Rick Warren on Catholics: “If you love Jesus, we’re on the same team”

The popular Protestant preacher talks with CNS about faith, Mary, the saints and more in the video below—and shares his vision for how we can work together in common cause. [Read more...]

“By the goodness of God, we are so far from want”: A Thanksgiving homily

I’ll be traveling today, but before I head out the door I wanted to leave you with this: my Thanksgiving homily from 2009.  My heart is full of gratitude for all who find their way to these pages. Know that when I count my blessings, you are all among them. Happy Thanksgiving, one and all! ++ [Read More...]

Clergy on the scene in Ferguson

From Huffington Post:  Following the grand jury’s decision not to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown, thousands took to the streets in Ferguson, Missouri, and around the country to protest. As alternating scenes of peaceful demonstrations and those of violence, fire and looting were broadcast, Ferguson faith leaders repeatedly urged that the [Read More...]

Have you ever seen a diaconate ordination like this?

A reader sent this my way, with this explanation: Deacon Greg, Knowing your interest in all things deacon-ish, I thought I’d pass along a video showing scenes from the ordination of a new deacon in Christ the Savior Cathedral according to the rites of the Russian Orthodox Church by Patriarch Kirill. Take a look. It’s [Read More...]

Catch of the day: what one fisherman found in the bottom of a Maryland lake is miraculous

From The Catholic Review in Baltimore: A man fishing at the Loch Raven Reservoir in north Baltimore County some two decades ago was convinced he had snagged a big fish after his line hooked something substantial. After reeling in his haul, the angler had no fish. He had, however, caught something even more remarkable: a [Read More...]

A Catholic mother and autism: “What families seek from the church is security and support”

A friend of mine, Shana Buck, offers a personal perspective on this important issue over at The Font:  When I read about the Holy Father addressing the needs of individuals with autism, I was elated. My husband and I have three children “in the spectrum” — a 23 year old daughter, Luci, with moderate Asperger’s; an 18 [Read More...]

Gobble, gobble: an early Thanksgiving Day gift, the first glimpse at “Jurassic World”

Color me thrilled.  N.B: this does not look like it’s going to be a turkey. And, continuing the holiday theme, you’ll see quite a few “Easter eggs” here, including a haunting interpretation of the iconic John Williams’ theme near the end. What’s not to love? Get your geek on and enjoy. [Read more...]

Church of England says Sunday mornings are “inconvenient”, midweek services more popular

All this religion stuff is just so gosh-darn hard. It is worth noting: no one is saying—at least, not yet— that the C of E is doing away with Sunday services. But the leadership is noting a trend—and, let’s face it, the C of E is nothing if not adaptable.  We’ll see where this goes. Unfortunately, it [Read More...]

Archbishop in Ferguson: “I implore each of you, choose peace!”

Last night, St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson was in Ferguson, to lead a prayer service at St. Teresa of Calcutta parish and pray with the people as the grand jury decision was announced. From The St. Louis Review:  “I implore each of you: Choose peace!” said Archbishop Carlson, who prayed at the memorial site for [Read More...]

Archbishop bars son of Italian crime boss from confirmation ceremony

Details:  It’s long been accused of adopting an at best ambiguous role in the fight against organised crime in Sicily, but the Catholic Church has now taken a symbolic stand against the Mafia in its Palermo heartland by refusing to give sacrament to the son of a notorious Cosa Nostra crime lord. Despite protests from [Read More...]