Where the Nuns Are: 2009?

Friday, September 11, 2009 7:54 AM Comments (1)

One of the more interesting findings from the recent CARA study on religious life was the difference in those joining orders associated with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) versus those joining the smaller Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR).

The data found that just 1% of religious orders associated with the LCWR have more than 10 women in the process of joining, whereas among the CMSWR, 28% reported having 10 or more candidates. The “Study of Recent Vocations to Religious Life” conducted by Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate was on behalf of the Chicago-based National Religious Vocation Conference.

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More on ObamaCare and Abortion

Thursday, September 10, 2009 5:13 PM Comments (0)

Rep. Chris Smith speaks at today's pro-life press conference. (CNS)

Some commentators have pointed out that President Barack Obama’s speech regarding health-care reform last night was more about his vision of health-care reform than it was about the specific health-care reform bills that are now before Congress.

Consequently, these commentators suggest, perhaps Obama’s claim yesterday that “under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions” might turn out to be true, even though the current House version of the health-care reform would allow funding of abortion.

Comments made by Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., co-chairman of the bipartisan Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, at a a Capitol Hill press conference of pro-life leaders today are...READ MORE

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Daily Blog Truth Squad: ObamaCare Will Fund Abortion

Thursday, September 10, 2009 4:23 PM Comments (0)

President Obama speaks to Congress on health care reform. (CNS/Reuters)

This title of this blog entry is a poke at CNN, which has posted a “CNN Truth Squad” analysis of the validity of various claims made about President Barack Obama’s health-care reform plan.

Curiously, CNN has neglected to assess the truth of Obama’s disputed claim that abortions will not be federally funded under the terms of his health-care reform plan — a claim he repeated in last night’s speech to a joint session of Congress.

So to help fill this “truth gap” in CNN’s coverage, here’s the Daily Blog’s verdict on the president’s claim of no funding for abortion: false — at least with respect to the version of the health-care reform bill that’s currently before the...READ MORE

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Priest Wins Against Iron Chef

Thursday, September 10, 2009 3:45 PM Comments (0)

Former altar boy Bobby Flay issues his fajita throwdown challenge to Father Leo Patalinghug on the Food Network. (CNS)

Father Leo Patalinghug’s “fusion fajitas” beat Bobby Flay’s “red curry-marinated skirt steak fajitas” Sept. 9 on the Food Network’s “Throwdown! With Bobby Flay.”

After preparing his signature dish for a crowd of parishioners at Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland, the cooking priest commented, “My fusion fajitas are smokin.’ I guarantee this will make you say, ‘Thank you, God.’”

Divine providence was on Flay’s mind as he was driving to challenge the priest. “We’re going up against Father Leo,” he said. “As a former altar boy, I’m not so sure this is a good idea.”

During the challenge, Father Patalinghug shared some insights into his...READ MORE

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Cardinal Hummes to Priests: Stay Close to Christ

Thursday, September 10, 2009 3:34 PM Comments (0)

Cardinal Claudio Hummes, prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, has warned against priests who have an “insufficient and superficial” encounter with Jesus Christ, saying this can turn their ministry into a “kind of clerical profession” in which they carry out their duties “like officials.”

Speaking in Fatima, Portugal, to a four-day conference of more than 800 Portuguese priests, the cardinal asked them “to be missionaries and to nurture their spirituality every day.” For this, it’s necessary to “maintain a constant contact with the Word of God, living a life of prayer that includes the authentic liturgy of the hours, devotion to Mary, celebrating the Eucharist as...READ MORE

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Father Leo vs. the Iron Chef

Wednesday, September 09, 2009 5:59 PM Comments (0)

Father Leo prepares to Flay an Iron Chef. (Grace Before Meals)

Would you like to see a Catholic priest challenge chef Bobby Flay to a fajita cook-off?

Tune into Food Network’s “Throwdown! With Bobby Flay” tonight at 9 p.m. Eastern to see Father Leo Patalinghug take on the Iron Chef.

Father Patalinghug, who serves as director of pastoral field education for the seminary at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md., has a ministry called Grace Before Meals, which is dedicated to fostering stronger communities through stronger families, one meal at a time.

“With God as my witness, I’m not afraid! Bring your fajitas; let’s throw down!” he exclaimed when Flay issued the challenge in June.

“I went mano a mano with an Iron Chef....READ MORE

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Hoopes, Holidays and Google

Wednesday, September 09, 2009 3:07 PM Comments (0)

Google's Charles Darwin doodle.

Google “Tom Hoopes” and “Holidays,” and what do you come up with?

Among other things, the article our former executive editor posted Monday at the website of First Things, titled “Holidays by Google.”

Tom takes a Hoopesian look at the idiosyncratic collection of people and events that Google deems worthy of enjoying the status of a “Google holiday,” expressed through the special “Google doodle” logo that it assigns to some specific days of the year. On these days, Google replaces its standard Google logo with the holiday doodle on its website, which is the most visited site on the Internet.

Here’s Hoopes contrasting how the Catholic Church and Google go about...READ MORE

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The Vatican’s Back-to-School Letter

Wednesday, September 09, 2009 2:31 PM Comments (0)

Timed to coincide with the return to school of children in many countries, a letter about religious education in schools was published yesterday by the Congregation for Catholic Education.

The letter was sent by the Vatican congregation to the presidents of Catholic bishops’ conferences. Go here to read the full text of the letter posted at the Zenit’s website.

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