May 26, 2019

From The Tablet:  Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, has said that defending migration was a misinterpretation of Gospels by priests and bishops “bewitched” by political and social issues. His interview with the French magazine ‘Valeurs Actuelles’ appeared last weekend, around the same time as Pope Francis spoke up for migrants during his visit to Morocco and said politicians who build walls to keep them out would become prisoners of those… Read more

May 25, 2019

Check out the video from NET: The press release: The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will ordain 18 men to the Permanent Diaconate, and one Transitional Deacon, for service in the Diocese of Brooklyn this Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph’s located at 856 Pacific Street in Brooklyn. Those to be ordained include: Joseph C. Chu, St. Anastasia, Douglaston Francis Cuffie, Holy Cross, Brooklyn Gerard Joseph Devine, Holy Name, Brooklyn Michael… Read more

May 25, 2019

From AP:  Pope Francis on Saturday said abortion can never be condoned, even when the fetus is gravely sick or malformed. He is urging doctors and priests to support families to carry such pregnancies to term. During an audience with participants of a Vatican-sponsored anti-abortion conference, Francis said opposition to abortion isn’t a religious issue but a human one: “Is it licit to throw away a life to resolve a problem? Is it licit to hire a hitman to resolve… Read more

May 25, 2019

This essay appeared in The Washington Post Friday, from a Catholic father expressing the anxieties a lot of parents have these days about children simply being around priests, particularly as altar servers: I am as conflicted as many other Catholics. The church has been a strong fiber threading through the various stages of my life, shepherding me through the most difficult times. A late priest who was a longtime family friend of my in-laws used to say Mass at their… Read more

May 23, 2019

Details: A 77-year-old French-Spanish nun who taught impoverished women and girls in volatile Central African Republic has been decapitated, local authorities said Wednesday. Sister Ines Nieves Sancho’s body was found early Monday in the village of Nola, located in the remote southwest near the borders with Cameroon and the Republic of Congo. Local authorities condemned the killing but suggested it may not be linked to the ongoing sectarian bloodshed between militia groups that first engulfed the country in 2013. “Elsewhere… Read more

May 22, 2019

From Sacred Heart Cathedral School in Knoxville, ladies and gentlemen, I give you: Sister Miriam! Sister Anne Miriam SkatesWell, here is something you don't see everyday!! #SacredHeart #GoSisterPosted by Sacred Heart Cathedral School Knoxville on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 Read more

May 22, 2019

A new study offers some conclusions that might surprise a few people: It turns out that feminism and faith both have high expectations of husbands and fathers, if for very different ideological reasons, and that both result in higher-quality marriages for women. This is a key conclusion of our new report, “The Ties That Bind: Is Faith a Global Force for Good or Ill in the Family?” from the Institute for Family Studies and the Wheatley Institution. The report looks at… Read more

May 21, 2019

This appeared at Cincinnati.com this weekend — and is addressed to the men I spotlighted here.  From Ken Craycraft,  a professor of moral theology: To the newly-ordained priests of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati: Congratulations!  Upon your ordinations today – May 18 – you are the largest class of new priests in the archdiocese in 40 years.  And as you say your first Masses on Sunday, you will begin your ministries at a time of both deep crisis and profound opportunity…. Read more

May 21, 2019

This is wonderful, from Cassidy Stinson, the young man who calls himself the Happy Seminarian, and who is just days away from becoming a Happy Priest: 12 days to #OrdinationDay: If you wonder what impact families have on their child’s vocation, consider that when I served at Mass with my classmates this weekend, all three of us there were wearing stoles that belonged to our fathers and grandfathers. pic.twitter.com/nvern3D5dW — Cassidy Stinson (@HappySeminarian) May 21, 2019 UPDATE: A deacon sent… Read more

May 20, 2019

In a word: workload. I spotted this story about the ordination of priests last weekend in Cincinnati. The good news: it’s the largest ordination class for the diocese in 40 years. But then there’s this: Most of the men have multiple assignments. This, of course, is becoming the norm in more and more places around the country— and would have been unthinkable to priests who were ordained before most of these men were born. A few have actually been assigned… Read more

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