Fulton Sheen moves closer to sainthood

From the AP: Pope Benedict XVI has put Fulton John Sheen, the U.S. bishop whose radio and TV shows denouncing Communism and liberal psychology had a big following, on the path to sainthood. The Vatican said Thursday the pope formally recognized the `’heroic virtues” of Sheen, a former Rochester bishop who died in New York [Read More...]

Billboard urges Catholics to quit the church — UPDATED

The story: Commuters along I-30 in Arlington are seeing a controversial billboard that scolds bishops and urges Catholics to give up the church. It has inspired Catholic convert, Zachary Moore to send in his defection. I can’t be a Catholic anymore,” the Keller resident, said. Moore, who is part of Dallas-Fort Worth Coalition of Reason [Read More...]

Where the hell is Matt? Still dancing — and with even more reason to be on his toes

Remember this great video from a few years ago?  The tireless globetrotting dancer is still at it.  Stay with it to the end for a lovely surprise. [Read more...]

Homeless man documents his life on YouTube

This is where technology has taken us, and it’s eye-opening: A homeless man in San Francisco is using technology to give the world a new perspective on homelessness. His name is Henry Moses Thirkfield, affectionately known as Mo, and he’s been using a Flip Cam to document his day-to-day activities and his interviews with other [Read More...]

For priests: “Fall in love, stay in love, so love decides everything”

My pal Deacon Jim Keating was pleased to see the new deacons of Omaha featured here yesterday, and wondered if I could give a plug to Creighton University’s stellar Institute for Priestly Formation. Happy to! I know a couple guys who are there now—including Jeremy Canna, who spent his pastoral year at my parish.  For [Read More...]

Vatican: “Father Pavone is not now nor has ever been suspended”

That’s the statement being put out by Priests for Life: We are happy to announce that the Vatican has upheld Father Frank Pavone’s appeal and has declared that Father Pavone is not now nor has ever been suspended. Father Pavone remains a priest in good standing all over the world. We were confident all along [Read More...]

Closed Cleveland churches prepare to reopen

Details, from the Cleveland Plain Dealer: Cleveland Catholic Bishop Richard Lennon is expected to announce the appointments of up to five pastors Wednesday as he moves forward toreopen 11 mothballed churches. The bishop had said last month that he hoped to have all 11 — most of them closed for more than two years — [Read More...]

RIP, Nora Ephron

  Sad news for all writers, journalists, movie lovers and people who couldn’t get enough of “When Harry Met Sally” and “Sleepless in Seattle”: Nora Ephron, the writer and director of American film classics such as “When Harry Met Sally” and “Sleepless in Seattle,” died today at the age of 71. Ephron died in a [Read More...]

Ordination update: 12 new deacons in Omaha

This happened in May, but I just got the first pictures today. Details: A deacon is called to be a sign of the Catholic Church’s permanent availability to the servant mysteries of Christ, which are embodied in such things as the spiritual and corporal works of mercy, said Deacon James Keating, director of the permanent [Read More...]

Woman sues over alleged abuse by Fr. Thomas Euteneur

Interestingly, Euteneur himself is not named as a defendant.  But this item was posted today on the website of Courthouse News Service: A Roman Catholic priest “kissed (a woman) on all parts of her body” during a so-called “exorcism” session, and “frequently explained full, passionate kisses as ‘blowing the Holy Spirit into’ her,” the woman [Read More...]

Historic: Queen Elizabeth visits a Catholic Church in Ireland

From Sky News: For the first time, the Queen has stepped inside a Roman Catholic church on the island of Ireland in what is being seen as a hugely symbolic moment. It came as she visited the town of Enniskillen – the scene of one of the worst atrocities of The Troubles – during a [Read More...]

The Life of Christ staged in prison: Jesus is a robber, and the devil is a rapist

Imagine the life of Christ told by inmates in jail — and you will have the astonishing production recently staged in Louisiana’s State Penitentiary in Angola.  NPR has more: The Life of Jesus Christ featured 70 inmates, men and women acting together for the first time — in costume, with a real camel, performing for [Read More...]

Fergie: good Catholic girl

Or so it seems, according this item: The Black Eyed Peas singer and her husband Josh Duhamel tend to enjoy low key weekends, thanking God for all he has given them rather than partying their nights away. Fergie told UsMagazine.com: ”On Saturday nights, we like going to mass, then dinner. ”It feeds our spiritual side, and it’s great [Read More...]

This ONE won

Periodically, when people hear I’m the Executive Editor of a Catholic magazine, they ask me which one. “ONE,” I reply. “Right,” they’ll say.  “But WHICH one?” And then we’re off to an Abbott and Costello routine. If anyone really wants to know WHICH one, it’s THIS one: ONE (shown above,) published by CNEWA.  At the [Read More...]

Rare father and son priest ordination set for this Saturday

I got the following e-mail press release today from the Anglican Ordinariate’s Susan Gibbs, and there’s at least one compelling detail worth noting: Six former Episcopal priests from the Fort Worth area, including a father and son, will become part of history when they are ordained Catholic priests together on June 30. The six are [Read More...]

Ordination update: 16 new deacons in Indianapolis

And, on top of that, two transitional deacons, to boot. I had to catch a plane Saturday afternoon and couldn’t be there, but The Criterion’s Sean Gallagher alerted me to this great photo gallery, just posted today, and some highlights below: A story in a recent issue of the paper underscored the significance of this [Read More...]

“That’s awesome”

Those two words may just win the award for Most Understated Comment of the Year, as a young man and his wife learn whether the treatment to battle his lymphoma is working. As the filmmaker who put this clip on YouTube explained: My friend, Jake Bouma, meets with his oncologist on June 22, 2012, after [Read More...]

WTF: Why the fuss?

My blog neighbor The Anchoress looks at all the fuss kicked up about Leah Libresco and draws some compelling conclusions: Why so much coverage on Leah? Perhaps the answer is this: Leah’s conversion goes against all of the prevailing narratives that dominate secularist thinking. Religion — or at least religion that goes beyond affirming oneself and actually [Read More...]


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