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May 2010 Archives

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

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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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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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]

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 […]