Category Archives: Other Places

The Long Shadow of Bill Morris

Bishop Bill Morris casts a long shadow down under. Toowoomba Catholics, ticked off their bishop was ousted, have sent their missives to 1,369 Australian parishes. (S)ome bishops, including Canberra Archbishop Mark Coleridge, have told parish priests not to distribute the … Continue reading

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Another Bishop Scandal

Why do you think a priest asks his bishop to take a leave of absence? Vote, then check here for the news from Butuan, Phillippines.

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Pakistani Parish Assistance

“The church building was already more than half a meter below road level and half of it remained submerged for months,” said Father Bashir Francis, pastor of Holy Rosary Parish in Faisalabad. He was speaking of the damage rendered by … Continue reading

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MHR in SF on PS

Frequent commenter Jimmy Mac sent me a bunch of images of his parish’s Holy Week. This is from Palm Sunday: There are a lot of aspects I like about this: a generous use of wood, the seating pattern, excellent lighting, … Continue reading

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Are Parades an Ordinary Ministry?

They might have done away with papal tiaras, but that’s one impressive galero: On PrayTell, the story of the priest who left home as a secretary* and returned as a cardinal. Realizing how easy it is for reform2 folks to … Continue reading

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Not An Ordinary Cathedral Rededication

Taken in isolation, it’s not really newsworthy for a cathedral to reopen after renovations. But Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Paramaribo, the capital of Suriname, a small nation on the north coast of South America, is no ordinary cathedral. … Continue reading

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Bringing Home Civilian Displacement in Iraq

The America blog reports on Cardinal McCarrick’s visit and subsequent essay on civilian life in Iraq. This kind of news won’t get mainstream airplay in this country, probably because the conservative-minded corporations that control the so-called librul media wouldn’t see … Continue reading

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Seeking Servers

UCA News reports on the unanswered call for altar servers in Colombo, Sri Lanka: “Children nowadays are distracted by television, the Internet and mobile phones. There are many activities … to amuse kids,” Father Tony Martyn, parish priest of St. … Continue reading

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On a Musical Mission

Like most music directors, I receive nice glossy packets soliciting me to bring my choir to Rome or other nice places. And I do love to travel, so these pilgrimages strike me as attractive. However, I’ve also heard from friends … Continue reading

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At Como Park

I meant to throw up some images from the conservatory and zoo at Como Park in Saint Paul. I love the zoo but I think the conservatory here is divine. The butterfly garden was nice, too:

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KC’s Falling Apart

Ever since we left town in ’08, the Royals, Chiefs, and Wizards have all been in extended funks. Up the road from my old parish, the street caved in early this morning. Sure am glad I don’t have to clean … Continue reading

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Supersized Beatification in Doubt

Cardinal Newman’s beatification ticket may have just gotten a lot harder to score. The Telegraph reports the pope’s visit is over budget, and events may be downsized or trimmed back. There is now talk of downgrading the pinnacle of the … Continue reading

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Liturgy in Honduras

My friend John Donaghy, a long-time staff member at my current parish, has been in Honduras for the past few years assisting in the Diocese of Santa Rosa de Copán. Many of our students and resident parishioners have traveled there … Continue reading

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Puppets for the Word

Do you think inculturation detractors would find this puppetry objectionable? The Jacob story from Genesis is a pretty dramatic offering. About 250 Catholics gathered in the compound of Pangudi Luhur Elementary School in Surakarta to watch the show. “The Word … Continue reading

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Targeting Easter Down Under

Bill Donohue must be proud. Australian retailers aren’t waiting for the War on Easter to begin. They’re staking a claim in the wide land of capitalism well before Easter bunnies are sued off public property. Rev. Elisabeth Daniels of Kewarra … Continue reading

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