Monthly Archives: June 2009

Year for Priests: A modest suggestion for the priesthood

By Father Kenneth J. Doyle One in a series On June 19, at a vespers service in St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Benedict XVI formally opened what he has proclaimed as the Year for Priests. The purpose of the year, the … Continue reading

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Michael Jackson’s spirituality

Amid the whirlwind of talk and writings about the “King of Pop,” Michael Jackson, after his death last week, we stumbled upon a story he wrote for Beliefnet in 2000 chronicling his faith. During his childhood in the spotlight, Jackson … Continue reading

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Year for Priests: Called to be a witness of hope

Editor’s Note: Today we introduce a new feature, a blog series on the Year for Priests from the perspective of priests themselves. We have several priests who have agreed to write for us about their lives and ministry. Watch for … Continue reading

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Fairness Doctrine would threaten Christian stations, author says

Christian radio and television stations had better watch out — the government might get them. So says conservative author Brad O’Leary. He spoke out at the Heritage Foundation Wednesday against the reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine, a defunct Federal Communications Commission … Continue reading

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A gathering in Venice

VENICE, Italy — I was pleasantly surprised the other day to find that Cardinal Angelo Scola of Venice was following me on Twitter. I began using Twitter a year and a half ago, mainly to stay in touch with friends … Continue reading

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An anniversary for a war-torn church

Priests and parishioners killed. A cathedral almost completely obliterated. The head of a wooden statue of  Mary badly burned, but miraculously intact. It’s been 50 years since the reconstruction of the Urakami Catholic Cathedral, which the atomic bomb ravaged in … Continue reading

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Remembering ‘a man of peace’

The Catholic Spirit, newspaper of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, has a touching story about Father Timothy Vakoc, who died on Saturday. He was reportedly the first Army chaplain to be gravely injured in the Iraq War. His … Continue reading

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