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

May 3, 2011

And, incredibly, mother and child are both doing well. Details, from the UK’s Daily Mail: A brave mother risked her life and ignored doctors’ advice to terminate her baby after rare pregnancy hormones triggered tumours all over her body and led to a collapsed lung. Donna Hewetson, who also suffered ruptured kidney in her bid to bring first child Lily into the world, defied medics after enduring the agony of a miscarriage. Mrs Hewetson, 29, from Lichfield, Staffordshire, said: ‘Losing… Read more

May 3, 2011

A couple of blogs have posted this — h/t Eric Sammons — so I figured I’d join the herd.   Click to enlarge. Read more

May 3, 2011

From the New York Times account of the death of bin Laden: “On Sunday afternoon, as the helicopters raced over Pakistani territory, the president and his advisers gathered in the Situation Room of the White House to monitor the operation as it unfolded. Much of the time was spent in silence. Mr. Obama looked ‘stone faced,’ one aide said. Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. fingered his rosary beads. ‘The minutes passed like days,’ recalled John O. Brennan, the White House counterterrorism… Read more

May 3, 2011

It will be in Washington, DC, according to CNS: Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington has announced that the new archdiocesan seminary opening for the fall semester will be named for Blessed Pope John Paul II. The seminary, which will be located in Northeast Washington will serve as a college-level pre-theology house of formation, with seminarians attending classes at The Catholic University of America nearby. Cardinal Wuerl said the seminary will be blessed on Oct. 22, the feast day of… Read more

May 3, 2011

Over at Christianity Today, writer David Weiss offers a searing and poignant glimpse at mental illness — his own — and how it led him more deeply into his faith: I need to remind myself often how fortunate I am to have a loving family that supports me, gifted doctors who understand mental illness, medicine that manages my condition, and a God whose mercy never ceases. In addition, no longer did I suffer alone, but amid a great brotherhood of… Read more

May 2, 2011

“Even as more-mainstream media outlets attempt to downplay blogs and blogging as being a force for nothing much beyond self-promotion, the pope has been ahead of the curve, urging priests, religious and lay folk to embrace social media as a powerful means of evangelization, and a source of Catholic clarity in a very noisy, confused and divided world. Catholic clarity, of course, cannot be disseminated without a measure of charity, and charity can sometimes be the biggest challenge we face… Read more

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