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From “Basic Instinct” to “Crossbearer”

posted by deacon greg kandra

Remember Joe Eszterhas? In the 1980s, he gained considerable notoriety for penning Hollywood pulp that included “Flashdance,” “Betrayed,” “Sliver,” “Basic Instinct,” and “Showgirls” (which won the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screenplay.) He battled throat cancer a few years back […]

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Stop the presses! A Catholic school with free tuition?!

posted by deacon greg kandra

Yep. Hard to believe, but true. At a time when Catholic schools are closing, are raising tuition to levels many parents can’t afford, one school in Pennsylvania is bucking the trend. It’s free. From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: When the Rev. […]

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When Catholics fall in love

posted by deacon greg kandra

Looking for Mr. (or Ms. or Miss) Right? Take a number and get in line. A lot of Catholics are looking, literally and figuratively, for their soul mate. Which makes this charming essay by John Zmirak all the more poignant […]

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“Do not write off all women priests as ill prepared”

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

I got an e-mail the other day from a reader in Minnesota who took issue with this blog post, quoting Curt Jester (Jeff Miller) who said (among other things): “How comes the ‘women’s ordination movement’ doesn’t have any seminaries? They […]

Bobby Jindal’s journey

posted by deacon greg kandra

He’s been mentioned on the short list of John McCain’s possible running mates. And now Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal is getting closer scrutiny from the media. The Wall Street Journal recently looked at his remarkable faith journey: In 1988, 16-year-old […]

The Pope v. The Pill: reaction

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

John Allen’s column for the New York Times on Humanae Vitae provoked some strong reaction — and if you want to read a sample, head over to the Times editorial page today and read a few of the letters. An […]

Randy Pausch’s cloud

posted by deacon greg kandra

Above is the “word cloud” that someone created of the top 20 most-used words that people posted at Tributes.com about Randy Pausch. Now a woman who wrote one of the many obituaries about Randy has shed some light on the […]

A Catholic running mate for Obama?

posted by deacon greg kandra

That could happen, if Virginia Governor Tim Kaine joins the ticket. Kaine’s biography describes him as being active in his local church, and he spent a year after college working as a missionary with Jesuits in Central America. He’s also […]

Wisconsin welcomes its first married priest

posted by deacon greg kandra

While the world watches and wonders what will be happening with the Anglicans — and if we might see a small stampede of new Catholic priests with families in tow — it’s worthwhile to pause and direct our attention toward […]

Welcome back!

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

This slipped under the radar, but it’s worth noting. The Archbishop of St. Louis has lifted a widely reported order of excommunication. From Zenit: Three leaders of a former St. Louis parish who incurred excommunication for hiring a suspended priest […]

Quote for the day

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

“If women are being called to the priesthood then why is it only dissident women that are being called? Where are the women being ordained that have a preference for the extraordinary form of the Mass? Why do they always […]

Move over, Madonna

posted by deacon greg kandra

Chant has been rebounding in popularity for some time now, ever since those Benedictine monks released their blockbuster recording several years back. Now the Cistercians have gotten into the act — and they are also causing a musical sensation: It […]

A conversion story: churches into condos

posted by deacon greg kandra

Once, churches were sanctuaries for refugees and hunchbacked bellringers. Now, anyone can live there. More and more canny developers are transforming abandoned churches into condos. And the Boston Globe takes note: When developer Tony Pace had the chance to turn […]

Covering the Womenpriests

posted by deacon greg kandra

Want to see inside the mind of a reporter? Sounds scary — but this is actually fascinating and fruitful. Boston Globe reporter Michael Paulson covers one of the bigger beats in Beantown, religion, and he’s just launched a blog at […]

The Pope v. The Pill

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

There’s been a lot of ink spilled lately on the 40th anniversary of the landmark encyclical Humanae Vitae. But one of the most insightful and objective examinations of the subject, I think, seems to be this one, from John Allen, […]

Homily for July 27, 2008: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

posted by deacon greg kandra

Over the last few weeks in Matthew’s gospel we’ve been hearing the Kingdom of God unfold in a series of parables. The images presented are striking. A mustard seed. Yeast. A treasure. A pearl. These were all things that the […]

Another wall is breached – UPDATED

posted by deacon greg kandra

Just when you thought the world couldn’t sink any lower…it did. Someone took Barack Obama’s prayer out of the Western Wall, and published it. A private communication, between a man and The Almighty, is now public. And a few of […]

Here comes the new translation

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Word is trickling out from Rome that the first phase of new English translations of the mass have been approved. It will likely be another 2-4 years before we start hearing them in church. But the article below from CNS […]

Randy Pausch, 1960-2008

posted by deacon greg kandra

This gifted man — who was himself a gift — is gone. From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Randy Pausch, the Carnegie Mellon University computer science professor whose final lecture inspired millions, has died of pancreatic cancer. Dr. Pausch, 47, who turned […]

Suffering from a case of the clap

posted by deacon greg kandra

I’ve heard it, you’ve heard it, we’ve all heard it: clapping during mass. I know one or two priests who encourage it (to express appreciation for the choir or to pay tribute to an usher turning 80) but sometimes it […]

“We’ve wrapped the Gospel in this man-repellent package”

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

When was the last time you saw a church — Catholic or otherwise — packed with more men than women? USA TODAY takes note of a curious phenomenon, and what some churches are doing to change it: Women outnumber men […]

Anti-Catholicism, R.I.P.?

posted by deacon greg kandra

A writer at the New York Times wonders if the prejudice that stalked Al Smith and John Kennedy is dead. He uses as his starting point a panel discussion on the topic held the other day at the Museum of […]

An ex-Catholic for veep?

posted by deacon greg kandra

That could be the case if John McCain ends up selecting Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty as his running mate, as recent media rumblings suggest. His official biography makes no mention of his religion. But Wikipedia has this posting: With Polish […]

Just another day at the beach

posted by deacon greg kandra

The pictures are disturbing, and so is the story surrounding them, from Italy: Italian newspapers, an archbishop and civil liberties campaigners expressed shock and revulsion on Monday after photographs were published of sunbathers apparently enjoying a day at the beach […]

“I’m one of Christ’s biggest fans”

posted by deacon greg kandra

This news might raise an eyebrow or two: arguably the greatest rock band in the world was, in fact, Christian to the core. Here’s the story, from CNS, via the National Catholic Reporter: British radio has broadcast an interview with […]

Speak! Your servant is listening!

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Where is Shaggy when we need him? Scooby would feel right at home with this crowd. Enjoy. A cheeerful h/t to The Journeyman Carpenter.

Ave Maria, one year later: “It’s impressive”

posted by deacon greg kandra

It’s been a while since we heard any news about the “Catholic town” of Ave Maria in Florida. It’s been up and running for a little over a year now — and all indications are, it’s doing well, despite some […]

Meet the new “Pope of the People”

posted by deacon greg kandra

Benedict’s predecessor was known for being “the people’s pope,” but this report from Sydney suggests someone else may now be able to claim that title: The shy professor of theology turned cardinal, chief inquisitor and keeper of the Catholic faith […]

Kimberly Dozier: “The more horrors I saw, the more my own Christian faith came to the fore”

posted by deacon greg kandra

It’s rare to find someone in the media talking candidly about their faith and spirituality. I was heartened, then, to discover this post about one of my CBS News colleagues, Kimberly Dozier: On Memorial Day 2006, CBS News correspondent Kimberly […]

“A sacrilegious parody of Holy Orders”

posted by deacon greg kandra

Another group of women claims to now be validly ordained as priests — this time, in one of the most storied centers of American Catholicism, Boston. From the Globe: A group advocating for the ordination of women this afternoon held […]

Now, hear this…

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Anyone interested in chants? Psalms? Sacred music? Step right up. A reader asked me to put in a plug for his websites on sacred music, so here (or hear) goes. Take a look — and a listen! — at Chabanel […]

Our Lady of the Southern Cross

posted by deacon greg kandra

A friend sent this picture my way, and it has to be one of the most beautiful renderings of the Blessed Mother I’ve seen. It’s Our Lady of the Southern Cross, patroness of World Youth Day 2008. She is also […]

In love with “WALL-E”

posted by deacon greg kandra

Last night, my wife and I finally went to see “WALL-E”; everybody else on the planet was going to see “The Dark Knight,” so it was easy to get tickets. Two hours later, I staggered out of the theater, wiping […]

“I think we need to look at deacons differently”

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Out in Wyoming, a local paper just published this interesting look at the Church of the West (West of the Mississippi, that is) and how it’s preparing for the future: The three men in black sat together on what traditionally […]

Homily for July 20, 2008: 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

posted by deacon greg kandra

Last weekend, you may have seen this item in the New York Times: there are doubts being raised about who really wrote the Serenity Prayer. Most of us know it by heart: God grant me the serenity to accept the […]

Who’s the leader of the club that’s made for you and me?

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Fr. Austin has the answer. This sounds very cute. I’m waiting for someone to snap a picture of him wearing it.

Finally, a candidate I can vote for

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

“I am deeply sorry”

posted by deacon greg kandra

Those four words were spoken by Pope Benedict Saturday, in a dramatic and widely anticipated gesture that may help heal some deep wounds in the Australian church. The AP has the story right here: Pope Benedict XVI apologized Saturday to […]

When God calls

posted by deacon greg kandra

The AP is sitting up and taking notice of the 25 shiny new deacons just ordained in Indianapolis. This is a very good overview of the vocation with some terrific insights into its growth: After resisting the idea for more […]

Hungry? Let’s make spaghetti…

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

A now, a lunchtime diversion that is a little bit of playful inspiration. Eat up!

On Snow: “The true measure of a man lies in his efforts to please God”

posted by deacon greg kandra

A few people I know made it down to Washington for Tony Snow’s funeral yesterday; I hope to get a fuller report later today. But Rocco has posted the text of the homily, delivered by Fr. David O’Connell, President of […]

WYD: a letter from Sydney

posted by deacon greg kandra

A deacon from Sydney, Australia by the name of Elliott Casalegno sent me the following dispatch. It’s a great ground’s-eye view of what it’s like to be a part of this remarkable event. Read, and enjoy: It is my first […]

Picture of a man enjoying his job

posted by deacon greg kandra

“A truly remarkable development”

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

After focusiing for a few weeks now on all the turmoil roiling the Anglican Communion in England, Damien Thompson has found some big news on the other side of the pond. In New Jersey, in fact: The Catholic Church will […]

Ron Hansen: “Writing is a ministry”

posted by deacon greg kandra

I’m almost finished reading Ron Hansen’s superb new novel,“Exiles”, so I was intrigued to see this profile of the author — and deacon — and to read his thoughts on his twin vocations: Best-selling novelist Ron Hansen stood in the […]

Preparing to bury the mouse

posted by deacon greg kandra

Computer geeks — or even just ordinary PC users, which seems to be everyone these days — can lower the flag to half-staff and have a moment of silence for that beloved icon of an age: the mouse. The obit […]

G’day!

posted by deacon greg kandra

Pope Benedict, clearly getting into the Australian swing of things, as he begins World Youth Day. You can read the texts of his addresses right here. H/T to Rocco.

Worth a thousand words

posted by deacon greg kandra

Actually, you can read those thousand words right here. This is a shot from my in-laws’ 50th anniversary celebration. I’m the one on the left. The fellow on the right is the celebrant, Msgr. Vincent Gatto, 82-years-young and a true […]

Vocations fair? No. Vocations very good.

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Here’s an interesting sidebar on the World Youth Day activities: it seems more and more young people are gravitating to booths promoting religious vocations. (In the interest of full disclosure, I have to say that I provided some material for […]

WYD, Baptist edition

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

No big rallies. No papal homilies. No singing nuns. Just some really cool semiautomatic weapons. Or so it seems, judging from this item out of Oklahoma: An Oklahoma baptist church has insisted it will proceed with its controversial plan to […]

WYD: secular or sacred?

posted by deacon greg kandra

Not every Catholic in Australia is thrilled about World Youth Day — and one leading critic is taking the time to make sure the press knows about his displeasure: A group of Catholic priests opposed to church modernisation has condemned […]

Tony Snow, and the blessings of cancer

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Now seems a good time to take a second look at something Tony Snow wrote last year, for Christianity Today. It speaks in many ways, about many things. But the title says it all: “Cancer’s Unexpected Blessings”: Blessings arrive in […]

Worth a thousand words

posted by deacon greg kandra

The Book of the Gospels is carried at the opening Mass of World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia, July 15. Sydney Cardinal George Pell celebrated the Mass before an estimated 140,000 people. ( Photo by: Paul Haring, Catholic News Service

What would an agreement with the Anglicans look like?

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

That shrewd observer of the Anglican scene, Damien Thompson, has posted some thoughts on what a sudden influx of Anglicans might mean for the Catholic Church — and how it might happen: The really good news, from the Catholic point […]

The bishop and the beach house

posted by deacon greg kandra

Duty demands that I once again post a picture of Anne Hathaway. It seems her ex-boyfriend was not only involved in some shady dealings with the Vatican. He also bought the beach home of a bishop. My paper of record, […]

WYD? EWTN.

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Anyone curious to catch up on the World Youth Day festivities should wander over to EWTN, which seems to have the definitive site for this event, complete with blogs, video, news items, pictures — you name it. Meantime, there’s this […]

“War, torture, the death penalty, poverty, racism…are fully present in abortion”

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

I’m a little late posting this, but it’s well worth your time and attention: take a look at what Elizabeth Scalia, The Anchoress, has to say about abortion. I suspect the arguments over it have never before been presented with […]

“I am a young Catholic and I would like to apologize for my faith”

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

As Australians gather for World Youth Day, a young Catholic lawyer Down Under has taken on a new role, as apologist for the faith. Take a look: I am a young Catholic and I would like to apologise for my […]

Revolution: a player goes from soccer to seminary

posted by deacon greg kandra

It’s not uncommon to find men who turn to the priesthood as a second career, maybe in their 30’s or 40’s. But this is the first I’ve heard of a man doing it at 26, after a successful career in […]

Tony Snow’s funeral

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

A blogging friend sent this bit of information my way: details for Tony Snow’s funeral on Thursday. This comes from the website for the Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington: Mass of Christian Burial for Tony Snow Thursday, […]

Channeling Catholics at the Catholic Channel

posted by deacon greg kandra

It was great to see this article in the New York Times: a profile of Catholic radio in New York City, with a special focus on a budding enterprise known as the Catholic Channel. At a time when New Media […]

50 years: a homily

posted by deacon greg kandra

My wife’s parents, Gerry and Brenda Meyer, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last weekend. They renewed their vows at a special mass on Saturday. This is my homily for that occasion. Last week, Maureen Dowd, the columnist for the New […]

A world without Snow

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

I’m wrapping up a long weekend in Maryland, where my wife and I have been celebrating my in-laws’ 50th wedding anniversary; yesterday, there was a small mass for the family, with about 20 kinfolk — children, grandchildren, extended family — […]

O Canada! Edmonton welcomes its first deacons

posted by deacon greg kandra

Some happy news report from our neighbors to the north, as the Archdiocese of Edmonton just ordained its first class of deacons: It was with joy and awe that the Edmonton Archdiocese welcomed its first class of permanent deacons July […]

Quinn and communion, part deux

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Sally Quinn, famous non-Catholic communicant, has taken pen in hand to explain herself, after all the controversy surrounding her reception of the sacrament at Tim Russert’s funeral. She seems chastened by the experience: In a thoughtful and gently remonstrative piece […]

Russert “understood what it meant to be ‘called’ to be a Catholic”

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Not much has been written about the big event that followed by several days the death of Tim Russert: the lecture for the Catholic Common Ground Initiative, which the NBC News star was scheduled to give. His last-minute replacement was […]

Could the pope aid an Anglican split?

posted by deacon greg kandra

That’s the question explored in this fascinating piece from Time magazine, which indicates the Vatican is already heavily involved, and a mass migration across the Tiber may be in the works: For an ordained clergyman to depart his cradle faith […]

Some still have standards

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Devotees of Thomas Merton — you know who you are — will remember that Catherine Doherty and Madonna House in Harlem figured prominently in The Seven Storey Mountain. Merton spent many weeks there before leaving New York for Gethsemani. And […]

Homily for July 9, 2008: Memorial of St. Augustine Zhao Rong and Companions, the Chinese Martyrs

posted by deacon greg kandra

Tonight, my parish will offer a special mass to commemorate the Chinese Martyrs, whose memorial we celebrate July 9. This is my homily for the occasion. Anyone who saw the 2002 Super Bowl saw something unforgettable. And it had nothing […]

Everybody slide down and make extra room in your pew…

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

More news late today on the Disturbance in the Force, i.e., rumblings of schism in the Church of England. Damien Thompson has the lowdown: The Bishop of Ebbsfleet, the Rt Rev Andrew Burnham, is to lead his fellow Anglo-Catholics from […]

The private dancer…with four million watching

posted by deacon greg kandra

Remember the wonderful video of Matt Harding, dancing his heart out? The mainstream media has finally caught up with him, and his story is splashed on the front page of the Arts section of the New York Times: In many […]

Anglicans vote for women bishops

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Life is about to get very interesting for members of the Church of England — an institution which seems on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Details right here: Members of its General Synod threw out compromise proposals on females […]

“Miracle”: rescued hostage Betancourt to visit pope, Lourdes

posted by deacon greg kandra

The headline-making rescue of hostages from Columbia last week was more than just dramatic — it was also, it seems, divine. From Zenit: The Colombian bishops say their repeated exhortations to pray for kidnap victims is now an invitation to […]

A reason for Wilmington to rejoice

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Over at Jesus Goes to Disney World, Fr. Austin Murphy has the scoop on the soon-to-be bishop of Wilmington — who, it turns out, just happens to be a cousin of his: As has been anticipated, the Holy Father today […]

Pass the Pledge. And lots of paper towels.

posted by deacon greg kandra

If you’ve ever wondered just how they clean one of the largest churches in the world, a paper in Canada has kindly provided the answer: As the tomb of the first pope and the principal church of most of his […]

Connecticut’s counterculture: young, conservative, Christian

posted by deacon greg kandra

From Connecticut comes this intriguing story about a growing band of young conservative Christians seeking to have a voice and make a mark: The topic of the high school discussion was homosexuality, and almost everyone in the class expressed the […]

A brand new priest blogs for Cardinal Sean

posted by deacon greg kandra

I’ve fallen a bit behind in my reading of Cardinal Sean’s excellent blog — my bad — but thanks to an alert reader, who has a new blog of his own (check it out right here), I caught this terrific […]

Mass hysteria?

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

People who were pulling their hair out over the wider use of the Latin mass can now have an official, low-grade freak-out. It sounds like more changes in the mass could be coming soon, to a sanctuary near you: The […]

Report: Anglicans hold secret talks with Vatican

posted by deacon greg kandra

This is an astonishing bit of news, and could signal the beginning of the end of the Church of England as we know it: Senior Church of England bishops have held secret talks with Vatican officials to discuss the crisis […]

Hartford and Washington welcome new deacons

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

And the ordinations continue! The Archdiocese of Washington just ordained 16 new deacons, and assigned them to their new ministries. You can read all about it in the Catholic Standard. And the Archdiocese of Hartford in Connecticut just welcomed eight […]

World Youth Day: “There’s nothing immoral with a little commercialism”

posted by deacon greg kandra

There’s growing buzz about the upcoming World Youth Day in Australia, and now there are souvenirs to be had: Catholic pilgrims and the public will be able to buy papal mementos after Sydney’s archbishop gave his blessing to indulging in […]

“What if God is calling me to be a priest?”

posted by deacon greg kandra

You can never know where vocations will come from, or how they’ll grow, as this story from a paper in Phoenix reminds us: Matt Lowry was starting out as an electrical engineer at Motorola and being nurtured for management. And […]

McCain visits Guadalupe

posted by deacon greg kandra

The effort to win the Catholic vote continues apace, as this report indicates: Republican presidential hopeful John McCain visited the Basilica of Guadalupe, home to Mexico’s most revered icon, a stop likely aimed at Roman Catholics and Mexican-Americans voters in […]

BREAKING NEWS: Pope approves miracle for Blessed Damien

posted by deacon greg kandra

It looks like the reports are true, and we are about to get a new saint. According to the AP: Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of a 19th century Belgian priest who ministered […]

Speaking of gangsters: “Paradise” found

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

The news about the gangster meeting the pope reminded me of these great videos. Here is Coolio’s classic “Gangster’s Paradise,” from the movie Dangerous Minds. But to really appreciate it, you have to see “Weird Al” Yankovich’s inspired parody, “Amish […]

The pope’s gangster

posted by deacon greg kandra

Well, actually, he’s just going to be meeting the Pope during World Youth Day festivities — but his story is a compelling one of crime and conversion: A FORMER hitman will share the stage with Pope Benedict XVI at World […]

The juror with a mitre renders his verdict

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Some days back, I blogged about the bishop of Pittsburgh’s new part-time job as a juror. Now, an update: Bishop David Zubik completed his jury service yesterday when the Allegheny County criminal court jury he was serving on rendered its […]

“Most priests live lives of heroic integrity”

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Here’s an intriguing piece out of Long Island, where a man is collecting interviews in an effort to repair the damage done to the reputation of priests: he sex-abuse scandal that broke in 2002 roiled the Roman Catholic Church and […]

Jim Caviezel, prisoner

posted by deacon greg kandra

The man who made a name for himself by playing Christ is about to become a number. This, from Variety: AMC and ITV will remake Patrick McGoohan’s cult TV show “The Prisoner” as a six-part mini with Ian McKellen as […]

Who says ‘It don’t rain in Indianapolis’?

posted by deacon greg kandra

It’s raining deacons. Fr. Bede Cisco, Director of Diaconate Formation for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, kindly alerted me to a wonderful spread on the recent history-making ordination in the Criterion, the archdiocesan newspaper. Do give it a look. And visit […]

The simple message of Jean Vanier and L’Arche

posted by deacon greg kandra

A few days ago, one of the key speakers at Quebec’s Eucharistic Congress was a man whom many consider a living saint, Jean Vanier, founder of the L’Arche community for the disabled. This morning’s Washington Post On Faith section has […]

Burglary at the archbishop’s residence

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

I can’t remember ever hearing of anything like this before: an audacious break-in at an archbishop’s residence in Minnesota that resulted in the theft of some truly priceless objects: An overnight burglary at the St. Paul residence of new Archbishop […]

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