Month: December 2012



Replies and comments to “Just Who Are We?”


The Church seeks to deny family planning methods to those in its employ, with whom it has a contractual relationship and not a religious one. Women occupy a second class status. As the mother of a daughter, I struggle with compelling her to attend Sunday mass where the message, delivered always by a man who understands so little of the challenges in her life, gives women short shrift. My suspicion that mass may in fact be detrimental to her development as a fully functional woman in the 21st century grows stronger daily.nuns_abortion
It seems to me that the nuns, as exemplified by the Network Lobby, do a much better job of living the gospel as preached by Christ. The Vatican now sees fit to investigate their activities and object that they do not condemn abortion and gay marriage sufficiently. If Sisters Simone Campbell and Pat Farrell of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious could stage a coup, I would follow them to the barricades.

They won’t, of course, they will work within the patriarchal structure in which they find themselves. They have more faith, and more patience, than I.
sistersx-largeI notice your website gives more attention to men. That’s a shame – it’s women who are doing the best work now. If the Catholic Church is to survive, it must find its way, quickly, to empower women (REAL women, not the Virgin Mary nor Mary Magdalene, who never was a prostitute, by the way) in all forms of leadership, make the priesthood welcome to healthy, law-abiding, mentally stable men and women, widen its advocacy on behalf of the disenfranchised and suffering, truly respect all life, operate in the light of day, and surrender it’s medieval myopia.
Your reader and friend.
Valerie Young

It is a sad thing that some or many Catholics of America wish to go against the Church teachings on Abortion and sexual morality. Failures or sinning may bereligion there always as humans are weak, but arguing that sin is not sin is something strange. This shows a trend for not believing in organized religion. The Catholic Church is eternal Truth in spite of its leaders’ failures and sins.
K. C. Thomas

People who worry about same-sex unions and contraception seem to sleep easily with the thought of torture and the imprisonment of millions. This really is straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel, and it is easy to see why so many people find I hard to take what passes for religion seriously.
John Garvey (Commonweal)

I’m concerned about the aging of the Catholics I see. When I attending Mass in stock-footage-denmark-july-elderly-man-in-church-in-copenhagen-denmarkFlorida, I expect to observe a sea of white hair in the congregation, and now I am beginning to experience the same in my parish up north. Thank God for the Latinos. I often attend one of their Masses and am delighted to see young families with happy kids, and they are indeed joyful Catholics. I pray they will be a rejuvenating force within our Church.
Slowe Lombago

Recommended Readings

“Bad Influence” in October 23 Commonweal
– “Mary Makes the Church more human” in fall Spiritual Life
“On Their Way” in October 22 America
“Matthew’s Genius” in Nov/Dec Touchstone

Other recommended Catholic blogs


Roster of Joyful Catholic Priests


The media loves to publicize bad priests, and we should give recognition to our Joyful Catholic Priests. Send me your recommendation for ones you think merit membership in this splendid group. (

Fr. John Dowling, St. Francis of Assisi parish, Fairfield Glade, TN NEW!
Bishop James Vann Johnston, (Springfield/Cape Girardeau, MO) NEW!
Fr. Richard Lopez (Atlanta Archdiocese, GA) NEW!
Fr. Noel Sanvicente, (Diocese of San Jose, CA) NEW!
Fr. Alex Waraksa St. Patrick’s parish, (Morristown, TN) NEW
Fr. Robert Aufieri (New York, NY)
Fr. John M. Bauer (Minneapolis, MN)
Fr. Edmund Connors, Katonah, NY
Fr. Paul D.Counce (Baton Rouge, LA
Fr. Paul Duchschere (Fargo, ND)
Fr. Anthony O’Gorman (London, UK)
Fr. Edward Gorman, O.P. (Providence, RI)
Msgr. Edward Filardi (Bethesda, MD)
Fr. Charles E. Jacobs, Hartford CT
Fr. Raymond Kemp (Washington, DC)
Bishop Joseph N. Latino (Jackson, MS)
Archbishop Jerome Listecki (Milwaukee, MN)
Bishop Dennis Madden (Baltimore, MD)
Fr. Joseph Marini (San Mateo, CA)
Msgr. Joseph Mayo (Salt Lake City, UT)
Fr. John Mericantante (Pahokee, FL)
Msgr. Thomas Modugno (New York,NY)
Fr. Kevin Nelson, (Lantana, FL)
Fr. John O’Donoghue (San Antonio,TX)
Fr. Antony Pulikal (Lntana, FL)
Fr. James R. Purfield (Denver,CO)
Fr. Paul S. Quinter (Pittsburg, Pa)
Fr. Michael Radermache, (Vancouver, WA)
Msg. David Robichcaux, V.F. (New Orleans, LA)
Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi (Mobile, AL)
Fr. Alberto Rodriguez, (Miami)
Msg. Paul L. Rohling (Birmingham, AL)
Fr. David Ross (Lima. OH)
Fr. Matthew Ruhl, S.J. (Kansas City, KS)
Fr. Michael Scanlon (Steubenville, OH)
Fr. Walter J. Szezesny (Buffalo, NY)
Fr. Richard Trout (Sanford, FL)
Fr. Hayden Vaverek (New York, NY)
Fr. Malcolm Sylvester Willoughby, O.P. (Washington, DC)
Canon Stuart Wilson (London, UK)



We do indeed need to show joy as Catholics.   My motto — “Be happily and uncomplicatedly Catholic.”

Michael J. Sheehan, Archbishop of Santa Fe



News Flashes

–        A Muslim terrorist in northern Nigeria was the suicide bomber who attacked a Catholic Church in Bauchi at 9 AM, killing two and wounding 46. Because of the severity of the injured, the number of deaths is expected to increase. 


 Today’s Martyrs

(Lest we forget)

 Let us purify ourselves through the martyrs, or rather, through him through Martyrswhom they too were purified in blood and truth.           St. Gregory Nazianzen (died 390)

 Remember that during the Spanish Civil War in the last century, 10,000 Catholics were martyred by fellow Spaniards; two-thirds were priests and religious.


My Favorite Priest, Layperson, Breathing Saint or Organization

Tell me about your favorite Catholic priest, layperson or organization that is making a difference 


Interesting Sayings

–        Love nourishes, industry develops, and ingenuity embellishes everything which nature generates or produces…..  St. Peter Chrysologus (died 450 AD)


–        Ultimately, only the true love of God, one’s self, and others, liberates the human being…..Thomas Joseph White, O.P.

 –  God is there in the greater, more profound challenges we face on our spiritualmelanie journey; the cultivation of patience, the nurturing of a joyful heart, the development of a more loving relationship with the world……Melanie Rigney 

 –  Lord, help me hear the voice of my heart, and your voice in my heart.

         Mary Marrocco

–        imagesCAJIEU78I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury….Groucho Marx




–        I am concerned during our Masses about the laconic lacuna of the value of Communion. This is the guts of it all.

                                 Richard Steinhart, Cambridge, MA


–        In your blog about a review of our religion, I thank God that there is no such thing as a “Catholic vote”. This would indicate a mandated conscious for all of us believers.    

 Louise Vogel, Baton Rouge, LA                                                                                

Chuckle Time


Old Tombstones

(Silver City, Nevada)

Here lays The Kid.

We planted him raw.

He was quick on the trigger,

But slow on the draw.

(Thurmont, Maryland)

Here lies Amos Thomson, an Atheist,

All dressed up, and

No place to go.

(London, UK)

Sir John Strange

Here lies an honest lawyer

And that is Strange.

(Nantucket, Massachusetts)

Under the sod and under the trees

Lies the body of Jonathan Pease.

He is not here, there’s only the pod.

Pease shelled out and went to God.