Great reads

Wife takes Springer Spaniel walking – exposes husband’s ‘sin’

Wednesday, May 15th, 2024

Jinky, the Springer Spaniel, has his own social media page, where his doggie parents document his beautiful life in Yorkshire, England. As the photos suggest, he loves playing in the mud. Springers are active, love the great outdoors, and are known for having a lot of energy. Recently, Jinky’s mom took him on a walk Read more

Priest urges Church to reject the “heresy of triumphalism”

Monday, May 13th, 2024
Triumphalism

Fr Tomáš Halík, a renowned Czech theologian and philosopher, says the Catholic Church should shed the “heresy of triumphalism” and foster a more synodal approach to evangelisation in today’s secular climate. Halík recently participated in a synodal gathering convened by the Vatican, highlighting concerns over parish priests’ exclusion from previous synodal sessions and stressing the Read more

Some Catholic AI bots are useful

Monday, May 13th, 2024
AI bots

The idea of AI bots lurking about can be somewhat disturbing. But some can be useful – such as AI bots that are repositories of Catholic teaching. Learning and research These days, if you have a question about a Catholic Church teaching, there are several ways you could check out the answer. You could open Read more

Roncalli College pupils hit period pain for innovators’ comp.

Monday, May 13th, 2024
Roncalli College

Three innovative Roncalli College pupils hope Young Enterprises judges like their idea the best. Krishna Shah, Alexis Miller and exchange student Oliwia Sobocinska have developed a product to help ease menstrual pain. What they came up with isn’t – as some might think – maybe a soothing tisane or perhaps an app with stretching and Read more

A remaining question – concerning the falling number of priests

Thursday, May 9th, 2024
priests

An issue that refuses to hide its face is the continuing fall in the number of priests serving our parishes. We should be considering this question as a matter of some urgency if we are to maintain our present diocesan structures at anywhere near their present level, let alone seek to become a Missionary Church. Read more

Silicon Valley bishop, two Catholic AI experts weigh in on AI evangelisation

Thursday, May 9th, 2024
AI

It took a little more than a day for Father Justin, an artificial intelligence (AI) avatar posing as a priest, to be defrocked. Defrocking Justin After Catholic Answers, a site devoted to evangelising for Catholicism, introduced the character to answer questions about the faith, Catholics on social media called the character a “scandalising mockery of Read more

Couples revive bonds after marriage boot camp

Thursday, May 9th, 2024
marriage boot camp

More than 1.5 million couples globally have transformed their marriages after attending The Marriage Course, a marriage boot camp. Recently, fifteen couples marked the end of their transformative journey as they received blessings and celebrated the culmination of the seven-week course at Ryde Gladesville Catholic Parish near Sydney, Australia. Led by parish priest Fr Greg Read more

First Orthodox deaconess of modern times sacramentally ordained

Thursday, May 9th, 2024
deaconess

Last week the Orthodox Church sacramentally ordained a deaconess for the first time in modern times. Archbishop Serafim of Zimbabwe ordained Angelic Molen (pictured right) as a deaconess on Maundy Thursday (2 May) in Harare. Molen “will do what the deacon does in the liturgy and in all sacraments in our Orthodox services” Serafim says. Read more

In a church that has yet to deal justly with women, I stay a keeper of the vision

Monday, May 6th, 2024
women

I will be 80 years old in June. As a young child in the Methodist Church, I was certain I was called to ordained ministry. At Duke University, I majored in religious studies and then served as pastoral assistant and director of religious education in a small church in upstate New York. Then, in the Read more

Gang-rehabilitating priest awarded US Presidential Medal of Freedom

Monday, May 6th, 2024
Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The White House has awarded Jesuit priest Father Greg Boyle the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Boyle is the founder of Homeboy Industries – a prominent ministry dedicated to rehabilitating gang-affiliated youth. A new ministry Immediately after his 1980 ordination, Boyle set about finding ways to give a second chance to ex-gang members and former prisoners. Read more