Worth a bookmark, and a spot on your donation list: Aid to the Church in Need: "Aid to the Church in Need" is an international pastoral aid organization of the Catholic Church, which yearly offers financial support to more than […]
Worth a bookmark, and a spot on your donation list: Aid to the Church in Need: "Aid to the Church in Need" is an international pastoral aid organization of the Catholic Church, which yearly offers financial support to more than […]
That’s the title of The Revealer’s Jeff Sharlet’s article over at Rolling Stone, in which Jeff infiltrates the world of young, hip evangelical Christians who’ve committed to chastity Southern Baptist official Albert Mohler reacts, as does our CTWeblogging friend Ted […]
John Allen got it done before the long weekend, this time Conversations with a couple of archbishops, in town for their pallia, of course, an interesting note about the Mass yesterday: After expressing greetings to Patriarch Bartholomew I in his […]
Catholic Relief Services has a page on their ongoing and long-term efforts to rebuild those areas impacted by last December’s tsunami Via Professor Bainbridge
And not a mixed-gender couple in sight. Or whatever. Canadian bill passes one house Spain’s parliament gives final approval. Aside from the usual discussions that come with this territory, what I’m particularly interested in is the possibility of civil disobedience. […]
TMatt wonders, based on a Fred Barnes piece. I sort of don’t think so…a lot of people assume Bono’s Catholic. Irish = Catholic, Ian Paisley notwithstanding.
Fr. John Jenkins replaces Fr. Malloy He was actually elected over a year ago A profile from the ND magazine Jenkins joined the philosophy faculty in South Bend in 1990 and over the years has taught such courses as Faith […]
FYI…Jason Torres will be on Larry King Live tonight Here’s the transcript. Jason’s brother Justin was on as well.
Another article on the RE flap Attendance at a total of three Saturday night masses and six Sunday masses at St. Charles averages about 3,500 per week, out of an approximate parish enrollment of 10,000 people. "Everyone is struggling to […]
Yes, I spoke last night at a chapter meeting/dinner of Legatus – the Ann Arbor chapter. Very nice event, good people. About a week ago, I spoke with a Legatus person, who said, "And you’ll be speaking on "Prove It" […]
Two stories: British Medical Association drops euthanasia opposition The same BMA overwhelmingly rejects calls to reduce the upper limit on abortions from 24 to 20 weeks
Fascinating article about a British millionaire who has turned his estate into a venue for religiously-themed theater The son of a market gardener, Hutley amassed a £110m fortune in property development, and bought Wintershall in the early 1960s. At the […]
Went to Ann Arbor yesterday for a talk, now I’m back. Will be working and blogging this afternoon, especially since rain is a comin’
Up Milwaukee way.. When Regala’s husband, Emilio Regala Jr., a physician, died of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1992, she felt lost. Her children were carrying on their lives, some living in Hawaii and Florida. So, she sold the family home […]
At NRO, Kathryn Jean Lopez interviews Robert George in re/ Embyronic Stem Cells, and specifically Cuomo’s NYT op-ed Robert P. George: One really does wish that Governor Cuomo would defend his views with arguments. If he really thinks that human […]
After Mass, the Pope appeared at the Wednesday General Audience, in which he asked for the prayers of the people for him, the Bishop of Rome: In a reference to ecumenical affairs, the Pope prayed "that the Virgin Mary will […]
One of the more fashionable ways of talking about faith these days is to use the image of the "story." We’re told that what faith is essentially all about is finding a "story" (or "narrative" or "myth") that is meaningful […]
Gleaned from a couple of entries from my dad’s Rome journal: The street shots are from our windows. One, of the two men, one standing and one seated, is of the mystery establishment. Ever since we arrived, we have been […]
5/13…. San Clemente is small in size but especially rich in history, even for Rome. There are three levels open for examination. The church of today was built in the 12th century The next level down dates from the 4th […]
Well, not really an update, but some interesting information on the Staten Island parish in which the pastor expelled the 300 non-Mass attending families from religious ed. Bill Cork found this article, from the NCR(egister), in which the pastor in […]
In which Dad and Hilary stumble upon a bishop… Our plan had been to go to St. Peter’s for an 11 o’clock mass, but we were late in getting ready to go and did not leave ourselves time enough, given […]
In NCR, Joe Feuerherd discusses the bishops’ meeting, starting with the "Christ Has Died" question The normally taciturn archbishop of New York, Cardinal Edward Egan, was positively animated. “I really believe the pastoral consideration has to prevail here,” implored the […]
Grand Jury in Dallas delivers its findings Dallas County District Attorney Bill Hill announced Monday that he will not bring charges against local Catholic leaders over their handling of sexual misconduct allegations. A special grand jury impaneled in February "has […]
Big day in Rome, of course. Here are some links, with more coming: During the Mass at St. Peter’s , Pope Benedict bestowed the pallium on 32 Archbishops, including Fiorenza from Houston Though it may be a long way to […]
How long could Jim Manney run a blog without mentioning baseball? Not long!
As predicted in this space many times, the attempt to "reframe" the abortion issue in a way that supposedly appeals to those uncomfortable with abortion by acknowledging its morally problematic nature, is not universally welcomed by abortion rights activists. Katha […]
Had some computer problems this morning, but they seemed to be fixed. Will blog as fast as I can before other duties call…
2 Catholic women from opposites side of the globe are responsible for codifying the law of Uganda Ann Bateson of Minnesota and Vastina Rukimirana Nsanze of Uganda have a lot in common besides the faith that sustains them. They are […]
Bishop jointly appointed by Vatican and Chinese government Mgr Giuseppe Xing Wenzhi, 42 years, was today ordained auxiliary bishop of Shanghai. The prelate said publicly that he received the nomination of the Holy See. In future, he will able to […]
From May 16: The bus took us to Termini, the main railroad station. From there we walked down to Santa Maria Maggori on Esquiline Hill which dates from the fourth century. Magnificent art and architecture. Another overwhelming experience. Leaving the […]
My father has been updating his journal of their Rome trip, but I’ve been negligent about posting them…so here we go. I’m going to work backwards because I’m lazy, and some will just be posted in excerpts – but here […]
He passed away last night, at the age of 88. You know him, of course, as a Civil War historian and narrator of the Ken Burns series. Some of us also know him as one of the late Walker Percy’s […]
Inspired by a comment. With real, live destructive cults (see below) around, why do fiction writers (see.um…you know who)..have to create conspiracies where there are none? I mean, in some cases, truth really is stranger than fiction. But I guess […]
In listening to Talk of the Nation on NPR yesterday, I heard one of the participants in the discussion on the 10 Commandments ruling opine that secularists were spending a lot of energy on religious symbols cases, and not coming […]
Scientology Day, baby! I guess we can all be grateful to Tom Cruise for bringing this fine "religion" into its most recent moment of glory. Katie Holmes is from Toledo, so the Toledo paper took a look last week: The […]
Also from VIS – it’s not up on their page yet, but will be soon. If you’d like to receive their daily bulletins in your email, all you have to do is click on the link on this page. Archbishop […]
From the Vatican Information Service: VATICAN CITY, JUN 28, 2005 (VIS) – This morning in the Clementine Hall, Benedict XVI presided at a liturgical celebration for the official presentation of the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. […]
A lengthy article from Chiesa from Sandro Magister and another writer on the Italian Embryo Referendum
In Q & A format…In Italian Here’s the text of the Pope’s speech presenting the Compendium…also in Italian Here’s the English
From the website Catholic Culture: Pope John Paul II has been criticized both before and after his death as being a poor ruler because he was a poor disciplinarian. To say that he was a poor disciplinarian implies at least […]
A reader comments: This past Saturday night we attended the Mass for the 50th Anniversary of our parish, celebrated by the Archbishop, who introduced the new pastor, who will take over next month. Not mentioned by either the Archbishop or […]
St. Thomas relics in India Warm receptions were accorded to the holy relics of St Thomas Apostle at various Forane Churches and other centres in the district today. The holy relics were brought here yesterday from Orthona, Italy by Archbishop […]
If anyone would like to explain the 2 Supreme Court rulings on the public display of the 10 Commandments today…please do.
In a diocese in Florida, a married priest (Lutheran convert) ministers in a parish. Nice article. He’s not allowed to be the pastor of his parish, though. That honor falls to a man arrested for exposing himself in a public […]
But still hopeful…from a reader: Last week you reported a survey of Catholics saying on only 40-something % still believe in the real presence. Well, this Sunday our Father Willy Raymond polled the congregation. He reviewed all three questions first. […]
First, the Anchoress has kind words for my newest book – which isn’t out yet, but actually should be in the next month and a half, or so From a correspondent, on Here.Now: A Catholic Guide to the Good Life […]
Just a couple of re-posts from last week: People of the Book: a new blog about Catholic publishing The National Association for Pastoral Musicians wants your input on songs that have made a difference in your life The Susan Torres […]
I never blogged about one of the big topics du jour in the blogosphere last week – the Kelo decision, which, from my uninformed perspective seems to be pretty terrible. Would it be incorrect to call it the "Wal-Mart" decision? […]
Staten Island pastor cleaning house The pastor of a Staten Island Catholic church is playing holy hardball – kicking hundreds of kids out of religious ed classes because their families aren’t showing up at Mass. The Rev. Michael Cichon, pastor […]
The Romanian convent where the nun was killed has been closed – this account at Orthodixie (is there a better blog title? I think not) makes clear it was really a place in the shadows from the word go.
Look, when I first read that story, blogged last week, about the Diocese of Brooklyn’s reluctance to get officially involved in the Graham Crusade, my first reaction, was "Losers!" and echoed many of your comments along that line. I thought […]
Michael’s got a post up about the current top-10 Catholic bestsellers at Amazon, and what it reveals about what reading Catholics seem to be interested in.
WaPo article on the growth of the Catholic Church in NoVa
But is that enough? A blogger gives an account of a recent interview that Arcbishop Ncube gave, calling for the arrest of Mugabe by international bodies (Via Christopher Johnson) What churches are doing in Zimbabwe in response to Mugabe’s actions […]
Caught this short note in the Chicago Tribune McHenry County Board members have approved a religious order’s plans to build a retreat along Harmony Hill Road southeast of Marengo. Members of Fraternite Notre Dame are expected to close on the […]
An LATimes piece on the changing Vatican-China relations Twice a year, in May and September, the worlds of the patriotic and underground Catholic churches converge at Cross Mountain in Shaanxi province as thousands of faithful climb the mountain, carrying crucifixes […]
My husband handed me this book by then-Cardinal Ratzinger today. He had a chapter marked for me to read – on the problems in catechesis. I’d be interested in it, he said. So I took it with me up to […]
Well, the article about which Barbara Nicolosi has been blogging in such a highly entertaining fashion is finally out in the NYTimes Though heavier than most on messianic zeal, Mr. Bannon – Roman Catholic filmmaker, conservative-film financier, Washington networker and […]
I am writing in the hopes that you may know of eitherweb-sites or perhaps books on Proper ecclesial Latin? It seems to be hidden well in the vaults, so to speak. I would truly appreciate any help you may give. […]
The canonization cause for Mother Theodore Guerin may be moving forward Here’s more information on Mother Guerin and another Indiana blessed, Bishop Simon Brute
Fr. Rob discusses an article he wrote on the matter – link to article in the post at Thrownback.
Because most of the good stuff is sad, at some level. Resolving the sad into the good is the point. This writer does. Three priests walk into a restaurant Via TSO
He knows it all. As we continue the fascinating awfulness of watching Tom Cruise enter Another Place, catch up with today’s installment, complete with illustrations, here – a pictorially annotated transcipt of this morning’s interview with Matt Lauer
The public radio program Speaking of Faith is going to have a show dedicated to Paul Elie’s great book The Life You Save May Be Your Own Do you know how I learned about this? At a brand-new blog that […]
My size 7 foot – 1/3 of Canadians who’ve read it think the historical claims of DVC are true The coast-to-coast survey for the National Geographic Channel conducted by Decima Research found that, among 1,005 adults surveyed June 9-12, 16 […]
Michael highlights some interesting words by Benedict XVI on this feast
Yesterday, I read a book with a title to delight many of you: God and Man at Georgetown Prep: How I Became a Catholic Despite Twenty Years of Catholic Schooling by Mark Gauvreau Judge. The book is, in a way, […]
One of the chores of blogging is the constant struggle to get everyone to understand where you’re coming from. In other words, the continual re-introduction of yourself to new readers. Sometimes I try, most of the time I give up. […]
…Everyone is fighting a great battle. A Boston Globe article on baseball player John Olerud’s family, and their support of their seriously disabled daughter
Annie Banno has a lengthy post detailing what happened yesterday at the Senate subcommittee hearing at which Norma McCorvey and Sandra Cano (Roe and Doe, in case you’re not aware of it)
In China, via AsiaNews I spent 5 years in the seminary of the underground Church. Life was very difficult and very risky. Wake-up time was 5 a.m. After a half hour of meditation, we celebrated Mass and then Lauds. After […]
Disputations alerts us to a (retitled) re-issue of A Memoir of Mary Ann, with an intro by Flannery O’Connor, offered by the Hawthorne Domincans (who, of course, cared for Mary Ann in their Atlanta facility)
In the bad books thread below, someone mentioned the two books by DCTalk, and said they were anti-Catholic. Can anyone who agrees with this explain? I’ve seen them all over the place, of course, but have never really read them.
From the Vatican Information Service: Pope Benedict XVI, returning the visit to the Vatican by Italian President Carlo Azeglio Campi on May 3, today went to the Quirinale Palace, home to Italy’s presidents, where he met privately with Ciampi, following […]
Again from The Tablet
Okay, since Get Religion has broken the ice, in a way, I guess I can start talking about the new HBO show The Comeback, created by Michael Patrick King (Sex and the City) and Lisa Kudrow (Friends), the latter of […]
I’m going to steal an idea, so here ya go. Some of you might know that Human Events issued a list of 10 Most Harmful Books of the 19th and 20th Century, much discussed around various blogs. Jimmy Akin was […]
Shangai bishop seeks to heal division He’s been called a counterfeit cleric, a usurper who betrayed the Catholic Church while others languished due to their loyalty to the pope. Shanghai Bishop Aloysius Jin Luxian’s 27 years in prison and labor […]
Everyone in this house, it seems, makes fun of me because that is the phrase I’ve hit upon to try to lull the baby back to sleep. It’s uncomplicated, and much of the time it works. But they all think […]
The National Association of Pastoral Musicians would like to know what you think. Really. They have a survey up, in which you can tell them the name of a liturgical "song" that’s made a difference in your life. With the […]
Didn’t help invite folks Catholics are still welcome to attend, but the lack of official involvement amazed Graham biographer Bill Martin, who characterized the archdiocese’s reasoning as a "change in policy" from Mr. Graham’s 1991 Central Park crusade. Back then, […]
A not-meeting of minds in South Carolina When the Rev. John Parker was asked to say the benediction at the graduation rite for the Medical School of South Carolina, he did what any Eastern Orthodox priest would do. He went […]
From the WSJ: "I feel less alone when I read the books of Ratzinger." I had asked Ms. Fallaci whether there was any contemporary leader she admired, and Pope Benedict XVI was evidently a man in whom she reposed some […]
Fr. Stan Fortuna is in Poland this weekend, at a "Song of Songs" Festival. The folks at Francesco Productions say: Fr. Stan’s concert will be broadcast live through their website in streaming video. Here is our understanding of the schedule: […]
Interesting set of letters in reaction to Cuomo’s op-ed. I like this from the first letter: Mr. Cuomo, the former New York governor, repeatedly refers to "potential," but all in the context of the medical benefits of stem cells. But […]
Evangelicals, that is "Evangelicals come here and I would like to ask: Why do you come here? For what reason?" said Patriarch Emmanuel Delly, head of the Eastern rite Chaldean Catholic Church, Iraq’s largest Christian community. In interviews, Delly and […]
1) He fires the general contractor on the building expansion project and hires himself as a replacement 2) He buys a Porsche Kentucky Baptist minister accused Church supports him. Of course!
Because I haven’t been following the Anglican troubles as closely as I should the past few months. But the Anglican Consultative Council, a leadership body, heard the Episcopalians and the Anglicans of Canada making their case, and voted to exclude […]
Late in the day, I bring to your attention the excellent website for the Center for Thomas More Studies.
In Britain? Britain is facing an infertility crisis, with the number of couples who experience problems conceiving expected to double within the next 10 years. A leading fertility expert warned yesterday that, by 2015, one in three couples may need […]
Website taking testimony, prayers and such for the canonization cause of John Paul II
I ask that out of curiosity and a sincere interest in these knotty matters of religious and government. In our religiously diverse country, what is going to happen in regard situations like this? State court officers don’t plan to act […]
Magister on Ruini on Marchetto – the author of a new history of the Council contra the predominant narrative of the past forty years: In conclusion, Ruini again contested the contrast made between John XXIII and Paul VI, as seen […]
At Pontifications, Al Kimel answers the question – what is moving him to Roman Catholicism rather than Eastern Orthodoxy from where he stands in the Anglican tradition? It’s interesting – as are most of the 412 comments on the post.
From Get Religion, a link to a story on those candles you see everywhere now – the glass pillars with pictures of saints, etc. printed on the front. An interesting history is related in the story: Scholars and candle industry […]
Geldof wants Pope to join anti-poverty march
Long, meaty Books and Culture piece by Mark Noll and Carol Nystrom, adapted from their book of the same title It examines various evangelical stances toward Catholicism, from hostility to conversion. Here’s a link to the book, due to be […]
The Pope’s new book The book covers many of the themes Benedict has already focused on in his two months in office: the role of Christianity in Europe and the need to respect life from conception to its natural death. […]
Thanks to Matthew at Holy Whapping for a nice review of Loyola’s edition of Helena Amazon link Loyola link over there on the right – click on the logo.
Over at Against the Grain, Christopher has a long post about the concept and term "preferential option for the poor" Catholics who are the least bit aquainted with the social doctrine of the Church have encountered the term "preferential option […]
Legal and not (from a few weeks ago, but just ran across it via Godspy) (Context: murder of police officer by an illegal immigrant) Americans have a right to secure borders, especially in a time of anti-American violence. We have […]
..or is it? Who knows. But this Tom Cruise/Katie Holmes things is cree-py.
Brandon Evans of the Criterion sends along a link to the CNN story on Cardinal Sin and wonders about the caption under the photo. So this is news? This blogger has a good quote from Cardinal Sin and more links
At the Corner HATE SPEECH? [John Derbyshire]A reader has chid me for using the term "Papist" in a private exchange, to refer to Roman Catholics (of which he is one). Is this unacceptable? I am always way behind the curve […]
Vatican-sponsored conference on women on the streets The Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travelers hosted its first international meeting June 20-21 on "The Pastoral Care for the Liberation of Street Women." Fifty women and men who are active in offering […]
Steve Skojec has thoughts.. I’m not alone. Young Catholics feel hungry because we’re being fed candy when we want steak. We feel talked down to because the faith has been made juvenile to appeal to our pop-culture interests. We are […]
I posted the story about my son, mostly as a meditation on irony and unintended consequences, not as a paean to walking out of Mass. Given the fact that he left to simply head over to the (later) Mass he […]
On the DVD release of a Bresson film.. When the Museum of Modern Art announced "The Hidden God," a major faith and film series featuring titles as diverse as Magnolia, Andrei Roublev and Groundhog Day, the curators said the one […]
Furious and fascinating piece from Books and Culture (a CT brand), a review of two books, including Jim Wallis’. You can get a taste from the opening para: I didn’t vote last November 2nd. Not that friends and colleagues didn’t […]
Cardinal Kaspar to meet with Russian Orthodox The Vatican has deployed an envoy of senior officials to visit Moscow on a four-day trip. The move comes amid increasing tensions between the Russian Orthodox and the Roman Catholic Churches. The visit […]
Column from the Rochester paper about two elderly brother priests Bernard, 84, and Tom, 78, both joined the Oblates Order of Mary Immaculate and became Roman Catholic priests — Bernard in 1948, Tom in 1955. "I don’t know how, but […]
The reader who sent this in titled his email: Three days, two stories, one existential chasm, same newspaper. (The paper requires registration, btw) Peter Singer spoke to an audience of 900 (See, that in itself is frightening to me. Singer […]
Reader James wrote and asked me if I knew the source of a quote from the Pope at Andrew Sullivan’s site – he gets it from a PETA-related site The new Pope has spoken movingly about the exploitation of all […]
Michael Schiavo – who said he promised his wife he would not keep her alive artificially – also listed Feb. 25, 1990, as the date his wife "Departed this Earth." Patterico’s take
Well, Grand Rapids finally got someone, at least.. – Accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Reno, U.S.A., presented by Bishop Phillip Francis Straling, in accordance with Canon 401, para. 2 of the Code of Canon […]
Peter Chattaway has been attending a retrospective of the films of Pier Paulo Pasolini, and blogs at that link about the Gospel According to St. Matthew and the documentary Pasolini made about searching for locations for that film in the […]
Priest indicted for stealing 2 mil
I’ve just learned about this controversy, and am trying to get up to speed on it. No, it’s not an RC thing – it’s a theological dispute within Protestant denominations, especially of the Reformed traditions (I think) about interpreting Pauline […]
Passed away after a long illness
A piece from the SF paper about a musician’s journey: Classical pianist Jacqueline Chew rebelled against her Christian upbringing and became an atheist while attending the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in the 1970s. But her love of music […]
For infertility I find it a bit confusing – I can’t quite figure out what it is – a more detailed observation system, but where does the progesterone come in?
An afternoon at the "Sprayground" Go ahead. You know you want to. Take some time…relax.
Great story from Detroit about a stay-at-home dad of 6, including one set of twins and one of triplets…with another on the way. (Do check out the photo slideshow – quite charming) Favorite detail: bathtime. Very funny, but efficient and […]
No, really. First, let me tell you about this one – the oldest. He’s 22, almost 23, a sports lover, a video editor, loves horrible music, goes to Atlanta and other points north,south, east and west all the time for […]
Former Review Board member reflects on his experience Twenty years as a canon and civil lawyer for Catholic institutions did not prepare Nicholas Cafardi for what he encountered as a member and chairman of the National Review Board charged with […]
Scientists seeking to dispel the abortifacient impression Amid a heated national debate over emergency contraception, some scientists are marshaling evidence to challenge the belief that the "morning-after pill" is equivalent to abortion. Abortion opponents object to the pills, saying they […]
What’s the truth about the results? Based on their analysis, the researchers concluded that IVF might result in more pregnancies than other treatment options for unexplained fertility, but this remains uncertain and more research is needed on birth rates, adverse […]
A summary of the Bishops’ meeting from CNS
What’s the Impact? This study shows that short-term missions as done now are not having the impact that people think or want, even if done to levels of excellence," says Ver Beek. "If that’s true, it requires a whole rethinking […]
Robert Duncan at Spero News on the march in Spain – do go read for a first-hand account.
Interesting work on the origins of the condemnation of Pius XII’s "silence" or whatever you would like to call it, regarding Nazi persecution The article, by Magister, reprints another, scholarly article with the following details: In Spadolini’s article, the perceived […]
Mario Cuomo chimes in on the ECSR debate : To extricate himself from an untenable position, the president should start by following the successful pattern established in other areas of dealing with the clash of religious and political questions, including […]
No, not that one – from U.S. public schools. It will be a subject for discussion this week at the Southern Baptist Convention. Mere Comments…comments that this might be the most contentious subject of the gathering. Should Southern Baptist parents […]
It’s okay for religion to guide scientific research as long as it’s….Buddhism? Or Confucianism? Okay. Got it.
Mark Butterworth has a fascinating post on possible links between Southern Gospel music styles and one form of traditional Gailic singing from the Western Isles
Barbara Nicolosi has a post on sad songs. The post is based on an article in the Guardian in which the author runs through a list of what he says are the saddest songs out there. Yeah, he skimps on […]
Michael The Baby is seven months old today. Oh, time is going too quickly. As much as you want them to just move on to the next stage, to a little more independence, you still can’t bear to see them […]
Bill Cork went, has an interesting account and photos
As you might or might know, there was an large protest against gay marriage in Madrid yestserday. Backstory here: The same-sex marriage legislation still must be passed by the Senate, after being approved earlier this spring by parliament in a […]
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