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Vatican embraces Freud: Anything for a gay-free priesthood!

posted by David Gibson

…A major component of the new document, reported today by CNS, is to screen out men who, as Rome put it before, “are active homosexuals or who have “deep-seated” homosexual tendencies.” The document says psychological testing was appropriate in “exceptional […]

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Is Halloween Catholic? Father Jim explains it for you…

posted by David Gibson

The gang at BustedHalo is up to their usual high jinks, and it is a treat to watch, with some nice tricks at the end. Really, you’ll learn something, and be entertained….

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Battling Bishops, Episode LXVII

posted by David Gibson

“As the day of the great convocation drew nigh, the proclamations of high churchmen rang out across the Land…” Yes, it’s getting intense, even a bit medieval, if you like Bishop Finn’s Muslim crusader analogy. The Globe’s Michael Paulson has […]

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Tony Hillerman…Catholic novelist. Who knew?

posted by David Gibson

The mystery novelist is dead at 83, after a long and successful life. I never read him, but may start. The Times obit was good as far as it went, but I didn’t know about his Catholic faith and its […]

Who speaks for the Catholic Church?

posted by David Gibson

It’s hard to tell, given the number of “alternative” voter guides out there. CNS’s Nancy Frazier O’Brien has a good and genteely-titled overview, “Do plethora of voter guides confuse or clarify issues for Catholics?” But that headline doesn’t convey the […]

Gay priest loses everything–except his faith

posted by David Gibson

Father Geoffrey Farrow is the Catholic priest who two weeks ago revealed from the pulpit that he is gay and opposed to Proposition 8. That ballot proposition would overturn the California Supreme Court’s decision earlier this year allowing same-sex marriage. […]

NEWS FLASH: Pope may allow women lectors!

posted by David Gibson

That’s one intriguing element in the final message from the Vatican Synod on the Bible to the world’s Catholics. It was news to me–weren’t women already reading at mass? But yes, Proposition 17 (there is a Proposition 8, but I […]

Cardinal Egan: Do as I say…Not as I do?

posted by David Gibson

If New York’s Cardinal Edward Egan wasn’t in Rocco’s list of 50 bishops who have effectively (or explicitly) said Catholic can’t vote for Obama, then he is now. Via Gary Stern’s “Blogging Religiously” site (Gary is the religion writer nonpareil at […]

Can Bono save The New York Times?

posted by David Gibson

The rock star and humanitarian has been asked to write occasional Op-Eds for the Gray Lady, according to today’s NYT. Catherine J. Mathis, a spokeswoman for The New York Times Company, said, “We have asked Bono to write an occasional […]

Blue State, Red Bishops

posted by David Gibson

Another Pennsylvania Catholic bishop is weighing in against pro-Obama Catholics. This time it is the other side of the Keystone state from Scranton’s Bishop Martino. In the Diocese of Greensburg, Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt has issued a statement decrying the […]

50 Bishops advocate “single-issue” voting

posted by David Gibson

…Out of 197 active diocesan bishops. (The issue is abortion, if you couldn’t guess.) That’s Rocco Palmo’s count in the latest edition of The Tablet. He gathers his numbers from a review of interviews as well as their writings.

Papal Preacher on sin, civility, and the Christian politican

posted by David Gibson

Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa is a Franciscan Capuchin priest and since 1980 the Preacher to the Papal Household. In that job, he preaches weekly during Lent and Advent to the Pope and the cardinals, bishops and prelates of the Roman Curia. […]

As the Rays go…So goes Obama?

posted by David Gibson

Yes, Tampa Bay lost game one of the World Series to Philadelphia. Does that mean Obama will lose to McCain? Hey, who expected either the Rays or Obama to be here, anyway? Well, Nate Silver did. The genius behind FiveThirtyEight.com […]

Catholic bishops: A pox on both parties on abortion…

posted by David Gibson

A statement today from top leaders of the American hierarchy seems to say that neither side has the best–or most Catholic–approach to abortion. Or that’s how it reads to me. “Both opposing evil and doing good are essential obligations,” write […]

“Religious” cleansing: The ongoing nightmare of Iraqi Christians

posted by David Gibson

For Iraq’s Christians, “the Surge” has been more like “the Purge” as ethnic and religious fighting continues to decimate this ancient and once-thriving Christian population. Before the U.S. invasion, Iraqi Christians numbered about 1.5 million. Now the figure is less […]

“Battle of the Bishops,” UPDATE

posted by David Gibson

Earlier today at Progressive Revival, I wrote about the latest round in “The Battle of the Bishops.” Now it looks like things are getting really raucous…A remarkable story, via Whispers, about Scranton Bishop Joseph F. Martino, who has become one […]

“Religion of the Word” vs. “Religion of the Book”?

posted by David Gibson

Or, “Catholics aren’t like Jews or Muslims…” That is one of the divides emerging during the current Synod on the Bible being held at the Vatican. (The formal title of the meeting of some 250 bishops and sundry experts is […]

Saintly Sex: Thank God!

posted by David Gibson

When Louis Martin and Zélie Guérin, devout Catholics both, got married in 1858, they didn’t have sex. Nope. Not for 10 long months, until Zélie (God bless her) dragged her new husband to an old priest who straightened him out […]

Saint Sean’s first miracle?

posted by David Gibson

The Red Sox stunned the Rays with an amazing 8-7 comeback win last night! Joy in Beantown! Faith at Fenway! Read the Globe coverage here. But was it perhaps something else that forestalled a renascent Curse? Such as this man, […]

LOL: The Al Smith Dinner and Post-Partisanship

posted by David Gibson

Check out coverage of last night’s Al Smith Dinner at “Progressive Revival” including links to video and transcripts. Samples: McCAIN: “Even in this room full of proud Manhattan Democrats, I can’t shake that feeling that some people here are pulling […]

106-year-old nun for Obama!

posted by David Gibson

Okay, the Nigerian archbishop was one thing. But when a centenarian sister who has voted just once before in her life–in 1952–is sending in her absentee ballot from Rome to New Hampshire to vote for Obama, well, something’s going on. […]

An Archbishop for Obama!

posted by David Gibson

Does that make him a bad Catholic? He is African, a Nigerian to be precise. And in this interview with NCR’s John Allen (both men are in Rome for the Synod on the Bible), Archbishop John Onaiyekan of Abuja, Nigeria, […]

Is Barack Obama the new Al Smith?

posted by David Gibson

That’s the question I ponder at Progressive Revival ahead of tonight’s 63rd Al Smith Dinner tonight in New York…And why Catholics no longer need apply for a meal ticket at this glitziest of Catholic political events…

Were Adam & Eve vegans?

posted by David Gibson

Hey, the Bible tells me so…After all, it was fruit (though not necessarily an apple) that Eve picked, causing all that trouble. (Just kidding.) But CNS’ Cindy Wooden, covering the Synod on the Word currently going on in the Vatican […]

Remembering the “other” John Paul

posted by David Gibson

John Paul I, born Albino Luciani, has unfortunately become something of a forgotten figure. He himself, in typically self-effacing fashion, too the combined name of his two predecessors, John XXIII and Paul VI, and his successor–elected after John Paul I’s […]

Donna Brazile: A good Catholic girl lets loose…

posted by David Gibson

…And says what I wish more Catholic leaders would about the ugly, angry–and yes, race-baiting–tone of the McCain/Palin campaign. Watch the video from a recent New Yorker campaign symposium…She’s not going to the back of the bus anymore!  

Latin Lives! Thanks to Harry Potter…

posted by David Gibson

Yes, the Boy Wizard apparently strikes again. His latest spell: enchanting young people (at least here in New York) with his Latin-ish spells to take up the “dead” language. “Dead” being a relative term (pardon the pun), as Pope Benedict […]

High Noon: The campaign as a Western movie

posted by David Gibson

But who are the Good Guys? John McCain and Sarah Palin think they are, and in this piece in the current issue of The Tablet of London, I try to explain the campaign to Britons through the lens of the […]

Yom Kippur

posted by David Gibson

Today is the Day of Atonement, which concludes the High Holy Days. The 1901-06 Jewish Encyclopedia (which might be comparable in tone and content to the 1914 Catholic Encyclopedia, but still fascinating if outdated in some respects) is online. Here […]

“Ethic Soup”

posted by David Gibson

That’s the name of a new blog from Sharon McEachern in Denver. Sharon cross-posted to our “Eugenics” story out of Louisiana, and takes it a few levels deeper–as she does with many other ethical issues of our day. They challenge […]

Was More a bore? (In “A Man for All Seasons,” that is)

posted by David Gibson

Speaking of English saints (or would-be saints, as in the case of Newman, below)…In today’s NYtimes, reviewer Ben Brantley broaches the unspeakable: Is it heresy to whisper that the sainted Thomas More is a bit of a bore? Even Frank […]

The Empty Tomb: Cardinal Newman’s last laugh

posted by David Gibson

Was Cardinal Newman gay? Or (as the joke has it) simply divine? That was the controversy that dominated the dust-up over exhuming John Henry Newman, the great nineteenth-century English convert to Rome, in order to move his body to a […]

The Rabbi and the Pope(s)

posted by David Gibson

“The first Jew to address a Vatican synod said on Monday that wartime Pope Pius XII should have done more to help Jews during the Holocaust.” That’s the lead on the incisive Reuters story about Rabbi Shear-Yashuv Cohen of Haifa, […]

Paul Newman: From “The Silver Chalice” to “Dashboard Jesus”

posted by David Gibson

In the week since Paul Newman died I’ve been looking for the Catholic “hook” to write something here about the great movie star. Providentially, and not surprisingly, thanks to its punchier new style, the Vatican’s official newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, gave […]

“A Business Plan for the Catholic Church”

posted by David Gibson

Finally. And it’s thanks to lay people who are leading the way. Business Week has an excellent story on the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management (NLRM) and its founder and guiding light, Geoffrey Boisi: Along with issuing guidelines for […]

Sarah Palin: Religionless Christian?

posted by David Gibson

Who’s afraid of Sarah Palin? And her faith? I’m one of those who thinks all the hand-wringing about her supposedly ideological right-wing faith is way overblown. Could she be a right-wing religious ideologue if in office? Perhaps she’d follow the script […]

“Catholic, anti-abortion, and pro-Obama”

posted by David Gibson

Nicholas P. Cafardi, a civil and canon lawyer, and a professor and former dean at Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh, is a pro-life, pro-Obama Catholic. He joins Doug Kmiec as another high-profile conservative Catholic to endorse Obama–and put […]

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When Benny met Barry: "I'll pray for you!"
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