Houston’s New Cathedral

The dedication ceremonies for Houston’s new cathedral began this evening with vespers; the mass of dedication will be at noon tomorrow, and will be carried by ABC 13 on TV and on the internet. Here’s the order of worship. Rocco Palmo has some comments.

Not America’s Finest: The Border Patrol

You have to have a bachelor’s degree to enter the FBI. Harris County Sheriff’s Department and Houston PD require an associate’s degree. But the Border Patrol? You don’t even need a high school diploma. And background investigations have been outsourced from the FBI to private contractors, and these aren’t as thorough. Veteran Border Patrol officials…

The Press and the Pope’s Visit

Journalists don’t get religion, says Rod Dreher of his colleagues. They don’t understand how the religious mind works, and try to impose a political understanding on it, particularly in terms of conflict (besides, American journalism thrives on exploring conflicts, often to the exclusion of ideas). Nor do they get how the Catholic mind works, and…

Prominent Nun Pleads Guilty to Theft

Sr. Barbara Markey has pleaded guilty to siphoning off church funds. She has been ordered to pay $125,000 in restitution, and could be sentenced to as much as 20 years in prison. Markey was the director of the Family Life Office for the Omaha Archdiocese, and associate director of the Center for Marriage and Family…