Browsing News Entries

Sts. Louis and Zélie — St. Thérèse’s “incomparable parents”...

This Friday, July 12, is the feast of Saints Louis and Marie-Azélie Martin, canonized together by Pope Francis in 2015. July 12 was chosen as their feast because it was on this day in 1858 that they were married at Notre Dame Basilica in Alençon, France, and committed themselves together to living to the full the Sacrament of Matrimony and its twofold call not just to human...

Why did Ross Perot target George H.W. Bush? Partly because Perot supported Planned Parenthood, and Bush didn’t... ...

Here’s the parting shot offered by Ross Perot, in an interview a few years ago with The Dallas Morning News: “Texas born. Texas bred. When I die, I'll be Texas dead. Ha!” No doubt about it, Perot was a Texan. However, the prodigal Texan in me (my chosen label) can still remember some of the holes in the mainstream press coverage of Perot’s gadfly political career — if that was...

Hey CNN: Was a Catholic-school teacher in Indianapolis fired for ‘being gay?’ Period...

During my four decades or so in religion-beat work — as a reporter and then as a national columnist — I have covered or attempted to cover countless (trust me on that) stories linked to the lives of LGBTQ Catholics. I also, in the early 1990s (after I had left the Rocky Mountain News) interviewed for a teaching post at a Jesuit university...

Catholics who follow the historic faith should realize that the growing radical agenda is not a figment of the imagination...

I’m afraid my own experience of the church in England and the USA does not give cause for optimism. I can remember a conversation with a Vicar General of a diocese in England. He explained how he thought there were too many priests in England and Wales. He had been out in Peru where the priest shortage was much more acute and thought it was wonderful how the lay people “did church” without a priest...

UK Parliament votes to legalize same-sex marriage, abortion in Northern Ireland...

The British parliament voted Tuesday to legalize same-sex marriage and abortion in Northern Ireland – a vote that will take effect only if the region's own legislature is not functional by Oct. 21. British MPs voted 383-73 July 9 to add same-sex marriage as an amendment to the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill, which is designed to keep the region running in the absence of a functioning government...

Man with Down syndrome wins prestigious ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ award...

John Cronin, founder of “John’s Crazy Socks,” has won the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the New York region. Cronin is the first person with Down syndrome to ever win the award, considered one of the most prestigious business awards in the New York area. Cronin, along with his father Mark, won in the “Mission Driven” category...

The snakes that ate Florida...

In the Everglades, everything still looks the same. The waving saw grass, the cypress and pine trees draped with air plants, the high, white clouds parked like dirigibles above their shadows—if you’ve been to the Everglades before, and you go back, you’ll still find these. But now there is also a weird quiet. In the campsites of Everglades National Park...

Fr. Jerzy Popieluzsko’s long road...

Hello from Krakow. I spent my last morning in Warsaw visiting the grave of the Blessed Jerzy Popieluszko, and the small museum next to it celebrating his life and death. The museum is connected to the Warsaw parish, St. Stanislaus Kostka, where Father Jerzy was serving at the time of his 1984 murder by the Communist secret police...

San Francisco Auxiliary Bishop, Seminary Rector, Dies Age 70

By Catholic News Agency | SAN FRANCISCO - Bishop Robert Christian, an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of San Francisco and rector of St. Patrick Seminary in Menlo Park, died in his sleep...

Good millennial news from HuffPost: “More and more young women are becoming nuns. What on earth is going on? ” (language warning)...

I went to a science magnet high school, graduating in 2001, but in my late 20s, I began to notice that some of my classmates were turning toward the Catholic faith. It surprised me: My high school was ostentatiously secular. We had a steel statue on the front lawn depicting the triumph of mathematical logic. Our senior class president wore a giant calculator costume to football games...