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CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Priest Stabbed During Mass in Montreal

From The Montreal Gazette:  The rector at St. Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal was stabbed as he said mass in the church on Friday morning. Footage from the 8:30 a.m. mass, broadcast on a Catholic television network, showed a man dressed in dark clothing and wearing a white baseball cap walking toward the altar. The man […]

‘Nones’ Now Rival Catholics as Largest Religious Group in U.S.

From RNS:  In a shift that stands to impact both religion and politics, survey data suggests that the percentage of Americans who don’t affiliate with any specific religious tradition is now roughly the same as those who identify as evangelical or Catholic. According to newly released General Social Survey data analyzed by Ryan P. Burge of […]

RIP Francis Quinn, Oldest Living Bishop in United States

Details:  Bishop Francis A. Quinn, a widely beloved community leader who exerted moral authority with a gentle touch as the spiritual head of Catholics in the Sacramento region, died Thursday. At 97, he was the oldest living bishop in the United States at the time of his death. Quinn served from 1980 to 1994 as […]

Theologian: ‘There Is No Historical Evidence That…Women Were Ordained as Deacons’

A few people sent me this item late today: Professor Peter Hünermann – a well-connected and prominent German theologian – has told LifeSiteNews that, according to members of the German bishops’ doctrinal commission who spoke to him, the report of the Vatican commission on female deacons found that “there is no historical evidence that in the patristics […]

Shock: 10 Catholic Churches Attacked in France in One Week

Details:  At least 10 incidents of vandalism and desecration of Catholic churches have been reported across the Channel since the beginning of February. French Roman-Catholic newspaper La Croix International reported how the attacks on churches took place across France. Senseless acts included the desecration of altars, the defacing of Christ on the cross and in […]

WATCH: Pete Buttigieg on Faith, Servant Leadership and the Imitation of Christ

This is something you don’t hear every day from a politician. So, when this crossed my Facebook feed this afternoon I sat up and took notice. Here’s the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg — a very young, progressive, gay (he has a husband) Democrat — who is exploring running for president. I can’t […]

It’s Here: ‘The Busy Person’s Guide to Prayer’

Want to kickstart your Lent? Boost your prayer life? Support your local blogging deacon? I’m pleased and humbled to announce that the good people at Word Among Us have just published my new book, “The Busy Person’s Guide to Prayer.”  From the introduction: Let’s face it: in a world where soccer practice, work, the gym, […]

Archbishop Responds to Uproar Over Child with Gay Parents

You probably caught this story last week. Now, Archishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, has responded, through a column in his diocesan newspaper:  The decision not to admit the child of a non-Catholic same-sex couple to St. Ann Catholic School in Prairie Village has unfortunately garnered quite a bit of local and some national media […]

Boom: Spain Sees Jump in Ordinations to Priesthood

From CNS:  Ordinations to the priesthood in Spain have soared by 24 percent in the last year. In 2018, a total of 135 men were ordained priests compared to 109 in 2017, according to statistics released March 12 by the Spanish bishops’ conference. The Archdiocese of Madrid recorded the highest number of ordinations, with 14. […]

BREAKING: Lawsuit Accuses Former Bishop, Charges He ‘Knowingly Employed Pedophiles’

From The Washington Post:  West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey Wednesday sued the Catholic diocese of Wheeling-Charleston and its former bishop, Michael J. Bransfield, charging that they “knowingly employed pedophiles and failed to conduct adequate background checks” for people working in Catholic schools and camps, a Morrisey press release says. Some experts on child abuse […]