May 13, 2011

Chicago is getting set to ordain a dozen new deacons, and the Catholic New World looks at an often-overlooked aspect of the deacon’s vocation: his wife. Snip: There are close to 600 permanent deacons in the Archdiocese of Chicago, and most of them are married. Many of the wives live lives of service, volunteering in parish and social ministries along with their husbands. Deacons’ wives do everything from serving as field advocates for the Marriage Tribunal to sacramental preparation to… Read more

May 13, 2011

An Italian bus driver using two cell phones, and steering with his elbows … ?! Turns out, he’s been suspended. Read more. Read more

May 13, 2011

That seems to be the gist of the new instruction on the use of the Extraordinary Form of the mass — a.k.a., the Latin mass — according to a new instruction released today. From the National Catholic Register: This morning, on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, the Vatican published a long awaited Instruction on the application of “Summorum Pontificum”, Pope Benedict XVI’s 2007 motu proprio which aimed to facilitate celebration of the Mass in the extraordinary form (the Roman… Read more

May 13, 2011

Does what you believe affect what you earn? Some insight, from the New York Times: The economic differences among the country’s various religions are strikingly large, much larger than the differences among states and even larger than those among racial groups. The most affluent of the major religions — including secularism — is Reform Judaism. Sixty-seven percent of Reform Jewish households made more than $75,000 a year at the time the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life collected the… Read more

May 13, 2011

And now  the mother is under investigation. Details: A San Francisco mom defends using Botox to remove the lines from the face of her 8-year-old daughter. The interview first aired on ABC’s Good Morning America Thursday morning and immediately touched off a controversy and now there is an investigation. Child Protective Services is now getting involved. Many people say what the mom is doing is child abuse, but she insists she’s not the only mother giving Botox to her child…. Read more

May 12, 2011

Watch out for the pea soup: the blockbuster novel and movie (based on the true story of a Catholic exorcism) is being adapted for the stage and will have its world premiere next year in Los Angeles. From the New York Times: The playwright John Pielmeier (“Agnes of God”) is writing the stage version of “The Exorcist,” based on William Peter Blatty’s 1971 novel. John Doyle, who brought a stripped-down, bloody sensibility to the 2005 Broadway revival of “Sweeney Todd,”… Read more

May 12, 2011

“Apparently Philadelphia’s bishops don’t fully grasp that by failing to speak openly from the outset they will continue to pay a higher price, in terms of both credibility and cash. If only they would have followed the example of the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin of Chicago. Confronted with an accusation against him, Cardinal Bernardin openly, humbly, and without a prepared text, answered all the questions he was asked. That’s the sort of response the people of Philadelphia expect and deserve…. Read more

May 12, 2011

It’s happening in Rhode Island with Catholics — and now, across the pond, too. From the Religion News Service: In a challenge to conventional wisdom that church attendance is plummeting across Britain and Western Europe, the Church of England says attendance at its 43 cathedrals grew 7 percent last year. A report by the Rev. Lynda Barley, head of research and statistics at the Archbishops’ Council, said “attendance at services outside Sundays” was up 10 percent in 2010, and “steady… Read more

May 12, 2011

She once facilitated executions — and will now be working to stop them. From the Los Angeles Times: As the clock ticked past midnight and the death chamber phone refused to ring, San Quentin State Prison Warden Jeanne Woodford would calmly signal the executioners to inject a lethal dose of chemicals into the condemned man’s veins. Reared in a Roman Catholic family, she grew up believing that only God had the right to take a life. But four times in… Read more

May 12, 2011

An evangelization effort seems to be paying off, according to the Providence Journal: Mass counts released Thursday by the diocese show that while Mass attendance among Rhode Island’s Catholics grew by a mere 1.9 percent between October 2009 and October 2010, that reversed a decline that had been observed over a number of years, as when attendance dropped by 5 percent between 2006 and 2008. When the diocese launched its Year of Evangelization with a series of “Catholics Come Home”… Read more

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