Do microphones muffle good preaching?

Writer Leroy Huizenga thinks so.  From First Things: I think microphones might very well injure preaching, for in preaching the microphone functions as both obstacle and crutch. The microphone is an obstacle, one more piece of complexity that can go wrong. It makes preachers tentative; the microphone is like a snake that might bite if [Read More...]

India produces a movie about Jesus: Passion of the (Hindu) Christ?

Now for something completely different. Details: Christaayan, the first Hindi production about Jesus, has been presented to the public. Situated in India, it is inspired by the country’s traditional culture. The six-hour epic was produced by Satprakashan Sanchar Kendra in Indore for the Divine Verb Society and will be broadcast nation-wide as a TV series. [Read More...]

Who is Dorothy Day?

Yesterday, I posted Part I of CNS’s profile of this future saint. Part II is below. Kudos to all concerned! [Read more...]

Atheists erect anti-Christian billboard in Times Square

The Catholic League notes: Hanukkah is currently being celebrated, but fortunately for Jews they are not being attacked by David Silverman. No, like other haters in the atheist community, the president of American Atheists saves his vitriol for Christians. Silverman’s latest assault is a huge billboard in New York’s Times Square. The decision by Silverman [Read More...]

Must-see video: a look at the sainthood cause for Dorothy Day—UPDATED

The talented Chaz Muth at CNS put this together, and it’s worth a look. It features some rare video of Dorothy Day, and interviews with those who knew her, including her granddaughter (who, I should say, bears a striking resemblance to her grandmother). The CNS website says this is Part I of a series. I [Read More...]

11 Anglican nuns to join Catholic Church in England

And they include a former C of E minister and the mother superior.  Details, from the Catholic Herald:   Eleven Anglican Sisters will be received into the Catholic Church via the ordinariate, it emerged this week. The Sisters, from the Community of St Mary the Virgin in Wantage, Oxfordshire, will be received into the Church by Mgr [Read More...]

Seattle lays out “policy refresher” regarding same sex marriage

From the Archdiocese of Seattle website, some guidelines that I suspect will soon be appearing in other parts of the country, too: With voters’ approval of Referendum 74, same-sex marriage is legal in Washington state beginning Dec. 6. Archbishop J. Peter Sartain responded to the passage of R-74 in an archdiocesan “policy refresher” sent to [Read More...]

“Never stop searching”

That’s the terrific message in this terrific video from the good folks at Google: a year-end summary of what people were searching for in 2012. What a world. Enjoy. [Read more...]

Bishop Walter Sullivan, RIP

From the Associated Press:  Former Bishop Walter F. Sullivan, a progressive leader in the U.S. Roman Catholic church and the longest-serving head of the Richmond diocese, died Tuesday. He was 84. Sullivan, who had been diagnosed with liver cancer, died at home, said Judy Lindfors, assistant editor of The Catholic Virginian. He spent the majority [Read More...]

“Dear Friends…”

With those two words, Pope Benedict officially entered the Twitterverse, sending out his first papal tweet. From Vatican Radio: Pope Benedict XVI sent out his first-ever message via Twitter under his personal Twitter handle: @pontifex, on Wednesday. “Dear friends,” wrote the Holy Father, “I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank [Read More...]


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