Amazing disgrace

July 24, 2016 Details:  After receiving a complaint, the Holtville High School band won’t be allowed to perform “Amazing Grace” during the upcoming football season. In a statement to the Elmore & Autauga News, the Elmore County Board of Education said legal counsel recommended that the religious-themed song be pulled from the band’s repertoire following the complaint. “Our Constitution prohibits us Read More…

Tim Kaine’s pastor: ‘We believe in that seamless garment’

July 23, 2016 Yet, there’s no mention of abortion in this piece. From NPR, reporter Kelly McEvers interviews the senator’s pastor, the Rev. Jim Arsenault, from St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church in Richmond, VA: MCEVERS: Senator Kaine has talked about his Catholic faith as being one of the major, you know, drivers behind his work as a politician. Is Read More…

On retreat: Jersey boys

July 23, 2016 I’m here in scenic Easton, Pennsylvania, not far from Allentown and Bethlehem, leading a retreat for the deacons of the Diocese of Metuchen. It’s a great group, and a lovely spot—although very very warm. (At last report, 95 degrees, not counting the heat index). We’re about half-way through the retreat—titled “Believe, Teach, Practice: the Deacon Read More…

St. Anselm’s beautiful prayer to St. Mary Magdalene

July 22, 2016 As we mark her feast day, here’s something to ponder, from the pen of St. Anselm: St Mary Magdalene, you came with springing tears to the spring of mercy, Christ; from him your burning thirst was abundantly refreshed; through him your sins were forgiven; by him your bitter sorrow was consoled. My dearest lady, well Read More…

Diocese in Malaysia gets its second permanent deacon

July 21, 2016 Details:  The Church of St Anne celebrated the ordination of Lazarus Anthony Jonathan to the ministry of permanent diaconate on July 6. He is the second permanent deacon in the Diocese of Penang. The first one was Deacon Clement Samuel from Taiping. The Bishop of Penang, Sebastian Francis, was the ordaining prelate and presider, with Read More…

Pope Francis presides at private wedding of deaf couple

July 21, 2016 From CNS:  Pope Francis married a young deaf couple in the chapel of his residence at the Vatican. Teodoro Pisciottani and Paulina Szczepanska, the daughter of a Vatican employee, were married July 9 at the Vatican’s Domus Sanctae Marthae. Pope Francis does not often preside over wedding ceremonies — the most recent was a wedding Read More…
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