Homily for July 1, 2012: 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for readings.] If you’re looking for an improbable heroine for the Catholic faith, you couldn’t find anyone more improbable than 22-year-old Leah Libresco. Leah grew up Long Island.  Her family had no real religion to speak of. And it wasn’t until she went to Yale that for the first time she actually got [Read More...]

It’s not just a Catholic thing: an interfaith prayer service for “Fortnight”

Details: Amarillo residents of all faiths filled the pews at St. Mary’s Catholic Cathedral on Thursday evening for an ecumenical prayer service held in conjunction with similar events across the country. About 700 worshipers attended the service, which was presented as part of “Fortnight for Freedom,” a two-week period of prayer and other activities organized [Read More...]

What is happening at Medjugorje? — UPDATED

Periodically, people will write to me, wondering why I don’t post about the alleged apparitions in the former Yugoslavia. I have a couple reasons. First, as a member of the clergy, I don’t believe that I should be endorsing unapproved Marian apparitions. And secondly: I keep coming across essays like this one. I know many devout [Read More...]

Givenchy puts Mary on new collection of menswear

Details: Eclectic was the word to describe Day Three of Paris menswear week. Friday’s spring-summer collections had a little something for everyone: from the high-waisted gangster styles of film noir to fashions evoking Brazilian soccer and even the Catholic Church. In one collection — which its designer called the longest fashion show in history — [Read More...]

Michelle Obama makes the Catholic case against the HHS mandate?!

Well, Ed Morrissey thinks so — and  he’s got a point: In a speech today to a conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the First Lady explained her concept of citizenship by likening it to the ministry of Jesus.  Her explanation corroborates the same point that the US Conference of Catholic Bishops have been making [Read More...]

Sr. Simone Campbell calls health care law “pro-life,” vows to protect it

She posted this today at Huffington Post: I was on the highway when I first heard about the Supreme Court’s healthcare decision, riding with the other “Nuns on the Bus.” We were watching CNN coverage, dejected by the initial (erroneous) report that the Affordable Care Act had been overturned. And then, after NETWORK’s Communications Coordinator [Read More...]

Recovered: priest’s $6,000 stolen chalice

But in so many ways, it’s not something you can put a price on. Details, from the St. Louis Review: When he was ordained to the priesthood four years ago, Father Noah Waldman took some of the money he had saved over the years and bought himself his first chalice. The handmade vessel was commissioned [Read More...]

Catholic bloggers: missionaries at the keyboard

From the Shameless Self Promotion Desk: Catholic News Service, via the Boston Pilot, has a writeup on the blogging panel I took part in last week in Indianapolis: Blogging offers the Catholic Church one more way to evangelize for the faith while reaching new audiences, especially young people, a panel of Catholic bloggers told a [Read More...]

Ordination update: 6 new deacons for Orlando

From Florida Catholic: As one journey ended, another began June 9 as six men from the Diocese of Orlando received their holy orders and were ordained permanent deacons by Bishop John Noonan at St. James Cathedral. The day was filled with joy and love as family and friends gathered to witness this blessed event. “Today [Read More...]

Deacons, priests, nuns and laity to serve as Olympic chaplains

Details, from U.S. Catholic and CNS: Some people are simply gifted at sport; they excel at any challenge involving a ball, a stick or a physical contest nearly as soon as they turn their hands to it. One such person is Father Geoff Hilton, a priest from Salford Diocese in the north of England, who [Read More...]

Ordination update: 11 new deacons in New York

From Catholic New York: Eleven men arrived at a common junction June 23 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Each lay prostrate on the altar while their families prayed for them. Rising, they took their final steps together before each would depart again on a separate road to a common destination. But each would now travel forward, [Read More...]

Extreme Makeover, cathedral edition

I was alerted the other day to some interesting renovation work getting underway at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle in St. Petersburg, Florida.  It’s relatively new, as cathedrals go — built in 1963 — and fairly modern.  You can read all about the work taking place at the diocesan website. But take a [Read More...]

“Christ’s hands in the world”

Some inspiring stories of diakonia can be found in this piece by Sean Gallagher, about the ordination last weekend in Indianapolis: The enduring power of relationships between friends, wives and husbands and parents and children were deeply woven into the June 23 ordination of 16 men as permanent deacons and two men as transitional deacons at SS. Peter [Read More...]

Ordination update: 11 new deacons in Metuchen

From the diocesan newspaper: Bishop Paul G. Bootkoski reflected on the rich tradition of the diaconate in the Church in his homily to inspire the 11 newly-ordained deacons who will exercise their ministry at parishes in the diocese. At the Rite of Ordination to the Diaconate at Mass at the Cathedral of St. Francis of [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words, SCOTUS edition

From a friend’s FB page: [Read more...]

What, exactly, IS the magisterium?

If you think the magisterium is sitting for a class picture above, think again. Deacon Bill Ditewig returns to the blogosphere — yay! — with a new look for his blog, along with a fresh look at one of the most misunderstood terms in all Catholicism: If a quick survey of certain web sites is any [Read More...]

Catholic Health Association on SCOTUS: “We are pleased”

The group’s statement, from their website: The Catholic Health Association is taking time to carefully read and evaluate the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and may have additional comments once our review is complete. We are pleased that, based on an initial read of the ruling, the ACA has been found [Read More...]

“It is very well to sing ‘God Bless America,’ but how can He bless us if we hate?”

“Our unity must be in God or we will fall as other nations that have abandoned God have fallen and will fall. There are too many divisions and classes among us in America now; too many hates, too few deep loves; too much tolerance based on expediency and not enough tolerance grounded in charity; too [Read More...]


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