Anti-Catholicism: website attacks Republican candidate for his faith

From Daily Caller: Mark Miloscia, a Republican running for state senate in Washington state, is fending off attacks on his Catholic faith. Miloscia, a former Democratic state legislator running for senate as a Republican in Washington’s 30th District, converted to the GOP over social issues. His campaign is encountering some old-school opposition: An anti-Miloscia attack website believed to be run by a Democratic Party member supporting Democrat Shari Song posted a piece of propaganda po … [Read More...]


Roma Downey and Mark Burnett launch campaign to support Christians in Iraq, Syria

From Christianity Today: "Son of God" creators Mark Burnett and Roma Downey are taking bold steps to help Iraqi and Syrian Christians persecuted by the Islamic State. The couple recently announced that they have partnered with the Institute for Global Engagement (IGE) to launch the Cradle of Christianity Fund – an organization that assists in the "rescue, restoration and return of displaced and endangered Christian communities in the Middle East." The fund seeks to raise $25 million for d … [Read More...]

Why do Catholics leave the Church?

A new survey for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois offers some clues. From Our Sunday Visitor: In their report “Joy and Grievance in an American Diocese,” the researchers indicate they targeted “those who had lapsed or drifted from the Church and are currently inactive in a diocesan parish.” T … [Read More...]

Proof of virgin birth—in a python?

Details:   A reticulated python (the world's largest species of snake) gave birth to six babies without the help of a male partner.The birth actually occurred in 2012. But it was only a few months ago that researchers published DNA evidence that Thelma — an 11-year-old, 200 pound, 20-foot-long f … [Read More...]

Ebola victim Nina Pham heads home, credits God and prayer

The Catholic nurse who contracted the virus in Dallas—the first person infected  in the United States— left NIH in Bethesda, MD this afternoon. Below is the text of her statement to reporters:"I feel fortunate and blessed to be standing here today. I would first and foremost like to thank God, … [Read More...]

Bishop dedicates parish center named for a deacon

What a wonderful tribute.  From Today's Catholic News, the website for the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend:A dream that has been in the making for a decade has now come to fruition. St. Paul of the Cross Parish in Columbia City has completed construction on the long awaited Deacon Joseph Z … [Read More...]

A response to Chaput: “This can have very serious negative consequences for couples”

A few days ago, I posted on the radical proposal of Philadelphia's Archbishop Chaput, who suggested that clergy might conceivably stop signing civil marriage licenses as a form of "principled resistance."Now canon lawyer Ed Peters has responded: I share Philadelphia Abp. Charles Chaput’s de … [Read More...]

Pope Francis: “Building the unity of the Church, this is the task of every one of us”

From his daily homily: Every Christian is called to work for the unity of the Church, allowing ourselves to be guided by the Holy Spirit who creates unity in diversity, said Pope Francis at Mass Friday morning at Casa Santa Marta. Pope Francis based his homily on the First Reading from Saint … [Read More...]

A life well-lived: “You could just sense the Holy Spirit in Jim”

It's rare to find a  secular newspaper offering this kind of tribute to a Catholic teacher. But this week, Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer penned a poignant and inspiring piece that demands wider circulation.Take a look:Jim Skerl's squad had more members than Chuck Kyle's football … [Read More...]

What could be more terrifying than “The Shining”?

How about "The Shining" in an IKEA store?Check out this inspired bit of advertising genius, created for Halloween.The only thing missing is Jack Nicholson. … [Read More...]

Pope Francis calls for abolition of death penalty, life sentences

From VIS: Today, the Holy Father received delegates from the International Association of Penal Law (AIDP), addressing them with a speech focusing on the issues in their subject area that have recourse to the Church in her mission of evangelization and the promotion of the human person. The … [Read More...]

What we have come to: little girls dropping the f-bomb

From USA TODAY:  "What is more offensive -- a little girl saying (expletive) or the (expletive) unequal and sexist way society treats girls and women?"That's the question five little girls in princess dresses and tiaras ask in a video that is going viral and sparking controversy online both … [Read More...]

Archbishop Cupich will forgo mansion and live in cathedral rectory

Details, from The Chicago Sun-Times:Archbishop Blase J. Cupich is eschewing opulence. He has decided to live at Holy Name Cathedral rectory, more modest than the North State Parkway mansion [shown above] where previous Chicago archbishops have resided, the Archdiocese of Chicago revealed … [Read More...]

A little time with the Little Sisters

As I mentioned yesterday, I spent tonight with the Little Sisters of the Poor in Queens Village, leading their monthly Holy Hour for Vocations.They were warm and welcoming, despite the steady autumn drizzle that I suspect kept a lot of people at home tonight. I'm also told that the house was a … [Read More...]

Seminarian with brain cancer writes to Brittany Maynard: “Our lives are worth living”

Remarkable and moving witness, from the Diocese of Raleigh website: Philip Johnson, a 30-year-old Catholic seminarian from the Diocese of Raleigh who has terminal brain cancer, has written an article responding to Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old woman who has publicly stated her plan to commit … [Read More...]

Pope Francis: division in the Body of Christ “dismembers us” and starts war

Once again, the pope has delivered a message that, in light of recent events, might be seen not only as timely but also pointed: The Church as the Body of Christ was the focus of Pope Francis general audience this Wednesday morning, attended by tens of thousands of pilgrims and tourists in an … [Read More...]

The synod revealed “a movement of plates that make up the map of the Catholic world”

Theology professor Massimo Faggioli has a compelling analysis of the recently-completed synod—one that is based not just on ideology, but also on geography.Take a look: What took place over the two weeks of the Synod was a genuine debate between competing ideas of what the church’s relationship … [Read More...]

New York Catholic high school changes course, cancels film shoot with gay theme

Details: A Catholic boys’ school has reversed its permission to allow civil rights drama Freeheld, starring Julianne Moore and Ellen Page as a lesbian couple, to shoot on location in New York State.Salesian high school in New Rochelle, New York, had been expected to double for a town hall in Oc … [Read More...]