“Whoever murdered George Tiller has done a gravely wicked thing. The evil of this action is in no way diminished by the blood George Tiller had on his own hands. No private individual had the right to execute judgment against […]
“Whoever murdered George Tiller has done a gravely wicked thing. The evil of this action is in no way diminished by the blood George Tiller had on his own hands. No private individual had the right to execute judgment against […]
Incredible but, tragically, true: one of the country’s most polarizing and notorious abortion doctors was slain Sunday morning while he was serving as an usher at his church. Details: President Obama said this afternoon that he was “shocked and outraged” […]
Mike “Googling God” Hayes, over at Busted Halo, is offering some helpful ideas for people who find themselves cash-strapped this summer. My personal favorite: retreats. Take a look: Retreats (findthedivine.org, charisretreats.org) are often great ways to get back in touch […]
One of Miami’s newly ordained priests, Father Randall Mussellman, is shown above offering his first blessing to his two daughters. If that sounds a little out-of-the-ordinary, so is his story: Born in Indiana, he was raised a Baptist and studied […]
They beat out Susan Boyle for the top spot on “Britain’s Got Talent.” Did they deserve it? You decide. Their thunder-stealing performance, below.
Her final performance on “Britain’s Got Talent,” from Saturday night. Our gal didn’t grab first place. (You can read all about it here.) But she clearly gave it her all. Take a look.
As Your Humble Blogger prepares to launch the first-ever daily Catholic news show on our little channel in Brooklyn, there’s word that another deacon is about to put out into the deep, with a Catholic radio station in Ohio: Toledo’s […]
This little tidbit almost slipped through the radar yesterday, but it’s worth noting: [Papal nuncio] Pietro Sambi leaped to the mic for a second time during this morning’s program to note the “wonderful and unexpected coincidence” of Miguel Diaz’s nomination […]
One of the sharp dividing lines between some Christians is when, exactly, to celebrate Easter. Now, efforts are under way to erase that line: Christianity’s largest ecumenical movement expressed hope Thursday that churches were moving closer to a common Easter […]
A few days ago, I posted the first glimpse at the 20 new deacons ordained Saturday for Brooklyn. The diocesan paper has a complete write-up. The paper’s editor has penned an essay on the vocation right here. And there are […]
The popular (and recently scandalized) priest has crossed the Tiber — in the other direction: Father Alberto Cutie, a priest and television host who was well-known in the Miami area, has left the Catholic Church and joined the Episcopal Church. […]
It debuts Monday, June 1, on the NET, at 7:30 ET, but here is a first look at the program I’ve been developing over the last nine months: “Currents,” the first-ever daily Catholic news show. Take a look. And you […]
I’ve often said the world can be divided into two kinds of people: huggers, and everybody else. Now, the New York Times is reporting that, among teengers, it’s become hip to hug: There is so much hugging at Pascack Hills […]
Word came late today that President Obama had named several of his nominees to various ambassadorships. One was to the Vatican: Dr. Michael Diaz. From the Boston Globe: Diaz is a Cuban-American theologian at the College of Saint Benedict and […]
“There is no such thing as a ‘Catholic judge.’ The bottom line is that the Catholic faith seems to me to have little effect on my work as a judge…Just as there is no ‘Catholic’ way to cook a hamburger, […]
The cost of Ireland’s sex abuse scandal is spiraling — and the country’s government is compelling the cash-strapped religious orders to pick up the tab. From the AP: Ireland’s government announced Tuesday it will summon Roman Catholic orders and demand […]
From Manhattan comes this hip liturgy: a Sunday night jazz mass. Dig it. This comes from the America magazine’s web page.
Michael Paulson at the Boston Globe has picked up on something that may have eluded most Americans — and even, most Catholics: if Sonia Sontomeyer is approved as a justice to the Supreme Court, the nation’s highest court will become […]
The USCCB has weighed in with its own review of Ron Howard’s “Angels & Demons”: Highly improbable but mindlessly entertaining sequel to “The Da Vinci Code” – adapted from Dan Brown’s prequel written in 2000 — in which religious symbologist […]
“Look. When it’s all said and done, I did a pretty good hatchet job on my marriage myself. I’m to blame. If you’re inclined to judge, put it here.” – Mel Gibson, talking last night to Jay Leno about the […]
“An article on Page 30 this weekend about Conan O’Brien misspells the given name of the secretary of state, who appears on some of his memorabilia. She is Hillary Clinton, not Hilary.” – A correction from yesterday’s New York Times […]
With ordination season upon us, the Buffalo News decided to check in with a group of men who were ordained 40 years ago. It’s a fascinating glimpse at “the way we were” as a church — and the way we […]
“Are you out of your Vulcan mind?” – James Tiberius Kirk, in that movie. I finally saw it today. Everything you’ve heard is true. And then some.
I blame The Anchoress for this. She posted a string of great Paul Simon songs, which sent me scurrying to YouTube to find one of my all-time favorites. Here it is: a bittersweet elegy that comes from a different time, […]
“Amid all the reaction to these terrible revelations, I have heard no one address the question of what it means, in this context, to know. Human beings — human beings everywhere, not just in Ireland — have a remarkable ability […]
The singing sensation returned to “Britain’s Got Talent” this weekend — and made it to the next round of the talent contest with her rendition of “Memory.” It’s a little rocky at the beginning, but she soon finds her footing […]
Cardinal Sean O’Malley congratulates Fr. Sean Carey during his ordination to the priesthood yesterday. Carey is one of only 11 deaf men in the nation to be ordained a priest. You can read more about Carey and the ordination here. […]
They ordained a bumper crop of priests in the Archdiocese of Newark yesterday — and with one interesting footnote: most were foreign-born. Take a look: The Archdiocese of Newark ordained 13 priests yesterday, a number believed to be the highest […]
From your Beast 23 years? Already?
This just in, from beautiful downtown Brooklyn: a first glimpse at the newest of New York’s deacons, the class of 2009. Below, scenes from an ordination. I’ll post a link to the Tablet article when it’s published next week. Meantime, […]
I’m off to the diaconate ordination at St. James Cathedral. Will post pictures when I return! Woo hoo!
“We all considered sexual abuse of minors as a moral evil, but had no understanding of its criminal nature.” — Retired Archbishop Rembert Weakland,writing in his new book, “A Pilgrim in a Pilgrim Church” UPDATE: The Anchoress has posted her […]
This week, U.S. News & World Report caught up with Newt Gingrich, who spoke at length about his conversion to Catholicism just before Easter: Part of what led to my conversion is the first time we [he and Callista] went […]
The leading archbishop who described President Obama’s appearance at Notre Dame as “an extreme embarrassment” isn’t saying that anymore. Quite the opposite, in fact. Cardinal Francis George is now lauding one portion of the president’s speech, on the subject of […]
Polls close Saturday! You can view the nominees right here. If I win, I promise to mention you in my acceptance speech…
Hot on the heels of this news of a possible saint in nearby New Jersey, Maryland (my home state — go Terps!) may soon make way for one, as well. From the Catholic Review in Baltimore: Go home and prepare […]
From St. Paul comes this great vocation story about a man who had his head in the clouds, but kept his feet on the ground: Renaissance man Deacon Douglas Ebert, 62, is moving on to a new vocation that has […]
“I would really love to continue the perception that Catholicism has a very human face, that we’re clearly able to laugh at ourselves, that we are actually not afraid of being criticized and we are not going to get on […]
This story escaped my attention last weekend, but it’s something to wonder about — and, maybe, worry about. From the Washington Post: PBS stations are debating the limits of one of public television’s basic commandments: Thou shalt not broadcast religious […]
While Ireland braces for what some say will be a devastating report on sexual abuse by priests on Wednesday, Catholics in neighboring Scotland are confronting a different crisis. The country’s last seminary is about to close its doors. And members […]
In the New York Times, of all places, the conservative commentator Ross Douthat has taken off after Dan “Angels & Demons” Brown and his distinctly populist brand of theology: In the Brownian worldview, all religions — even Roman Catholicism — […]
“We need to foster worship which stuns, which leaves the newcomer, long-time practicing Catholic, above all the fallen-away simply thunder stuck. Worship must at some point leave people speechless in awe. We need language and music and gesture which in […]
Luis Carlos Ochoa Tello, right, hugs his father, Miguel Ochoa Espinoza, after his priestly ordination at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Wilmington, Del., May 16. PHOTO: by Don Blake, The Dialog, via CNS
Among the most insightful commentaries in the wake of Notre Dame is this one, sent to me from a reader. It comes from the Wall Street Journal’s William McGurn: Probably Notre Dame is rich enough that it can safely thumb […]
Happy Anniversary, brothers!
Some people are starting to think so. The local press is reporting that an investigation is underway to determine if a nun who died over 20 years ago is responsible for a miracle: If Mother Mary Angeline Teresa McCrory is […]
Someone has taken the time and trouble to collect and edit the sermons of one of the most celebrated pulpit-pounders of the ’70s, William Sloane Coffin. I found this review in the online edition of the Christian Century: John Ames, […]
Surfing around for analysis on the Notre Dame speech, I thought this observation, from Deacon Keith Fournier, put it all in context: “I must admit that one line from Fr. Jonathan Morris, a guest commentator for Fox (who was excoriated […]
The first reports are now popping up about President Obama’s commencement address at Notre Dame. This, from the New York Times: President Obama directly confronted Americaâ€™s deep divide over abortion on Sunday as he appealed to partisans on both sides […]
What could be more timely than this? The Notre Dame Glee Club singing the school’s beautiful anthem, “Notre Dame, Our Mother.” This day, let’s remember the school, its students, its president, and the school’s commencement speaker in our prayers. Notre […]
One of the more colorful and combative characters on the Catholic scene was profiled in the New York Times recently: the Catholic League’s Bill Donohue: William A. Donohue, the perennially indignant president of the Catholic League for Civil and Religious […]
Several months ago, I posted the moving story of Fr. Kim, and told of his remarkable conversion and journey to the priesthood. (I even preached a homily about him during Advent.) His son got in touch with me recently and […]
A reader alerted me to the disturbing video below, showing the arrest of an 80-year-old priest yesterday on the campus of Notre Dame. I was struck by this for a number of reasons. Just this morning, I took part in […]
His name was Thomas S. Vander Woude. He was a pilot during Vietnam and, after the war, flew commercial airliners. After his retirement in Virginia, he liked to spend his time farming, and volunteering and doting on his children and […]
And now, Trenton. The Diocese ordained a baker’s dozen o’ deacons last weekend. The Monitor, the diocesan paper, has a full report: Thirteen men were ordained to the permanent diaconate by Bishop John M. Smith in St. Mary of the […]
That’s the question being asked by author, convert and FOB — Friend of the Bench — David Gibson in the Washington Post: All you need to know to diagnose the state of the Catholic Church in America today is that […]
“I believe it important to acknowledge the fine example you have given in your married life and in your love and devotion to your children. The ideal of stable family life has long been a focus of interest for the […]
Happy news from south Jersey: last weekend, they added 10 more deacons to the roster. From the Catholic Star Herald in Camden: Bishop Joseph A. Galante ordained 10 men as deacons on Saturday morning, May 9, at Church of the […]
“Since ‘Angels & Demons’ takes place mainly in the Vatican, and is festooned with the rites and ornaments of Roman Catholicism, I might as well begin with a confession. I have not read the novel by Dan Brown on which […]
This video on YouTube is proving surprisingly popular — and just might spark new interest in one of the Church’s oldest devotions. Watch. It’s just plain great. You can read more about the video here.
The Diocese of Little Rock has launched an innovative method of encouraging vocations: a “signing day,” similar to the kind that is common in professional sports: Three high school students signed letters of intent last week announcing plans to become […]
My own diocese is preparing to ordain the first class of deacons since Your Humble Blogger’s, and the hometown paper (The Tablet) has biographies of the candidates. Twenty men will join us, bringing the total number of deacons in my […]
“In conscience, I can no longer support Notre Dame as a Catholic College. I am deeply offended how you treat my wife of 54 years, the Church I love, whose head is Jesus Christ.” – Bishop John W. Yanta, Bishop […]
“I am saddened that many friends of Notre Dame have suggested that our invitation to President Obama indicates ambiguity in our position on matters of Catholic teaching. The University and I are unequivocally committed to the sanctity of human life […]
Some of you may remember earlier pictures I posted of the construction of our new studios for New Evangelization Television (NET), the cable channel for the Diocese of Brooklyn, where I work as Director of News. I’m pleased to announce […]
We’ve seen a lot of different interpretations of Jesus, but here’s something altogether different, from a church in England: He could be a singer, an actor or even a footballer. But this is no mere entertainer – this is Jesus […]
Leave it to Doc Mac to dig up this fascinating bit of Tom Merton trivia, regarding the late-in-life conversion of movie star Gary Cooper. McNamara’s Blog quotes Cooper’s daughter: In the mid to late fifties, my father’s conversion to Catholicism […]
With ordination season upon us, we’re hearing more inspiring and surprising stories of the winding road that can lead a man to Holy Orders. From San Francisco comes this remarkable tale of one late vocation: On the eve of his […]
A Swedish news agency reports the latest slide down a slippery slope: Swedish health authorities have ruled that gender-based abortion is not illegal according to current law and can not therefore be stopped, according to a report by Sveriges Television. […]
For surprise value, this might be filed under “Dog Bites Man,” but it is noteworthy that a retired archbishop is writing about this part of his life so candidly: A Roman Catholic archbishop who resigned in 2002 over a sex […]
Pope Benedict XVI, places a note at the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site, in Jerusalem’s Old City, Tuesday, May 12, 2009. The prayer: “God of all the ages,on my visit to Jerusalem, the ‘City of Peace,’spiritual home to Jews, Christians […]
Here’s a curious bit of news about a former deacon determined to become a priest in a schismatic church: The Diocese of Scranton is notifying parishioners that James Calderone, a former deacon at St. Aloysius Church of Wilkes-Barre, will be […]
In a strange intersection of technology and religion, someone has designed an iPhone application involving an image of Jesus — and Apple has rejected it on the grounds that some may find it objectionable: Apple’s policy of encouraging a myriad […]
Well, it’s Springfield. Massachusetts, that is. The article is right here, along with names and some details. I’ll try to post more when I know more. Congratulations, brothers!
The scandalized priest, Fr. Alberto Cutie, popped up on The Early Show on CBS this morning. USA TODAY has this write-up about his appearance. You can watch the video at this link. Meantime, Deacon Keith Fournier opines: The real story […]
Or maybe it’s Zen. But take 40 seconds and ponder this fascinating look at one year: One year in 40 seconds from Eirik Solheim on Vimeo.
“Falling in love is not something that I chose to do. It’s something I have been struggling with for a long time. This is not something that happened on the beach casually, with no seriousness to the relationship. That’s not […]
Those clever people behind the T-mobile “Life is for sharing” commercials have struck again. Here is a big, loud, lovable sing-along of “Hey Jude” recorded just a couple weeks ago in London. Enjoy. H/T to that Pittsburghian, Paul Snatchko.
The new Archbishop of New York has rolled up his sleeves and gotten to work — and just a couple weeks into his tenure, he’s ordained his first crop of new priests. As in most dioceses, it’s a small group […]
“To a certain extent Christianity is always going to be counter-cultural. It cannot become a religious apology for what contemporary culture happens to believe at any moment in time. But at the same time we have to translate the realities […]
…can be found at this terrific site. Schedules, comments, homilies, you name it. It’s an offshoot of this fan site, which is also a small treasure trove of Ratzingeriana. PHOTO: The Pope arrives to celebrate mass in Amman, Jordan, May […]
I find you so close to me right here, dear Lord. Surrounded by the dirt and scattered clothing of my family, I find this an ideal spot to pray with you. No one comes near here so it is quiet, […]
“All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his.” — Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest, 1895.
I’m delighted and humbled to have been honored by Deacon Scott Dodge with the Lemonade Stand Award, given to “a blogger who demonstrates great attitude and gratitude.” The rules state that I now have to pass on this prestigious award […]
You would be hard-pressed to find a better Catholic newspaper website than Florida Catholic. And if you want to see why, just pop over to this elegantly produced multimedia presentation on the recent ordination of two men to the priesthood. […]
How’s this for a beaming affirmation of the Gospel of Life? 82 million hits, and counting. H/T Cathleen Kaveny at Commonweal.
The pope met the press yesterday — again — chatting with reporters on the flight to Jordan and answering a few questions about the Middle East. At one point, he was asked about how the Church might contribute to the […]
The Israeli press is offering some compelling, and surprising, stories related to the pope’s visit to the Holy Land — including this one about three priests who were born Jewish: Father Gregorcz Pawlowski believes he can be both a Roman […]
Another beautiful and stirring video from the good people at Grassroots Films, a sequel of sorts to the first “Imagine the Potential” piece from some months back. Watch and share. (H/T to fair Amy.)
“Dear Lord… You have sent me into this world to preach your word. So often the problems of the world seem so complex and intricate that your word strikes me as embarrassingly simple. Many times I feel tongue-tied in the […]
The celebrated preacher and television personality has stepped back into the spotlight after two years to release the statement below.
Today was the National Day of Prayer, and if it seems like it was a much smaller deal than usual…well, it was. From the Boston Globe: President Obama’s latest break from his predecessor is drawing some ire among some Christian […]
“People give me Blessed Mothers. I have one here, I have one there. I have them all over the house. The Blessed Mother is someone that I pray to all the time, and in fact, I use her as a […]
The first review of Ron Howard’s “Angels & Demons” is in from the Vatican: L’Osservatore Romano ran a review and an editorial in Wednesday’s edition, critiquing the movie based on the Dan Brown best-selling novel of the same name. “Angels […]
Could one of the most famous all-male bastions at the Vatican be ready to welcome women into the ranks? Maybe: The Vatican’s Swiss Guards will swear in 32 new recruits Wednesday amid suggestions from their new commander that women might […]
You never know what you’ll find in the basement, next to the stack of 8-tracks and 33 rpm HiFi albums. Someone evidently unearthed this: a grainy tape (BETA?) of a 22-year-old Susan belting out the classic Streisand tune.
With the pope preparing to embark on his much-anticipated trip to the Holy Land, here’s a look at one tiny — and intriguing — slice of that region that is often overlooked: With just 400 faithful, the Hebrew-speaking Vicariate is […]
A brilliant art project in England. Take a look.
A high-profile priest in Miami finds himself now embroiled in scandal — and suspended: The Rev. Alberto Cutié, a national figure with movie star looks, was removed from his Miami Beach church Tuesday after photographs appeared in a magazine showing […]
It snuck up on me, but my sitemeter at the bottom of this page now tells that there have now been just over one million visitors to The Bench. I’m amazed, incredulous, humbled and grateful beyond words. Thank you for […]
Catholic Online is offering us some musical food for thought from Deacon Keith Fournier: “The problem with much of what calls itself ‘Christian’ music these days is that it puts ‘God words’ to poor music. Sometimes in so doing it […]
It’s a cold, miserable, rainy morning here in Brooklyn. But my corner of it got suddenly and beautifully brighter after reading this inspiring story from the Chicago Tribune: Born with a disorder that would leave him 3 feet tall and […]
…for something wonderful. If this doesn’t make you smile, you haven’t got a pulse. H/T Googling God and The Concord Pastor.
Somehow I missed this news last week, but it seems a noteworthy addition to the ongoing Notre Dame story. Catholic Online reports that it’s the first arrest in connection with the controversy: Pro-life activist Randall Terry was arrested Friday afternoon […]
I caught this on TV over the weekend. I almost did a spit-take.
“Especially in these times, I felt that people not only need education in the faith — we’ve always tried to do that — but they also need inspiration. I find that there is a lot of — I don’t want […]
I caught this tidbit over at Googling God, and pass it on, for whatever it may be worth. It comes from a paper in Australia: Swine flu and Mexico’s recent earthquake had been the judgment of God for that country’s […]
Just in time for Mary’s month of May comes this little oddity from sunny California: A Mexican restaurant in this border town is drawing the curious and the faithful to see what some believe is a likeness of the Virgin […]
Ron Howard is continuing to fan the flames over the controversy surrounding his movie adaptation of Dan Brown’s “Angels & Demons.” The latest: Director Ron Howard claimed Sunday that the Vatican interfered with efforts to get permits to shoot certain […]
And now, a little musical interlude for Good Shepherd Sunday. A favorite modern hymn of Your Humble Blogger, this is sung often at funerals. But it remains haunting and meaningful, no matter what the context. Shepherd Me, O God – […]
This amazing news probably got little notice when it happened last week, but attention must be paid: The world’s oldest Benedictine monk died today at St. Meinrad Archabbey in St. Meinrad, Ind. Father Theodore Heck, 108, died in the monastery’s […]
Balloting is now underway for the fabled Cannonball Awards, and you can cast your vote over at The Crescat. Wouldn’t one of these look nice on my mantle?
Here, as a sentimental follow-up to yesterday’s link, I offer this poignant rendering of a familiar Irish ditty:
Leave it to The Anchoress to capture, beautifully, the power and poetry of what it means to wear the habit, on this World Day of Prayer for Vocations: In the late 1970’s I heard a teaching sister say that the […]
It’s Saturday night and this just seems like the right time for a little of this:
“I figured, ‘I’m a bishop — I’m not going to tell them to attack Notre Dame with a pitchfork.’ I’m going to tell them to go pray.” – Orlando Bishop Thomas Wenski,discussing a Mass of Reparation he plans to celebrate […]
Over the past several days, two words sent alarm around the world: swine flu. Just scroll through the articles about it online, and you see words like “pandemic,” “epidemic,” “outbreak,” “quarantine.” What cropped up unexpectedly in Mexico has now popped […]
Well, what do you know? I popped over to The Crescat and discovered that I’m one of the nominees for the venerable Cannonball Award. Voting begins May 3. I’m humbled beyond words. (Do I get a discount at Denny’s or […]
And now for something completely different: spiritual advice for the Facebook generation, from Ireland: The leader of Ireland’s four million Roman Catholics has urged social-network users to start sending daily prayers by text, Twitter or e-mail. “Make someone the gift […]
This seems a fitting and timely memorial to honest labor, on this day devoted to the patron saint of workers.
It’s that time of year again: ordination season. Soon, men will find themselves face down on marble floors, a storm of saintly invocations raining down on them. We have three men about to be ordained priests here in Brooklyn, and […]
“Throughout this month of May, let us offer our pleas to the Mother of God with greater devotion and confidence, so that we may obtain her favor and her blessings. Even if the grave sins of men provoke God’s justice […]
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