January 23, 2019

That question has been a recurring refrain over the last several days—and grew louder after yesterday’s action, signing into law a sweeping bill that essentially allows abortion at any time, even to the last trimester. Cuomo’s own bishop slammed the law in the strongest terms. But some think he has not gone far enough. So they ask: Why hasn’t Cuomo (and other Catholic pols who support abortion) been excommunicated? A few years ago, canon lawyer Ed Peters addressed that:  To… Read more

January 23, 2019

A great vocation story:  Speaking to the Italian television network TV2000, a recently ordained Italian priest named Giuseppe Mangano said, “Our Lord called me many times. I always say, joking, that the Lord called me, that he grabbed me by the hair, but I ran away.” When he says he “ran away,” he’s referring to the fact that in his youth, Giuseppe studied in the seminary, but then felt called to matrimony. He got married, became a father, had grandchildren,… Read more

January 23, 2019

As a former network news guy, I was delighted and grateful to read this profile of another journalist whose faith matters. Great stuff here, via Tony Rossi and The Christophers:  ABC News’s Paula Faris seemingly had it all. A great husband, wonderful kids, and high-profile jobs as co-anchor of “Good Morning America’s” weekend edition and co-host of the daily talk show “The View.” But Paula also felt overextended, as if God was telling her that she needed to step back… Read more

January 22, 2019

Interesting news from the good people at Crux:  A new study released on Tuesday found that a high majority of U.S. Catholic bishops and deacon directors believe that if the Holy See gives the green light to ordination of women deacons, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) would implement the practice. The findings, however, also revealed that among respondents, only 41 percent of bishops and 50 percent of deacon directors believe women’s ordination to the diaconate to be… Read more

January 22, 2019

Posted this afternoon on their website:  A statement from the Diocese of Covington and Covington Catholic High School On Monday afternoon the Covington Police alerted us that they had intelligence concerning a planned protest, Jan. 22, at Covington Catholic High School and a vigil at the Diocesan Curia. Due to threats of violence and the possibility of large crowds the Diocese was advised to close Covington Catholic High School, the Diocesan Curia and neighboring Covington Latin School. We thank law… Read more

January 22, 2019

The other day, I posted on how Catholic Charities in Washington is helping federal workers. Here’s what’s happening at a Baptist church in Huntsville:  An evangelical church in Alabama handed out $16,500 in grocery store gift cards to local federal workers and contractors struggling to make ends meet during the ongoing partial government shutdown. The First Baptist Church of Huntsville’s grand gesture on Thursday was part of a wider community-led effort to help furloughed workers in Alabama’s third-largest city, which is home… Read more

January 21, 2019

From CNA:  A series of murals depicting Christopher Columbus’ life and exploration displayed at the University of Notre Dame will be covered up, the university’s president announced Sunday. “Painted in 1882-84 … they reflect the attitudes of the time and were intended as a didactic presentation, responding to cultural challenges for the school’s largely immigrant, Catholic population,” Fr. John Jenkins, C.S.C., wrote in his Jan. 20 letter announcing the decision. “In recent years, however, many have come to see the murals… Read more

January 21, 2019

Every one of us who works in social media should bookmark this and read it every morning. I know I will. Emphasis below is my own. From the catechism, drawing on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola: 2478 To avoid rash judgment, everyone should be careful to interpret insofar as possible his neighbor’s thoughts, words, and deeds in a favorable way: Every good Christian ought to be more ready to give a favorable interpretation to another’s statement than to… Read more

January 21, 2019

Boston’s Cardinal Seán O’Malley took the unusual step of issuing a statement Friday on the continuing government shutdown: Governing the democracy of the United States is always a challenging task. It requires not only intelligence, expertise and experience but also a capacity to collaborate, cooperate and the willingness to consider appropriate compromise at decisive moments. The present moment in our country is clearly decisive: the government is, at best, only partially functioning. This has caused multiple consequences: the safety of… Read more

January 20, 2019

Rod Dreher today offered this assessment of the one event that seems to be defining this year’s March for Life, the encounter between Native American Nathan Phillips and a group of high school boys from Covington, Kentucky: Last night before bed, having only seen those shorter videos, I retweeted a condemnation of these boys. Now I regret that, having seen the whole video, and observing how left-wing activists — some of them Christian — are seizing on this ugly incident… Read more

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