NY Times: Why Christian conservatives lost

Laurie Goodstein takes a closer look at what happened Tuesday, and finds some interesting analysis: Christian conservatives, for more than two decades a pivotal force in U.S. politics, are grappling with Election Day results that repudiated their influence and suggested that the cultural tide — especially on gay issues — has shifted against them. They [Read More...]

After Sandy, parish unites to save a couple’s wedding

I don’t know about you, but I could use a little good news about now.  Check this out, from the Trenton Monitor: Take one bride and groom whose plans for their special day intersected with the wrath of Hurricane Sandy, mix with a parish united in the desire to see them wed by candlelight despite [Read More...]

Fordham Republicans cancel appearance by Ann Coulter, as school president slams invitation

Salon has details, including the two statements, reprinted below: The College Republicans, a student club at Fordham University, has invited Ann Coulter to speak on campus on November 29. The event is funded through student activity fees and is not open to the public nor the media. Student groups are allowed, and encouraged, to invite [Read More...]

Little-known David Petraeus fact: his father was named for a pope

While Washington is scratching its collective head over the General David Petraeus resignation, a quick visit to our friends over at Wikipedia finds this intriguing nugget: Petraeus was born in Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York, the son of Miriam (née Howell), a librarian, and Sixtus Petraeus, a sea captain from Franeker, Netherlands.[19]His mother was American and his [Read More...]

Obama, Palin, Jobs and the Beach Boys enter Bartlett’s—and there’s an app for that

Check it out: The 18th edition of the venerable reference work has just been released, the first for the electronic age and a chance to take in some of the new faces, events and catchphrases of the past 10 years. General editor Geoffrey O’Brien says he has expanded upon the trend set by his predecessor, [Read More...]

Is this what little girls really want? A doll that breast feeds?

My jaw is still hanging open over this:  We’ve got dolls that wet, crawl and talk. We’ve got dolls with perfect hourglass figures. We’ve got dolls with swagger. And we’ve got plenty that come with itty bitty baby bottles. But it’s a breastfeeding doll whose suckling sounds are prompted by sensors sewn into a halter [Read More...]

Making history: Buddhist, Hindu elected to Congress

The United States did not elect its first Mormon president Tuesday, but history was made elsewhere in the world of religion and politics: Tuesday’s elections brought two historic firsts for religion in American politics: A Buddhist senator and a Hindu representative — both from Hawaii — will join Congress. Democrat Mazie Hirono beat former Gov. Linda [Read More...]

Understanding married priesthood

It may be one of the most bewildering and confusing issues in the Church these days, and Our Sunday Visitor this week takes a long look at it: There are widened eyes, some confused looks and questions. Many knowledgeable, faithful Catholics are taken aback for the first time when they meet a Catholic priest — [Read More...]

The bishops and politics: “Prophets are respected when they are perceived to be independent and fair”

Are the U.S. bishops tilted too much toward the Republicans?  University of Dayton professor Vincent Miller thinks so, and raises some interesting points in a post over at CNN’s Beliefs blog: The Catholic Church will enhance its public authority by speaking out in a way that supports and challenges both parties. Prophets are respected when [Read More...]

This year’s perfect stocking stuffer: world’s smallest dog

Is this terrier the world’s smallest dog? The agency promoting it hopes so. I’m convinced.  Just keep this thing away from Great Danes and Dobermans, who might look at this little guy and think, “Hmm.  Appetizer…” 4 [Read more...]