March 11, 2019

Deacon Tom Lambert from the Archdiocese of Chicago tells his story in this month’s U.S. Catholic:  Catholics have a responsibility to minister out of our gifts and experiences, says Deacon Tom Lambert, of the Archdiocese of Chicago. For him, that means responding to the lack of mental health resources in the church. “My oldest daughter has a mental illness,” Lambert says. “And after she was diagnosed one of the first things my wife and I did was look to the… Read more

March 11, 2019

From CNS:  The Archdiocese of Rouen concluded its sainthood inquiry into the life and death of a French priest who was killed while celebrating Mass. Archbishop Dominique Lebrun of Rouen presided over the final session of the diocesan inquiry into the life and martyrdom of Father Jacques Hamel, Vatican News reported March 9. Father Hamel was killed July 26, 2016, when two men stormed a church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray near Rouen while he celebrated Mass. After taking several hostages, the attackers… Read more

March 11, 2019

Details:  Controversy over a New York abortion bill resulted in a rebuke for a state senator who has been disinvited from a Huntington, N.Y. Irish-American Catholic group’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities and asked to resign as a member due to his vote for the legislation. Monsignor Steven R. Camp, chaplain of the Ancient Order of Hibernians’ John F. Kennedy Division 4 of Suffolk County, wrote to State Sen. James Gaughran, saying his vote in favor of the bill had caused… Read more

March 10, 2019

The latest, from SNL: Pete Davidson tackled the R. Kelly sex abuse scandal on “Saturday Night Live” and compared the R&B singer’s fans to Catholic church supporters. Davidson appeared in the “Weekend Update” segment Saturday night and began his appearance by calling R. Kelly, who was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sex abuse, a “monster” and “should go to jail forever.” He then likened the R. Kelly allegations to the Catholic church child abuse scandal. “But if you support the Catholic church, isn’t that the same thing as being… Read more

March 8, 2019

You read that right: 42. Details:  When NASA engineer Charles Pitman was furloughed again for the third time by recent federal government measures during his six-year diaconate formation, he kept working on becoming a deacon, never letting up on his daily prayers of the Liturgy of the Hours. On Feb. 22, his prayers were answered when he was ordained along with 19 other men. Then the next morning, on Feb. 23, Auxiliary Bishop George A. Sheltz celebrated all over again,… Read more

March 8, 2019

Awesome news. I wish they’d come to New York: The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist had a problem. They were running out of room at their convent in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where they had been based since 1997. It was a good problem to have, the result of a boom in young vocations. But it meant that the community of 140 sisters needed to expand. With property in both California and Texas, the sisters prayerfully considered both options,… Read more

March 8, 2019

Catholicism by the numbers: The percentage of Catholics in the world has remained steady, while the number of priests has decreased for the first time in almost a decade, according to Vatican statistics. Meanwhile, the numbers of bishops, permanent deacons, lay missionaries and catechists have all increased, it said. At the end of 2017, the worldwide Catholic population exceeded 1.3 billion, which continued to be about 17.7 percent of the world’s population, said a statement published March 6 by the… Read more

March 8, 2019

A good analysis from Charles Collins in Crux, who looks at a proposal that may come up during the Amazon summit this fall: The lack of priests in the region is a very real problem. In Brazil, there is only one priest for every 10,000 Catholics – in the United States, the ratio is about one for every 2,000. In the Amazon region, the situation is even more acute: In some areas, congregations might see a priest once or twice… Read more

March 7, 2019

From The New York Times:  A Catholic cardinal offered his resignation on Thursday after being found guilty by a French court of covering up decades-old sexual abuse by a priest in his diocese, a surprise victory for the priest’s accusers, who had forced the case to trial after it was dropped by prosecutors. The conviction of Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, the archbishop of Lyon, was the first in France against such a high-profile clergyman, adding to a long list of sexual… Read more

March 7, 2019

After I returned home from all the Ash Wednesday liturgies last night, I collapsed on the couch, picked up the remote, and one of the first things I saw on TV was this. It’s not that uncommon to see prominent figures showing their ashes on Ash Wednesday, but seeing a broadcaster of Cuomo’s stature doing it on CNN was a jolt. It was also a blessing. It is good to see a fellow sinner professing his desire for repentance. Some… Read more

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