By Jonathan Van Maren, LifeSiteNews - Consider that for a moment: a TV show that kicked off with a romantic scene between two men felt that showing a family saying grace “was too far” and too inappropriate for audiences. What a profound statement about our culture’s plunge: prayers are now considered virtually obscene, while behaviors that would have been considered biblically immoral a very short time ago are front, centre, and celebrated. Sexual behavior can be depicted — even explicitly — without qualm, but TV audiences have to be shielded from something that was once an almost universal practice: praying before meals.
By Christopher Altieri, Catholic Herald - The Catholic Herald has learned that the Archdiocese of New York is closely monitoring the crisis in the Diocese of Buffalo, and that broad consultations are ongoing, with a view to possible action… The embattled Bishop of Buffalo, Richard J. Malone, faced several new calls for his resignation last week and over the weekend, including one from a group — the Movement to Restore Trust — that had previously sought to work with the bishop, and an editorial published Saturday by The Buffalo News. Rank-and-file clergy and faithful have also begun writing letters calling on Malone to step down, and forwarding them to local news outlets for publication.
By Mike Bonifas, Those Catholic Men - My homily for Chris and Rachel—and for all of us—today revolves around prayer… Some folks, when they hear the word prayer, think that prayer is mainly about asking for favors. But there is a much deeper kind of prayer… There is the kind of prayer of remembering, for instance… And the prayer of gratitude… And, sometimes, we join them together.