Just Catholic: The city manager of Oklahoma City has approved a Sept. 21 "black mass" in its Civic Center Music Hall. Maybe the heat's got him.
Faith & Parish
A Winston-Salem, N.C., diner will no longer dish out discounts along with dinner to praying customers.
Mary's Gourmet Diner had been offering a 15 percent discount for customers seen offering grace before meals during the past four years.
The practice went under the radar until a Christian music radio station in Orlando, Fla., uploaded a photo of a receipt with the discount to Facebook on July 30. Then it went viral.
Decades after the Catholic church moved away from celebrating Mass in Latin, a throwback movement is growing, in many cases with young people leading the charge.
NCR Today: While I am touched by my students' concern, I implore them to reserve their support for those affected by Detroit's water shutoffs.
The Cincinnati archdiocese withdrew a $1,000 grant to help a shelter buy a washer and dryer after it learned a woman priest would host a prayer service there.
Attorneys for pro-lifers have decided not to do anything yet about the new buffer zone law around abortion facilities that Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed July 30.
But they took issue with the law on various fronts.
"We believe the new buffer zone law is a backdoor attempt to interfere with the constitutional right of free speech in the service of women seeking abortion, whose minds are not made up, women who are looking for the hope, help and love which is Eleanor McCullen's mantra," and that of other sidewalk counselors, said attorney Philip D. Moran.
However, the sign of peace can be omitted "if it is foreseen that it will not take place properly."
Global Sisters Report: For Sister of Mercy Mary Ellen Howard, the fight is elemental. "Water is life," she said, "when you shut off water, you shut off life."
The Catholic Coalition for Church Reform say they have identified seven nominees who have the ability to lead the archdiocese out of the current abuse scandal.
The $1.35 million will come from surplus cash but covers only a fraction of the archdiocese's legal bills so far, which total close to $14 million.