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May 2010 Archives

Teaching kids it’s not “weird” to pray

posted by jmcgee

When was the last time your kids saw you pray? This columnist suggests it doesn’t happen often enough: Years ago, well before I had children of my own, I was giving a talk to the parents’ Sunday school class at […]

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For Memorial Day: “Earn this”

posted by jmcgee

The beautifully rendered conclusion of “Saving Private Ryan.” We remember. With gratitude and sorrow and love.

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Just in time for Trinity Sunday…three new deacons

posted by jmcgee

It happened in Buffalo: Donald Weigel left his job six years ago as a corporate executive at a Fortune 500 company to pursue a different calling, to become a permanent deacon in the Catholic Church. He returned to Western New […]

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Screening seminarians: “When was the last time you had sex?” — UPDATED

posted by jmcgee

That’s just one of the cringe-inducing questions that potential seminarians now have to answer, as part of the vetting process. And the New York Times takes a look at what that process entails in 2010: Every job interview has its […]

D.C.’s big condom giveaway gets bigger

posted by jmcgee

How is the District of Columbia spending its taxpayers’ money? On better, bigger condoms: High school students and college-age adults have been complaining to District officials that the free condoms the city has been offering are not of good enough […]

“Each of us has been made for love and for great and beautiful things”

posted by jmcgee

“Recently, a good friend told me about one of the local unknown saints here, Maria Luisa de la Peña, a refugee from Mexico who founded the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles. Venerable Mother Luisita would […]

A capital idea: four new deacons in New York

posted by jmcgee

It happened in Albany, and made some history. From the Albany Times-Union: Four area men had the distinction Saturday of being ordained deacons of the Catholic Church in the first celebration held in the newly restored Cathedral of the Immaculate […]

For abusive priests, a fate worse than death

posted by jmcgee

Strong words today from a Vatican prosecutor: The Vatican prosecutor of clerical sex abuse warned perpetrators on Saturday that they would suffer damnation in hell that would be worse than the death penalty. The Rev. Charles Scicluna, a Maltese priest […]

Quotes of the day

posted by jmcgee

“You can safely assume that you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.” – Author Anne Lamott, cited here. “It is a challenge to look past our own […]

Brazil’s best-selling recording star? A priest

posted by jmcgee

Yep. According to Billboard, priests are boffo in Brazil: According to year-end data reported by Brazil’s Association of Record Producers, Father Fabio de Melo’s 2009 “Iluminar” was the country’s top-selling album of 2009. It was an encore performance; de Melo’s […]

Homily for May 30, 2010: Trinity Sunday

posted by jmcgee

Several years ago my wife and I went on vacation to Arlington, Vermont. We stayed at a bed and breakfast, and one afternoon paid a visit to the Norman Rockwell Museum. Rockwell spent part of his life in Arlington, and […]

A modern miracle to make you weep

posted by jmcgee

As a nearly deaf baby who has just received a cochlear implant hears, for the first time, his mother’s voice.

10 types of blog comments

posted by jmcgee

This strikes me as pretty on-target. From the National Catholic Register (H/T New Advent): Blog comments are like the graffiti of the untamed digital continent. Some are helpful, like the spray paint on the fence that says “beware of dog.” […]

Dear Reader…

posted by jmcgee

These are the general guidelines for comments at The Deacon’s Bench. Violators will be deleted. I regret that I can’t monitor comments 24/7, and my work frequently calls me away from my computer during the day. For the most part, […]

O Come, Let Us Adore Him…

posted by jmcgee

A special event tomorrow at the Vatican will shine a spotlight on eucharistic adoration — and reparation for sex abuse. From CNS: The Vatican is hosting two hours of eucharistic adoration “in reparation for abuses committed by priests and for […]

“Holiness is possible”

posted by jmcgee

That’s the idea that kicks off this compelling look at priests serving as high school chaplains in Arizona. It’s a message more and more young people need to hear. Take a look: Holiness is possible. That’s the message Jesuit Father […]

Abortion ad airs on British TV

posted by jmcgee

The ad below is the first one for abortion services in Great Britain — and it’s set off a firestorm of controversy: The outfit behind it, Marie Stopes International, is one of the biggest abortion providers in the UK. It […]

Picture of the day: captions, anyone?

posted by jmcgee

Above, Archbishop Jose Gomez, the future Archbishop of Los Angeles, embraces Cardinal Roger Mahony, the present Archbishop, at Gomez’s Mass of Welcome at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on May 26, 2010. My favorite moment, from the […]

RIP Art Linkletter

posted by jmcgee

He passed away today at the ripe age of 97. People of a certain age can’t help but feel the loss. He had a way about him that was endearing, heartfelt and funny — and unfailingly kind. He had more […]

The Fall of the House of Usher

posted by jmcgee

Those kindly folks who help take up the collection can cause trouble, it seems: Police responded to Mary, Mother of God Roman Catholic Church on Sunday for a report of a fight in the parking lot between an usher and […]

Hate crime: Catholic school vandalized

posted by jmcgee

Details: On May 24, the school of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, which is located in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, was vandalized in an apparent hate crime. Police officers responded on Monday to a report of a break-in […]

Nun on the run: sister chases, catches wallet thief

posted by jmcgee

It happened in Pittsburgh: A nun and local school principal chased down a would-be wallet snatcher Tuesday afternoon, said police. Channel 11 News has learned that the principal of Sacred Heart School in Shadyside chased after a man who took […]

New deacons for Rockville Centre

posted by jmcgee

It’s ordination season, and my neighbors to the east got into the spirit on May 15th, ordaining a fresh batch of deacons on Long Island. From Long Island Catholic: Bishop William Murphy ordained 10 men to the diaconate for the […]

A license to “Choose Life”

posted by jmcgee

North Carolina has become the latest state to consider adding these license plates — and local bishops have endorsed the idea: Anti-abortion groups want to push North Carolina legislators to allow their message onto a special license plate. About 100 […]

The Banker and the Missionary

posted by jmcgee

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more unusual pair of brothers: one may be the most powerful banker in the United States, while the other is a missionary trying to change the world. Both are graduates of Brown University, where […]

Hannan’s Way: the legendary archbishop of New Orleans

posted by jmcgee

When I was growing up in Rockville, Maryland in the 1960s, there was a a large patch of farmland nearby that was owned by a family named Hannan. Part of the land was sold off for a subdivision — the […]

The spirituality of “Lost” — UPDATED

posted by jmcgee

With the groundbreaking, epic series coming to a close tonight, people are picking apart the mythology — and theology — underlying the show: “Lost” fans have suggested a variety of theories behind the mysteries of the ABC series since it […]

Kiss the hand?

posted by jmcgee

Fr. Z. posted this anecdote from a reader. I’d be curious to hear if anybody has seen or experienced something similar: I’m a consultant manager at a department store and my job consists of walking around and assisting customers and […]

Pentecost: making a new church

posted by jmcgee

“The Spirit who came as a great rushing wind and as tongues of fire on the first Pentecost will come more quietly but no less powerfully upon us today and upon the gifts we will place on this altar. If […]

Sacred ground: a mosque near Ground Zero?

posted by jmcgee

A proposal to construct a Muslim center, including a mosque, near the site of the World Trade Center has sparked controversy, and debate. And now leaders from three faiths — including a Catholic priest who was a chaplain at Ground […]

Meet America’s oldest deacon — UPDATED

posted by jmcgee

If I’m lucky, and God doesn’t mind, (and I haven’t lost what’s left of my marbles) maybe this one day could be me: Lou Weitzel piloted a B-24 bomber over Europe during World War II, helped Ford Motor Co. integrate […]

Convent to become Muslim mosque

posted by jmcgee

From the In My Backyard Desk…here’s an item that has ignited a small storm of controversy over in Staten Island: The impending sale of an empty, 2 ½ -story convent in Midland Beach owned by St. Margaret Mary’s R.C. Church […]

From heretic to hero: another revolution for Copernicus

posted by jmcgee

You never know how history will see your life 500 years down the road. Witness the case of Copernicus: Nicolaus Copernicus, the 16th-century astronomer whose findings were condemned by the Roman Catholic Church as heretical, was reburied by Polish priests […]

I am God: life created with man-made DNA — UPDATED

posted by jmcgee

The prospects are tantalizing — and terrifying: The first life form created entirely with man-made DNA opens the door to manufacturing new drugs and fuels, while raising the possibility that mail-order germs may one-day be available for bioterrorists. Researchers at […]

Schools treat rosaries as gang symbols

posted by jmcgee

Most of us know that rosaries aren’t intended to be worn as jewelry — but that hasn’t stopped countless young people (and a lot of adults) from adopting them as necklaces. They’re even being marketed that way by Dolce & […]

Married father of six to become a deacon — and then, a priest

posted by jmcgee

It will happen in upstate New York, as another former minister takes advantage of the “Pastoral Provision.” From CNA: As former Protestant minister Scott Caton prepares for his ordination as a Catholic priest in 2011, his wife and six children […]

Are you a wuss?

posted by jmcgee

If so, stop reading now. The Anchoress looks at what is happening in the American workplace and links to this profane and hilarious piece by Larry McCoy. Larry McCoy is definitely not a wuss.  Believe me, I know.  (Ignore that […]

Here come the deacons

posted by jmcgee

The growth of the diaconate has prompted a reporter from Religion News Service to look into the vocation — and the resulting article has a few familiar names: He’s performed so many funerals, they call him “Burying Joe.” A recent […]

Deep thoughts with Dave Barry

posted by jmcgee

“The truth is, if you’re a conscious human being, you are conscious more and more of two things. First, you’re going to die. Second, while you’re alive, bad things are going to happen to you and people around you, and […]

Stereotyping celibacy

posted by jmcgee

The other day, in the Boston Globe, former priest and current author James Carroll had this to say about celibacy: The Catholic scandal has laid bare an essential pathology that is unique to the culture of clericalism, and mandatory celibacy […]

Germany’s Passion Play returns

posted by jmcgee

One of the world’s most famous — and controversial — theater pieces is opening once again, and garnering even more attention than usual: Time advances slowly in this Alpine village, measured in decade-long spans between performances of Oberammergau’s nearly 400-year-old […]

Gomez says goodbye

posted by jmcgee

The always-enterprising Rocco unearthed this fine interview with the man who will one day oversee the largest Catholic flock in the United States. His Mass of Welcome unfolds next week and, to judge from this posting, it will be a […]

“This place is soaked with hope”

posted by jmcgee

Every now and then — not nearly often enough — I read about something vital and important that shows the gospel being lived in ways that are truly transforming lives, and I say: “This has to continue. This has to […]

“Union busting is a mortal sin”

posted by jmcgee

So say some Catholic scholars who have issued a document on the subject, according to CNS: A group of Catholic scholars contends that management efforts to break labor unions are a grave breech of the church’s social doctrine and tantamount […]

The Catholic struggles of Ronnie James Dio

posted by jmcgee

The legendary rock star who made his name in the group Black Sabbath died over the weekend, after a battle with cancer. And it seems he also had a battle with faith. Deacon Scott Dodge unearthed this interview, from Heavy […]

Pro-life groups use health care reform to restrict abortions

posted by jmcgee

Health care reform hasn’t deterred at least one pro-life group from using a loophole in the new law to limit funds used for abortions: Abortion opponents fought passage of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul to the bitter end, and […]

“This wild world of communications”

posted by jmcgee

That’s part of the reflection below, from my sibling in Catholic broadcasting, Fr. Thomas Thomas Rosica, the CEO of Salt + Light Television, Canada’s national Catholic network. This Sunday marks World Communications Day. Happy and Blessed Communicating, one and all!

After Obama: controversial speakers at Catholic colleges in 2010

posted by jmcgee

The Cardinal Newman Society, which keeps track of these things, has compiled a list of speakers at Catholic colleges who violate Catholic teachings: At least nine Catholic colleges and universities in the U.S. have invited spring commencement speakers and/or honorary […]

“The spiritual gateway” of Georgia looks to the future

posted by jmcgee

Some months back, I posted on the capital campaign underway at the Trappist Monastery of the Holy Spirit down in Georgia. Now this development has made the local news. Take a look: Father Methodius Telnack has lived on the grounds […]

Distraction for a Saturday afternoon

posted by jmcgee

Bored? Try this on for size. Weird Al’s inspired — dare I say, ingenious? — re-invention of an old Bob Dylan video, done entirely in palindrome.  (Clearly, I have too much time on my hands…) And, for comparison, the original, […]

Homily for May 16, 2010: Seventh Sunday of Easter

posted by jmcgee

“The Stoning of St. Stephen” by James Michaels As I was looking over the readings for this weekend, I thought they sounded very familiar, and then it dawned on me: these were the same readings at my Mass of Thanksgiving, […]

Nun approved abortion at Catholic hospital

posted by jmcgee

The circumstances were extraordinary — and the decision, I’m sure, was not easy to make. But the result has sparked a growing controversy in Arizona, where even the bishop has now intervened. From the Arizona Republic: A Catholic nun and […]

Katie Couric = Margaret Sanger?

posted by jmcgee

A friend sent me along this item from Creative Minority Report, which notes a commentary by Katie Couric, marking the anniversary of The Pill. As CMR notes: In these times of high unemployment and dangerous deficits one issue has become […]

As he lay dying

posted by jmcgee

From Ohio comes this story of a convicted killer’s final moments — which included praying the rosary with a bishop: [Michael] Beuke spent an emotional 24 hours at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility where Ohio’s death house is located ahead […]

Priest’s father will be a Father — UPDATED

posted by jmcgee

This item, out of Baltimore, has to be one of the more unusual vocation stories of this ordination season: This year, about 440 men will be ordained into the priesthood, including 62-year-old Deacon Greg Rapisarda. Deacon Rapisarda currently conducts Mass […]

Words to live by

posted by jmcgee

“All things are possible in the world where poor Jewish carpenters rise from the dead!” — My friend the God Googler, Mike Hayes, in an e-mail to me. I needed to hear that today.  Thanks, MIke.

Lena Horne to get a Catholic funeral

posted by jmcgee

I didn’t know she was Catholic, did you? Her funeral will happen tomorrow, according to this report: Celebrities, family and friends will gather Friday for Lena Horne’s funeral at a Roman Catholic church in Manhattan. The great singer and actress […]

From Fatima: worth a thousand words

posted by jmcgee

Pope Benedict blesses a baby as he arrives to celebrate mass in Fatima, May 13, 2010. Photo from CNS/Reuters

Prayer for Ascension Thursday

posted by jmcgee

Let us pray [on this day of Ascension as we watch and wait for Jesus’ return] Father in heaven, our minds were prepared for the coming of your kingdom when you took Christ beyond our sight so that we might […]

Becoming a priest in time of scandal

posted by jmcgee

It isn’t easy to tell people these days you’re going to be a priest. But that doesn’t seem to have dampened the zeal of men at a seminary in Rome, according to the BBC: It seems, despite a scandal that […]

How do you fit 10 days of clothes in one carry on?

posted by jmcgee

Easy. Just ask the people who fly every day for a living. The New York Times did, and got some great tips: To make room for these new travel necessities, many flight attendants roll their clothes rather than fold them […]

Can LA teach the Vatican how to fill pews?

posted by jmcgee

An interesting observation here, from blogger Joe Ferullo: My 23-year-old cousin from Italy has been staying with us for three months. A lot of things have surprised him about Los Angeles — the wide streets, old buildings that were only […]

Who we are: a snapshot of deacons in America

posted by jmcgee

The ink is still damp on this new study out of Georgetown on the permanent diaconate. But here are the major findings: • Twenty-one arch/dioceses report having more than 200 permanent deacons, with Chicago (646 deacons), Trenton (442 deacons), and […]

Quote of the day: “The church has a profound need to relearn penance…”

posted by jmcgee

“Attacks on the pope and the church come not only from outside the church, but the suffering of the church comes from inside the church, from sins that exist inside the church. This we have always known but today we […]

Honoring a rabbi who made history at a Catholic college

posted by jmcgee

He broke barriers nearly 50 years ago — and last weekend, he took home an honorary degree from the school where it happened: A legacy of sharing, and even a little daring, was celebrated at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College Saturday, as […]

Catholic group has “grave concerns” about Kagan

posted by jmcgee

The president’s latest nominee to the Supreme Court is already being met with criticism from one Catholic group: Today Catholic Families for America, one of the largest groups of lay Catholics in the country, announced its opposition to the nomination […]

Prayer to St. Damien

posted by jmcgee

St. Damien, brother on the journey, Happy and generous missionary, who loved the Gospel more than your life, who for love of Jesus left your family, your homeland, your security, your dreams, Teach us to give our lives with a […]

Let’s talk: comments return

posted by jmcgee

Alrighty. After two weeks of relative peace and quiet, I’m bringing back comments. The past several days have been both restful and instructive – and I’m profoundly grateful to the various bloggers and readers who have offered advice, counsel, support […]

Quote of the day: “Come on girls!”

posted by jmcgee

“Seriously, folks, if an aging sex symbol like me starts waving the red flag of caution over how low moral standards have plummeted, you know it’s gotta be pretty bad. In fact, it’s precisely because of the sexy image I’ve […]

For Mother’s Day: a blessing for mothers

posted by jmcgee

By happy coincidence, I’m celebrating several baptisms this afternoon. The blessing below is conferred on mothers at the conclusion of the rite: God the Father, through his Son, the Virgin Mary’s child, has brought joy to all Christian mothers, as […]

A miracle for Mother’s Day

posted by jmcgee

From Michigan comes this poignant story that celebrates motherhood, miracles — and life: For most mothers, hearing that your 15-month-old daughter needs open-heart surgery would be no Mother’s Day gift. But when Algonac’s Katie Larrison got that news on Thursday […]

Prepare to be awed: largest mural ever painted of the Resurrection

posted by jmcgee

Here’s something truly remarkable: the largest depiction ever of the the most important event in human history. Take a look.

In New Orleans, praying for a miracle

posted by jmcgee

That’s exactly what many are doing in and around New Orleans, and Ron Thibodeaux looks at how faith and prayer are pulling people together in the face of what might be an unprecedented disaster: St. Tammany Parish President Kevin Davis […]

Homily for May 9, 2010: Sixth Sunday of Easter

posted by jmcgee

In 1909, a wealthy French businessman named Albert Kahn set out to do something that had never been done before. He would create a photographic record of the entire earth. That was ambitious enough. But Kahn wanted this to be […]

Popular baby names come from vampires

posted by jmcgee

Another sign of the times — and, I think, a rather disconcerting one. From the New York Times: For baseball fans, 2009 was the year of the Yankees. For job seekers, it was the year of the Great Recession. And […]

Report: Cardinal urges considering “quality” of gay relationships

posted by jmcgee

I can’t imagine this item will slip by without eliciting a lot of comment from the Vatican — and a few others: The head of the Austrian Church has launched an attack of one of the most senior cardinals in […]

Lord Jesus Christ hurt crossing the street

posted by jmcgee

Really. It happened in Massachusetts. Take a look: A 20-year-old Pittsfield driver was cited by police Tuesday after she ran down Lord Jesus Christ in a marked crosswalk at Main Street and Strong Avenue, police said. Brittany E. Cantarella was […]

It’s Friday. Don’t you want to dance?

posted by jmcgee

I know I do. Below, another of those “spontaneous” dance explosions that pop up from time to time in train stations or public thoroughfares. This one is from Ohio. H/T Concord Pastor. Don’t stop believing!     

Pelosi urges Catholics to back immigration reform

posted by jmcgee

The Speaker of the House was speaking her mind yesterday — and trying to rally Catholics behind her latest cause: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told Catholic leaders Thursday that she wants them to “play a very major role” in getting […]

“Simply Catholic”: simply terrific

posted by jmcgee

Check out this potent new video from Illinois.   H/T Thomas Peters.

Italy hosts its first “divorce fair”

posted by jmcgee

It’s a telling and tragic development in this predominantly Catholic country — and the lineup is, um, interesting: For married men and women who are harbouring suspicions about what their partner is getting up to, there will be information on […]

Coolest. Mini-van ad. Ever.

posted by jmcgee

This is an absolute hoot. Enjoy.

“What is love?”

posted by jmcgee

A conference in Rome later this month will try to answer that question — taking for its inspiration the legendary theologian Dietrich von Hildebrand. A press release notes: The conference will bring together philosophers, theologians, psychologists, physicians, scientists, and artists […]

Call him “Dr. Rocco”

posted by jmcgee

Legendary blogger and “Currents” contributor Rocco Palmo is used to covering the news.  But now he’s actually making some.    From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Rocco Palmo’s life has been infused with four major blessings — his large Italian family, […]

In the mail: the sound of silence

posted by jmcgee

A longtime reader writes: The time in the ‘comment cloister’ has been a journey. It has caused me to consider my own quick-to-judge tendencies. Following the way I tend to see so many things – neither all good or all […]

Fr. Robert Barron: “How to build a better priest”

posted by jmcgee

“For too long we’ve had a preferential option for mediocrity in the priesthood. We almost embrace mediocrity as the norm. What’s the difference between a doctor and a priest? As someone once answered long ago, there really is no comparison: […]

Lights, camera…priests!

posted by jmcgee

Whether we realize it or not, the figure of a Catholic priest has long played a starring role in the movies. CNS’s David DiCerta explains: In 1915, D.W. Griffith followed up his controversial silent classic “Birth of a Nation” with […]

Bill Reel, “full of faith”

posted by jmcgee

A legendary New York columnist has moved to the great Copy Desk in the Sky. Bill Reel, who wrote the “Reel People” column for the New York Daily News, and later toiled for at time for my own diocesan paper, […]

“They are the ones who sustain us every day…”

posted by jmcgee

This beautiful video couldn’t be more timely — or more necessary.

A “common Communion table” with Lutherans?

posted by jmcgee

It could one day happen, if a German Lutheran bishop has anything to say about it. Take a look: A German Protestant bishop has urged Roman Catholic and Lutheran churches to draw up a joint declaration on their shared beliefs […]

The Sioux Six: new deacons for Iowa

posted by jmcgee

A reader sent this my way: behold, the newest deacons from Sioux City, ordained Saturday, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker. (Boy, do they have their work cut out for them!) The men are: Richard Port, Bruce Chartier, Kenny […]

What Bill Maher doesn’t understand about Christian love

posted by jmcgee

Well, there’s a lot he doesn’t get. And Tony Rossi points out a couple examples in this week’s National Catholic Register, and concludes: Of course, it’s true that some who call themselves Christian do reprehensible things and express no remorse. […]

“Men in dresses”

posted by jmcgee

Over at the Los Angeles Times, Charlotte Allen takes note of one particular way of describing priests that smacks of anti-Catholicism: “Men in dresses.” That’s who columnist Maureen Dowd blames for decay in “our religious kingdom.” Which men in dresses […]

First Communion for 500

posted by jmcgee

‘Tis the season for First Communions and Confirmations — and a parish in California may well have one of the largest First Communion classes anywhere.  How’s THIS for feeding the multitude?   From Catholic San Francisco: Saturday morning first Communion […]

Koch on O’Connor: “I loved him as I did my own brother…”

posted by jmcgee

New York’s legendary former mayor Ed Koch paid tribute to his city’s legendary former archbishop at St. Patrick’s Cathedral Monday, on the 10th anniversary of the archbishop’s death. Koch’s words pay tribute to a warm and enduring friendship of kindred […]

Worth a thousand words

posted by jmcgee

Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, Arizona, baptizes an inmate at the Southern Arizona Correctional Release Center in Tucson last month. Details, from CNS: A hazy sun settling slowly behind Tucson’s “A” mountain softly illuminated the 20 women in bright-orange uniforms […]

The anti-me

posted by jmcgee

A reader of Andrew Sullivan’s blog sent him the e-mail below, and a friend of mine (the wife of a deacon) pointed out to me, “If more people thought this way, you could still have comments on your blog.” Sullivan’s […]

Catholic college offers course on same-sex marriage

posted by jmcgee

And the archbishop isn’t happy about it: Newark Archbishop John J. Myers said a course on same-sex marriage to be offered in the fall at Seton Hall University “troubles me greatly.” “This proposed course seeks to promote as legitimate a […]

What’s wrong with Jean Vianney?

posted by jmcgee

In certain quarters, some are arguing that the holy French priest selected as the ideal for the Year for Priests isn’t necessarily the best model for the vocation in the 21st century. From the Christian Science Monitor: “Vianney is thought […]

Meanwhile, from the Anglican Desk…

posted by jmcgee

While various commentators take a less-than-favorable view of the Catholic hierarchy these days, that hasn’t stopped some prominent Anglicans from dipping their toes in the Tiber to see if they’d like to swim across: Three Church of England bishops traveled […]

“Who can mock this church?”

posted by jmcgee

That’s the question that kicks off Nicholas Kristof’s column in the Times this morning, and it’s a must-read: The Vatican believes that this newspaper and other news organizations have been unfair and overzealous in excavating the church’s cover-ups of child […]

Quote of the day: “We must not blame the media for covering the story”

posted by jmcgee

“The continuous media coverage of this case is damaging the relationship between the clergy and the laity, and it is tragic. But we must not blame the media for covering the story. There are, as I see it, three motives […]

Homily for May 2, 2010: Fifth Sunday of Easter

posted by jmcgee

Friday night, I watched the rehearsal for this weekend’s confirmation. It was a little different from what I remember from my own confirmation almost 40 years ago. But one thing hasn’t changed – the “confirmation name.” Young people still choose […]

A Prayer to St. Joseph the Worker

posted by jmcgee

O Glorious St. Joseph, model of all those who are devoted to labor, obtain for me the grace to work conscientiously, putting the call of duty above my natural inclinations, to work with gratitude and joy, in a spirit of […]

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