March 18, 2011

Last night, I was invited to preside at Evening Prayer at a neighboring parish in Queens.  The good folks over at the Catholic portal at Patheos have posted the homily, which offers a few thoughts about Lent, one week on, and building something out of the ashes: More than ever before, it seems, we live in an age of ashes. Think of the fires that have lit our world, the embers left behind from so many wars, and so many… Read more

March 17, 2011

The diocese in question is in Massachusetts. Details: The Worcester Diocese has stopped accepting new men into its permanent diaconate program – at least temporarily – Deacon Anthony R. Surozenski, director of the Office of Diaconate, said this week. This will allow time to assess whether more deacons will be needed and whether assignments and funding will be available for them, he said. It also allows time for studying how to better apply national Church norms to deacons’ ministry and… Read more

March 17, 2011

We loved him with “King Tut,” and he’s gone and done it again, with this inspired Bluegrass tune, accompanied by the Steep Canyon Rangers.    (In a related vein, Heather King ruminates on the idea that “atheists have no story…”) Read more

March 17, 2011

This is pretty terrific. Read more

March 17, 2011

A first look at his new movie, “The Beaver,” coming out in May… The Hollywood Reporter gave it a rave review. Read more

March 16, 2011

You can find the recipe right here. I had the good fortune to sample this very stuff a couple St. Paddy’s Days ago, when The Anchoress stopped by my TV studio for a taping.  Frankly, it’s less like bread, more like cake — and sublime.  Not crumbly.  Moist.  Flavorsome.  Addictive. I want some.  Now. And I concur wholeheartedly with her reasons for marrying an Irish girl.  I speak from experience. Read more

March 16, 2011

And you thought giving up chocolate was tough. Try this idea, from a bishop in the Philippines: Proving that Catholic and Islam also have some commonality, a Roman Catholic prelate said abstinence from sex during the Lenten Season is also something that they are encouraging couples to do. But according to Pampanga Archbishop Paciano Aniceto, unlike Muslims, they do not impose it strictly. “That is their own decision… But we encourage it,” said Aniceto, who is the chairman of the… Read more

March 16, 2011

And, of course, destroy all the rest. Details: Human embryos should be screened for their potential intelligence and only the smartest allowed to live, an Oxford University ethicist has argued. In shocking remarks, Prof Julian Savulescu says embryos that do not pass the intelligence test should be destroyed for the good of society. The Australian Professor is the Director of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, and claims that it is our “moral obligation” to use IVF to choose… Read more

March 16, 2011

So begins the English translation of one of the most beloved and popular Catholic hymns, “Tantum Ergo,” the great song of praise sung at Eucharistic Adoration. We have Exposition and Adoration at my parish every Thursday — concluding with Benediction (sometimes celebrated by the deacon) at 7:30.  We also offer Benediction at the conclusion of the Stations of the Cross, which we pray every Friday during Lent.  It remains one of the most simple, powerful, transforming experiences, and I never… Read more

March 16, 2011

Been to confession lately?  Lent is a good time to do that — and I talk about my own experience as a reluctant penitent in this week’s column, “All Things New”: “Bless me, Father, for I have sinned.” I spoke the words clearly, firmly, just as I had been taught by Sister St. Margaret. This wasn’t my first confession, but it was close to it. And on this particular Saturday afternoon, my mother had decided to take me to confession… Read more

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