August 7, 2019

Deacons, take note! Fascinating stuff, via Gregory DiPippo at the New Liturgical Movement:  Today [August 3] is traditionally celebrated as the feast of the Finding of St Stephen the First Martyr. This took place in the year 415, when the teacher of St Paul, Gamaliel, who is named twice in the Acts of the Apostles (5, 34-40 and 22, 3) appeared in a vision to a priest of Jerusalem named Lucian, on three successive Fridays, and named the location of… Read more

August 6, 2019

The CNN anchor began his closing remarks Monday night by holding up an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, given to him by a woman in El Paso. I can’t remember ever seeing something like that on a network newscast. The man who attended Immaculate Conception School in Queens clearly hasn’t forgotten a few things he learned in school. Read more

August 6, 2019

The acclaimed author of “Beloved” — and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature — has died. She was 88. What many may not know is that she was baptized Catholic. From an interview with Terri Gross on NPR: GROSS: So your birth name is Chloe Wofford. Morrison was your married name when you were married, but you’ve been divorced a long time – since 1974. And Toni was shortened from Anthony, which was the name when you were… MORRISON:… Read more

August 5, 2019

The following news release arrived in my email a short time ago, updating the story of Father Eduard Perrone, a prominent priest from Detroit who was removed from ministry last month: Father Eduard Perrone, a priest in the Archdiocese of Detroit and pastor of Assumption Grotto Parish in Detroit, took and passed a polygraph test, and maintains his innocence from the recent, highly publicized, allegations against him. On July 5, 2019, Father Perrone was restricted from exercising all public ministry… Read more

August 5, 2019

From the Indianapolis Star:  The Indianapolis high school stripped of its Catholic identity over the employment of a gay teacher in a same-sex marriage has taken its case to Rome. Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School is appealing the decision of the Indianapolis Archdiocese to no longer recognize the school as Catholic. Archbishop Charles C. Thompson issued a decree cutting ties with Brebeuf in June after the school refused to fire Layton Payne-Elliott. A math teacher and Brebeuf graduate, Payne-Elliott is married to Joshua Payne-Elliott, the teacher… Read more

August 5, 2019

From Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles Chaput, who ministered to the people of Colorado after Columbine: In separate incidents over the past two weeks, gunmen have killed three persons and wounded 13 others in Gilroy, CA; killed at least 20 and wounded 26 others in El Paso TX; and killed at least nine and wounded 27 others in Dayton, OH. These are just the latest in a long pattern of mass shootings; shootings that have blood-stained the past two decades with no end… Read more

August 5, 2019

From the diocesan website, a statement released Saturday by Bishop Mark Seitz: After this tragic day in El Paso my heart is filled with sadness for the many victims and their families. Saturday began like any other. People were going about their daily activities. Some chose to stop by the local Walmart to pick up some things. And then hatred and evil insanity interjected their senseless aggression. As a minister I am called to be present to those who suffered… Read more

August 4, 2019

You won’t find a better vocation story than this. Check this out, from ESPN:  She left with the clothes on her back, a long blue dress and a pair of shoes she’d never wear again. It was June 8, 1991, a Saturday morning, and Shelly Pennefather was starting a new life. She posed for a group photo in front of her parents’ tidy brick home in northern Virginia, and her family scrunched in around her and smiled. All six of… Read more

August 4, 2019

Details:  A young mom shot dead during the El Paso massacre was hit while shielding her baby boy, according to family. Mom-of-three Jordan Anchondo, 25, was at the Texas Walmart Saturday shopping for school supplies when she was one of 20 killed — with her family still trying to find out whether her husband, Andre Anchondo, had survived, according to the dead woman’s sister. Anchonda’s 2-month-old baby was not hit — but was still lucky to survive after getting crushed as his mother fell… Read more

August 4, 2019

Details:  Pope Francis has written a letter to the more than 400,000 Catholic priests worldwide encouraging them during the tribulations from the sexual abuse crisis. The letter is meant to give priests, many of whom feel disheartened because of the horrendous crimes of abuse committed by a small percentage of their fellow priests, hope in these times of tribulation when they are so often blamed or treated with suspicion, distrust, contempt or ridicule. The letter comes as a surprise. Last year, on… Read more

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