Go take the Catholic Movie Poll, sponsored by NCR(egister).
Go take the Catholic Movie Poll, sponsored by NCR(egister).
With Christianity Today, Deal Hudson, Fr. Neuhaus, Russ Shaw and some others. Do you have a particular message for Pope John Paul II, whom you will be meeting with shortly? No. I’m there to listen. I will respond. If I […]
Questioning the tax-exempt status A watchdog group asked the IRS on Thursday to revoke the tax-exempt status of the Roman Catholic diocese in Colorado Springs over the bishop’s threat to withhold communion from those who disagree with the church. Barry […]
in the Baltimore Sun Keeler said in an interview this week that it was not the business of bishops to choose who receives Communion. Instead, he said he supports church policy that individual Catholics should determine whether they are in […]
This time, in the NYTimes, on the topic du jour In the months to come, Democrats are likely to advance a number of reasons that they can support abortion rights and be good Catholics. In 1984, Mario Cuomo, then governor […]
Who knows. A couple of positive cultural reflections on Catholic figures… The film Stateside, here reviewed by James Bowman and the book, Father Joe: The Man Who Saved My Soul by satirist Tony Hendra, discussed in the WSJ today. Mr. […]
You can “chat” with me tonight at 7 Eastern, 6 Central, and so on, via the OSV monthly author chat. See ya! Oh, and the WRKO thing tomorrow, for those of you in the Boston area, is at 10:05 Eastern.
Frederica mathewes-Green on torture in Romanian prisons While most of the world is reeling at the ugliness perpetrated by American soldiers at Abu Ghraib, I have had the feeling I have seen it all before. Rather, I have heard it […]
From First Things, Kenneth Woodward has a great overview of the controversy over Gibson’s film.
Maybe not. From the Campaign Journal at the New Republic. I was at a conference on religion and politics sponsored by the Ethics and Public Policy Center for the last couple of days. One of the best presentations was by […]
The ASL sign for abortion (Go the link and click on the term on the right rail) Need we say more? Via After Abortion and Catholic Ragemonkey
A look at two writers, born the same year The common legacy of Greene and Singer is an art that art was driven not by action, which is Hollywood’s ideal, but by an idea of human suffering and transcendence in […]
An editorial at Christianity Today Some bishops don’t want to use Communion as a threat when dealing with prochoice Catholic politicians. But it is certainly appropriate. Communion is the moment in church life at which we most deeply realize our […]
in Rome — Pope John Paul II on Thursday gave Cardinal Bernard F. Law an official position in Rome, naming the former Boston archbishop who resigned in the sex abuse scandal as head of a basilica. Law will have the […]
So says Tim Rutten of the LA Times One of the most important things missing from the coverage of this situation is context. The church’s American hierarchy did not initiate a confrontation over this matter. Rather, a handful of relatively […]
Denver Methodist church runs an ad The largest Methodist church in metro Denver is spending thousands of dollars on newspaper ads this week to counter Colorado Springs Roman Catholic Bishop Michael Sheridan’s stance connecting voting to Communion worthiness. The copy […]
Spanish-language parishioners say the pastor has demeaned their community and insulted their community’s priest, a Rev. Martin. The parishioners claim Kaywell, who started at the parish on Jan. 30, has made numerous derogatory remarks about Martin in front of the […]
I’ll give you a brief book report on my recent reads. I’d read Foolscap by Michael Malone years ago, and, as I was recently trying to get myself out of research mode, I decided to pick it up to ease […]
We’re visible in various spots of late. That DMN piece Interviewed in this Atlanta JC piece Mentioned in this Boston Globe editorial Included in this anti-DVC Roundtable, which I understand has also been excerpted/published on AOL, and which Mark has […]
Barbara Nicolosi wonders where the great contemporary Catholic writers are Well, anyway, I was chatting with a friend writer recently about getting together a Catholic writers conference next year, but then we hit on a problem. Who would be the […]
Court rules it must open files The court said the church must follow the same rules as secular organizations and hand over personnel files, transfer records for church assignments and the results of internal church investigations to a trial judge […]
From the Globe, beginning with this article on the socio-economic distribution of the closed parishes The rate of closings is higher in nonwhite neighborhoods. The typical parish being closed or merged is in a neighborhood that is 16 percent nonwhite, […]
In the NCR(eporter), Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life responds to the paper’s editorial on politicians, life issues and the dreaded “narrow litmus test.” Great stuff. Any vision of this country worth struggling for includes a wide range of […]
Indy priest might be assigned to parishes A Catholic priest arrested a year ago on a charge of public indecency is in line to lead three rural churches, a proposal the archbishop of Indianapolis says is about forgiveness but which […]
In his weekly column, Archbishop Chaput address the Communion issue What’s the lesson for Catholics? Fifty years ago, too many of us avoided receiving Communion out of an excessive fear of our own sins. Today, far too many of us […]
When you see a headline at Lucianne.com: Students cut class to protest state takeover And you wonder where they got all the lawn mowers.
Still arguing over the constitution “Of course, we have a Judeo-Christian past, but the constitution is inspired by a heritage that is cultural, religious and humanist all at once,” Michel Barnier, France’s new foreign minister, said after a news conference […]
puts in his two cents Bishop Donald Wuerl said pro-abortion rights legislators should stop receiving Holy Communion of their own accord, but he said he would not withhold the sacrament, as another bishop indicated he would in the case of […]
Michigan priest arrested in sex sting The 35-year-old priest worked as an associate pastor at St. Patrick’s Church in Portland, which is located between Lansing and Grand Rapids. Beas, who church officials said was ordained in Pakistan in 1994, transferred […]
As another cycle of DVC mail continues to pour in, I find myself answering the same old same old once again. Today’s topic is….No, it’s not a murky muddle This comes up a lot. People are under the impression that […]
If you have any ideas or help regarding getting a kid or two into Book Expo without having to shell out a few dozen bucks for a badge….let me know, will ya?
Are all radio people on the same schedule? I got two interview requests that arrived through email within minutes of each other. One is for the night of the Sopranos finale. I seriously hesitated. But then…where are your priorities? Well….
Update It’s gone. Thanks so much! One more thing Mark Shea asks me to pass on the news that for some reason you can’t get to his site if the www. is before the rest of the address. So if […]
Says his views were misrepresented. The headline in the Arizona Republic (5/21/04), “Bishops won’t link politics, Communion” misrepresents my position. Abortion is the killing of a completely innocent life and thus bad news for both unborn children and their mothers. […]
That the Archdiocese of Boston announces parish closings. Go to Dom’s place for links and discussion. He’s got it all.
Head of Christian Coalition in Alabama converts to Catholicism He acknowledges that the reaction by his Protestant constituents may be mixed. “We didn’t make this change to win friends and influence people and do it from a popularity standpoint, because […]
New website, including a blog, from Robert Duncan, freelance writer, sometime commenter here and other places. Start with this interesting interview with John Allen and explore. R.D.: In your opinion is the Vatican out-of-touch and outdated, or is it just […]
To McGreevey In an interview, Archbishop Myers said Mr. McGreevey was not the target of statements he had made in a pastoral letter saying that Catholic officeholders who did not share the Vatican’s opposition to abortion should not seek communion. […]
Charlotte Allen puts into words thoughts that have been swirling around in my head for months. And she does it much more knowledgeably, too. So that’s a good thing. Call it Christianity Lite. It’s the assertion — no, the insistence […]
Continued in the extended post, so we won’t bore the rest of you…
At Mark Shea’s blog, a letter from a woman who is pregnant with an ancephalic child The value of Thomas Walter, Benedict and Charlotte cannot be measured by the length of their lives – we don’t apply this yardstick to […]
Wisconsin’s doing it …his printed rhetoric is being collected at only one site in North America: the Historical Society’s headquarters building in Madison, according to James Danky, the society’s newspaper and periodicals librarian. Danky began seeking Hutton’s newsletters after Danky’s […]
Brother priests who were removed by his successor A former Catholic bishop has sent letters around the Panhandle diocese soliciting funds for three priests who were removed two years ago over sexual abuse allegations. Leroy Matthiesen, the outspoken retired bishop […]
Take a look at Sargent Shriver, suggests this writer. The social conservatives’ concern was warranted. On Jan. 22, 1973, the Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade that states could not restrict the right of a woman to abort a […]
Me in the DMN on That Book. A new letter to add to my collection: The headline was ?Faith? vs. !TRUTH! I have also read “The Da Vinci Code” as well as “Holy Grail, Holy Blood” and “The Templar Revelation.” […]
This is it – yeah, I could ask for a week or so extension on my deadline, but you know what? I don’t want to! I want what I’m working on to be done (at least this stage of it) […]
Fr. Rob Johansen and Mark Shea are leading a pilgrimage to France in September. Fr. Rob has details and thoughts on pilgrimage on his blog Departs September 21, 2004 and returns to on September 29, 2004. This is a 9 […]
A philosopher makes his case in The Tidings Laws against abortion are also unenforceable, because there would still be a large number of abortions if abortion were to be criminalized. Furthermore, abortions require proper medical attention. Our society does not […]
A few weeks ago, I blogged a NYTimes article on this film, which the studio was actually thinking was perhaps a good follow-up to The Passion to market to Christians. It’s a satire of life at a Christian high school. […]
Appointed Msgrs. Thomas A. Donato, spiritual director of the Major Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in South Orange, U.S.A., and John W. Flesey, director of permanent formation for the clergy of the archdiocese of Newark, U.S.A., as auxiliary bishops of […]
Priests tried by Church courts The first of what could be as many as 12 secret church trials of Roman Catholic priests from the Chicago archdiocese accused of sexual misconduct with minors is under way. Sometime after the first of […]
On St. Gianna One man who knows the details of Gianna’s life like few others, and has no doubt about her saintliness, is the Capuchin Father, Paolino Rossi. He was the Postulator of her cause, and dislikes the emphasis on […]
Responds to those Dems Rep. Peter T. King, New York Republican, called the letter a “smokescreen by Democrats.” “Anyone who knows anything about Catholic theology knows you cannot equate abortion with the war in Iraq,” he said. “Abortion is always […]
…weigh in. In Arizona Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of Phoenix said that instead of refusing to offer communion, he would attempt to use persuasion to educate politicians about church teachings. “My job is to get to know the key people […]
Stuart Buck and George Neumayr are struck by double standards of outrage.
Cast the First Stone is a web page dedicated to the following: These Bishops, however, are apparently without sin, because they feel free to judge and condemn others as being “bad Catholics” or, as Bishop Sheridan more eloquently stated, determine […]
Kerry says he’d nominate a pro-life judge. If there’s no risk of Roe being overturned. Kerry’s comments on judicial nominations drew a concerned response from the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, with President Gloria Feldt saying, “I’d like to hear him […]
Donors say they’ll do it Colo. Springs In his four-page letter, Kethcart argues that good Catholics can oppose Sheridan on his chosen issues and that politicians must represent all their constituents. He called the letter a “divisive, callous and cold […]
Get Religion examines the Curves controversy, brewing for a few weeks In this corner: Pro-choice bloggers and two San Francisco Chronicle columnists (Jon Carroll and Ruth Rosen) who object that the owner of Curves fitness centers donates money to prolife […]
Canonist Ed Peters weighs in on recent views expressed by Cardinal Mahony
Sorry about the light posting today. I received a sudden assignment late this morning that had to be completed by this afternoon. So I did that. And then I planned to make up for it by doing the work I’d […]
The Chicago Trib’s “public editor” (which I guess is another way of saying ombudsman?) addresses the issue of using Francis Kissling as a source for Catholic perspectives As journalists in the secular media, we are basically agnostic on these issues, […]
In a comment, someone alluded to a Catholic-related conflagration on O’Reilly last night? What was it about?
Bunch o’ Democrats write letter. Forty-eight Roman Catholic members of Congress who are Democrats have signed a letter to the Cardinal Archbishop of Washington, D.C., saying that the threats by some bishops to deny communion to politicians who support abortion […]
A reader wrote to ask if I’d read it. I haven’t. Her comments…and yours if you’d like to add to them? I’m writing because I just finished reading “The Red Tent” by Anita Diamant. A lot of my Protestant and […]
From my dad: Amy, this past weekend, I had to operate on your brother, Fred Fern Welborn. His vascular system (roots) was seriously compromised. My intention was to surgically free the arteries and veins and to do a major transplant. […]
Stupidity at MSNBC What are Catholics — and all Americans — to make of this increasing clerical activism in trying to shape their political decisions? The bad news is it shows that the Church — for centuries no stranger to […]
…at which representatives of the Catholic Church won’t be able to send a steak back to the kitchen without having to answer for abuse. Now, this priest’s question regarding a shopping center development near his parish is certainly high hyperbole, […]
From Mark Gauvreau Judge at Breakpoint Amy Welborn’s De-Coding Da-Vinci is a strong effort. Where Kellmeyer is sometimes glib, Welborn is sober, reasonable (although like Kellmeyer, she does claim that Da Vinci is “more than a novel.”) She wastes no […]
Scranton priest charged. An investigation conducted by a private investigator for the Diocese of Scranton has led to sexual assault charges against a priest who formerly served at Sacred Heart Church in Duryea. The Rev. Albert M. Liberatore Jr., 40, […]
Just a reminder, that the bookstore still exists. I have plenty of De-Codings, and if you would like to buy in bulk, email me and we can work out a little bit of a discount. Now, I don’t mean bulk […]
From the right of the GOP This spurt of defiance by the Conservative Party – Dr. O’Grady was endorsed in Albany by Michael R. Long, its chairman – is risky. The last, and only, time the Conservatives elected a Senate […]
Breaks his silence. (LRR) Dan Brown said that when he wrote the book that dissects the origins of Jesus Christ and disputes long-held beliefs about Catholicism, he considered including material alleging that Jesus Christ survived the crucifixion in his book. […]
Even the NYTimes can’t avoid reality. The article on “entertainment” ultrasounds begins by referring to fetuses, but by the end… …it’s a baby. The music playing gently in the background also serves as the soundtrack for the DVD the clients […]
Steven Waldman of Beliefnet compares Harry Potter and Left Behind Finally, they both have a theology. It’s not, as one might expect, that Left Behind is Christian and Harry Potter pagan, but rather that Left Behind is Protestant and Harry […]
A Loyola Chicago prof looks at the appeal Loyola University Chicago recently held an excellent panel discussion on The Passion. A Bible scholar critiqued the film’s historical and scriptural accuracy; a Jewish professor responded to the film’s alleged anti-Semitism; and […]
to Bishop Sheridan’s letter from the ground At another parish, the Rev. Stephen Siebert got kudos and concern when he brought up the topic in his Sunday sermon at Holy Family Catholic Church, 4380 Utica St. in Denver. He told […]
LOC trying to build a university in NY A proposal to build a 3,000-student Catholic university in Thornwood drew more than 110 residents to a Planning Board meeting at Town Hall last night. The Legion of Christ, a conservative Roman […]
Paisley’s church targets priests The North’s Free Presbyterian church has announced plans to send letters and CDs to 3,000 Catholic priests in Ireland in an effort to convert them. DUP leader Ian Paisley, who founded the church, believes Catholicism is […]
Dreher in the DMN, on hearing a pro-life homily: After this Sunday’s Mass, I thanked the priest for his words, and told him I wanted to praise him in print. He kindly asked me not to, explaining that it could […]
Newsweek magazine…. Jenkins and LaHaye As a reader says, “an odd puff piece” on the pair. And it is rather puffy- nary a serious critique of the books’ theology or literary quality, only this: The other principal critique comes from […]
Barb Nicolosi finds time to blog on her trip to Spain. Great stuff. Amusing – Valencia….Sidewalks and streets paved with pinkish brown marble. In some places weathered and cracked, but, damn, it’s still marble. I watched some workman in the […]
The folks at Opus Dei sent me these interesting bytes about DVC – my, my, my…. Jason Kaufman, editor of the novel, quoted in the New York Daily News, Sept. 4, 2003: “Nothing is made up in Dan’s research,” he […]
Bishops agree to audit A committee of Catholic bishops and a lay National Review Board agreed Monday on a proposal to audit U.S. dioceses to help keep more children from being sexually abused by priests. The accord, agreed to during […]
New Zealand bishops respond to liturgical document 3. The concern to avoid abuses Our desire to avoid abuses in the celebration of Eucharist can follow either of two different approaches. One approach puts the entire burden on regulations. The other […]
I’ll catch you, Pinto…I will..I will… And in a burst of spousal pride, may I point out to you that three of the books on this list (De-Coding, Spiritual Workout, and U Got to Pray) were edited by my husband!
Go to Zenit for links to brief stories about all of those canonized yesterday without the veiled contempt in the references to the “anti-abortion saint” or “valuing the fetus above the mother” references in the US press. You know, if […]
Mark Helprin in today’s Opinion Journal Having decided to remake a country of 26 million divided into warring subcultures with a shared affection for martyrdom and unchanging traditions, the administration thought it could do so with 100,000 troops. Israel, which […]
They’re discussing it over at The Corner
dies suddenly – The state of Michigan lost its second Catholic bishop in less than two months when the Rev. Kevin Britt of the Diocese of Grand Rapids died unexpectedly at age 59. Co-workers found Britt at his home Sunday […]
On CNN COOPER: I talked to a lot of Catholics today who are frankly kind of stunned by what you’re doing and they said that what you seem to be doing is turning the sacraments into a weapon. Is that […]
Croatia! Yes, indeed, there will be a Croation version of De-Coding! Now, about that English version….
Terry Mattingly looks at future dates in the Kerry/Communion issue, and evaluates some journalism resources It will be almost impossible for Kerry and the bishops to quietly occupy the same Colorado zip code without a wave of media coverage. This […]
What’s up is there is a lot of very serious stuff going on in the world, and I beg you not to take the absence of much blogging on these matters as a sign of my disinterest. It’s a sign […]
A British mother is outraged that a school employee facilitated her 14-year old daughter’s abortion without her knowledge.
for criticizing public schools in a letter to the editor. Peters’ letter said public schools spend too much money on new buildings instead of education and that a quality education stems from values and family support, especially when modeled after […]
Several months ago, we had a discussion on the blog about a case in the Diocese of Rockford involving a priest, 2 female teenage accusers, and the Diocesan refusal to turn over the priest’s files to the law. At that […]
Very strong pastoral letter from Bishop Michael Sheridan of Colorado Springs. The strongest yet, of all we’ve seen, although certainly with certain problematic implications of its own, as readers are quickly pointing out. It’s a pdf file There must be […]
Because three of you have sent it to me in the last hour: Peter King blasts Vatican “hypocricy.” Catholic lawmaker Peter King ripped Church leaders as hypocrites Thursday for the Vatican’s foreign minister claim that the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal […]
…as the correspondent who sent this along puts it. Ellen Goodman corrects herself on pre-Roe maternal abortion deaths. I bring this up because of a recent column I wrote on the March for Women’s Lives. I referred to the bad […]
In case you didn’t know, Blessed Gianna Molla will be one of the six blesseds canonized on Sunday. Here’s a piece by a priest in the Globe and Mail on her life In various parts of the world, the media […]
Then you’ll be able to get De-Coding Da Vinci there, in Polish, in July! Now. If you could only find it in the United States….. Seriously, the second printing is finally in, and I’m told it will be an “endcap” […]
PA priest found with incriminating materials The Rev. Ronald J. Yarrosh, 56, an assistant pastor at St. Ambrose Church in Schuylkill Haven who was also on the advisory board of the parish grade school, is the third priest who had […]
Archbishop Vlazny speaks up Catholics who publicly disagree with serious church teaching on such matters as abortion or same-sex marriage should refrain from receiving Holy Communion,” he wrote in his May 6 column. The phrase “publicly disagree” means just that […]
Interviewed by John Allen First, on bishops’ accountability: Some would suggest the missing element in your analysis is the question of accountability for the bishops, which somehow has not been addressed. Do you share that? No. I gave a speech […]
Springfield bishop dissolves fund giving support to abusive clerics, removes priest critic from presbyteral council McDonnell said he had spoken to donors and they had agreed that the money should be used to provide scholarships for students in Catholic schools. […]
Has written a book. Reviewed in the WaPo. For Sanger, the solution lies in the field of evolutionary biology. Like many contemporary thinkers, he seems to have had a bit of a eureka moment in exploring this trendy academic field, […]
Between the National Review Board and the bishops The high-profile lay committee investigating the clergy sex abuse scandals was “manipulated” by the bishops, who used the 13-member National Review Board for public relations cover while withholding key information from the […]
To Charlotte Allen for the nice plug at Inkwell.
from Bishop Wenski of Orlando in today’s Sentinel, although I could have done without the bumper sticker lingo. In fact, when I first saw the headline, I went into a minor rage against what I thought was disrespectful headline-writing. But […]
Kerry and the bishops to be in Denver at the same time Sen. John Kerry plans to be in Denver next month. So will hundreds of Catholic bishops. The result could be a defining moment in the presidential campaign.
…for participating in the gay marriage debate “We look with dismay at bishops who openly criticize the homosexual community and criticize gay rights,” James E. Post, the organization’s president, told about 150 people at a Voice of the Faithful meeting […]
Here’s something fascinating to a few of us.. Apparently a Major Catholic Publisher of high school religion texts has, in the light of the bishop’s Ad Hoc Committee that declares texts in compliance with the Catechism, or not, decided to […]
For several reasons (including the fact that I finally got myself to the midwife and yes, confirmed my condition, as if it needed it), I forgot to blog that our friend Peggy Noonan was scheduled to be on that special […]
Well. Clayton Emmer wrote to Fr. McBrien for clarification and got it. The correspondence is on his blog.
But this time, the historical view. An interesting short piece on the first Catholic US military chaplains When war broke out between the United States and Mexico in May 1846, General Zachary Taylor’s army moved into northern Mexico with some […]
1. Bought Joseph a new shirt on Thursday – a tropical-themed kind of golf shirt similar to one of his dad’s. I told him this would be good to wear when we went to eat out. Friday night, after the […]
From Stars and Stripes
Ann Rodgers of the Pittsburgh paper takes a long, balanced look.
Poor guys. State Sen. Raymond Lesniak, a veteran Democrat from Union County, said that he would follow his church’s wishes in New Jersey and that he would drive to New York City to receive Communion. Lesniak, a former altar boy […]
Not much new, but a couple of interesting observations Some American Catholic bishops are asking Catholic politicians to refrain from taking Communion if they cannot accept their faith’s teaching on abortion. The bishops must be in shock when they look […]
A short piece from the NYTimes, with nothing much new except this quote from McBrien On the other end of the spectrum, some Catholic thinkers say nothing in church doctrine addresses how moral teachings should be specifically applied through laws. […]
A priest transforms the art in his parish church Father Carter, a Franciscan Friar of the Atonement, had been summoned in a last-ditch effort to turn it around, and almost immediately upon his arrival, he decided that the images in […]
Here’s a Times-Picayune article on that Danny Abramowicz book Michael edited. The path that winds from professional athlete to drunk to recovering drunk now finds Abramowicz as author of a small handbook on spirituality for men: “Spiritual Workout of a […]
There was Lucy Killea, now 81 and reflective. She had spoken out for abortion rights in a television campaign ad for a state Senate race, taking a stand that Maher said was “in complete contradiction to the moral teaching of […]
Phoenix on September 24. In addition, I’m booked to speak at the Catholic Library Association meeting (in association with the NCEA) in Philly in 2005 and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership in Louisville the next week. (both right after […]
Maybe it was in the article I posted earlier, and I just read too fast….but the ALL ad campaign costs half a million bucks. What a waste of money. I’m sorry, but this ticks me off. ALL does good work […]
As usual, from After Abortion (scroll down a bit) I never was publicly pro-choice, but I sure did keep my mouth shut out of fear if the topic ever came up. I never cared if a politician I voted for […]
Well, De-Coding seems to be the best-selling of the genre over at Amazon, and still hanging in there over at BN, although we’re out of the top 100. I suspect that’s because the second printing hasn’t yet made it to […]
Maybe we should be grateful that Madonna didn’t choose to immerse herself in Catholicism, if this is the kind of perversion of Kabbalistic Judaism she’s gone for and given millions of dollars in support of. It’s the LA Kabbalah Center, […]
Michael shares kind of a weird, interesting twist on the Phoenix-letter-signing priest story.
Krauthammer Jihadists, like all totalitarians, oppose many kinds of freedom. What makes them unique, however, is their particular hatred of freedom for women. They prize their traditional prerogatives that allow them to keep their women barefoot in the kitchen as […]
Cleveland church where priest was murdered is designated a shrine A $1.5 million renovation was completed in 1998. Church members were meeting to discuss how to mark the 750th anniversary of the canonization of St. Stanislaus when tragedy struck in […]
American Life League runs ad criticizing the Cardinal A Roman Catholic antiabortion group launched an advertising campaign against Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick of Washington yesterday, attacking him for saying he is not comfortable denying Communion to Sen. John F. Kerry […]
Raised the suspicion of some parishioners The pastor of St. Anthony’s in downtown Joliet since 1993, LaPore was ordained in 1976 and also had served as associate pastor of St. Pius X in Lombard. He was placed on administrative leave […]
Maggie Gallagher knows Mothers are the people who love us for no good reason. And those of us who are mothers know it’s the most exquisite love of all. At 43, I have a lot to be grateful for: a […]
June 19 in Cincinnati August 6 in Atlanta early October in Superior, Wisconsin Details and perhaps more to follow…
William McGurn reflects on the life and death of a priest Understandably, nonbelievers might find it a romantic idealization of pain and ugliness to extract any beauty from the drawn-out death inflicted on this gentle man–the chemo, the probes, the […]
I’m thinking that what David Morrison has to say about the vile treatment of Iraqi prisoners is pretty intriguing Back to the bad news. I am afraid that this represents the….increasing depravity abroad in this country. The U.S. armed forces […]
That Pittsburgh priest excommunicated The Rev. William Hausen knows just what he’ll do when he gets the letter notifying him of his formal excommunication from the Roman Catholic Church: Frame it. The Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese announced Thursday that Hausen “has […]
Actor who portrayed the chief scourger in TPOTC to mount a one-man play about it. Mr. D’Ambrosi — burly, bald and blue-eyed — has had enough. “Everyone shut up; it’s my time to speak,” he said in heavily accented English […]
Tells Barbara Walters that she made the choice to have an abortion on doctors’ advice, but miscarried the night before. Teresa Heinz Kerry told a television interviewer this week that she had planned to have an abortion in the mid-1970’s […]
To teach lessons about bad writing! Brown’s writing is not just bad; it is staggeringly, clumsily, thoughtlessly, almost ingeniously bad. In some passages scarcely a word or phrase seems to have been carefully selected or compared with alternatives. I slogged […]
FDA says no to over-the-counter sales – for now. In a letter to Barr, the FDA said it had rejected the over-the-counter proposal because the company did not provide enough evidence that young girls could use the Plan B pills […]
Judge voids law keeping Terri Schiavo alive
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Abortion clinic closes – pro-life center takes its place. First built as a Jewish synagogue in the late 19th century, the building at 72 Ransom Street NE in Grand Rapids had been leased to abortionist Thomas Gordon who performed abortions […]
MGM tries to figure out if its satire of life in an evangelical Christian high school has an appeal to…evangelical Christians. “It was not an easy sell to someone writing a check,” Mr. Stern said. “The movie is very pro-faith. […]
Please correct your initial post concerning Monsignore Monteiro. The original Spanis Press report (http://es.news.yahoo.com/040503/4/3e3fb.html): “…monseñor Monteiro manifestó a un grupo de periodistas que “las uniones homosexuales son totalmente contrarias a la doctrina de la Iglesia. Tal postura (la legalización de […]
From The Hill In an effort to defend his political appeal among Catholics, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) is to meet today with Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles, who has strong ties to the Latino community. The meeting follows another […]
Only one of those Arizona priests has removed his name from the letter The Rev. Chris Carpenter, pastor of Christ the King Parish in Mesa, said Tuesday in an e-mail to the media that he would remove his name from […]
..and not receive Communion.
From Archbishop Myers of Newark. Speaking of teachable moments…. This is not a new teaching of the Church. From the earliest years, it has been pointed out that one cannot claim to be a Christian and yet believe other than […]
Papal Envoy to Spain says times they are a’ changin’ Monsignor Manuel Monteiro de Castro told a conference of Spanish bishops at the weekend: “The new political situation in which we are living in Spain sets new challenges in the […]
Bishops have ticked off some GOP solons The rift began with a March 15 letter to lawmakers from the Missouri Catholic Conference, signed by the state’s five bishops. It was critical of legislation by Republican Rep. Jodi Stefanick, of Ballwin, […]
Abortion rights, Catholic pol, what now? Vermont’s Bishop Kenneth Angell said this week that he wants to “establish and maintain open lines of communication” with politicians who may hold positions that differ with the church’s. He also said he is […]
Gregory defends diocese The head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on Tuesday defended his diocese’s refusal to release the mental health records of a retired priest accused of sexual abuse, saying priests’ rights have to be balanced with […]
Designed to provide stem cells for their siblings In a growing practice that troubles some ethicists, a Chicago laboratory helped create five healthy babies to serve as stem-cell donors for their ailing brothers and sisters. The made-to-order infants, from different […]
Back in the classroom. Iona College students returned from spring break a few weeks ago to a subtle, unannounced change in their classrooms. “Some people took a double-take, like ‘There are crucifixes in our classrooms. When did that happen?’ ” […]
I discovered that Loyola has the page up for my fall book from them: Here ’tis Here’s the cover: And no, we’re really not bored with De-Coding, are we? Amazon is back to 2-3 weeks. Grrrrr. But I hear the […]
At TNR Actually rather interesting: But is abortion different? Is the contempt for human life that any abortion inherently embodies such a social evil that no politician can be permitted to call himself a Catholic and support the right to […]
From a reader: And to top things off yesterday, my pastor, who actually read and *enjoyed* the DVC, was involved in a very excited discussion yesterday in the Sacristy. He was talking to a local Catholic politician who has held […]
I forgot – I never told you about my talk, so overwhelmed was I by the border crossing trauma. The talk went great! Probably about 150 people there, at the campus church at Bowling Green University. The talk was sponsored […]
via Via Dom The draft of the new English translation of the Mass, very awkwardly posted on 44 different web pages on an Australian website. It’s scanned. Very M5. And since it’s scanned, I can’t clip and paste excerpts here. […]
Here. Characterizes it as a GOP political tactic, or at least alerts us to the appearance of such. K-Lo responds.
An exchange on the ethics of tube feeding and its withdrawal. One side And the other Ford is to be congratulated on his recognition, shared with the Pope, of the humanity of PVS patients, and on his desire in principle […]
In The Tablet, Robert Ellsberg writes about what he learned The saints do not teach us how to avoid suffering. Nor do they teach us that suffering makes us happy. What they do show is that it is only along […]
Spanish Cathedral moves a statue A statue in a Spanish cathedral showing St James slicing the heads off Moorish invaders is to be removed to avoid causing offence to Muslims. Cathedral authorities in the pilgrim city of Santiago de Compostela, […]
The Cardinal Newman Society has issued a five year report, collating all of its examination of “culture of death” activities and stances in American Catholic colleges.
Go check out the photo heading the Piraeus blog today The woman in this photo is not, of course, consciously making any religious statement, but my own mind was pulled in that direction by her photo. More specificially, it put […]
Because manuscripts and editing are on my mind, I’m going to tell you a story. I think about six years have passed since this happened, so it’s safe to tell. I still won’t use real names, though. I was still […]
This explains my puzzling Amazon jump this weekend – for a few hours I was even in the top 100 – this is probably why.
That’s about it. I’m about to e-ship the manuscript off to the publisher. This is how it works. You submit your original manuscript, not exactly thrilled, since it’s not perfect, but you are sick of it and ready to give […]
Tonight in Kalamazoo: Monday, May 3, 2004 “Setting Your Heart on Fire at Every Celebration of the Eucharist” Michael Dubruiel Author of The How-To Book of the Mass, Praying the Holy Rosary with the Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful and Glorious Mysteries, […]
One of the best bloggers out there – and I mean that – Peter Nixon of Sursum Corda is shutting down. And I guess he means it, because he says he’s going to delete the whole thing! Seriously, Peter is […]
So what do you think? I am usually one, during the course of this show, to remain in a state of perpetual confusion about the Mob stories. I can never remember who’s who especially when the New York families get […]
Yesterday Nothing very surprising or shocking about any of this, just the ordinary stuff of politics. But the politicking that went into Tuesday’s primary was a contrast with the rhetoric of Wednesday’s prayer breakfast, where, according to The Washington Times […]
…can someone tell me how to write nothing pieces like this one and get them published in the NYTimes Magazine? For personal reasons, I’ve been doing a lot of driving lately, crisscrossing the West and the Midwest and noticing along […]
Bishop tells South Bend high school to rescind pro-abortion rights governor’s speaking invite More. Ray Schmidt, one St. Joseph High School parent commented,“At first I thought it was a little harsh, but then I read that he actually has a […]
A WaPo article about an exorcist The vast majority of people who are referred to him suffer from mental illness, he said. He refers most of them to local psychiatrists and mental health professionals. But the Devil does exist, he […]
Friday morning, we went to the Solanus Casey Center in Detroit, the first time since the new vistor’s center had been completed. I rather liked it – the display did a nice job of explaining his life and work, and […]
(Rumspringa being the time in an Amish young person’s life when they are given time to experience certain freedoms in life, part of the idea being to ensure that their choice to embrace adulthood as an Amish is really a […]
So. We’ve been back and forth to Canada several times since 9/11, and have experienced some relatively lengthy waits, but never any real problems. And, I’ll admit that I’d heard, here and there, that they were asking for birth certificates […]
Conason isn’t my favorite, but, y’know… ….consider the long list of prominent Catholic Republicans who advocate abortion rights and civil equality for homosexuals. Like Mr. Kerry, these churchgoing pols have defied church orthodoxy. But unlike him, the Republicans can worship […]
…of course, and have been. All went well – good crowd, a blog-reader or two (Hi Kevin!), etc. Some adventures the next day as we crossed the border for a short Canadian jaunt, but right now I’m too busy to […]
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