m. mass, broadcast on a Catholic television network, showed a man dressed in dark clothing and wearing a white baseball cap walking toward the altar. The man knocked over a candle as he rushed toward Father Claude Grou, striking him at least twice with an object in his right hand. Grou moved… Read more

March 22, 2019

From RNS:  In a shift that stands to impact both religion and politics, survey data suggests that the percentage of Americans who don’t affiliate with any specific religious tradition is now roughly the same as those who identify as evangelical or Catholic. According to newly released General Social Survey data analyzed by Ryan P. Burge of Eastern Illinois University, Americans claiming “no religion” — sometimes referred to as “nones” because of how they answer the question “what is your religious tradition?”… Read more

March 22, 2019

Details:  Bishop Francis A. Quinn, a widely beloved community leader who exerted moral authority with a gentle touch as the spiritual head of Catholics in the Sacramento region, died Thursday. At 97, he was the oldest living bishop in the United States at the time of his death. Quinn served from 1980 to 1994 as bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento, which covers 42,000 square miles in 20 counties. He led a growing flock in Northern California, including… Read more

March 21, 2019

A few people sent me this item late today: Professor Peter Hünermann – a well-connected and prominent German theologian – has told LifeSiteNews that, according to members of the German bishops’ doctrinal commission who spoke to him, the report of the Vatican commission on female deacons found that “there is no historical evidence that in the patristics women were ordained as deacons.” In a recent interview in Germany, Professor Hünermann spoke about this Vatican commission on the history of female deacons that had been… Read more

March 21, 2019

Details:  At least 10 incidents of vandalism and desecration of Catholic churches have been reported across the Channel since the beginning of February. French Roman-Catholic newspaper La Croix International reported how the attacks on churches took place across France. Senseless acts included the desecration of altars, the defacing of Christ on the cross and in an extreme case, human excrement being spread across the walls of a holy place of worship. According to the outlet, one of the first attacks… Read more

March 20, 2019

This is something you don’t hear every day from a politician. So, when this crossed my Facebook feed this afternoon I sat up and took notice. Here’s the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg — a very young, progressive, gay (he has a husband) Democrat — who is exploring running for president. I can’t imagine he’ll get far; and certainly, for Catholics, his positions are opposed to Church teaching on many critical issues, including abortion. But…he spoke today on… Read more

March 20, 2019

Want to kickstart your Lent? Boost your prayer life? Support your local blogging deacon? I’m pleased and humbled to announce that the good people at Word Among Us have just published my new book, “The Busy Person’s Guide to Prayer.”  From the introduction: Let’s face it: in a world where soccer practice, work, the gym, PTA meetings, school projects, Twitter, and Netflix dominate our lives, it can be challenging and seemingly impossible to find time to pray. There are deadlines… Read more

March 20, 2019

You probably caught this story last week. Now, Archishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, has responded, through a column in his diocesan newspaper:  The decision not to admit the child of a non-Catholic same-sex couple to St. Ann Catholic School in Prairie Village has unfortunately garnered quite a bit of local and some national media attention. Not surprisingly, the secular media has been very negative in their portrayal of the decision. Some St. Ann parishioners, as well as many more… Read more

March 19, 2019

From CNS:  Ordinations to the priesthood in Spain have soared by 24 percent in the last year. In 2018, a total of 135 men were ordained priests compared to 109 in 2017, according to statistics released March 12 by the Spanish bishops’ conference. The Archdiocese of Madrid recorded the highest number of ordinations, with 14. The Diocese of Valencia recorded 10 ordinations, followed by eight in the Diocese of Toledo, seven each in the dioceses of Seville and Alcala de… Read more

March 19, 2019

From The Washington Post:  West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey Wednesday sued the Catholic diocese of Wheeling-Charleston and its former bishop, Michael J. Bransfield, charging that they “knowingly employed pedophiles and failed to conduct adequate background checks” for people working in Catholic schools and camps, a Morrisey press release says. Some experts on child abuse said the move was precedent-setting. “This is the most that we’ve seen so far in terms of prosecution, in terms of someone in the higher… Read more

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