Homily for February 1, 2015: 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

11th century fresco of Christ performing exorcism in the synagogue in Capernaum via Wikipedia  Several days back, just before the State of the Union speech, the New York Times ran a lengthy profile of the man who would be putting all those words in President Obama’s mouth: Cody Keenan, the 34-year-old speechwriter the President has nicknamed “Hemingway.”The Times article described weeks and weeks of writing and rewriting—sending drafts back and forth between different offices, deciphering th … [Read More...]

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Aloha: 13 new deacons for Honolulu

I received the following email from Deacon John Coughlin, Co-Director of Permanent Deacon Formation for the Diocese of Honolulu: This is the first ordination of permanent deacons in the diocese since February of 2007 when the program was halted pending the completion of a thorough self-assessment.These men and their wives began their five year journey in January of 2010. They join 66 other deacons of which 41 are actively serving in the diocese.Bishop Larry Silva ordained the final six … [Read More...]

The need for native-speaking priests and deacons in New Zealand

Danny Karetea-Goddard at his ordination in July 2014, from New Zealand Catholic. From Radio New Zealand: At the most recent New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference, Bishop Barry Jones voiced concerns that the Mass in Te Reo was slowly dying due to a lack of priests, who could conduct them in … [Read More...]

A “theology of housework”: it’s not just women’s work

Image: Good Housekeeping Magazine cover, 1908 / via Wikipedia Over at Pray Tell, they've posted a reflection by Msgr. M. Francis Mannion, from Catholic News Agency, wherein he rhapsodizes about the domestic church and the joys of housework, as reflected in Kathryn Allen Rabuzzi's "The Sacred and … [Read More...]

Vatican announces bishops, alternates for upcoming Synod

The full list is here.   The Holy Father Francis, for the XIV General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which will take place in the Vatican from 4 to October 25, 2015 on the theme The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world , has ratified the el … [Read More...]

This never happens at my local Trader Joe’s

I wish it would.This was staged in London a couple years ago. For some reason, it slipped by my Flash Mob radar.Enjoy! … [Read More...]

Is this the best commercial of the 2015 Super Bowl?

I don't know what could top this.  Truly. … [Read More...]

Meet the Jewish boy who grew up to be a married Catholic priest

I remember posting on (then-Deacon) Paul Schenck when he was ordained. He's back in the news again;  a local paper in Pennsylvania covered his recent appearance at a Theology on Tap and discussed his work for pro-life causes: The Rev. Paul Schenck is a married Catholic priest.You may think th … [Read More...]

Hail Mary Pass? Nuns rent out rooms at Phoenix monastery for Super Bowl, raise money for charity

From The Arizona Republic and azCentral:   You could say, it's a different kind of Super Bowl experience. "I've never been in a convent or ministry where there haven't been football fans," said Sister Linda Campbell from the Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery in West Phoenix.The 66 year old nun is … [Read More...]

“No one wants to join a church that lacks joy”

From The Burlington Free Press:  The Most Rev. Christopher Coyne, the Roman Catholic Church's first blogging priest to be elevated to bishop, has been formally installed as the head of the statewide diocese of Burlington.More than 900 people jammed into St. Joseph Co-Cathedral in Burlington for … [Read More...]

Scalia the prophet: “See how these Christians complain to one another”

This essay by Fr. Paul Scalia (son of Supreme Court Justice Antonin) popped up on my Facebook feed yesterday. "The Church Militant or the Church Belligerent?" was published eight years ago, but it seems even more pertinent—even prophetic—today.Read it all, but here's a snip, from Catholic Answ … [Read More...]

Pope: you can’t “privatize” salvation

He made some astute and timely observations during his homily yesterday.From Vatican Radio:  Pope Francis says ecclesial elites who form cliques and scorn others are privatizing the faith and not following the way of Jesus.  His words came during his homily at morning Mass on Thursday (29th J … [Read More...]

Catholic congressman Tim Ryan: “Why I changed my thinking on abortion”

From HuffPo:  Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), a longtime opponent of abortion, announced in an op-ed on Tuesday that he now supports abortion rights after having talked to women in difficult circumstances throughout his home state."I have sat with women from Ohio and across the nation and heard them ta … [Read More...]

Pope Francis will not confer palliums on bishops at the Vatican

From CNS: When Pope Francis celebrates the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul in June, he will set aside an element that has been part of the Mass for the past 32 years; the Vatican confirmed he will not confer the pallium on new archbishops during the liturgy.Msgr. Guido Marini, the papal master of … [Read More...]

Bishop Coyne in the driver’s seat

As Burlington's new bishop gets ready for his installation on Thursday, he's continued blogging—and posting some unusual videos.The guy is a social media junkie. I'm not aware of any other bishops doing something quite like this: brief "On the Road" segments, that he evidently shoots with a s … [Read More...]

American Bible Society leaving New York

American Bible Society headquarters in New York via Wikipedia  A big deal, from The Philadelphia Inquirer: The American Bible Society will give up its tony Broadway address for one in Philadelphia's historic district.The society, which has had its headquarters in New York City for 199 years … [Read More...]

At General Audience, Pope Francis speaks of the dignity of fathers

"St. Joseph with the Infant Jesus" by Guido Reni (c. 1620) via Wikipedia From Vatican Radio: Pope Francis called on fathers to be present in the lives of their children pointing out that the absence of a ‘father figure’ can have grave consequences. Speaking on Wednesday during the weekly Gene … [Read More...]

One priest’s stunning pro-life witness

Fr. Mario Majano by Pete Baklinski / LifeSiteNews From LifeSite News:  When he was a young boy, Fr. Mario Majano, 28, used to think a hero was someone out of an action comic book, a “flash, bang, superpower” kind-of-person.As he grew older, Fr. Majano believed a hero to be someone who put them … [Read More...]