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 female at the Louisville Zoo — was the sole genetic parent. [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, my family and friends. Throughout [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 Zickgraf Community Center. Bishop Kevin [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 deep frustration at how confused the Church was made to appear [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 Paul’s Letter to [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 team at St. Ignatius High School — [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 Pope began by recalling the need for [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 because of the R-rated content and [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 Wednesday. The rectory living quarters are “very modest…not extravagant in any way,” [Read More...]