“This new generation seems ideally positioned to address the lamentable tendency in American Catholic life to drive a wedge between the church’s pro-life message and its peace-and-justice commitments. More generally, they can help us find the sane middle between two […]
So says Vatican Radio, denying previous reports that the problem was all about the celibacy issue: “There has been widespread speculation, based on supposedly knowledgeable remarks by an Italian correspondent Andrea Tornielli, that the delay in publication of the Apostolic […]
Grace Slick — “White Rabbit,” “Somebody to Love,” etc. — just turned 70. “I grow old. I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled…” Sigh.
[This weekend, I’m preaching a special children’s liturgy, which will include a belated commemoration of World Priest Day. So for those looking for an All Saints homily, I’ve decided to dip into the vault: this is a re-post from my […]
It’s not unusual for men who are called to police work to feel a similar call to serve others as deacons. Case in point, from Oregon: It was 10 years ago that Martin Larner drove his police motorcycle past St. […]
An alert reader found this nugget buried among the many propositions that resulted from the just-finished Synod of Bishops of Africa: Permanent Deacons This Synod has identified the service of Reconciliation justice and peace as the urgent face and form […]
Finally, one ministry where the idea of a clown mass is not as far-fetched as it sounds: A circus ministry team, which includes a Boston priest, is charged with bringing the word of God to circus performers, people who are constantly […]
This is a little out-of-the ordinary: the story of a couple who lived together before getting married, but had a change of heart. The Denver Catholic Register interviewed them: Western Slope parishioners Mike and Toni (not their real names) have […]
As we near the end of Respect Life month, this story jumps out as especially timely: My son is not a hugger. He’s almost 2 years old, and I can count on one hand the times he’s squeezed his chubby […]
Here’s a curious tidbit from Maryland, about an Episcopal bishop who wants to remind people that the conversion door swings both ways: Lost in talk of the splintering of the Anglican Communion, Bishop Eugene Taylor Sutton says, is the appeal […]
Out in Los Angeles, there’s this remarkable story of a priest’s own struggle with cancer — and how he’s using that to spread the gospel message: In his flowing, cream-colored chasuble, Msgr. Marc Trudeau ambled back and forth in front […]
Check out this classic Colbert from earlier in the week. MCPF Stephen Colbert on the pope: “He’s like a flying squirrel.” You have to see it. Enjoy.
Personally, I’d love to hear this for myself: There was some Catholic toe tapping to the strains of banjo and fiddle as the first ever “Bluegrass Mass” was celebrated in September exactly where it belonged: the “birthplace of country music,” […]
That seems to be a sticking point in publishing the document that will help ease the way for Anglicans hoping to enter the Catholic Church: The delay in publishing the apostolic constitution, which will allow large numbers of Anglicans to […]
That would be Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, who just posted a lively, and timely, attack on anti-Catholicism in general — and the New York Times in particular. He lists a number of compelling and frankly outrageous examples, […]
Over at his blog, Msgr. Charles Pope has some intriguing ideas about one way to improve the quality of homilies: My own experience as a priest powerfully underscores the role of congregation in helping to craft the preaching moment. I […]
From Texas comes a moving story of forgiveness: On July 9, 2007, while unloading groceries in his garage, Don McCullough noticed a young man hurrying along the sidewalk and perspiring on the hot day. McCullough called out and offered the […]
Acclaimed Catholic novelist Mary Gordon has a new book out — and the subject strikes very close to home: it’s all about the gospels. From Newsweek: The novelist and literary critic Mary Gordon loves the story of the prodigal son, […]
One of the most famous — and infamous — Catholic theologians is not impressed with Pope Benedict’s overture to the Anglicans: Dissident theologian Father Hans Kung criticized Pope Benedict XVI for his recent opening to discontented Anglicans, charging the pope […]
Larry David has had his moments of brilliance. But this wasn’t one of them: Comedian Larry David is under attack from critics who say he pushed the mocking of religion and Christian belief in miracles over the edge in the […]
Looking for the snazziest haircut? Look no further. This explains how to get the “Mad Men” look. And to think: I was sporting it before it was cool (when every one else thought it was square…)
This just in from the Bench’s Manhattan Desk. It’s a joint release from the archbishops of New York and Philadelphia: Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, and Archbishop Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, have placed a friendly wager on […]
The God Googler Mike Hayes is continuing his googling up in Buffalo, and he’s taken the time to raise a question on many minds these days: we have welcomed married men who have had differences with us into our priestly […]
Just in time for All Saints Day (next Sunday), a friend sent along this clever variation on a familiar Gilbert & Sullivan patter song. Enjoy.
Judging from the e-mails I receive on this topic, this is a subject that never seems to grow old. The question: should deacons wear the collar? Last year, I posted a lengthy look at the question, with some sage insight […]
I sharp-eyed reader sent this along, and it’s a hoot. Brian Doyle spills the beans in the current edition of Notre Dame magazine: To be admitted without review by committee: children under the age of 12, sixth-grade teachers, the mothers […]
In today’s paper, they’ve published a couple letters responding to Maureen Dowd’s Sunday screed. This one was both humble, and humbling, because it put the entire kerfuffle in such a beautiful context: To the Editor: Lay as well as […]
Another hopeful sign that the church is stepping into the 21st century. Visit the site for more info. Meantime, a story about it, below. And there’s a bit of news attached to all this: the pope will pay […]
This one is in Connecticut: Pope Benedict XVI has elevated St. John the Evangelist Church in downtown Stamford in the Bridgeport Diocese to the status of minor basilica. The designation was announced Oct. 17. Bishop William E. Lori of Bridgeport […]
An Irish bishop is throwing cold water on those who are anticipating another Marian apparition in his country: A Catholic archbishop in the west of Ireland has told pilgrims to Knock they should not look for apparitions at its shrine […]
Actually, it’s more of a footnote. This is regarding my post last week about Sr. Donna Quinn. The canon lawyer Dr. Edward Peters is offering his own thoughts on the matter at his blog. There are a couple “canonical options” […]
…Dolan’s got himself a blog. H/T Rocco, of course.
But this is awfully impressive.
This sounds like one busy woman: A philanthropic mother of ten and grandmother of 28 will be honored for her work at the upcoming Tenth Annual Awards for Outstanding Catholic Leadership. The Catholic Leadership Institute (CLI) will present the award […]
How should we behave in cyberspace? Eric Sammons has some very good suggestions. They should be printed and taped to every computer workspace…
Because I had to look up that last word in the headline to find out what it means. Evidently, it pops up in the proposed new translation of the Roman missal. And one bishop used a lecture last week to […]
“Who cares? Soon I’ll be in a wooden box in front of the altar. What matters is the bigger picture. God matters, the truth matters. We as individuals don’t matter. We think we matter but we don’t.” — The […]
Betty seethed. Don cried. Roger resisted. And Joan’s hapless husband Greg decided to join the army so he could be a surgeon. Would he have to go overseas? “Maybe West Germany, or maybe Vietnam, if that’s still going on,” he […]
I have to say, I think Ross Douthat is on to something here, in a piece from Monday’s New York Times: The news media have portrayed this rightward outreach largely through the lens of culture-war politics — as an attempt […]
The cartoon below, from Steve Breen at the San Diego Tribune, says it all. H/T to my Beliefnet blog neighbor Tony Jones.
That’s the question posed by my friend and former Beliefnetizen David Gibson in today’s Washington Post: Thus far, Benedict’s papacy has been one of constant movement and change, the sort of dynamic that liberal Catholics — or Protestants — are […]
The New York Times has this intriguing look at one Anglo-Catholic parish that may be one of the first to jump across the Tiber: When the Vatican announced last week that it would welcome groups of traditionalist Anglicans into the […]
I’m sure this will be getting plenty of play around the blogosphere over the next few days — that sound you hear in the distance is William Donohue, barking out another angry press release — but here’s a first look […]
Reading this kind of news, you have to wonder: The Rt Rev John Hind, the Bishop of Chichester, has announced he is considering becoming a Roman Catholic in a move that could spark an exodus of clergy. Bishop Hind said […]
…starting with the stairs. This wonderful little video just made me smile. Enjoy.
This shocking story broke late yesterday: A Catholic priest who ministered to the poor from his wealthy New Jersey parish was found beaten to death in his church rectory yesterday — possibly by someone he was trying to help, sources […]
That sums up the unusual resume of Sgt. Neil McCabe. Boston’s diocesan newspaper The Pilot has more: While Sgt. Neil W. McCabe was prepared for the blazing temperatures and the dusty, dry conditions which are part of the arid desert […]
Here’s one answer, from my parish in Queens. It’s part of our annual stewardship drive, and this video is being shown Sunday at all the masses. Kudos to one of our trustees, Roger Aguinaldo, who shot and produced it. (Shameless […]
[I’m not preaching this Sunday. We’re showing a stewardship video at all the masses. But, since it’s World Priest Day, I thought I’d re-post for reflection my homily for this occasion last year.] It happens more often than you may […]
A remarkable Catholic ministry conference in Texas has gotten some attention not just for its focus, but for its size. From The Dallas Morning News: In its 2,000-year history, the Roman Catholic Church rarely has been accused of failing to […]
Some things run in the family — like religious vocations: For Deacon Mark Gallagher, the ordination of his son, Charles, as a transitional deacon Oct. 8 in Rome was almost like father, like son. Mark Gallagher has been a permanent […]
Anyone who is still wondering why the Vatican is investigating women religious in the United States might want to ponder the implications of this story: A Dominican nun has been seen frequenting an abortion facility in Illinois recently – but […]
That’s what noted author and theologian Dr. Pia De Solenni had to say yesterday, discussing the role of women in the Church on my show “Currents.” She has a lot more to say about women’s ordination and the importance of […]
It appears the Vatican has a new kingmaker — or, at least, someone whose voice and views will be having a powerful impact on the American Church. From the Catholic News Service: Pope Benedict XVI’s naming of U.S. Archbishop […]
This piece of news strikes me as sane and sensible — and long overdue: Religious leaders are urging their colleagues and politicians to keep comparisons to Nazism and the Holocaust out out of American public policy debates. The Interfaith Alliance […]
From today’s Liturgy of the Hours, and Paul’s letter to the Ephesians: “Guard against foul talk; let your words be for the improvement of others, as occasion offers, and do good to your listeners, otherwise you will only be grieving […]
Is the Catholic media on its last legs? A priest-editor in Asia has a few intriguing thoughts on the subject: For another few decades (two to four?), Catholic journalism will rely to some decreasing extent upon the printing press to […]
Wander over to The Catholic Key blog and you’ll find some remarkable news that connects the Little Flower, St. Therese of Lisieux, with this week’s trailblazing move by the Vatican regarding the Anglican communion: I am the Anglican Catholic Bishop […]
Liz Lemon would be impressed. The New York Times is helping to put the Anglican conversion story in context, by warning our Separated Brothers and Sisters that they might want to thInk twice before jumping the Tiber — and […]
The Catholic League’s William Donohue thinks so: Bill Donohue says he’s okay with “gentle fun” being poked at his faith. But the Catholic watchdog says The Simpsons went too far on Sunday when they cracked wise about the Eucharist. At […]
George Weigel has now weighed in on the Anglican situation. From the Washington Post’s On Faith blog: The first wave of reactions to the October 20 Vatican announcement of a new arrangement for receiving into the Catholic Church groups […]
I’d like to cut this poor girl a little slack, but look at this clip and you’ll have to agree: this is really beyond dumb. Based on my experience, here’s what I think happened. This was probably written by an […]
That seems to be the conclusion of some observers here in the United States: The Vatican’s invitation to disaffected Anglicans to join the Roman Catholic Church won’t have much effect in the United States, clergy members and theologians predict. American […]
If you want to know where the Catholic Church in the United States is headed, you might want to look south. The Latino presence is strong, and growing. And as part of its series on Latino America, CNN takes a […]
One American diocese is having what sounds like the world’s biggest church garage sale: The scattering of sacred and religious artifacts from parishes closed by the Cleveland Catholic Diocese is under way. The diocese’s online liquidator is advertising hundreds of […]
At least one member of the country’s highest court is a little miffed at all the attention being paid to the court’s Catholic majority. From the AP: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito voiced frustration Tuesday over what he called […]
Not everyone is enthralled with the remarkable new bridge that Rome has built across the Tiber. Deacon Eric Stoltz notes: The Vatican proposal appears to closely follow the old practice of “uniatism,” which is not–or up to this point, was […]
“If this reconnection is well-facilitated, we may see the entire African arm of the Church of England (which is currently its most vibrantly-growing branch) cross the Tiber, and that will be a very interesting development, especially as Catholics are exposed to the Anglican-use […]
A journalist friend and former colleague sent this to me with the note: “You’ve got some company.” Indeed! It’s the story of another journalist-turned-clergyman: On the first Sunday morning of October, pastor Steve Scott looked far beyond the surroundings […]
A company that sells clergy shirts offers this clever ad:
A producer in my office contacted well-known Anglican convert Fr. George Rutler to ask if he’d be interested in being interviewed on the big Anglican news. He wasn’t available, but he e-mailed this statement, which he’s releasing to the […]
If evangelicals can climb on soap boxes, why not atheists? A report from the AP: Ads promoting atheism will be going up in New York City subway stations. The monthlong ad campaign begins next Monday in a dozen Manhattan […]
The big news, still unfolding: The Vatican has announced that Pope Benedict is setting up special provision for Anglicans, including married clergy, who want to convert to Rome together, preserving aspects of Anglican liturgy. They will be given their own […]
Several months ago, I blogged about Paul Wilkes’ remarkable book “In Due Season.” (I even preached about it in one of my homilies.) Now I’m pleased to see that Beliefnet has posted an exclusive excerpt. Take a look. You […]
You sort of get that impression from the blogger American Papist, who takes note of a big briefing happening tomorrow at the Vatican: We inform accredited journalists that tomorrow, Tuesday 20 October 2009, at 11am, in the John Paul II […]
After all the hand-wringing over Senator Kennedy’s funeral, a reader decided to send me something altogether different. I thought I’d post it and see what folks think. It’s the webscast of the funeral of a sister, held earlier this week at […]
You’d be hard-pressed to find a more heartening and hope-filled story for a Monday: the tale of a lawyer who traded in the courtroom for the school room: “Pick your head up, buddy,” Tom Dunn said to Darius Nash, who […]
Anyone who needs a reminder of the price some missionaries have paid need only read a brief summary of what happened to the North American martyrs, whose feast we celebrate today: The first Jesuit missionaries arrived in Quebec in 1625. […]
Days after its retired bishop died, another American diocese has gone Chapter 11: The Catholic diocese [of Wilmington] Delaware has filed for US bankruptcy protection on the eve of a civil trial involving high-profile sex abuse. The move automatically delays […]
The Archbishop of New York bumps into one of his flock. Would you like fries with that? H/T to Mayor McCheese, a.k.a. Rocco.
This is what our media-besotted culture has come to: The episode that transfixed the nation last week — a spaceshiplike balloon floating through the Colorado skies with a 6-year-old boy named Falcon believed to be inside — was declared a […]
That’s what the “T” of the cross really means, doesn’t it? Check out this priceless Stephen Colbert take-down of Justice Antonin Scalia. And a grateful h/t to my new blog neighbor Michelle McGinty. (For those who are new to my […]
For the answer, check out this unusual art project: photographing ordinary people who happen to bear the names of presidents.
“The faithful must be renewed, and those who have fallen away need to be invited back to the Church. We need to spread the kingdom of God to those without hope. Amid all of our prosperity, so many people are […]
I can’t. It’s in Spain. The AP report: A huge crowd rallied in Madrid Saturday against a bill to ease restrictions on abortion — a vivid and emotional show of how the issue remains sensitive two decades after abortion was […]
Anyone who lives and works around Brooklyn knows Bishop Ford High School, right off the Prospect Expressway. It’s just a block from my office. And I imagine a lot of Catholics who live in the diocese know the story of […]
We were lucky to have Tom Peterson stop by our studios last week for a sit-down. He’s the mastermind behind the powerful (and incredibly effective) “Catholics Come Home” ads that have brought an estimated 100,000 Catholics back to the Church. […]
Sorry, but I just got a big kick out of this. If you have a video camera on your laptop, and you’re bored, what else are you gonna do but create your very own music video? Enjoy.
A comedian’s suggestion to sell the Vatican isn’t going over well with at least one archbishop: Sell the Vatican to help the poor? U.S. comedian Sarah Silverman might think it’s a great idea, but a Nigerian archbishop called the suggestion […]
If this doesn’t make you cringe, nothing will: a horrifying video of a commuter train running over a baby carriage. Miraculously, the child survived with just a minor injury.
This story is tragic on so many levels: With three small children and her marriage in trouble, Pat Bond attended a spirituality retreat for Roman Catholic women in Illinois 26 years ago in hopes of finding support and comfort. What […]
Well, here’s something different. It turns out that one of the top search terms on Google yesterday was “Virgin Maria Auxiliatrix.” I’m not sure why, or what sparked this sudden Marian curiosity. But my blog neighbor here at Beliefnet Mark […]
Do you know anyone who has more than two or three kids? How about 12? : Returning to the site where they wed just over 20 years ago, Rob and Cecilia “Sam” Fatzinger entered the historic chapel at Sacred Heart […]
Jesus, of course, was a carpenter, and these inspiring women are clearly following his lead: Dressed in T-shirts emblazoned with the phrase “Volunteer, Make it a Habit,” about 80 nuns from congregations nationwide worked side by side in New Orleans Oct. […]
As St. Theresa reminds us, in this excerpt from the Office of Readings for today, it’s Christ: What more do we desire from such a good friend at our side? Unlike our friends in the world, he will never abandon […]
“There are more tears shed over answered prayers than over unanswered prayers.” — St. Teresa of Avila, whose feast is today. The quote has inspired numerous people, including Truman Capote.
Maybe. It’s in Poland. Fr. Z. has the scoop, which sounds a lot like a miracle that I witnessed a few years ago, in Lanciano, Italy.
The ad below, appearing in Maine, is raising eyebrows — and blood pressures. One Catholic group is demanding it be removed. Take a look and see what you think.
And he could become one of just a handful of chaplains to win the medal: A Kansas priest already under consideration for sainthood has won the endorsement of the Army’s top civilian leader to receive the Medal of Honor. The […]
I still have my first set. Do you? It was given to me as a first communion gift: simple black beads with a plain plastic cross. They’re small, child-sized, but I carried them in May processions when I was in […]
Benedict will become only the second pope to visit the synagogue — and the timing is more than mere coincidence: Pope Benedict will make his first visit to Rome’s Jewish synagogue in January, the Vatican said Tuesday. Benedict, leader of the world’s 1.1 […]
The pope has appointed a married couple — who admit they almost got divorced — to a high-ranking Vatican council. Their unusual and inspiring story, from CNA: A married couple recently appointed by Pope Benedict to be consultors for the […]
An unusual abuse accusation out of Minneapolis: A man who alleges that he was sexually abused as a child by a con man posing as a Roman Catholic deacon went public Monday to challenge recent statements made about the case by […]
With the leaves changing and the frost coming, here’s something to look forward to: a glimmer of warmth and sunshine, coming next June. It’s the official trailer for “Toy Story 3.” Enjoy.
From our Utah Desk…a curious news report out of Salt Lake City indicates that one of the men canonized a saint this past weekend has also been embraced by the Mormons. And that’s not all: Father Damien, the Roman Catholic […]
Check out this little film of a bird learning to fly, and don’t be surprised if you find yourself moved to tears. This is all of us, isn’ t it? Learn To Fly from Christian Letruria on Vimeo.
Just a reminder: Your Humble Blogger will be on satellite radio’s The Catholic Channel tonight, at about 8:20 ET, appearing on The Busted Halo Show with Fr. Dave Dwyer. You can catch it on Sirius Radio’s channel 159. Or XM’s […]
These days, with efforts underway to elevate to sainthood contemporary figures like John Paul, Fulton Sheen and Mother Teresa, we tend to forget that a little more than a century ago, there was a great effort to canonize Christopher Columbus. […]
And now, a little head-scratcher for a Monday morning. A leading scholar claims that a botched translation has been misleading us for thousands of years: Professor Ellen van Wolde, a respected Old Testament scholar and author, claims the first sentence […]
What can you do when a parish closes and the church is all-but-abandoned? Some novel solutions, in Albany: Old church buildings never die. They’re just revived for other purposes, be it a new house of worship or an artists space. […]
A friend sent this along, and I can’t help but think that a saint whom we recently celebrated — Francis of Assisi — would approve. Meet Jessica, the hippo who’s also a family pet:
Just when you thought you’d seen it all…along comes this: A South Carolina priest made headlines this week when he starred in a new poker competition on US television this week. Father Andrew Trapp, an assistant pastor at Garden City […]
With a tapestry of the new saint fluttering outside St. Peter’s Basilica, thousands crowded inside the church to watch Hawaii’s most beloved citizen become a saint: Pope Benedict XVI elevated Father Damien of Moloka’i to sainthood today, 120 years after […]
Could Mother Teresa soon be on the move? From the AP: Albania wants the remains of Nobel Peace laureate Mother Teresa and the only post-independence monarch to be returned to the country, the prime minister said Friday. Mother Teresa’s […]
Here’s something you don’t see every day — a New York Times editorial about a Catholic saint: Damien de Veuster was a young missionary from the 19th-century Belgian countryside when he went to work at the leprosy settlement in Kalaupapa, […]
Some interesting news from the Pacific, as Hawaii prepares to celebrate its first saint: The Catholic parish in Kaunakakai will be renamed St. Damien Church as soon as Pope Benedict XVI declares the sainthood of the missionary to Molokai. Signs […]
It’s nice to see this new ministry in a diocese getting some attention. But the errors contained in this article about deacons are really pretty embarrassing.
A few weeks ago, a remarkable story popped up, about fashion photographer Michael Belk. His work has appeared in Vogue and GQ, but after many years of success, he felt compelled to do something more meaningful. Belk is a devout Christian, who […]
“I don’t know that I wanted to become a Catholic so much as I became a Catholic. I don’t know that it was volitional in that sense. Having gone to the basilica (The Basilica of the National Shrine of the […]
“Go and find him when your patience and strength run out and you feel alone and helpless. Jesus is waiting for you in the chapel. Say to him, ‘Jesus, you know exactly what is going on. You are all I […]
…could you spare three minutes to watch this, Mr. President? Thanks.
This unusual documentary, “Oh My God,” is hitting movie theaters this fall. The trailer below — featuring, among others, Ringo Starr and Hugh Jackman — gives an intriguing preview.
It’s Friday. The start of a long holiday weekend. Couldn’t you use a good laugh about now? Last night’s episode of “The Office” was sweet, funny, touching — and, in the final few minutes, uproarious. They offered what may be […]
“Ultimately, the Catholic who is very angry is a Catholic who is full of fear. He sees what is going on around him and he fears that God cannot overcome it. He fears that perhaps it is possible that our […]
Before the prize was announced early this morning, the AP ran an item on the likely winners, which included this priceless sentence, buried deep in the story: U.S. President Barack Obama is thought to have been nominated but it’s […]
How will the new U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican get along with the pontiff? NCR’s John Allen sat down for a chat with Miguel Diaz and came away with some interesting insights: In some ways, one could think of Díaz […]
The Vatican had warm words for the Nobel committee’s decision: News that U.S. President Barack Obama had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize was met with high hopes from the Vatican spokesman. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi told journalists Oct. 9 […]
She might very well be pleased with this unusual endeavor in Ohio, which is taking her values into the 21st century: The Dayton Catholic Workers Movement, a charitable organization that helps the homeless, is opening a new Dayton restaurant. The restaurant, the […]
With World Priest Day approaching on October 25, a number of people will be joining an international fast for the world’s priests: Anna Rae-Kelly saw the Catholic priesthood becoming embattled as a result of the clergy abuse scandal that […]
“The Church hates gay people.” Well, judging from some of the comments around here, that’s the impression some people have. It couldn’t be further from the truth. For a clear and concise explanation of the Church’s teachings on homosexuality, […]
For those who have nothing better to do this long weekend: Monday night, at about 8:20 ET, Your Humble Blogger will be appearing on The Busted Halo Show, on Sirius Radio’s The Catholic Channel. I appeared on the show a […]
I don’t think anybody expected this to move across the wire this morning: In a stunning surprise, the Nobel Committee announced Friday that it had awarded its annual peace prize to President Obama “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international […]
Wilmington’s retired Bishop Michael Saltarelli died yesterday after a battle with cancer, and the local paper has an affectionate appreciation of his life and legacy. It helps to remind us what being a bishop is all about: With a strong […]
In the Year for Priests, here’s a story that reminds us the impact a priest can have on just one life: Mickey Rourke has revealed that he was on the verge of suicide before he turned to the Catholic Church […]
When I saw this story and realized it had occurred at a secular, state university, I thought it was nothing less than remarkable: The melodic voices of 32 University of Northern Colorado students wafted through the predawn of Oct. 1 […]
This story from the Catholic Standard in Washington caught my eye, because the young priest now serves at the parish (and school) where I grew up. He has some sound insight into vocations: In second grade, right around […]
“Liberals are critical of [authority], although they’ll use it when they’re in power. Conservatives would tend to be less critical, but equally dependent upon it. Consequently, when you get into the church, you get the conservatives unhappy because bishops aren’t […]
From the “What Were They Thinking?” file…some curious musical news, courtesy the Los Angeles Times: In a surprise union of two quintessentially American composers from different eras, one the 1960s mastermind of “Good Vibrations,” the other the Jazz Age creator […]
Everywhere. But there are a few places that seem to be especially successful at growing them. The top greenhouses are written up right here. Fascinating reading.
A man who may be testing the waters for a 2012 run for the White House has a few thoughts on what he considers to be serious challenges facing Christians in general — and Catholics in particular. Here’s former Senator […]
My siblings in Catholic communications, Catholic TV in Boston, have produced an iPhone app. Not only that, they’ve also produced a mischievously clever ad for it, below.
Any church that can accommodate both Michael Moore and Sean Hannity — not to mention their monumental egos — is pretty darn huge. (And pretty darn forgiving, too.) You can read about their little chat here. Meantime, a snip, […]
A missionary priest offers this beautiful glimpse at one part of the priestly life — and bearing witness to a precious sacrament, in two very different settings: I had been away from Tanzania for one month enjoying a vacation […]
Dallas is mourning the death of a man who had three distinct callings: The Rev. Paul F. Gray had a ministry that spanned more than 40 years and included service as a chaplain for the armed forces, the Dallas Police […]
After a few months of simmering tension, the Catholic bishops have offered Jewish leaders an olive branch: U.S. Catholic bishops have tried to reassure Jewish leaders that interfaith dialogue will never be used as a means of proselytism or a […]
The world has lost a remarkable and spirited warrior in the fight for charity and justice — and attention must be paid: The Rev. Aengus Finucane, a Roman Catholic missionary and Irish aid pioneer who braved civil wars and learned […]
A diocese in Delaware is about to gain a new batch of deacons (just in time for All Saint’s Day — and the Advent-Christmas rush that will follow!) Details: Fifteen men from throughout Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore will soon […]
Well, that notion fits in nicely with those who seem to think of the new president as some sort of messiah: Barack Obama’s election as the first African-American President of the United States could be interpreted as a “divine sign,” […]
Absolutely priceless. Enjoy. The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Richard Dawkins www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor Michael Moore
The age-old debate about the authenticity of one of the world”s most famous religious relics now has a new wrinkle. From Reuters: An Italian scientist says he has reproduced the Shroud of Turin, a feat that he says proves definitively […]
A congratulatory shout-out to two stalwarts in Catholic communications: Mother Angelica and Deacon Bill Steltemeier of EWTN, who this weekend received the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Medal. There’s a complete write-up here that gives details.
The new U.S. envoy to the Vatican, Miguel Diaz, had his first sit-down with reporters on Monday, and stressed dialogue and “collaboration”: Stressing the priorities that he said the Obama administration has in common with the Vatican, Diaz sketched out […]
One of the pleasures of the blogosphere is discovering new and refreshing voices. Many are gifted. A few are brilliant. And then there are those who defy any description. Every now and then, you encounter someone who just makes you […]
A scene from the upcoming end-of-world blockbuster “2012” more or less exemplifies what it means to “Jump the Shark.” This just might be the disaster movie to end all disaster movies. Just watch this snip and try not to howl. […]
From Boston comes this story that shows that lengths some will go to — and the depths some will plunge — during hard times: Whoever broke into St. Ambrose Church had to squeeze between a statue of St. Ambrose and […]
As one who toiled long and hard in the network news business for nearly three decades, I can give this suggestion a hearty “Amen”: I don’t mean to put anyone out of work in this difficult economy — I even […]
You sorta get that impression, from this intriguing entry from Progressive Revival at Beliefnet: Roman Catholic Priests are the surprising voices of clarity and conviction in Michael Moore’s new film Capitalism: A Love Story. The Priests in this documentary, one of whom […]
Longtime readers know I’m a big fan of “Mad Men,” so I was delighted to discover this wicked parody. Anyone who is just now catching up with this absorbing series — and who feels completely adrift — can find all […]
The annual “Red Mass” took place in Washington Sunday — and some big names were in the pews. From the AP: An American cardinal on Sunday issued a plea for the rights of the unborn at a church service that […]
The Church will get a new saint later this week — one with a unique American connection — and visitors are already en route to Rome for the main event. From the Maui News: Dozens of Maui Catholics have begun […]
On the day when we marked Respect Life Sunday in the United States, the good people of Ireland marked a Day for Life. And the bishops there released a pastoral letter on a subject many would rather not talk about: […]
It had completely escaped my attention, but Doc Mac notes that it was on this day in 1948 that one of the great autobiographies of the 20th century was released, Thomas Merton’s “The Seven Storey Mountain.” The book had a […]
This is, um, interesting. H/T Damien Thompson, who explains what’s going on here. “Mass” at Plobsheim, France, Pentecost 2009 from Donald Jenkins on Vimeo.
A decade after Pope John Paul’s historic letter to artists, a group of artists in Florida is putting on a film festival that celebrates the human spirit: Pope John Paul II’s legacy serves as an inspiration to people of all […]
Several people e-mailed me to say, “Hey, did you know you’re in NCR?” No! But I’m humbled and delighted to be mentioned in some exalted company in this piece by Heidi Schlumpf. Thanks for the props! Check out […]
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When he was 16 years old, Dan Powell was playing football at a Boy Scouts camp when he was tackled, and suffered a traumatic injury. He broke his neck. Dan was left a paraplegic, paralyzed from the chest down. He […]
This is the sort of thing that you don’t hear about in the mainstream press, but it’s worth noting: When the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center opened in December 2008, the national motto, “In God We Trust,” was nowhere to be […]
Turns out, Billy Joel didn’t tell the whole story. The fire actually began on Pentecost. So: check out this interp of a classic, courtesy the indispensable New Advent and New Zealand’s Liturgy blog. For those deacon candidates studying Church […]
Photo: by Michael Clancy Many of us have seen it, but few of us have heard the story behind this iconic photo of a fetus clutching a doctor’s finger. But the man who took the picture wants the story to […]
The pope greeted the new U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican today: Welcoming the new U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI outlined wide areas of potential cooperation with the administration of President Barack Obama, but drew a sharp […]
Washington’s Catholic lawmakers will celebrate the annual Red Mass this Sunday, and a producer at CNN looks at some of the history behind this event: The beautifully ornate Catholic church in the nation’s capital has seen its share of history […]
And they said it wouldn’t last. I’m marking my first week here at Beliefnet, after two years at my previous address, and so far, so good. I haven’t broken anything, and the Pope hasn’t called to complain. I’d […]
Those who are looking for “The Deacon’s Bench” can now find it at Beliefnet, the large (and growing) spiritual website. Change your bookmarks! My new URL: http://blog.beliefnet.com/deaconsbench/ Come by and visit!
A new movie about Fatima, “The 13th Day”, is to be released later this year, and screenings have been announced in several major American cities. If you’re curious, the movie’s trailer is below. You can also visit its website.
Most of us are used to them these days, but that doesn’t mean we have to love microphones during mass. The Catholic Register up in Canada gives this issue some amplification: If every modern church has a box full […]
From a paper in Minnesota comes this profile of new deacon, who has a remarkable story to tell: After six years of prayerful study, Vern Behrends recently preached his first homily at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Worthington, beginning with […]
We’re accustomed to defending all forms of free speech in this country. But a Vatican archbishop is drawing a line in the sand: While the freedom of expression is a right, states are not obliged to protect expression […]
Like most of us, I have people in my life that I have a hard time loving. So this morning’s entry for the Office of Readings, for the memorial of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus (or Therese of Lisieux, […]
That intriguing tidbit comes from Doc Mac: Born in 1799 to Second Earl Spencer (whose descendants include Princess Diana), George Spencer studied at Cambridge and was ordained an Anglican priest in 1824. As time went on he began to have […]
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