October 18, 2019

What makes these new Protestant churches more attractive than traditional Roman Catholic churches?  There’s been a lot of discussion online about whether or not the Catholic Church should ordain married men to serve as priests in the Amazon. But I think it might be prudent to look at what is happening in that region, and how religious practice there has shifted over the last 50 years or so. I found this overview on a blog at the Center for Latin… Read more

October 18, 2019

Now I’ve seen everything. Check out the costume below. From this website:  Adorn your blessed hound in robes that befit his esteemed position with the California Costumes Holy Hound Pope Dog Costume. This head-turning, high-quality pet costume is an officially-licensed product of Animal Planet. Featuring a printed miter headpiece and a printed robe with detailed stole, this adorable costume will be revered by everyone he meets. A convenient fuzzy fastener closure on the robe and elastic strap on the headpiece makes… Read more

October 17, 2019

From The Arlington Catholic Herald:  Ten years ago, Msgr. Stephen Rossetti was talking to the Catholic chaplain for the Washington Nationals before Mass. The priest was talking about how he needed to find a replacement chaplain because he was too busy. Msgr. Rosssetti — who at that time attended games at RFK Stadium whenever he could — says he “jumped at the chance.” As Catholic chaplain for the Nationals, Msgr. Rossetti, a research professor in pastoral studies, celebrates Mass for the… Read more

October 17, 2019

Many of the boys knew one another. They often would travel together with McCarrick on fundraising trips. From The Washington Post:  Theodore McCarrick, a former D.C. archbishop and cardinal who was defrocked this year amid allegations he sexually abused two minors and sexually harassed seminarians, is facing new accusations that he abused at least seven boys from around 1970 until 1990, according to three sources, including a person with direct knowledge of the claims U.S. church officials sent to the… Read more

October 17, 2019

Details:  The religious landscape of the United States continues to change at a rapid clip. In Pew Research Center telephone surveys conducted in 2018 and 2019, 65% of American adults describe themselves as Christians when asked about their religion, down 12 percentage points over the past decade. Meanwhile, the religiously unaffiliated share of the population, consisting of people who describe their religious identity as atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular,” now stands at 26%, up from 17% in 2009. Both… Read more

October 17, 2019

Here’s something I think a lot of deacons — and their wives — will appreciate. A Greek Orthodox priest, Father Matthew Moore from Holy Trinity in Steubenville, has written an appreciation of the Presbytera, the priest’s wife, addressing a letter to her:  Your ministry begins before ordination even happens. Some of you followed us all the way to seminary (in our Archdiocese, ours is in Boston), disrupting your entire life to support us. Some of you were newlyweds, and your… Read more

October 16, 2019

Meet the woman behind the franchise, via The Christian Post:  To the outside world, Lynsi Snyder has it all. At just 37 years old, she’s the owner and president of the iconic West Coast chain In-N-Out Burger, estimated by Forbes to be worth $3 billion. Snyder is also beloved by her employees: 2019 Glassdoor ratings have In-N-Out at #3, while Synder is rated the #3 CEO. But Snyder’s journey hasn’t exactly been picture-perfect; in fact, it’s been sprinkled with loss, pain, and suffering…. Read more

October 16, 2019

“My mentor for being a bishop was Joseph Bernardin. Anything I do well as a bishop I place at his feet. Anything I goof up I learned on my own.” The (relatively) new archbishop of Washington gave an interview to Washingtonian magazine recently and covered a wide range of topics. Some highlights:  Before we talk about your religious philosophy, I want to ask about your management philosophy. When you get a job like this, do they teach you that aspect… Read more

October 16, 2019

“We must allow people to hear the calling of Jesus, and sometimes because of our actions they’re unable to do so.” John Allen filed this at Crux:  For the first time in one of the Vatican’s daily news briefings during the Oct. 6-27 Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, a dissenting voice was struck Wednesday about the idea of ordaining married men to solve priest shortages in the region. “I don’t see celibacy as the main problem” in attracting young… Read more

October 16, 2019

It’s happening in California:  A vision of John Thomas Steinbock took an important step toward reality Tuesday with groundbreaking for a new Catholic church in Visalia. According to project officials, St. Charles Borromeo Church will seat over 3,000 when it opens in spring 2021, making it the largest seating capacity Catholic parish church in the United States. The current largest is the Baltimore Basilica at about 2,000 seats. The National Shrine in Washington, D.C., seats 10,000. Steinbock was the fourth… Read more

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