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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

Irish religious orders agree to boost payments to sex abuse victims

posted by deacon greg kandra

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.

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. […]

Give this kid a blog, now

posted by deacon greg kandra

Diversity’s triumph

posted by deacon greg kandra

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

posted by deacon greg kandra

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.

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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”

posted by deacon greg kandra

“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 […]

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

posted by deacon greg kandra

We remember.

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 — […]

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

posted by deacon greg kandra

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 […]

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 […]

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”

posted by deacon greg kandra

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…

posted by deacon greg kandra

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 […]

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

posted by deacon greg kandra

“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 […]

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

posted by deacon greg kandra

“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 […]

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 […]

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?

posted by deacon greg kandra

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

“She’s a faithful Catholic woman”

posted by deacon greg kandra

“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

posted by deacon greg kandra

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.

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 […]

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

posted by deacon greg kandra

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 […]

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”

posted by deacon greg kandra

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 […]

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.

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 […]

Meet Israel’s “Hebrew Catholics”

posted by deacon greg kandra

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.

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 […]

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.

Corapi speaks

posted by deacon greg kandra

“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 […]

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 – […]

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 […]

I’d like to thank the Academy…

posted by deacon greg kandra

Well, what do you know? I popped over to The Crescat and discovered that I’m one of the nominees for the venerable Cannonball Award. Voting begins May 3. I’m humbled beyond words. (Do I get a discount at Denny’s or […]

Agca says he’s now a Catholic

posted by deacon greg kandra

Stranger things have happened. But reports from Italy say the man who attempted to assassinate the pope has converted to Catholicism. From the website CathNews: In a letter written from a Turkish prison, Mehmet Ali Agca, author of the failed […]

In place of Glendon…

posted by deacon greg kandra

Notre Dame evidently has elected not to give a Laetere Medal this year, after honoree Mary Ann Glendon backed out. But someone will be making some remarks. Thomas Peters has the scoop: Judge John T. Noonan Jr., the 1984 recipient […]

What’s the Obama flap costing Notre Dame? 8.2 million

posted by deacon greg kandra

They say that money talks — but some information coming from a group of unhappy Notre Dame alumni suggests that it also shouts. From U.S. News & World Report: The effort of some Notre Dame alumni to discourage donors from […]

Swine flu hits Catholic parishes

posted by deacon greg kandra

The flu that is running rampant around the world is forcing some churches in the Lone Star State to take extra precautions: Addressing liturgical matters amid concerns of a swine flu outbreak, Bishop of Dallas Kevin J. Farrell has advised […]

Vatican paper on Obama: “The 100 days that did not shake the world”– UPDATED

posted by deacon greg kandra

That’s the headline at L’Osservatore Romano, assessing the first hundred days of the new U.S. president. CNS has a snip: The Vatican newspaper said President Barack Obama’s first 100 days in office have not confirmed the Catholic Church’s worst fears […]

Shroud to be displayed in 2010

posted by deacon greg kandra

Reports from Rome indicate that he mysterious Shroud of Turin will go on display for the first time in a decade. From CNS: The Italian Archdiocese of Turin has announced that the Shroud of Turin, which many believe is the […]

Superstar? Superkitsch

posted by deacon greg kandra

Just when you thought you’d seen everything, with this tacky bit of shock- art… …along comes this: Evidently, that really is a legitimate design for a license plate in the Sunshine State. According to this account, Governor Charlie Crist said: […]

“The Vitae Monologues”

posted by deacon greg kandra

Anyone weary of the incessant productions — and incessant debate — over “The Vagina Monologues” can take heart. Someone has produced a fitting counterpoint: A play created by a member of a Minnesota theater company aims to be an alternative […]

Finally, a patron saint for auto racers and pool hustlers

posted by deacon greg kandra

From Christian Today: Cardinal Paul Newman, a protestant who converted to Roman Catholicism in the 19th century is closer to becoming the next English person to be made a saint by the Vatican. A group of theological consultors agreed that […]

Why do people change religions?

posted by deacon greg kandra

A new study looks for answers, and Michael Paulson, over at Articles of Faith, has a good wrapup: Americans are changing their religious affiliations at unprecedented rates, but Catholics are much more likely to cite concerns about their religion as […]

Carrie Prejean’s church welcomes her as a heroine

posted by deacon greg kandra

A deacon in my diocese sent this my way: more on the swirling Carrie Prejean controversy. She was given a warm welcome Sunday at her local church: Miss California Carrie Prejean, who became the bombshell of the Miss USA pageant […]

And now, Xavier

posted by deacon greg kandra

First Notre Dame, then Georgetown, and now Xavier, down in New Orleans. The list of Catholic institutions honoring pro-choice political figures — and sparking controversy as a result — continues to grow. From the Washington Post: Another bishop has declined […]

Wondering what Jim Caviezel has been up to?

posted by deacon greg kandra

Take a look at the trailer for his next movie, below. It’s called “The Stoning of Soraya M,” and you can get details at the movie’s website.

Georgetown honors Biden

posted by deacon greg kandra

In case you missed it, another Catholic university is raising some eyebrows for honoring a politician who favors abortion rights. From the Washington Post: A pro-choice White House is already providing new challenges for Washington-area Catholic leaders. First, Washington Archbishop […]

The Anchoress has a new cell

posted by deacon greg kandra

When you have a chance, you might want to update your “favorites” list to include The Anchoress’s new address. You can now find her at First Things with this URL: http://www.firstthings.com/theanchoress/ The A has been experiencing what we in television […]

Susan Boyle fix of the day: a video from 20 years ago

posted by deacon greg kandra

From the Mirror in the U.K. comes this fascinating snip of young (or younger) Susan singing “I Don’t Know How to Love Him.”

“A watershed moment”

posted by deacon greg kandra

What’s fueling the continuing controversy over President Obama’s planned trip to Notre Dame? This piece, from the Washington Independent, offers some answers: After eight years of only occasional disagreements with a Republican president, conservative Catholic activists have moved into the […]

Carrie Prejean: “It wasn’t what God wanted for me that night” — UPDATED

posted by deacon greg kandra

For those who may have missed it, here’s Carrie Prejean and Matt Lauer, chatting on TODAY: Ms. PREJEAN: I knew at that moment after I had answered the question, I knew that I was not going to win because of […]

Fish on Friday?

posted by deacon greg kandra

It was a common Catholic practice for generations, but it may be on its way back. American Papist Tom Peters takes note of one small step in that direction from the bishop of Steubenville, who is “inviting” his flock to […]

How to kill a vocation

posted by deacon greg kandra

A new report offers some surprising — and troubling — insight into why a lot of young men had second or third thoughts about the priesthood: Conversations around the kitchen table may be more responsible for the shortage of Roman […]

“In the Arena”: on blogging

posted by deacon greg kandra

Your Humble Blogger, babbling about blogging. Doesn’t this guy ever shut up? 

St. Francis would be pleased

posted by deacon greg kandra

Have you hugged your planet lately? Maybe you should. This little item seems to generating some buzz: an ambitious effort by the Catholic Church to take better care of the earth, beginning on Earth Day. From US News and World […]

Leaving your mark

posted by deacon greg kandra

How deep is your faith? Take a look at these remarkable pictures of the impact that a Buddhist monk has had on his small corner of the world. According to the report: 70 year-old Buddhist monk Hua Chi has been […]

Meet the priests: the ordination class of 2009

posted by deacon greg kandra

What kind of man would want to become a priest? Here are some answers: The ordination Class of 2009, with computer experts, refugees, marathon runners and second-career men, mirrors the United States today. The men from dioceses nationwide show that […]

Susan Boyle, again

posted by deacon greg kandra

Over at Michael Paulson’s blog, Articles of Faith, he’s uncovered an embedded version of the phenomenon that is Susan Boyle.

“The only thing that shocked me was how short he was!”

posted by deacon greg kandra

I dropped by Cardinal Sean O’Malley’s blog this morning, and he had some wonderful pictures from the installation of Archbishop Dolan. The good cardinal seemed to agree with the assessment that in Dolan, the American Church has another gifted communicator […]

“Jesus, I Trust in You”

posted by deacon greg kandra

This popped up last night on EWTN, and I was pleased to find it on YouTube (they do have something else besides Susan Boyle videos…) It’s “Jesus, I Trust in You,” performed by Angelina. “In the inevitable trials and difficulties […]

Archbishop Dolan steps up to the plate

posted by deacon greg kandra

The new archbishop of New York wasted no time getting to know the locals — taking in a ball game, visiting a food pantry, and rubbing elbows with his new flock. From the New York Daily News: After a week […]

“It’s still more than almost any one of us will ever achieve”

posted by deacon greg kandra

“I think it’s great at one level. It might just be the thing that will make her, but she is a very vulnerable person and it could be quite difficult. It is a great opportunity for her and as far […]

Remembering Fr. Finch

posted by deacon greg kandra

Readers will remember that I took note this week of the sudden death of Fr. William Finch, pastor at my in-laws’ parish in Maryland. The Catholic Standard has more, from the funeral mass: Father Lee Fangmeyer, pastor of St. Francis […]

From my inbox: “Shame on you, a deacon of the Church”

posted by deacon greg kandra

I got this e-mail this morning, regarding the Mel Gibson divorce: This is a couple’s private tragedy. The laws of The United States may exclude celebrities from privacy protections, but that does not give us a moral pass to pronounce […]

“In the Arena”: Notre Dame

posted by deacon greg kandra

I’m late posting this, but for those who missed the “In the Arena” episode about the Notre Dame controversy, you can take a look right here.

Today’s Susan Boyle fix: “Susan, you’ve got pluck, girl”

posted by deacon greg kandra

Those clever people at “The Early Show” got Broadway legend Patti LuPone to join them as a guest this morning, chatting about Susan Boyle. Take a look. A cheerful wave of the stole to The God Googler for bringing this […]

On Susan Boyle: “She has lived an obscure but important life”

posted by deacon greg kandra

“Susan is a reminder that it’s time we all looked a little deeper. She has lived an obscure but important life. She has been a companionable and caring daughter. It’s people like her who are the unseen glue in society; […]

One couple’s big “irreconcilable difference”

posted by deacon greg kandra

“There is no salvation for those outside the Church. I believe it. Put it this way. My wife is a saint. She’s a much better person than I am. Honestly. She’s, like, Episcopalian, Church of England. She prays, she believes […]

No song unsung, no wine untasted: the great Susan Boyle

posted by deacon greg kandra

If you haven’t seen it yet, by all means, pay a visit to this link and watch the amazing Susan Boyle stun the world. The Anchoress has even more details: A lifelong Catholic, and one of the youngest of nine […]

Dolan speaks — UPDATED

posted by deacon greg kandra

Before he takes The Chair at St. Patrick’s, Archbishop Timothy Dolan sat down in another chair, across from an Associated Press reporter, to share a few thoughts in this AP exclusive: Dolan said he wants to restore pride in being […]

Is the circus coming to South Bend?

posted by deacon greg kandra

One has to wonder, especially after reading this piece of news, from Catholic News Service: Calling the protests against President Barack Obama’s planned commencement speech at the University of Notre Dame “unseemly and unhelpful,” Bishop John M. D’Arcy of Fort […]

Breaking: Mel Gibon’s wife files for divorce

posted by deacon greg kandra

This just moved a few moments ago — and I have to say the timing, the day after Easter, is curious: From AP: Mel Gibson’s wife of 28 years filed for divorce Monday, citing irreconcilable differences. Robyn Gibson filed the […]

Let the electioneering begin

posted by deacon greg kandra

Your Humble Blogger is up for a little award (thankfully, “Best Singing of the Exultet” is not a category.) Methinks if you click on the little icon above, it will take you to the site for the Blogger’s Choice Awards, […]

“I dreamed a dream…”

posted by deacon greg kandra

For everyone who has ever dreamed, this song is for you. It’s surprising and funny and just wonderful. In a word: wow. Excuse me, while I blow my nose and dry my eyes. And, a grateful wave of the deacon’s […]

A priest’s “beautiful death” on Holy Thursday

posted by deacon greg kandra

This one hits especially close to home. During the Triduum, I received word that my in-laws’ pastor in Maryland had died moments after celebrating the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. He was 55. For his flock, the tragedy added new […]

Once more, with feeling

posted by deacon greg kandra

The world’s greatest choir, singing the world’s greatest Easter hymn. He has been raised! Alleluia!

Exult in glory: insight into the great chant of the Easter Vigil

posted by deacon greg kandra

Looking for a little dissection on The Exultet? Look no further. Visit Fr. Z’s site and you’ll find a rich and interesting look at that Everest of Chants (which Your Humble Blogger, along with countless others, will be scaling in […]

Joy

posted by deacon greg kandra

A reader dropped the following note to Rod Dreher, and he posted it on his Beliefnet blog. It speaks for itself. Beautifully. (And it doesn’t hurt that the author evidently likes Merton.) Take a look: I’m a sophomore at the […]

Not so fast

posted by deacon greg kandra

According to CNS, reports that the Vatican has rejected several Obama picks for Ambassador to the Holy See are wrong: A Vatican spokesman dismissed reports that the Holy See has rejected several candidates for U.S. ambassador to the Vatican because […]

“We venerate the cross with a kiss…”

posted by deacon greg kandra

This day, many of us will celebrate one of the most haunting liturgies in the church. I spoke about it in my Good Friday homily from last year: In one sense, of course, we are remembering an event that seems […]

“I beg you — the church begs you — for forgiveness”

posted by deacon greg kandra

The Pittsburgh papers have published a full account of the “service of apology” that unfolded there Tuesday. It sounds like it was wrenching and — in every sense — extraordinary: n an emotional “service of apology,” Bishop David A. Zubik […]

Gingrich on Notre Dame: “Maybe this will turn out to be a blessing by God”

posted by deacon greg kandra

America’s most famous new Catholic appeared on FOX News the other day (what a surprise!) to chat with Greta Van Susteren about a whole raftload of issues, including the ongoing Notre Dame story. A snip: VAN SUSTEREN: We continue now […]

A teachable moment from Notre Dame — in 2001?

posted by deacon greg kandra

A commenter wondered if a commencement address had ever provoked a “teachable moment” like the one some hope will occur when President Obama is honored at Notre Dame next month. I decided to do a little Googling and found this […]

Notre Dame and principle: one view from London

posted by deacon greg kandra

A brother deacon in the diocese passed this along, and it offers yet another point of view on the Notre Dame story, from the London Tablet: Two questions arise, both of principle. First, is it correct to regard abortion as […]

Spy Wednesday, and the tree of Judas

posted by deacon greg kandra

The day before Holy Thursday is traditionally known as “Spy Wednesday” — when Judas “spied” for an opportunity to betray Jesus. Last year I dug up and posted this little nugget which explains the liturgies surrounding this day, and the […]

“The Obama appearance at Notre Dame is an opportunity that should not be wasted” — UPDATED

posted by deacon greg kandra

After first hinting at this idea during her appearance on “In the Arena” last weekend, Elizabeth Scalia has now expanded and refined it in a compelling piece for Pajamas Media. A snip: Several bishops have argued well against the invitation, […]

Ambassador Caroline Kennedy? — UPDATED

posted by deacon greg kandra

Her name has been floated before for this position — and she’s also been mentioned as a contender to the serve at the Court of St. James, as her grandfather did — but there seems to be new life in […]

“One of the most powerful moments of my life”

posted by deacon greg kandra

“I’m not talking about this much publicly, but let me just say that I found over the course of the last decade, attending the basilica … reading the literature, that there was a peace in my soul and a sense […]

The friendly persuasion of Jesus

posted by deacon greg kandra

The familiar saying attributed to St. Francis says we are to preach the gospel at all times, using words if necessary. If you want another take on that idea, a reader sent me a link to this compelling piece on […]

The coming wave of new bishops

posted by deacon greg kandra

Want a new bishop in your diocese? Be patient. As the Los Angeles Times points out, several leading figures are nearing retirement age, and change is in the wind: With Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony prominently among them, many of […]

Life is for sharing

posted by deacon greg kandra

Yes, it is, and this inspired commercial makes you want to share — and dance, and just grin. Enjoy. A jolly H/T to Sister Boogaloo herself, The Anchoress. Meantime, if you want to know how they did it, watch this. […]

“I have seen the Almighty and I saw Him in the eyes of the children”

posted by deacon greg kandra

I’ve just stumbled on this engaging blog by a priest in the Church of England, who offers these thoughts about why he is serving in Iraq right now: In reality I am here because I believe The Almighty wants me […]

From 40 days, down to 4

posted by deacon greg kandra

And how has your Lent been going? Mine, not so great. It went by too quickly. Too much frenzy, too many distractions, precious little time to be still, to ponder, to pray. I gave up swearing and eating meat, and […]

Seven days that shook the world

posted by deacon greg kandra

After spending the last few weeks in the desert of Lent, suddenly we find ourselves in an oasis, clutching long leaves of palms. But like so many things you see after being in the desert, it’s a mirage. What we […]

What does the Vatican think about Obama and Notre Dame?

posted by deacon greg kandra

It’s interesting to speculate, and John Thavis, over at Catholic News Service, reports that people around the Vatican are being fairly tight-lipped about the controversy. But he does offer these compelling nuggets: Non-Americans at the Vatican tend to see the […]

Soulwow! For that almost-baptized feeling!

posted by deacon greg kandra

Those clever people who brought you the sensational Stop Good TV commercials (which put a certain diocesan TV channel on the map) are at it again. Below is a campaign for the Dioceses of Brooklyn and Rockville Centre, to draw […]

Away from The Bench, and caught on tape

posted by deacon greg kandra

How’s this for an April Fool? Those who have been waiting breathlessly for Your Humble Blogger to appear on camera — I know it’s all my wife can talk about (not) — can now see my debut right here. Just […]

On Notre Dame: “I am more alarmed that the rhetoric is so uncivil and venomous…”

posted by deacon greg kandra

“Early ‘markers’ [of Obama’s record on the life issues] are not encouraging in this regard but hope needs to spring eternal and while Notre Dame may have acted way too early and too generously, I am more alarmed that the […]

What Matt learned on his feet

posted by deacon greg kandra

Remember Matt Harding and his delightful dance around the world? Over at NPR, he’s offered his thoughts on what that exercise taught him: Here’s what I can report back: People want to feel connected to each other. They want to […]

Letter to Obama: “Give your conscience a fresh opportunity to be formed anew” — UPDATED

posted by deacon greg kandra

The head of the order which founded Notre Dame has penned a letter to President Obama, and CNS has details from Rome: U.S. Father Hugh W. Cleary, Holy Cross superior general in Rome, said that when Obama receives an honorary […]

“De-baptized”???

posted by deacon greg kandra

Not content with simply renouncing their faith — or just ignoring it and sleeping in on Sundays — a number of non-believers have decided to take things a step further: More than 100,000 Britons have recently downloaded “certificates of de-baptism” […]

Remnant, anyone?

posted by deacon greg kandra

The results of this recent Gallup poll are, to put it mildly, interesting. It does make one wonder: just how do you define “Catholic” for these things? And, of course: if this is even remotely accurate, what does that say […]

Dolan on the Domers: “They made a big mistake”

posted by deacon greg kandra

“They made a big mistake. There’s a lot of things that President Obama does that we can find ourselves allied with and working with him on, and we have profound respect for him and pray with him and for him. […]

Lombardi out?

posted by deacon greg kandra

That seems to be the big news waiting to break, via Brit blogger Damian Thompson: The Pope’s press officer, Fr Federico Lombardi, is to resign after Benedict XVI’s visit to the Holy Land, according to Italian and German press reports. […]

“I find the invitation very disappointing…”

posted by deacon greg kandra

“I find the invitation very disappointing. Though I can understand the desire by a university to have the prestige of a commencement address by the President of the United States, the fundamental moral issue of the inestimable worth of the […]

“I fear the situation is getting out of control…”

posted by deacon greg kandra

A brother deacon from the Diocese of Brooklyn sent this link my way, with the note, “Let’s get civil and teach about the real problem.” Here’s an excerpt, from the National Catholic Reporter piece. It’s by Dr. Thomas Patrick Melady, […]

Is this a crime?

posted by deacon greg kandra

Take a look at the video below: It depicts Baptist pastor Walter Hoye protesting outside an abortion clinic in California, while clinic escorts attempt to block his sign with blank pieces of cardboard. Hoye was arrested and his now in […]

First, the birds went after Tippi Hedren, now the cardinals are going for Tom Hanks

posted by deacon greg kandra

You can expect more noise about this little movie in the coming weeks — some reports suggest the Vatican will call for a boycott — but anyone who’s curious can see the official movie poster below. There’s nothing scarier than […]

The Annunciation: nothing is impossible with God

posted by deacon greg kandra

“At this dark moment in time…what is being announced is hope. Mary, we’re told, was troubled at what she heard. But what follows is a message for all of us. In our moments of confusion, when we are troubled by […]

The Annunciation — as you have never seen it depicted before

posted by deacon greg kandra

H/T to Dr. McNamara, who discovered this gem at the blog of another Queens clergyman, the pastor over at St. Sebastian’s, Msgr. Hardiman.

Casting the first stone

posted by deacon greg kandra

A reader discovered this column by Archbishop Wuerl in the Catholic Standard, the archdiocesan newspaper of Washington, and thought it especially noteworthy — and timely. I agree. A snip: The New Testament is filled with references to Jesus’ mercy, forgiveness, […]

Shell-raiser — UPDATED

posted by deacon greg kandra

File this under the category of “Papal Gifts, Animal Division.” From CNS’s intrepid John Thavis, aboard the pope’s flight from Angola: Non-cardinal passengers on the papal plane have to be onboard well before the pope or they get left behind […]

Just when you think you’ve seen it all…

posted by deacon greg kandra

…along comes something like this: dolphins just doing what dolphins do. And it is simply amazing. This clip from Sea World is pure, undiluted delight. Just take a moment, watch and smile.

I don’t know any priests who sing like this, do you?

posted by deacon greg kandra

I had the good fortune of having lunch a couple weeks ago with a fella from the Archdiocese of New York who also happens to handle North American marketing for Sony for the singing trio known as The Priests. These […]

“What happened here was a financial tsunami..”

posted by deacon greg kandra

A couple weeks ago, I posted on a bill working its way through the New York legislature that would lift the statute of limitations on filing sex abuse claims. The bill could go for a vote before the Empire State […]

Do you know who was America’s first monsignor?

posted by deacon greg kandra

The good Dr. McNamara does. And his identity (and his story) may surprise you. (Well, it surprised me, at least!)

“Stand by me”: the song sung around the world

posted by deacon greg kandra

Take a few moments and watch this and feel suddenly much better about the state of the world. I guarantee: it’s the most moving and uplifting rendition of this song you’ve ever encountered. Enjoy. “Stand by Me” performed by musicians […]

“Too many Catholics just don’t really care” — UPDATED

posted by deacon greg kandra

“Too many Catholics just don’t really care. That’s the truth of it. If they cared, our political environment would be different. If 65 million Catholics really cared about their faith and cared about what it teaches, neither political party could […]

And now, the other shoe

posted by deacon greg kandra

Fresh from the hand-wringing and teeth-grinding caused by having President Obama speak, Notre Dame has made another little announcement: At this hour, as the bells of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart toll in Laetare Sunday, the university has announced […]

Raising hell

posted by deacon greg kandra

And now for something completely different. From the New York Times comes this odd item about a filmmaker who is having trouble with the law over the name he’s chosen for his production company: Back in the fall of 2007, […]

Something fishy: a Lenten tradition endures

posted by deacon greg kandra

In some places, a Lenten ritual that has been a mainstay of Catholic parish life for decades is still going strong: The line starts forming when the doors open at 5 p.m. and it doesn’t let up, snaking around the […]

More on the “excommunications” in Brazil

posted by deacon greg kandra

After all the shock and dismay over the reported excommunications surrounding that abortion in Brazil, Amy Welborn this morning offers us more details. Pay a visit. It’s revealing. I’m sure it will surprise no one that, once again, the press […]

What can you do with an old convent?

posted by deacon greg kandra

A parish in Florida found one wonderful answer, and Florida Catholic recently paid a visit: How appropriate that what was once the home of the Sisters of Mercy should become the temporary home and refuge of pregnant women. “There were […]

And it isn’t even Christmas!

posted by deacon greg kandra

Clicked on the computer this morning and found this lovely gift wrapped and waiting for me. Thank you, A! If you want to see what she’s talking about, just drop by for a visit. All are welcome!

Q: “Is the Church’s position on fighting AIDS ineffective and unrealistic?”

posted by deacon greg kandra

A: “I would say the opposite. I think that the reality that is most effective, the most present and the strongest in the fight against AIDS, is precisely that of the Catholic Church, with its programs and its diversity. I […]

“It’s always transubstantiation vs. consubstantiation…”

posted by deacon greg kandra

That’s the pithy wisdom of Lisa Simpson, summing up the problems between the Irish. One last St. Pat’s nugget:

The spendin’ of the green

posted by deacon greg kandra

How did you spend St. Patrick’s Day? Whatever you did, I doubt it was anything like this: Father Maurice Chase celebrated his 90th birthday on St. Patrick’s Day by giving away green — and plenty of it. The Catholic priest […]

Two presidents meet — Obama and George

posted by deacon greg kandra

Information is scarce, but it seems the leader of the free world had a chat today with the leader of the U.S. bishops. From CNS: President Barack Obama met for half an hour March 17 with Chicago Cardinal Francis E. […]

When a Catholic woman gets an IUD

posted by deacon greg kandra

“I used to think of the IUD as the boogeyman, as the Intrauterine Devil. Now one abides in me. I would never have predicted such a future for myself. My husband and I have been pretty strict Catholics throughout our […]

Vatican official criticizes Brazilian abortion excommunications — UPDATED

posted by deacon greg kandra

The controversial abortion performed on a nine-year-old girl has a new wrinkle, as a Vatican official weighs in: An influential prelate said Brazilian doctors didn’t deserve excommunication for aborting the twin fetuses of a 9-year-old child who was allegedly raped […]

Campaign urges Catholics to leave the Church

posted by deacon greg kandra

From a Canadian paper comes this news about an effort by atheists to get Latin American Catholics to quit the Church: In an effort to reduce the church’s political influence, Argentine atheists and feminists are spearheading a drive to get […]

Catholic Charities calls Obama’s budget “very positive”

posted by deacon greg kandra

While a number of President Obama’s initiatives (notably on embryonic stem cells and abortion funding overseas) have been criticized by Catholic leaders, Catholic Charities has welcomed some of his moves: Seeing President Barack Obama’s first federal budget proposal in his […]

A Lenten lesson in a damaged cathedral

posted by deacon greg kandra

Some weeks back, a fire tore through part of Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago and, ever since, workers have been trying to repair the damage. The place is closed to only a few visitors. But one who paid a call […]

Apocalypse when?

posted by deacon greg kandra

“A friend in Florida told me the local bank was out of hundred-dollar bills on Wednesday because a man had come in the day before and withdrawn $90,000. Five weeks ago, when I asked a Wall Street titan what one […]

On Lent: students striving to “turn around more to face God”

posted by deacon greg kandra

Down at Louisiana State University, the student paper is looking into Lent — and what some of the students are doing for the season: Thomas Kajor is more productive these days. Since Ash Wednesday, Kajor, mechanical engineering sophomore, hasn’t been […]

Egan predicts “discussion” on celibacy

posted by deacon greg kandra

“I think it’s going to be looked at, and I am not so sure it wouldn’t be a good idea to decide on the basis of geography and culture not to make an across-the-board determination.” — Retiring New York Cardinal […]

Transfigured

posted by deacon greg kandra

“The Gospel – the Good News – is not just about words – a message given by a prophet to which we politely listen and either accept or reject. It is about what really happens in life, about God entering […]

Learning curve: when a Catholic school goes secular

posted by deacon greg kandra

A couple weeks ago, I posted on a bold proposal by my diocese to turn some Catholic schools into charter schools. How has that worked in other places? The New York Times reports: On his first day of eighth grade […]

Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio? Check the pews at St. Patrick’s.

posted by deacon greg kandra

From our Sports Desk comes this tidbit, from the enterprising investigative journalists who run Page Six of the New York Post. It’s about Joe DiMaggio and the Catholic Church, and it ran on March 8, the 10-year anniversary of Joltin’ […]

“We should concentrate our efforts on the real opponent, and it’s not Sam Brownback”

posted by deacon greg kandra

“It’s no wonder that the pro-life movement takes three steps forward and two steps back, over and over again. Whoever stumbles gets thrown out of the movement and assigned to the outer darkness. Why would anyone of sound mind want […]

The Newt Evangelization, Part Deux

posted by deacon greg kandra

As noted last week, conservative firebrand and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will be joining the Church soon, and now the American Papist has more details: Mr. Gingrich has regularly been seen attending Mass with his wife at the National […]

Attn: Governor Sebelius. You might want to take a look at this.

posted by deacon greg kandra

A new video from Priests for Life.

Serious news: R.I.P.

posted by deacon greg kandra

That seems to be the thesis behind this item from Our Sunday Visitor — and after a long career in the business, I can’t disagree: Back in January, with fanfare, the Vatican announced that it was launching a site on […]

What the FOCA??!!

posted by deacon greg kandra

After disappearing from the Catholic radar screen, the notorious Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) may be about to make a return. From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: A proposed bill promising major changes in the U.S. abortion landscape has Roman Catholic […]

Faith in the age of Facebook

posted by deacon greg kandra

Those of us who spend a fair amount of time floating through cyberspace — and if you’re reading this, you’re one of them — will appreciate this insight about finding faith in the age of Facebook: With a new media […]

Brazil archbishop announces excommunications over girl’s abortion

posted by deacon greg kandra

This story is troubling and upsetting and just sad on so many levels: A Roman Catholic archbishop says the abortion of twins carried by a 9-year-old girl who allegedly was raped by her stepfather means excommunication for the girl’s mother […]

Could you imagine that happening today?

posted by deacon greg kandra

What on earth could draw a crowd of men like you see pictured above? (No, it’s not a diaconate ordination in Santa Barbara — though it’s close.) It’s just a typical rally of the Holy Name Society for the Archdiocese […]

For Lent, abstain from text

posted by deacon greg kandra

That seems to be the point of this directive, from Italy: Roman Catholic bishops in Italy are urging the faithful to go on a high-tech fast for Lent, switching off modern appliances from cars to iPods and abstaining from surfing […]

A priest who stirs the pot

posted by deacon greg kandra

A lot of priests know their way around a kitchen, but the Washington Post this week profiled one who is turning it into his own little apostolate. Take a look: Mass had been over only a few minutes and the […]

“Sr. Schneiders’ tone is rather elitist…incongruous with humility and obedience”

posted by deacon greg kandra

By now, you may have heard about the indignant e-mail of Sr. Sandra M. Schneiders, wherein she discusses at some length, and with no small amount of rancor, the apostolic visitation to women’s communities in America. Elizabeth Scalia (a.k.a., The […]

Well, looky here!

posted by deacon greg kandra

One of the blogosphere’s most esteemed members has a new blog, with a new name, and a new address. Pay her a visit right here.

“It’s not called St. Patrick’s Cathedral for nothing”

posted by deacon greg kandra

When the new archbishop for New York was announced last week, it continued the unbroken tradition: an Irish leader for a cathedral named for an Irish saint. Could that one day change? This morning’s Times takes a look: Latinos account […]

The Newt Evangelization: Gingrich to become Catholic

posted by deacon greg kandra

Buried deep inside this long and wonkish profile of Newt Gingrich in Sunday’s New York Times, was this little nugget that, I suspect, went largely unnoticed: At a moment when the role of religious fundamentalism in the party is a […]

Begging from the pulpit

posted by deacon greg kandra

Blogger and columnist Rod Dreher today posted this grim report from a reader about the kind of sermon nobody likes to hear: This year’s drive for the [local Catholic community chest] has been protracted, and Deacon N, after concluding his […]

On Sebelius: two lay Catholics, two different views

posted by deacon greg kandra

“Congratulations to Governor Sebelius on being nominated to be the Secretary of Health and Human Services. It’s an honor for the State of Kansas to have an elected official appointed to the president’s cabinet.” — Sen. Sam Brownback, on the […]

Mystery brewing over alleged letter from Sen. Brownback

posted by deacon greg kandra

You may remember the fiery letter that reportedly was sent by Sen. Sam Brownback, questioning the authentic Catholicity of some members of Congress. Now there are doubts being raised about how authentic the letter itself was. From Politico: A mystery […]

“We have to become a better servant church”

posted by deacon greg kandra

From Pittsburgh comes this item, about a new effort underway to deal with the diminishing number of priests: As head of the Allegheny Valley Deanery in the Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese, the Rev. Frank Almade advises 16 parishes — in addition […]

Why we fast

posted by deacon greg kandra

Most of us do it out of a feeling of obligation, or tradition, or habit. But the Lenten fast has deeper and much more meaningful roots than most of us realize, as the newspaper Arkansas Catholic explains: Cackie Upchurch, director […]

“The Colored Sisters of the Holy Family”

posted by deacon greg kandra

That is the (nowadays) politically incorrect caption for the above photo, which shows an order of African-American sisters in New Orleans. As Black History Month draws to a close, you can find that and more at McNamara’s Blog, including the […]

When did Lent begin?

posted by deacon greg kandra

The cardinal archbishop of Los Angeles, Roger Mahony, is suggesting to his flock that the answer is not what you might think. Here’s part of his 2009 Lenten message: According to the calendar, Ash Wednesday occurs this week and we […]

Religious ed for the autistic: “The whole point of Jesus is totally inclusive”

posted by deacon greg kandra

An alert reader spotted this item in the Washington Post, about a remarkable outreach to an often-neglected community: Two autistic boys sat inside a parochial school classroom this month. In a setting stripped of unnecessary furniture and toys to avoid […]

Why Lent is green

posted by deacon greg kandra

And we’re not talking about the liturgical color here — we’re talking about how observing Lent can help to reduce our carbon footprint. Really. As we mark the first Friday of this season, take a look at this: It’s a […]

Into the desert

posted by deacon greg kandra

If you are looking for a way to kick-start your Lent, I can think of no better person to turn to than The Anchoress, who is offering this day a rich roundup of thoughtful material. Among other things, she’s offering […]

Other Christians embrace Lent: “We are reclaiming a sense of history”

posted by deacon greg kandra

As we get ready for another Ash Wednesday, and another 40-day sojourn into the desert, the Arkansas Catholic has this intriguing item reminding us that Lent is not just a Catholic thing anymore: Beginning Ash Wednesday, Catholics enter the 40-day […]

Dolan: “I pledge to you my love, my life, my heart…”

posted by deacon greg kandra

Courtesy the Loggia-Whisperer, the text of Archbishop Dolan’s remarks this morning to his new flock: Thank you, Cardinal Egan, for your gracious words of welcome. To know you are and will be at my side is a genuine blessing indeed. […]

The Church’s worst-kept secret… — UPDATED

posted by deacon greg kandra

…is finally out. And the Grey Lady has it on page one. UPDATE: Michael Sean Winters has this glowing first review: During his time in Milwaukee, Dolan has been a model of centrism. At the blog “Cheeky Pink Girl” there […]

“Mary” joins the evangelicals

posted by deacon greg kandra

This little item may be a shock to many who watched the drama of World Youth Day unfold last summer. From a paper in Australia: World Youth Day was hailed for reigniting youthful passion in the Catholic Church, but the […]

Everybody dance!

posted by deacon greg kandra

Anyone who’s seen it knows you can’t help but grin and bop along to the jubilant, delightful finale of “Slumdog Millionaire.” It’s favored to win the Oscar tomorrow night. And it should. Watch below and dance!

“Our Jonathan…”

posted by deacon greg kandra

This is too funny to pass up: a self-described “collapsed” Catholic (Alec Baldwin) finds himself dating a beautiful woman (Selma Hayek) who takes her faith very seriously. They go out on a date that includes mass. And he’s worried they […]

It humbles earthly pride: singing the Exultet

posted by deacon greg kandra

Last year, I had my first experience scaling the Everest of liturgical chant, the Exultet. (I blogged about that, and my first Triduum, here, and that account was recently reprinted in Deacon Digest.) I know a few guys who now […]

Scorcese plans film on Japanese martyrs

posted by deacon greg kandra

From Zenit‘s Hollywood desk: An Academy Award-winning director is planning a movie on Japanese Christians martyred in the 17th century. Martin Scorsese will film the movie in New Zealand and release it in 2010, according to the Japanese daily Asahi […]

All dolled up: Barbie at 50

posted by deacon greg kandra

I can’t believe it, but I’m the same age as Barbie. Needless to say, she’s holding up a lot better than I am. To mark this milestone — hers, not mine — there’s an exhibit now underway in Baltimore. And […]

The more things change …

posted by deacon greg kandra

… the more they stay the same. Why does this feel like Groundhog Day? (Which remains, to my way of thinking, one of the smartest and subtlest and sweetest conversion stories ever captured on film.)

“Little Jeff,” the almost-Catholic

posted by deacon greg kandra

Well, who’d a thunk? McNamara’s Blog has this fascinating tidbit about the leader of the confederacy, who loved nuns and reputedly wore a Miraculous Medal: When he was a child, future Confederate President Jefferson Davis attended Catholic school for a […]

Sex and the sinner: “Men and women sin in different ways”

posted by deacon greg kandra

We’ve known for a long time that men and women often seem to be from different planets. Now, it turns out, that idea may also apply to how we sin: Women are prouder than men, but men are more lustful, […]

Benedict speaks, and the Speaker listens — UPDATED

posted by deacon greg kandra

If you’re wondering what the Holy Father had to say to the Speaker of the House, Whispers has a glimpse: Following the General Audience the Holy Father briefly greeted Mrs Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, […]

Everything you always wanted to know about Lent…

posted by deacon greg kandra

…but were afraid to ask. It can all be found right here, at this encyclopedic link put forth by Aggie Catholics. Want to know all about Lent, ashes, fasting and fish on Fridays? Look no further. This is a treasure […]

Another sign of the coming apocalypse

posted by deacon greg kandra

True headline: Cher Says She’s Living Like a Nun in Las Vegas

Breathless

posted by deacon greg kandra

Amy Welborn, writing here about a discovery in the midst of her own sorrow, stumbles on something so simple but profound, it just took my breath away: From where I sit on my bed, I count 6 icons, 2 crucifixes, […]

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