Report: Alec Baldwin planning Catholic wedding this weekend

And the setting is not only a basilica — the only one in the Archdiocese of New York — but also a legendary church used as a movie set: Alec Baldwin will reportedly tie the knot this weekend with his yoga instructor. The Hollywood actor and his fiancée Hilaria Thomas are planning a Catholic wedding [Read More...]

Welcome to another boy from Queens!

That would be a longtime FOB (Friend of the Bench) Pat McNamara, who is bringing his superlative historical self-titled blog to Patheos. Elizabeth has the scoop: I’ve been pestering him to do it for a while, and today he does, so ladies and gents, may I introduce you to McNamara’s Blog, at Patheos — a little [Read More...]

“True Christianity is a persecuted Christianity”

That’s from Archbishop Bashar Matti Warda, who serves the Chaldean Catholic Archdiocese of Erbil in northern Iraq.  He spoke with Tim Drake of the National Catholic Register: What are three things you would like American Catholics to know about Catholics in Iraq? First, that Christianity has had a presence in Iraq for 2,000 years. It’s [Read More...]

Vatican applies for control of “.catholic” domain online

Details from CNS: The Vatican is in line to control the new Internet address extension “.catholic” and decide who is allowed to use it. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, a nonprofit corporation that coordinates the assignment of Internet domain names and addresses around the world, announced the Vatican’s formal application June 13 [Read More...]

Religious leaders petition Sebelius for broader HHS exemption

Details, from RNS’s David Gibson: A coalition of nearly 150 religious leaders, led by conservative Protestants, have petitioned the Obama administration to broaden the exemption that allows churches and some religious organizations to avoid a controversial new mandate that all health care insurers provide free contraception coverage. In a letter sent Monday (June 11) to [Read More...]

Cardinal Levada warns of “dialogue of the deaf” with LCWR

From John Allen at NCR: In the wake of Tuesday’s meeting with representatives of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the Vatican official responsible for a recent crackdown said he still believes the relationship can work, but also warned of a possible “dialogue of the deaf,” reflected in what he sees as a lack of [Read More...]

Michael Voris update: RealCatholicTV changes it name to Church Militant.TV

And they have a new studio, too. You may remember the controversy that swirled around this media enterprise last year, with the Archdiocese of Detroit asserting that Michael Voris is not authorized to use the word “Catholic” for his operation.  Well, now that problem has been solved. His announcement: [Read more...]

Bacon sundae: diabetes AND a coronary, in one bite!

Mmmmm… Burger King wants to lure customers this summer with a barbecue party — and a bacon sundae. The world’s second biggest hamburger chain on Thursday is launching several pork, beef and chicken sandwiches as limited time offers. And for a sweet ending, the company is also offering a bacon sundae — vanilla soft serve [Read More...]

Changes ahead for Vatican communications office

Time and technology are changing the way Rome communicates with the world — and this summer will see a radical shift. Details from CNS: Vatican Radio will end its short- and medium-wave broadcasts to Europe and North and South America July 1, and a month later the Vatican press office will close the Vatican Information [Read More...]

Crusading on the web: Billy Graham goes digital

One of the world’s leading evangelical operations — which first made its mark in open air arenas and then on radio and TV — is moving in a  big way into the Internet.  It’s ambitious, but I have to wonder: could Graham’s own brand of “New Evangelization” work with the Catholic Church? Details: The remarkable [Read More...]

Vatican releases statement after meeting with LCWR — UPDATED

This just in, from the Holy See Press Office: Today the Superiors of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith met with the President and Executive Director of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in the United States of America. Most Rev. Peter J. Sartain, Archbishop of Seattle and the Holy See’s Delegate [Read More...]

One sister’s story: “WE are the Church”

As representatives of the LCWR meet with officials at the Vatican today, one sister talks to the Washington Post’s Michelle Boorstein about the controversy surrounding the Vatican’s intervention: Anne Curtis’s Silver Spring office is decorated with warm afghans and photos of her late parents, and her phone ring is set to a chime like something [Read More...]

Fake? Historian claims Shroud of Turin was one of 40 made in the Middle Ages

Details from the Daily Mail (with a h/t to Hot Air): Not only is the Turin Shroud probably a medieval fake but it is just one of an astonishing 40 so-called burial cloths of Jesus, according to an eminent church historian. Antonio Lombatti said the false shrouds circulated in the Middle Ages, but most of [Read More...]

How Sargent Shriver planned JFK’s funeral: “He enacted his faith…”

Just in time for Father’s Day, Mark Shriver has published a memoir about his father called “A Good Man.”  At one point, he describes, powerfully and poignantly, how his father planned the funeral for JFK: I firmly believe that Dad’s faith in God gave him the strength and the discipline to orchestrate the funeral events— at [Read More...]

Why God made copy editors

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CARA survey: many U.S. Catholics parish shop

The group’s ongoing study of American Catholics is continuing to yield interesting nuggets, like this one: One of the most surprising aspects of the results so far has been how positive Mass attending Catholics are in their evaluations of their parish (…yet there are also many interesting sub-group differences here as well). I always remind [Read More...]

Swearing off swearing: town considers fines for cursing

Well, shut the front door: Mimi Duphily was hanging baskets of pink geraniums on antique street lamps downtown for the Middleborough Beautification and Activities Group when she noticed something else that needed cleaning up—citizens’ mouths. “The cursing has gotten very, very bad. I find it appalling and I won’t tolerate it,” said Ms. Duphily, a [Read More...]

South Dakota monastery announces it’s closing this summer

It’s the Blue Cloud Abbey, and the abbot posted the following message on its website today: This is not an easy message to write. As a community we have been discussing our situation for some time. However, because of all the hoops and hurdles which come with such a discussion, we were unable to mention [Read More...]


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