Catching up on (and voting for) Marriage

As I ride the bus up to New York City this morning to report on this press conference, I’m taking the time to catch up on the most significant debate currently taking place between those who support the traditional “conjugal” view of marriage and those who wish to redefine marriage to include same-sex relationships. All of this began when Prof. Robby George, Ryan T. Anderson and ... More

Bishop Tobin’s open letter to inactive Catholics: “We miss you, we love you and we want you to come home.”

I thought this was beautiful and I would encourage my Catholic brothers and sisters in Christ to share this with their inactive Catholic friends and family: My dear Brother or Sister: In the spirit of the Advent and Christmas Season, and as the Diocese of Providence nears the end of its “Year of Evangelization,” I’m writing this letter to inactive Catholics of our Diocese – perhaps yo... More

Weekend Reading: Much Ado About Marriage

There’s been a lot of news about marriage over the past week and I wanted to summarize as much a I could now that I’ve had a small breather from the week’s busyness. Reading some of the comments to my previous posts, it’s clear there is a great deal of confusion about the Church’s teaching on the meaning of marriage, the need to support it, and why she continues to op... More

Open topic: Bishop Vasa talks about the limits of the USCCB

Last Thursday evening I was privileged to spend some time with Bishop Robert Vasa of Baker, OR at InsideCatholic’s annual partnership dinner here in Washington, DC. In his talk, Bishop Vasa examined the role of the USCCB, and was frank about its limitations. One of the main points I took away from his talk was that American Catholics have forgotten that the USCCB has no power on its own. ... More

Weekend reading: Archbishop Chaput on “Catholics and the Next America”

I make a point of trying to read absolutely everything that Archbishop Charles Chaput writes. His most recent column in First Things, “Catholics and the Next America“, is yet another reason why I know I’ve made a good choice. Here’s an excerpt of his thesis: “In the coming decades Catholics will likely find it harder, not easier, to influence the course of American cu... More

Brilliant: Parishioners use cell phone technology to update parish registry

Did you go to Mass today? If you are a Catholic in good standing, you should have! Second question – is your parish behind the times, when it comes to technology? I’m guessing for 99% of you, that answer is also in the affirmative. Marcel at Aggie Catholics, however, has a brilliant solution which he explains on his blog for how his parish is utilizing current technology to update reg... More

Weekend reading: Pope’s message for World Youth Day 2011

What better way to spend a Friday evening than reading some spiritual nourishment from our Shepherd-in-Chief? MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE BENEDICT XVI FOR THE TWENTY-SIXTH WORLD YOUTH DAY (2011) I often think back on the World Youth Day held in Sydney in 2008. There we had an experience of a great festival of faith in which the Spirit of God was actively at work, building deep communion among ... More

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