How one newspaper decided to endorse Romney

It raised some eyebrows when the Des Moines Register announced its endorsement for president this weekend and for the first time in 40 years picked a Republican.  What got less attention, however, is an accompanying story in the paper, which I found especially interesting and useful.  In a remarkable act of transparency, the paper’s editors [Read More...]

“All people have a right to know Jesus Christ and his Gospel…”

From the Holy Father’s homily today, marking the close of the Synod on the New Evangelization: The new evangelization applies to the whole of the Church’s life. It applies, in the first instance, to the ordinary pastoral ministry that must be more animated by the fire of the Spirit, so as to inflame the hearts [Read More...]

Just when you thought ads couldn’t get more offensive…

…along comes this one, promoting a bar in New Zealand. [Read more...]

Patheos peeps!

Blogging has been light the last couple days, but not because I’m battening down the hatches for Stormageddon or Frankenstorm or whatever they’re calling this year’s meteorological catastrophe (though drawing the curtains and breaking out the rosary might be a good idea).  No.  I’ve been away from the keyboard because I took part in a [Read More...]

Scaring the sin out of you: the Christian “haunted house” industry

Huffington Post takes a peek inside the Halloween phenomenon and introduces readers to the man behind it. Keenan Roberts didn’t invent the idea of scaring Christian youth into salvation, but he has done more than anyone else to turn it into an industry. For $299—and with the Denver-based pastor’s approval—you can build your own “Hell [Read More...]

Deacon and future deacon

Well, look who I ran into at the conference of Catholic Social Scientists this weekend: the National Catholic Register’s ace film critic Steven Greydanus, who is also in the first year of his formation for the diaconate in the Archdiocese of Newark. He promised to invite me to his ordination. [Read more...]

You’ve got to hear this

A group of cloistered nuns has recorded an album of chant, and and the preview (see the video below) is just gorgeous. From the press release: They are young. They are hidden. They are extremely musical. And now they have a worldwide album distribution deal. But they don’t set foot beyond Northwest Missouri’s rolling farmland. [Read More...]

“There is no room for pessimism…”

The Synod of Bishops released its final message today.  Catholic News Service has a write-up.  Below is a snip.  Full text can be found here. Our world is full of contradictions and challenges, but it remains God’s creation. The world is wounded by evil, but God loves it still. It is his field in which [Read More...]

A deacon who grows pumpkins? I’m sold

Kudos to that great deacon’s wife, Kathy Schiffer, for finding and posting this gem: “I carve prayers in the pumpkins when they’re small,” says Sharon Trabbic, “and as they grow, the prayers grow as well.” Deacon Ken Trabbic and his wife Sharon are the owners/operators of the Trabbic Family Farm, where they produce over 20 [Read More...]

Great moments in democracy: an ad that says voting is like losing your virginity…to Barack Obama

Remember when the most shocking political ad of all time was a little girl picking daisies?  This may trump that. And this is supposed to appeal to young, undecided women?  Really?  Really. [Read more...]


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