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Worth a thousand words

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The beautiful image above, from Whispers, and the camera of Sam Lucero shows Timothy Dolan, while archbishop of Milwaukee, embracing a newly ordained permanent deacon. Check out the rest of Lucero’s gorgeous and inspiring work at his website.

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The Nativity of John the Baptist

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Prepare ye!

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After 62 years, still in tune with each other

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For all those couples celebrating an anniversary in this month of weddings — and all those who just need a quick day-brightener — get a load of this. A married couple, together for 62 years, tickles the ivories in the […]

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Doctor who treated her own breast cancer in Antarctica dies

posted by deacon greg kandra

This may seem a little off-topic — nothing church-y here — but I remember this woman’s story vividly. Like countless people around the world, I followed her dramatic rescue with wonder and awe. She inspired many. From CNN’s website: Nearly […]

“The words he wanted on his headstone are those he lived by each day: ‘parish priest’.”

posted by deacon greg kandra

An alert reader sent this my way: a heartfelt appreciation in a Boston paper for a man who evidently touched many lives. I can’t think of a better way to kick off the Year for Priests than with this remembrance […]

Jon Stewart, prophet

posted by deacon greg kandra

If true, what does that make MCPF Stephen Colbert? Anyway: the scoop on Stewart, from David Waters in the Washington Post: In the July issue of Sojourners magazine, the Rev. Jim Wallis calls the Daily Show’s Jon Stewart a prophet. […]

A miracle for Emil?

posted by deacon greg kandra

An American chaplain and hero from the Korean war could be on the path to sainthood, if a miracle now attributed to him can be confirmed. The details: People in Colwich like to touch Chase Kear’s arm or his shoulder […]

Do you know an incredible priest?

posted by deacon greg kandra

Well, then, have I got a deal for you. To celebrate the Year for Priests, the folks at the Catholic Company are sponsoring a contest, inviting savvy Catholic videographers to submit short videos on YouTube about their favorite priests. There […]

Allentown gets an “indefatigable worker”

posted by deacon greg kandra

In Allentown, the local press is sitting up and taking notice of the diocese’s incoming bishop — and his story is certainly out-of-the-ordinary, with influences ranging from Lincoln to Sheen to JPII: Monsignor John Barres’ life must feel as unsettled […]

First military chaplain seriously wounded in Iraq dies

posted by deacon greg kandra

Sad news out of Minnesota, with word that Fr. Tim Vakoc, a chaplain wounded in the Iraq war, has died: Father Tim, as he was known, was the first military chaplain grievously wounded in the Iraq war. He was injured […]

Happy Father’s Day: A family prayer for dad

posted by deacon greg kandra

Blessed are You, God and Father of us all, for the gift of our father. Today we honor and thank him for the gift he is in our lives.His love for us is a reflection of Your divine love.Bless him […]

Cheap grace?

posted by deacon greg kandra

That’s what you might call the redemptive qualities some young women are evidently finding in faith, according to Peter Steinfels’ latest column in New York Times: Dear Jillian, Please forgive the first-name greeting, but it seems the proper way to […]

How’d we get so many Cathholics on the Supreme Court?

posted by deacon greg kandra

The nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court has drawn renewed attention to the fact that Catholics could soon comprise a sizable majority on the court. How’d that happen? The Washington Post chatted with Barbara Perry, a professor at […]

Homily for June 21, 2009: 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

posted by deacon greg kandra

When I was working at CBS News, believe it or not, the moment we just heard about in the gospels was a part of my daily life. In the offices of “60 Minutes,” the executive producer Jeff Fager had hanging […]

“This pope didn’t come as a German pope…”

posted by deacon greg kandra

“The speeches of the pope were of enormous importance to everybody, not only to us, but to everybody. What he contributed at Yad Vashem was a completely different approach which was an enrichment to the culture of memory, and it […]

Revenge of the nerd

posted by deacon greg kandra

From last night’s Radio-TV Correspondents Dinner in Washington. He’s the familiar guy from those Mac-PC commercials. And he was pretty hilarious.

“Interesting. It’s far too nostalgic.”

posted by deacon greg kandra

TCM just showed the documentary “Scorsese on Scorsese,” which ends with the very clever commercial below. (The documentary, by the way, also includes some pretty interesting dissection of his controversial “Last Temptation of Christ.” I once saw Martin Scorsese speak […]

Nine new deacons for the City of Angels

posted by deacon greg kandra

And the ranks continue to grow. The diocesan paper, The Tidings, has the scoop on the “deacon couples”: Last Sunday, the feast of Corpus Christi, marked the beginning of a new life for Deacon Gustavo Catipon and his wife Elena. […]

What’s a consecrated virgin? — UPDATED

posted by deacon greg kandra

Lino Rulli found out when he went out on a date with one for “Currents.” Mayhem ensues. Enjoy. UPDATE: You can hear more from the consecrated virgin Lino interviewed right here. She talks in depth about her vocation, and its […]

“Be his comfort, be his joy, be his strength”

posted by deacon greg kandra

Prayer for A Priest O Jesus, our great High Priest,Hear my humble prayers on behalf of your priest, Father [N].Give him a deep faith a bright and firm hope and a burning love which will ever increase in the course […]

No push from bishops to “punish” Notre Dame over Obama honor

posted by deacon greg kandra

While the U.S. bishops are meeting in San Antonio this week, the subject of President Obama’s visit to Notre Dame came up. And as John Allen reports, it doesn’t appear the bishops are in any mood right now to take […]

“Mass in Thanksgiving for the Gift of Human Life” approved by bishops

posted by deacon greg kandra

An interesting development out of the bishops’ meeting in Texas: a special new mass liturgy may be heading our way before long. Take a look: Nearly 20 years after Cardinal John O’Connor of New York suggested it, the U.S. bishops […]

Where were you 42 years ago today?

posted by deacon greg kandra

Me, I was finishing the second grade at St. Peter’s School in Olney, Maryland. I could never have imagined what was transpiring in Rome that day, or how it would change my life. But leave it to Doc Mac to […]

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you: writer’s block!

posted by deacon greg kandra

Yeah, that’s about write. Er, right. Check out this amazingly cool video that raises the humble Post-it note to the level of art. See more funny videos and TBT Videos at Today’s Big Thing.

Being priest

posted by deacon greg kandra

Another superb vocations video from the creative minds who came up with this one in France. MissionUploaded by mavocation. – See video of the biggest web video personalities.

I feel better already

posted by deacon greg kandra

All you need to do is scan the headlines — or just google the word “Iran” — to get utterly and completely depressed at the state of the world. I need a Muppet fix. How about you?

Freshly brewed: Milwaukee’s new deacons

posted by deacon greg kandra

A brand new deacon — a reader from Milwaukee — sent along the picture below of his class, ordained this past weekend. The diocesan website has a nice write-up about the candidates and their wives. Details to come in the […]

Relic of St. Therese stolen in Toronto

posted by deacon greg kandra

A bizarre and sad bit of news out of Canada: A Catholic Church in Toronto is hoping for a miracle — that the thief who stole a saint’s relic will have a change of heart and return the holy object. […]

“Illegitimate”

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That’s the word being used by the Vatican to describe planned ordinations by SSPX. Details, from CNS: If the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X ordains new priests at the end of June as planned, the ordinations would be illegitimate, […]

Enshrined

posted by deacon greg kandra

Fittingly, as the year devoted to St. Paul draws to a close, the U.S. has a new shrine dedicated in the saint’s name: The Vatican has designated the Cathedral of St. Paul to be the first national shrine in honor […]

Take the journey

posted by deacon greg kandra

A great video that just may open eyes — and hearts. I won’t tell you what it’s about. Just take a minute and watch. H/T Happy Catholic. Into the Oneby mavocation

Cutie weds

posted by deacon greg kandra

Well, that didn’t take long. From the AP: A telegenic Miami priest who left the Catholic Church amid an uproar over published photos of him kissing his girlfriend on the beach made the relationship official Tuesday, marrying the woman he […]

“If I fall, I fall. It’s just another challenge.”

posted by deacon greg kandra

This incredible, beautiful video will make your day. It might even change it. Take a few minutes and watch. You may never think of your life — or a simple game of golf — the same way. (There’s a great […]

Hooray for Hollywood: the cloistered nuns of Tinseltown

posted by deacon greg kandra

Not far from the studios and Spago, cloistered Dominican sisters are busily baking bread and praying for the world. Who knew? The Tidings offers a rare glimpse behind the grill: Since 1934, the Monastery of the Angels has been operating […]

Deacons near Disney World!

posted by deacon greg kandra

A thoughtful reader sent me the picture above, from the diaconate ordination for the Diocese of Orlando this past weekend. Fourteen permanent deacons and one transitional one received the sacrament of Holy Orders at Mary Queen of the Universe Shrine […]

Heart and soul

posted by deacon greg kandra

Seems the pope has a new doctor, according to CNS: Pope Benedict XVI has chosen as his new personal physician a cardiologist with strong ties to the Vatican. Dr. Patrizio Polisca, a professor of cardiothoracic surgery at Rome’s Tor Vergata […]

Here comes the sun

posted by deacon greg kandra

A reader sent this my way: a report about a fairly huge Corpus Christi procession in a corner of the country that’s not noted for being Catholic. From Washington state: Kimberly Daniels was busy watering her garden Sunday when hundreds […]

“She’s one of God’s creatures, although she’s a Unitarian”

posted by deacon greg kandra

The Blessing of the Animals is not uncommon around the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, in October. But in the city named for the saint, they didn’t want to wait for the fall: If Ursula could talk, she’d probably […]

Parents of sextuplets turned down advice to abort

posted by deacon greg kandra

A Catholic couple in the UK gave birth to sextuplets last month — the first set in the UK in more than a quarter century — and, according to news reports, they were told the best thing to do would […]

Homily for June 14th, 2009: Corpus Christi / The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

posted by deacon greg kandra

Back in the 1970s, when there was a lot of liturgical innovation going on, Dorothy Day invited a young priest to celebrate mass at the Catholic Worker. He decided to do something that he thought was relevant and hip. He […]

What’s the matter with kids today?

posted by deacon greg kandra

These crazy youngsters. You do your best to raise a non-believing secular humanist and he just turns around and goes all Presbyterian on you: In April, Bob Sweeney’s son, Ryan, 13, suddenly announced he wanted to start going to church. […]

Mutiny?

posted by deacon greg kandra

That’s the word writer Louie Verrechio uses to characterize some of what’s happening over at the Catholic News Service (CNS), the operation owned and managed by the USCCB. Verrechio takes aim, and fires with both barrels. An excerpt: Catholic News […]

The latest growth industry in tough times: altar wine

posted by deacon greg kandra

Who’d a thunk? An interesting sociological trend, from The Tidings, the archdiocesan paper for Los Angeles: If you have driven north on highway 101 anytime during the past five years, you have certainly noticed the proliferation of vineyards – and […]

“It’s missionary work turned into a business”

posted by deacon greg kandra

If you’ve ever had a missionary ring your doorbell, you might be surprised to learn that some Mormons are now turning that skill into a second career during these tough economic times: Six days a week, in fair weather and […]

Pumped up Lino

posted by deacon greg kandra

For those who missed it, get a load of this: Lino Rulli, working out with the founder of the Hard As Nails youth ministry, Justin Fatica. From the daily Catholic news show “Currents.” Enjoy.

Remembering ordination day: “It was like heaven”

posted by deacon greg kandra

In the middle of ordination season, we should not forget it’s also the middle of anniversaries of ordination season. And Fr. James Martin is having fond memories of his own, a decade ago: Ten years ago today (that is, June […]

And the award for Best Dalmatic goes to…

posted by deacon greg kandra

This guy. From yesterday’s installation of Robert Carlson as the new Archbishop of St. Louis.

Lights! Camera! Contraction! The phenomenon of giving birth on YouTube

posted by deacon greg kandra

I still remember when wedding videos were a novelty. But now, it seems, more and more people are getting into the business of birth videos — and sharing them with anyone and everyone, via YouTube. The New York Times reports: […]

“There is no disadvantage at all of being deaf for a priest”

posted by deacon greg kandra

A couple weeks ago, I posted the item about Boston’s new deaf priest. And recently the Religion News Service caught up with Fr. Shawn Carey to ask him a few questions about his singular vocation. They exchanged some Q&A emails […]

Year for Priests: the website

posted by deacon greg kandra

Can’t wait for the Year for Priests to get started? The USCCB is one step ahead of you: The U.S. bishops’ Secretariat for Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations has set up a Web site to mark the Year for Priests, […]

Honoring Jim

posted by deacon greg kandra

Some of you may remember my writing about Deacon Jim Hynes, my deacon classmate (and fellow Disney fanatic) who died tragically last year after a brief but valiant battle with cancer. They’ve just put a stone at his grave, and […]

A “Currents” affair

posted by deacon greg kandra

For those who have been clamoring for it, relax. Complete episodes of “Currents” are now archived at our YouTube channel. They go up the day after they air. Monday’s show is below. (You can also find other episodes of other […]

Less is more

posted by deacon greg kandra

More and more, people are learning to get by with less and less, and writer Pico Iyer has shared some of his thoughts on his own self-imposed austerity in this week’s New York Times: Though I knew that poverty certainly […]

Need to kickstart your day?

posted by deacon greg kandra

Shuffle over to The Anchoress, who has posted today’s Morning Prayer podcast.

A Baptist preacher encounters a thousand-year-old liturgy: “I loved it loved it loved it”

posted by deacon greg kandra

Here’s something altogether different: reflections of a Baptist preacher, who visited an Orthodox church with his family while on sabbatical, and was absolutely stunned: Saint Anthony the Great isn’t just old school. It’s “styli and wax tablets” old school. We […]

One more thing I don’t miss about my old job

posted by deacon greg kandra

News items like this one.

LA prepares to welcome nine “deacon couples”

posted by deacon greg kandra

As is its custom, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is celebrating the upcoming ordination of nine new deacons by also saluting the candidates’ wives, who study by their sides during formation. What parishes get, it seems, is a two-for-one deal. […]

A sign of the times: leading Catholic publisher cuts staff, shifts strategy

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Tough economic times — and a discernible drop in readership — is forcing one of America’s oldest and most familiar Catholic publishing houses to make some significant changes: The St. Anthony Messenger Press, the Cincinnati-based national provider of inspirational and […]

Obama appoints another Catholic to senior health position — and some aren’t happy

posted by deacon greg kandra

Here’s an interesting bit of news, largely overlooked by the mainstream press yesterday: President Obama has announced that Alexia Kelley, founder of the antiabortion group Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, will serve as the director of the Health […]

This takes the cake

posted by deacon greg kandra

God bless my staff, which gave me this cake at the end of the day — thus offering further proof that bakeries are required by law to hire only people who cannot spell. Thank you, gang, for making my birthday […]

Ah! Bright wings!

posted by deacon greg kandra

The world is charged with the grandeur of God.It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oilCrushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?Generations have trod, have trod, have […]

“Make grunting sounds while putting on socks”

posted by deacon greg kandra

That’s one of Bill Geist’s “50 Ways to Tell You’re 50.” I’m ahead of the game. I was doing that at 48. Happy birthday to me.

The son of a deacon receives five sacraments at one parish

posted by deacon greg kandra

It’s something that doesn’t happen all that often, but it just did in Washington, DC: a man ordained to the priesthood received his fifth sacrament at one church. From the Catholic Standard: For Father Andrew Davy, it seemed only fitting […]

68.1 million, and counting…

posted by deacon greg kandra

The 2009 Official Catholic Directory is out, and the numbers are in: The number of patients served in Catholic hospitals and the number of clients assisted by Catholic charitable agencies went up. Fewer baptisms, first Communions, confirmations and marriages were […]

D-Day, the 6th of June

posted by deacon greg kandra

That’s “D” for deacons. In addition to the ordination yesterday of nine men in Gary, Indiana, St. Louis also saw several ordinations: Bishop Robert Hermann ordained 11 men to the Order of the Permanent Diaconate at 10 a.m. Saturday, June […]

A dying priest’s journey: “I’m a teacher, and this is a teachable moment”

posted by deacon greg kandra

What does a priest do when he’s unexpectedly facing the final days of his life? This story from the Boston Globe offers an answer — and a lesson: Father Field is having one of his good days. It’s Pentecost Sunday […]

Gary’s got ‘em: nine new deacons

posted by deacon greg kandra

Some happy news for a Sunday morning: Indiana has nine shiny new deacons for the Diocese of Gary: Many are called. Few answer. Dennis Guernsey jokes he’s a little deaf, but God’s call came loud and clear in mid-life. “I […]

Worth a thousand words

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Signs carried by demonstrators near the Kansas funeral of slain abortion doctor George Tiller. PHOTO: by Charlie Reidel/AP

Homily for June 7, 2009: Trinity Sunday

posted by deacon greg kandra

One of the movies that always pops up on TV during an election year is “The Candidate,” with Robert Redford. I saw it years ago, and caught it again on cable last fall. It’s the story of a young, idealistic […]

A married priest helps end a Nebraska vocations drought

posted by deacon greg kandra

Some interesting news from the heartland today: After a five year drought where the Grand Island Catholic Diocese did not ordain a single new priest, Friday they ordained three — including the state’s first married priest. It was with nervous […]

Irish religious orders agree to boost payments to sex abuse victims

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In a followup to news I posted a couple weeks ago, it looks like Ireland’s religious orders will indeed be coughing up more money to compensate victims of sex abuse. From CNS: The 18 Irish religious orders implicated in decades […]

Reason to rejoice

posted by deacon greg kandra

Is there any better way to mark the end of another week? I don’t think so.

Lino Un-rulli

posted by deacon greg kandra

That was Cardinal Egan’s wry nickname for the “Catholic Guy” on Sirius Radio, Lino Rulli, who now also works as a contributor to “Currents.” Here, for a drizzly Friday: Lino’s piece from our first episode of “Currents,” wherein he meets […]

More brothers in the City of Brotherly Love

posted by deacon greg kandra

And the ordinations keep rolling in. Philadelphia just added more deacons to the roster: The reading from Acts, chapter 6 at the May 30 Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul was most appropriate. “… So they […]

And two shall be one: Catholic publishers merge

posted by deacon greg kandra

Big news in the media world, as the nation’s largest Catholic publisher announces that it has absorbed another publishing house: Catholic publisher Our Sunday Visitor Inc. says it has acquired Harcourt Religion Publishers from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Co. Terms […]

Bless me, Father, for I have unresolved issues with my mother

posted by deacon greg kandra

If you think confession is free psychiatric advice, think again: Confessing in the Catholic church has long provided material for Hollywood screen-writers, with a dark wooden booth, a priest’s stern silhouette glimpsed through a screen and the uttered phrase “Bless […]

Amazing gymnastic stunts: don’t try this at home

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But watch. It’s spectacular.

The Deacon and the God Googler

posted by deacon greg kandra

The venerable Mike “Googling God” Hayes (from Busted Halo) popped over to “Currents” this afternoon, to be interviewed for a program we’re airing on June 10. The subject was youth ministry, and keeping the young in the faith. He was […]

“Currents” clips

posted by deacon greg kandra

If anyone missed it — I know you were all glued to your computer screens last night (not) — you can catch part of yesterday’s debut of “Currents” at our website. Click on the screens to watch individual pieces. We […]

“Our life as monks is not set up to sit around and answer phones”

posted by deacon greg kandra

Many readers may be familiar with Laser Monks, the innovative and popular ministry of some Trappists out in Wisconsin. Now, the New York Times looks at the lay women who make that ministry hum: At the ringing of a bowl-shaped […]

Obama v. the Church?

posted by deacon greg kandra

From the Philadelphia Inquirer comes this blunt assessment of President Obama’s recent visit to Notre Dame: I’m ultimately led to a rational, if sinister, motivation on the president’s part. The Catholic Church has a long and unyielding position against abortion. […]

Well, who’da thunk?

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Just got word from a friend that I’ve won an award from the Catholic Press Association for this essay. Must’ve been a slow year in the publishing biz. Heh.

The “Currents” crew

posted by deacon greg kandra

Here they are: Nathalia Ortiz, Matt McClure, Tai Hernandez and Lino Rulli. The on air anchors and reporters of “Currents.” Photo: by Tim Haines, Tim Haines Photography 

Conan’s not the only one debuting tonight

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If you can, whisper up a prayer for the good people at The NET (including Your Humble Blogger) as we really “put out into the deep” today. The first-ever daily Catholic news show, “Currents,” debuts tonight at 7:30 ET. (Channel […]

Amen

posted by deacon greg kandra

“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 […]

Abortion doctor shot and killed at his church

posted by deacon greg kandra

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” […]

Psst…looking for a cheap vacation?

posted by deacon greg kandra

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 […]

A father’s blessing

posted by deacon greg kandra

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 […]

Give this kid a blog, now

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Diversity’s triumph

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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.

Susan Boyle’s defining moment

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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.

Holy Toledo: Ohio’s Catholic radio station offering “faith with frequency”

posted by deacon greg kandra

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 […]

Diaz: thumbs up from the nuncio

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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 […]

Something in common: the move toward one Easter for all Christians

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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 […]

More on the new deacons of Brooklyn

posted by deacon greg kandra

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 […]

Cutie quits: priest leaves Catholic Church

posted by deacon greg kandra

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. […]

“Currents”: the news show that goes against the tide

posted by deacon greg kandra

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 […]

How about a hug?

posted by deacon greg kandra

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 […]

It’s not Caroline: Obama picks Dr. Diaz as Vatican ambassador — UPDATED

posted by deacon greg kandra

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 […]

Quote of the day

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“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, […]

Pay up: Ireland demands religious orders contribute more to abuse settlements

posted by deacon greg kandra

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 […]

Jazz with Jesus

posted by deacon greg kandra

From Manhattan comes this hip liturgy: a Sunday night jazz mass. Dig it. This comes from the America magazine’s web page.

Our Catholic court — UPDATED

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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 […]

“Highly improbable but mindlessly entertaining”

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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 […]

Mel: “I’m to blame”

posted by deacon greg kandra

“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 […]

Noted

posted by deacon greg kandra

“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 […]

The way we were: the ordination class of ’69 looks back

posted by deacon greg kandra

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 […]

Quote of the day

posted by deacon greg kandra

“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.

Singing an American tune: a great poet from Forest Hills

posted by deacon greg kandra

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, […]

“We knew, and did not know”

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“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 […]

Susan Boyle strikes again: her latest performance

posted by deacon greg kandra

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 […]

Worth a thousand words

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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. […]

Newark ordains biggest class of priests in the U.S.

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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 […]

Happy anniversary, to my Beauty

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From your Beast 23 years? Already?

Because it’s more than just another three-day weekend

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We remember.

The Dodgers may have left, but Brooklyn does have The Deacons

posted by deacon greg kandra

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, […]

Here come the new deacons of Brooklyn…

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I’m off to the diaconate ordination at St. James Cathedral. Will post pictures when I return! Woo hoo!

Huh? — UPDATED

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“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 […]

Gingrich: “The moment that finally convinced me to convert…”

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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 […]

Praise for Obama from Cardinal George

posted by deacon greg kandra

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 […]

Have you voted yet?

posted by deacon greg kandra

Polls close Saturday! You can view the nominees right here. If I win, I promise to mention you in my acceptance speech…

A Maryland miracle?

posted by deacon greg kandra

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 […]

Cleared for takeoff: one man’s unique vocation journey

posted by deacon greg kandra

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 […]

Quote of the day

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“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 […]

Shutting out “Mass for Shut-Ins”?

posted by deacon greg kandra

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 […]

The last generation of priests in Scotland

posted by deacon greg kandra

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 […]

Dan Brown’s theology

posted by deacon greg kandra

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 — […]

Quote of the day

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“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 […]

Worth a thousand words

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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

On Notre Dame: “Less the roar of the lion than the silence of the lambs”

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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 […]

May 19, 2007

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Happy Anniversary, brothers!

A saint in New Jersey?

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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 […]

A Coffin fit: a famous preacher’s sermons

posted by deacon greg kandra

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, […]

In a nutshell

posted by deacon greg kandra

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 […]

Obama at Notre Dame: “Open hearts, open minds, fair-minded words”

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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 America’s deep divide over abortion on Sunday as he appealed to partisans on both sides […]

A song for this Sunday: “Notre Dame, our Mother”

posted by deacon greg kandra

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 […]

Meet William Donohue: “Perenially indignant”

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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 […]

From “The Deacon’s Bench,” to the priest’s…

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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 […]

Protesting too much?

posted by deacon greg kandra

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 […]

Homily for May 17, 2009: 6th Sunday of Easter

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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 […]

More Jersey boys: Trenton welcomes new deacons

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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 […]

Who is a real Catholic?

posted by deacon greg kandra

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 […]

Quote of the day

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“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 […]

Jersey boys: Camden’s new deacons

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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 […]

“Angels & Demons”: got to love this lede from the New York Times review

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“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 […]

Want to feel inspired? Watch this

posted by deacon greg kandra

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.

Positive signs: a new way of promoting vocations

posted by deacon greg kandra

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 […]

New deacons for Brooklyn!

posted by deacon greg kandra

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 […]

For those who think priests are not married to the Church

posted by deacon greg kandra

“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 […]

Quote of the day

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“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 […]

First look: “Currents”

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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 […]

Jesus in jeans

posted by deacon greg kandra

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 […]

The monk with a holster and a badge?

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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 […]

“I’m praying for you to be a priest”

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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 […]

What we have come to

posted by deacon greg kandra

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. […]

Weakland: Yep, I’m gay

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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 […]

“God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, hear the cry of the afflicted”

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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 […]

Former deacon threatened with excommunication

posted by deacon greg kandra

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 […]

Me so holy? Not so much

posted by deacon greg kandra

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 […]

“The Simpsons” got new deacons??!!

posted by deacon greg kandra

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!

Father Cutie speaks

posted by deacon greg kandra

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 […]

It’s a prayer, it’s a homily, it’s…life

posted by deacon greg kandra

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.

“She’s a faithful Catholic woman”

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“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 […]

Everybody has a song

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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.

Tim men: Dolan ordains his first New York priests

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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 […]

Quote of the day

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“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 […]

The latest on Benedict in the Holy Land…

posted by deacon greg kandra

…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 […]

A Prayer While Doing Laundry: A Mother’s Day Psalm

posted by deacon greg kandra

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, […]

A Mother’s Day thought

posted by deacon greg kandra

“All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his.” — Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest, 1895.

Fresh-squeezed: it’s the Lemonade Stand Awards!

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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 […]

Florida Catholic: a bright ray of sunshine in the Sunshine State

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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. […]

Need a smile? Pull up a chair and watch this.

posted by deacon greg kandra

How’s this for a beaming affirmation of the Gospel of Life? 82 million hits, and counting. H/T Cathleen Kaveny at Commonweal.

“Prayer is a true force”

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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 […]

Being both a Catholic priest and a Jew

posted by deacon greg kandra

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 […]

Imagine that

posted by deacon greg kandra

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.)

“A Preacher’s Prayer” by Henri Nouwen

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“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 […]

Fr. Corapi on Notre Dame: “This sends a terrible message to the Catholic world”

posted by deacon greg kandra

The celebrated preacher and television personality has stepped back into the spotlight after two years to release the statement below.

National Day of Prayer: the sound of silence

posted by deacon greg kandra

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 […]

Dom DeLuise: “The Blessed Mother is someone I pray to all the time”

posted by deacon greg kandra

“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 […]

Vatican paper on “Angels & Demons”: “Harmless entertainment”

posted by deacon greg kandra

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 […]

Swiss Miss: Vatican’s legendary guard may admit women

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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 […]

The way she was: Susan Boyle, 1984

posted by deacon greg kandra

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.

Meet Israel’s “Hebrew Catholics”

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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 […]

The incredible disappearing car

posted by deacon greg kandra

A brilliant art project in England. Take a look.

Celebrity priest suspended over magazine pictures

posted by deacon greg kandra

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 […]

Thank you for dancing with me

posted by deacon greg kandra

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 […]

The problem with “Christian” music

posted by deacon greg kandra

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 […]

The question of a lifetime: “Is this going to be a gift or a burden?”

posted by deacon greg kandra

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 […]

Fasten your seatbelts…

posted by deacon greg kandra

…for something wonderful. If this doesn’t make you smile, you haven’t got a pulse. H/T Googling God and The Concord Pastor.

Randall Terry arrested at Notre Dame

posted by deacon greg kandra

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 think you’re the father of one of my kids”

posted by deacon greg kandra

I caught this on TV over the weekend. I almost did a spit-take.

Corapi speaks

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“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 […]

Coming next: plague of locusts

posted by deacon greg kandra

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 […]

Over easy, with a side order of grace

posted by deacon greg kandra

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 charges Vatican interference in filming of “Angels & Demons”

posted by deacon greg kandra

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 […]

Shepherd me, O God

posted by deacon greg kandra

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 – […]

World’s oldest monk dies in Indiana

posted by deacon greg kandra

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 […]

Vote early and often

posted by deacon greg kandra

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?

Because you can never have too much Muppets…

posted by deacon greg kandra

Here, as a sentimental follow-up to yesterday’s link, I offer this poignant rendering of a familiar Irish ditty:

Habit-forming

posted by deacon greg kandra

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 […]

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