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 and has operations all over the world, will [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 General Audience, the Pope continued in [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 themselves in harm’s [Read More...]

Pope Francis a “headache” for GOP presidential hopefuls?

Rick Santorum prays at a fundraiser in 2012 by Gage Skidmore / Wikipedia Commons From Bloomberg:  It is a new era for the Roman Catholic church, much to the dismay of three of its Republican members who are poised to run for president. On issues ranging from climate change, lifting the U.S. embargo on Cuba, and the demotion of an anti-gay [Read More...]

Remembering the priests of Dachau—and the roots of the restored diaconate

Dachau entrance, 1945, from National Archives / Wikipedia Lest we forget: Seventy years ago today, the concentration camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated.  Many countries mark this date as Holocaust Memorial Day.  My blog neighbors Kathy Schiffer, Diane von Glahn and Marge Fenelon have written poignantly about this singular moment, with Marge noting the special connection of Catholic priests to another notorious [Read More...]

Inspired: school principal announces snow closing with “Let It Go”

It happened in Rhode Island: The storm has forced multiple businesses and schools to shutdown, including Moses Brown School in Providence. Head of School Matt Glendinning made a creative cancellation announcement by reworking Frozen‘s smash hit “Let It Go” into a snow day anthem. Aptly dressed in mittens, a beanie, and a scarf, the principal steps in [Read More...]

Now I’ve seen everything: ladies and gentlemen, the hip hop pope

This is a scream. From the mischievously creative mind of Fr. Darryl Millette, from the Diocese of Saskatoon—who obviously has far too much time on his hands. Enjoy! [Read more...]

More from Fr. Joshua, the rapping priest—and a simply sensational vocations video, to boot—UPDATED

Jack Maguire, Social Media Coordinator at Ascension Press, dropped me a line today: Ascension Press just released a vocations video featuring Fr. Joshua. I thought you may be interested in sharing this as a followup to your initial post. The video goes into greater detail on Fr. Joshua’s conversion and his journey to the priesthood. Put [Read More...]

How did the ad orientem experiment turn out in Lincoln?

You may remember that Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Nebraska announced he would celebrate Mass at the cathedral during Advent ad orientem, facing liturgical East. Here’s an interesting follow-up from a priest in Philadelphia, who reports some reaction he received to the experiment: A number of other parishes in the Diocese—probably on the order of [Read More...]

UPDATE on SF parish banning altar girls: “A lot of the people who are upset are not parishioners”

A follow-up on this story from last week, from SF Gate:  The Rev. Joseph Illo, pastor at Star of the Sea Church since August, said he believes there is an “intrinsic connection” between the priesthood and serving at the altar — and because women can’t be priests, it makes sense to have only altar boys. “Maybe the most [Read More...]


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