May 6, 2011

The woman who was the grandmother of Jesus — and who was a collaborator in the Immaculate Conception — now has a place of honor in the Motor City. Details: To loud applause, the head of the Catholic Church in Detroit announced Thursday that St. Anne — the grandmother of Jesus — is the patroness saint of Detroit. For centuries, Catholics have considered St. Anne the unofficial saint of the city because the first Catholic parish in Detroit, created in… Read more

May 5, 2011

One of the man about to be ordained in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee is a huge fan of “Star Wars” — who also happens to have been born deaf. Details, from the Catholic Herald: People may be surprised to learn that Darth Vadar, chief antagonist in the original trilogy, is the favorite “Star Wars” character of one of the archdiocese’s soon-to-be ordained priests. “People are like, ‘That doesn’t seem like something you would like,’” laughed Christopher Klusman, 34, describing the… Read more

May 5, 2011

Every priest has a mother — and now there’s news about a group of mothers who have banded together to support their sons’ vocations. Details, from CNS: When Father John Helmueller was ordained to the priesthood 10 years ago for the Diocese of Sioux Falls, S.D., he was not the only member of his family to assume a new role. His mother Mary, who lives in Maplewood and is a parishioner at St. Jerome, felt so blessed to become the… Read more

May 5, 2011

Here’s a Sister Act of an entirely different kind: Larry David, the man who enraged Catholic groups in 2009 when he urinated on a portrait of Jesus Christ in his HBO show “Curb Your Enthusiasm” is reportedly poised to play – wait for it – a Catholic nun in the Farrelly Brothers upcoming take on the classic film “The Three Stooges.” According to Deadline.com, David is sealing the deal to play Mother Mengele – the head nun who runs the orphanage where the… Read more

May 4, 2011

The obit, from the Diocese of Westminster: Canon Reggie Fuller, the oldest priest of the Diocese of Westminster, died on Maundy Thursday, 21 April 2011, at Nazareth House, East Finchley.  He was 102 years of age and had been a priest for 79 of them. May he rest in peace. From 1990 – 1994 he was resident in Poplar Parish again helping out with daily Masses while continuing with his writing and other interests.  In 1994 Cardinal Basil Hume nominated… Read more

May 4, 2011

Precisely for things like this.  There’s an entire channel devoted to these kinds of videos. Who needs TV anymore? Read more

May 4, 2011

Two people I’m proud to call colleagues and friends: Elizabeth Scalia and Rocco Palmo, together at last, at the big Rome blogfest earlier this week. Elizabeth promises to post more news soon.  Meantime, you can catch up a little right here. Read more

May 4, 2011

And now for something completely different. The Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity  or SOLT (Fr. Corapi’s order) has proudly announced the ordination of its first native priest from Papua, New Guinea. Before the ordination, Fr. Peter Ripa — the son of a tribal chieftan — donned traditional dress, seen below. From his homily: In our world today, which is now torn by war, anarchy, doubt, seeking false hope offered by the material world, injustice, hatred, anger, corruptions, graft,… Read more

May 4, 2011

That, according to at least one high-ranking Vatican official: Married priests will be only a temporary aberration within the Anglican Ordinariate, says Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican’s secretary of state. Speaking in an interview in the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore  Romano, and in recently published extracts from his forthcoming book, A Great Heart: Homage to John Paul II, Bertone said that although already married Anglican priests will be acceptable under the ordinariate, “the enduring value of celibacy will be reaffirmed, necessitating that for… Read more

May 4, 2011

Jim Tighe, a deacon candidate whose brother died on 9/11, offers a very personal, prayerful response to the bin Laden news: As a disciple of Christ, my life is given to his work. It is the work of bringing people into the light, not condemning them to the darkness. Osama Bin Laden was always easy to condemn into the darkness. On this issue, it is easier to go with the Philadelphia headline “Got the Bastard,” then it is to follow… Read more

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