September 23, 2019

“Brebeuf is free to resume our normal sacramental celebrations of the Eucharist.” Details:  A Vatican office has temporarily suspended the decision of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis to no longer recognize Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School as a Catholic institution over the school’s refusal to fire a teacher in a same-sex marriage. The decision of the archdiocese to cut ties with Brebeuf was announced in June in a decree from Archbishop Charles C. Thompson. The school reached out to the Vatican’s Congregation for… Read more

September 23, 2019

“The United States of America calls upon the nations of the world to end religious persecution. Stop the crimes against people of faith.” From CNN: President Donald Trump announced new initiatives as part of a global call for protecting religious freedom at the United Nations General Assembly on Monday, which his aides have characterized as the centerpiece of his visit to the conference of world leaders. Trump announced that the US would dedicate “$25 million to protect religious freedom, religious… Read more

September 23, 2019

Some of you may remember this item from several days ago. Now, an update:  Police arrested 69-year-old Nasra Alnadrahi at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, on charges of cemetery desecration and criminal mischief connected to incidents at Shrine Church of St. Gerard Majella over the last few weeks. St. Gerard Majella has been visited between midnight and dawn three times since Sept. 10 and experienced roughly $12,000 worth of damages to its prayer garden in the parking lot across from… Read more

September 22, 2019

Archbishop Wilton Gregory was the celebrant and homilist and, watching video of the event, I saw a few familiar faces in the congregation. The video below contains the entire liturgy — from “Amazing Grace” through “Ave Maria,” “On Eagles’ Wings” and “Just a Closer Walk with Thee.” The Catholic Standard’s Mark Zimmerman has these details:  Noted broadcast journalist and author Cokie Roberts was remembered as a Washington icon, a national treasure, and a woman devoted to her family and her… Read more

September 22, 2019

It happened Saturday, when Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley ordained the new deacons at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. You can read more about the new deacons here.  Congratulations, brothers, and welcome! Ad multos annos!    Read more

September 20, 2019

  I’m heading north this morning, up the Hudson River by train to the town of Windham, New York, not far from Woodstock, where I’ll be leading a retreat for the deacons of Albany and their wives. I’m packing my camera and my laptop — and also packing prayers and good wishes for an old friend of the Diocese of Brooklyn: a son of Queens, Bishop Ed Scharfenberger, who will be celebrating Mass for us Sunday morning. I’m looking forward… Read more

September 20, 2019

Details:  Calls for a boycott of the company began to spread nationwide earlier this decade after news of the company’s donations to organizations opposed to same-sex marriage. Since then, the chain has more than doubled its annual sales and opened nearly 700 more locations, growing to be one of the most popular fast-food restaurants in the nation. Founded in 1967 in the food court of suburban Atlanta mall by S. Truett Cathy, Chick-fil-A began to expand into brick and mortar restaurants in… Read more

September 19, 2019

This leaped out at me this morning, from today’s Office of Readings. It comes from a sermon by St. Augustine: After the Lord had shown what wicked shepherds esteem, he also spoke about what they neglect. The defects of the sheep are widespread. There are very few healthy and sound sheep, few that are solidly sustained by the food of truth, and few that enjoy the good pasture God gives them. But the wicked shepherds do not spare such sheep…. Read more

September 19, 2019

Here’s wisdom every one in ministry needs to remember. From Vatican Media:  Pope Francis reflected on ordained ministry at Mass on Thursday, saying Jesus offers this gift to deacons, priests, and bishops so they might serve others. The occasion for his remarks was the presence of a group of priests and bishops celebrating their silver jubilee, or 25 years of ordination. The Pope invited everyone to reflect on the day’s first reading (1 Tim 4:12-16), in which St Paul invites… Read more

September 18, 2019

   Here’s a story you don’t see every day, from Sacramento:  The 1st District Court of Appeal in San Francisco ruled that a Sacramento-area transgender man can sue Mercy San Juan Medical Center over the last-minute cancellation of his hysterectomy, overturning a lower-court ruling that dismissed the case. Dignity Health, which operates Mercy San Juan, arranged for Evan Minton to have the procedure at Methodist Hospital in south Sacramento within 72 hours of the denial, court records state. The… Read more

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