Absolution at Gettysburg: the story of Fr. William Corby

A fascinating and timely piece by the good doctor, Pat McNamara: On the hot afternoon of July 2, 1863, the Union Army’s Irish Brigade, a unit composed predominantly of Catholic immigrants, waited for the order to go into action. It was the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg, a three-day conflagration that saw over [Read More...]

On Alec Baldwin’s wedding and his daughter’s “illegitimate” status

Last week, a New York tabloid noted that celebrated hothead Alec Baldwin was having a big Catholic wedding (his first in the church) at the city’s storied basilica, Old St. Patrick’s (shown above).  It also reported that in the eyes of the church his daughter from his marriage to Kim Basinger is considered illegitimate.  One [Read More...]

Pope as Trump: He tells Slovak bishop, “You’re fired”

It doesn’t happen often, but it happened today, and NCR’s John Allen takes note: Pope Benedict XVI today added another name to the growing list of Catholic bishops fired on his watch, removing Archbishop Róbert Bezák of Trnava, Slovakia, from office. A 52-year-old member of the Redemptorist order, Bezák had served as archbishop of Trnava, [Read More...]

Muller and deacons: “Only a man can represent this relation of Christ with the Church”

The new head of the CDF, Gerhard Muller, has written extensively on the priesthood and diaconate, and gave an interview 10 years ago that shed light on his strong feelings about women and the diaconate: Q: Is the diaconate a sacrament in its own right? Müller: The Church teaches clearly that the sacrament of orders [Read More...]

On SSPX: “The Pope is not going to give in…”

“The Pope hopes for reconciliation — that’s the Pope’s job. The ministry of Peter is above all to preserve the unity of the Church. So, apart from whatever personal interest Pope Benedict might have, he shares his concern with John Paul II. As you know, he has been involved in this from the beginning. The [Read More...]

Levada out, Muller in at CDF

Details: Anticipated for months, it’s finally official — at Roman Noon this Monday, the Pope named Bishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller of Regensburg as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, accepting the retirement of Cardinal William Levada a year after the highest-ranking American in Vatican history reached the canonical age of 75. With the appointment of the [Read More...]

Does the faith of a president matter?

One author suggests that it doesn’t. Details: He called himself a “life-long Quaker and a church-going Christian,” and at first there was no reason to doubt him. He played piano in the church, taught Sunday school, and praised Jesus at revivals. His mother thought he was going to be a missionary. His friends said he [Read More...]

The “10 Commandments” of blogging

Some weeks back, a writer working on a book project dropped me an email and asked if I could help answer the following question: “In your opinion, what are the ‘ten commandments’ that Catholic bloggers should keep in mind while pressing on in their digital mission?” Well.  It was an idea I found instantly both [Read More...]

Thousands turn out for religious freedom walk in Iowa

Details, from the Des Moines Register: Thousands walked and gathered Sunday in Des Moines to stand up against what they say is government infringing on their religious freedom. The Catholic Diocese of Des Moines sponsored the Independence Celebration Walk and Picnic. Organizers estimated 2,500 people participated. The crowd gathered at noon at the St. Ambrose [Read More...]

Did the bishop of Orlando cross the line?

Bishop John Noonan made a videotaped pitch to the faithful last weekend in support of religious freedom — but also in support of two amendments being placed before voters in November. Details: Appearing via a nearly 11-minute video produced by the diocese, the chief shepherd of nearly 400,000 Catholics throughout the region explained the church’s [Read More...]

Southern Baptists: “We stand with the bishops”

And they are directing their members to the USCCB website and suggesting ways to adapt the Fortnight for Freedom to their congregations. Details from the Catholic Exchange: At its Annual Meeting in New Orleans last week, the Southern Baptist Convention adopted a resolution on Religious Liberty. Representing about 45,000 individual churches with 16 million members, the Southern [Read More...]

Historic father and son ordination: “A great moment in the history of our faith”

It’s believed to be the first time in the U.S. that a father and son have been ordained at the same Mass. Details: “Charles Albert Hough the III.” Bishop Kevin Vann’s historic words rang out at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Keller as he called first the father… and then the son. “Charles [Read More...]

Great moments in journalism: in praise of commas

A headline from Huffington Post and the AP: [Read more...]

Teenage couple with Down Syndrome voted prom king and queen

How great is that? It happened on Long Island. Click the video below. View more videos at: http://nbcnewyork.com. [Read more...]

Great moments in journalism: CNN investigates its big boo-boo

Or, as a memo to the staff put it: As you all know by now, our initial reporting of the decision turned out to be wrong. Despite the best of intentions, we told our viewers and our online readers that the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act had been struck down when, in fact, [Read More...]

Ah. Marital bliss.

While one Hollywood Catholic gets hitched, another gets ditched. Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise were both raised Catholic — at one time, he reportedly even considered the priesthood — but other bright shiny objects seem to have distracted them. If you’d like a primer on the theology of divorce in the world of Scientology, look [Read More...]

On SSPX: “We could not accept, we could not sign…”

“You rightly ask me how things are going with Rome. Things are currently at a standstill. There has been a lot of back and forth, exchanges, letters and protests, but we are back to square one. We said we could not accept, we could not sign; that is all.” – SSPX head Bishop Bernard Fellay.  Read the [Read More...]

Alec Baldwin’s big fat Catholic wedding

For those keeping track of these things, the New York Post (my paper of record) had these details the other day: Baldwin, 54, and fiancée Hilaria Thomas (left), 28, will be married at the historic St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in Nolita, [Little Italy] but they didn’t mail out invitations. “They just told us to be [Read More...]


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