… Daughters Grow Up to be Servers” might become a selection in the hymnal at SS. Simon and Jude Cathedral in Phoenix. That’s because the rector, Fr. John Lankeit, has determined that only boys can be altar servers. You can read the story at http://www.chnonline.org/news/nation-world/10605-phoenix-cathedrals-policy-change-on-altar-servers-ignites-discussion.html. I take it Fr. Lankeit isn’t on his diocese’s evangelization committee.

New doctor to be in the house: Pope Benedict XVI announced Aug. 20 that he will name St. John of Avila as the 34th doctor of the church on a yet-to-be-determined date.  This is the second “of Avila” person to reach doctor status. St. Teresa was so designated in 1970, and was the first woman to receive that honor.

Bishops, Brewers & Brats: When he signed on last March to help your Catholic Herald host its tailgate party, he was Fr. Don Hying. Thanks to Pope Benedict XVI, he became a bishop, and in the meantime Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki got on board with the promotion and thus, “Bishops, Brewers & Brats,” the name given to the event by my brother, Daryl — was born. More than 200 Catholic Herald readers participated and helped the younger bishop celebrate his 48th birthday, which was duly noted on the Miller Park scoreboard during the Brewers’ 5-1 loss to the Dodgers on Aug. 18.

Do you remember? It was 33 years ago tomorrow, Aug. 26, that Cardinal Albino Luciani was elected Pope John Paul I.