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October 2007 Archives

Another election year is coming, and you know what that means. Yes, that’s right: another document from America’s bishops. After the communion controversy of 2004, will we have another “wafer watch” in 2008? The New York Times’ Peter Steinfels ponders […]

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I stumbled across this excellent reflection on deacons and it’s too good not to share. It’s by Archbishop John Vlazny of Portland, Oregon: “What can I do for you?” With those words Archbishop John Foley began his homily in St. […]

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Some curious news from north of the border, where Catholics are remaining Catholic, but choosing to be married in churches of another faith: Although they are still officially Roman Catholics, Alain Boisvert and Denise Hubert have decided to marry – […]

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There’s an old joke: New York will be a great city — if they ever finish it. The city is constantly being dug up and paved over. Buildings are being torn down and rebuilt– and the older ones are always […]

Because, after far too long of a wait, this has arrived. It’s gotten some nice write-ups, and a jolly mini-rave from the New York Times. I’m picking up mine tonight. I can’t wait. Yes. I know. I’m pathetic.

Gallons and gallons of ink have been spilled over how and why the new batch of cardinals was selected. But CNS has one of the most sensible evaluations yet: The tributes to Cardinal-designate Daniel N. DiNardo have been effusive since […]

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One of the Church’s most celebrated missionaries may be closer to being officially declared a saint. A newspaper in Hawaii breaks the news: Father Damien DeVeuster, the Belgian priest who served Hansen’s disease patients at Kalaupapa, Molokai, and later died […]

Some weeks back, I blogged about the stunning vocations video “Fishers of Men”. Now, it’s been honored with a Gabriel Award for communications excellence. You can watch the video below. Just click the ‘play’ button. The USCCB press release follows: […]

The following item appeared in my parish bulletin last weekend. It got a lot of reaction, so I thought I’d post it here. Enjoy. This weekend marks my five-month anniversary as an ordained member of the Catholic clergy. Time flies […]