The Brew Evangelization

With beer! From CNS: Even before retired Pope Benedict XVI set up a pontifical council for new evangelization and convoked a world Synod of Bishops on the theme, a new group of Benedictine monks was using Latin and liturgy to reach out to those whose faith was weak or nonexistent. Now they’ve added beer to [Read More…]

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Great moments in journalism: is Bradley Manning a “he” or a “she”?

Yes, editors are seriously wrestling with this question. Evidently, some contend that a person’s desire to be something trumps the reality of his or her actual gender. From the New York Times:  It was an announcement that left typically agile news presenters, reporters and editors stumbling over their words on Thursday: the lawyer for Pfc.Bradley [Read More…]

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In Texas, Baptists seek to “address the spiritual questions of current and former Catholics”

From the Baptist Press via the Biblical Recorder:  As Hispanic populations across the United States, many of which are traditionally Catholic, continue to increase, so do opportunities for Southern Baptist churches to address the spiritual questions of current and former Catholics. Hispanics made up 38.1 percent of the population of Texas in 2011, the U.S. [Read More…]

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Ever think of switching to decaf, Nick?

Behold, Nicholas Selby’s jaw-dropping welcome speech to students at Georgia Tech this week.  It almost makes me want to go back to school. Almost. Read more about it here. [Read more…]

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“Preachers of L.A.: Living the God Life”

That’s the title and tagline of a new reality series about to debut on cable. This press release moved last week: Oxygen Media goes behind the pulpit in an authentic new docu-series,“Preachers of L.A.” premiering on Wednesday, October 9 at 10 PM ET/PT.  From Lemuel Plummer, the executive producer of “Vindicated” and producer of “The Sheards,” and Holly Carter, executive [Read More…]

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How long should homilies be?

We talked about this a little at the Redemptorists’ conference in New Jersey this week. Fr. Edward McNamara has more, from ZENIT:  Unfortunately there is relatively little with respect to official norms regarding length of homilies. This is partly inevitable because expectations vary from one culture to another and even from one social milieu to [Read More…]

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Report: Pope Benedict ordered changes to baptism rite before he resigned

A small but significant change appears to be forthcoming, according to Sandro Magister:  The Sunday after the Epiphany is the Sunday of the baptism of Jesus. And on each of these Sundays, year after year, Benedict XVI administered the first sacrament of Christian initiation to a certain number of children, in the Sistine Chapel. Each [Read More…]

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Next season’s judges on “American Idol”…?

Okay. Maybe not. From left to right: Gary Ziuraitis, CSsR, Director of Communications for the Redemptorist General Government; Rocco “Whispers in the Loggia” Palmo; Your Humble Blogger; Dave Dwyer, CSP, Executive Director of “Busted Halo” and co-host of “Conversation with Cardinal Dolan” on Sirius XM Radio. At the conference I’m attending in Long Branch, New [Read More…]

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Here comes the Son

At the edge of the property where I’m on retreat, just before the beach, there’s a stunning outdoor altar and crucifix.  I took a few snapshots last night before dinner. This morning, I got up early to see if I could catch the sunrise over the Atlantic. Here’s what I saw. [Read more…]

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I’m going down the shore

Which, of course, means the Jersey Shore. I’ll be speaking at a conference in Long Branch, New Jersey, at the venerable San Alfonso Retreat House, run by the Redemptorists. The topic for the next four days: “Preaching the Gospel Anew.”  Looking forward to catching up with some old friends like the “Church Whisperer” and that [Read More…]

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