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April 2010 Archives

Certainly, I’ve done my part to prove that, haven’t I? But don’t take my word for it: check out what my friend Mike Hayes says on the topic over at his fine blog Googling God: Since I started a media […]

Some fascinating possibilities, from John Allen, in NCR: First, the Catholic population of the future in the United States, like the country as a whole, will be older. The most rapidly growing demographic sub-segment of the American population is actually not […]

The startling picture above was e-mailed to me this morning, with the following message: This was taken at the baptism of Valentino Mora, son of Erica, a single mom of 21 who asked the photographer to take a picture of […]

Some provocative food for thought from Msgr. Charles Pope on the question of what the modern microphone has done to the art of preaching: I have discussed with brother priests before the concern I have at how too much microphone […]

First the inventor of the trampoline dies, and now this. The creator of a true American icon has gone to the great lunch counter in the sky: It was for decades the most enduring piece of ephemera in New York […]

My post yesterday about deacons giving blessings prompted a reader to write: My question is, as a eucharistic minister, would you have in your repertoire a short blessing that we can use when a non-Catholic or child comes up for […]

If you haven’t seen it yet, drop by my Beliefnet blog neighbor Rabbi Shumley and read his account of meeting Pope Benedict: Gary introduced me to the Pope warmly with my formal titles. I gave the Pope a special gift […]

Here’s something you certainly don’t see every day, from the Pontifical High Mass celebrated last weekend in Washington.    Not everyone loved it. One commenter at U.S. Catholic magazine called it “a ridiculous mountain of red silk,” and added: It’s […]

After I made this announcement the other day, Jim Lackey over at the Catholic News Service took notice. He posted his own thoughts on the matter and is soliciting comments about comments. Check it out. There are some interesting observations […]

Only one diocese in America declines to take part in the USCCB’s annual audit on compliance with the so-called “Dallas Charter”, which was created in the wake of the 2002 sex abuse crisis. And this week, opposing sides staged two […]