Advocates for Women Bishops Rejoiced as Five More Anglican Bishops Join Catholic Ordinariate [Updated]

UPDATE — I missed that this article is a year old. But I think my observations about the trends still stand. === Traditional Anglican bishops leaving the Church of England and joining the Roman Catholic Church’s Ordinariate as advocates for female bishops simultaneously push for (and rejoice over) their departure: Advocates for women bishops last night welcomed the resignation of five... More

Local TV Shows Move-In Day for St. Paul’s Largest Seminarian Class in 30 Years

Signs and stories of hope: From the University of St. Thomas: When seminarians from the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity of the University of St. Thomas gather for their annual group photo at the start of the school year on Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 7, it will be the largest such gathering since 1980. The seminary is welcoming 30 new graduate-level seminarians this fall, bringing the tot... More

Pope to Youth in Spain: Your Faith in Christ is Stronger than the Storm of Modernity

This column of mine appeared today on Headline Bistro, where the full article is available: What was Pope Benedict’s message to young people in Spain this month? Of the approximately fifteen thousand words he delivered, these unscripted ones are perhaps my favorite: “We have lived together an adventure. Strengthened by Christ, you have resisted the rain.” The pontiff spoke these words after ... More

Snapshot: 480 New Priests in 2011, Five Year Trend: Younger (+more cool stats)

The USCCB released this hopeful news yesterday: The average age of men ordained to the priesthood in 2011 is trending younger with the average age for the 2011 class at 34, with more than half between the ages of 25 and 34. This is slightly younger than in 2010, and follows the trend over the past five years of ordinands becoming younger. These figures stand out in The Class of 2011: Survey of O... More

“Mary’s Ultrasound” ad campaign draws criticism from pro-aborts in UK

I’m thrilled to see this ad campaign and welcome all the controversy it is causing: An ecumenical nonprofit in England has come under fire for their upcoming Advent campaign designed to put Christ back into Christmas. Their crime? Creating billboards and posters that show a Baby Jesus as an ultrasound, with a halo. The ads, created by ChurchAds.net say: “He’s on His way. Christmas sta... More

In Detroit, Archbishop Vignernon raises his staff

Detroit papist-blogger Diane has an excellent postup about Archbishop Vigneron’s efforts to defend the faithful of his archdiocese against the efforts of the “American Catholic Council” to confuse local Catholics. A quotation from his pastoral advisory: The Archdiocese of Detroit has been contacted by concerned members of the faithful about a movement called the American Catholi... More

Gov. Chris Christie forcing NJ Planned Parenthoods out of business

If you elect a strong social and fiscal conservative to office, Planned Parenthood’s abortions-for-money scheme is going to fall apart in the face of the reforms that newly-elected official puts into effect, especially if that official stand true to their principles, as Catholic Governor Chris Christie has done in NJ: After the New Jersey state Senate defeated an attempt to override the dec... More

Inspiration: Top Chef hangs up hat to try on Roman Collar

Some afternoon inspiration for good measure: Kenneth Smith had been a fixture in the highly rated Upperline Restaurant of New Orleans, Louisiana, where for the past 11 years he served as the executive chef. But after about two decades working there, he has moved out of the kitchen and into New Orleans’ Notre Dame Seminary, on his way to becoming a priest. CNN sat down this summer with Smith,... More

NCR frets as progressive Catholics flee the public square, and CatholicVote arrives

Two weeks ago I noted the quiet demise of the catholyc group Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good (CACG). I was happy to see the group disband, especially after discovering that their chairman of the board, Alfred Rotondaro, argues publicly that the Church should accept the fact that abortion and contraception are here to stay and that gay sex is a gift from God that the Church should celebra... More

Stunning: New Gothic Cathedral underway in Wyoming

I have been remiss in mentioning the ambitious undertaking of my friend, architect James McCrery in Wyoming, which was recently profiled by Anthony Flott in the National Catholic Register: Father Daniel Mary of Jesus Crucified is fond of saying that his Carmelite community doesn’t have a vocations shortage. Rather, it has a housing shortage. That may begin to change when Father Daniel Mary’s... More

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