Study: Religious Progressives Predicted to Outnumber Conservatives

Details:  A new study has found that while the number of religious conservatives is still greater than that of progressives, the religious left may have a better chance of maintaining its foothold with Americans over time. “If you’re using a generational snapshot today as a proxy for the future, it is is safe to say [Read More…]

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Singing Priests, Weeping Faithful: The Charismatic Church of Brazil

Here’s a glimpse at part of the Catholic Church that will be welcoming the pope this week, from CNN: It looks like an airport hangar and it sounds like a rock concert. Thousands have packed into a megachurch on the periphery of Sao Paulo for one of Father Marcelo Rossi’s Thursday night masses. The Roman [Read More…]

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It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over

And for proof, you have to check out this video of a muddy horserace in New York City last month. Just watch what happens.  “I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of [Read More…]

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Great Moments in Journalism: MSNBC Host Wears Tampon Earrings

Details:  On her MSNBC show Sunday, Melissa Harris-Perry introduced a new type of jewelry inspired by the recent protests at the Texas Capitol. Tampon earrings. “My producer Lorena made for me, last week, some tampon earrings,” Harris-Perry said as she inserted them into her pierced ears. “Because, of course, you’ll remember the Texas state legislature [Read More…]

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Incredible: Original Schindler’s List Up for Auction on eBay

Details:  An original copy of Schindler’s list — not the movie, but the actual list of Jewish refugees that German businessman Oskar Schindler is credited with saving from the Nazis — will be available on eBay Friday evening, the New York Post reports. The document, which is 14 pages long and contains the names of the [Read More…]

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Woman Leaves $60 Million to Legionaries of Christ

And now the court battles are beginning. Details:  Lawyers contesting the will of a widow who gave some $60 million to a secretive and disgraced Roman Catholic religious order are trying again to have their case heard, filing court papers in an attempt allow the woman’s niece to sue. The papers, filed Wednesday with the [Read More…]

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The Father Who’s a Father: Meet the Priest Behind This Iconic Picture

The snapshot here went viral shortly after it was published, showing the diaconate ordination of former Anglican priest Patrick Allen, accompanied by his young son. Now Patrick Allen is a Catholic Father — in every sense — and here’s the rest of the story: It was barely a week into Father Patrick Allen’s new ministry [Read More…]

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Pope Makes the Cover of TIME—But Not in the U.S.

Details: First the Italian edition of Vanity Fair and now Time magazine. Time has dedicated the front cover of its 29 July issue to “The People’s Pope”. But only the front covers of  the European, Asian and South American editions. The U.S. edition has dedicated its front cover to the Trayvon Martin case … The [Read More…]

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Panel to Explore ““Children’s Privacy Rights Against Their Parents”

This flitted by on my Twitter feed, and really gave me pause, from the Association of American Law Schools:  The AALS Section on Defamation and Privacy invites papers for its program on “Children’s Privacy Rights Against their Parents” for the Annual Meeting, to be held on January 2-5, 2014. Topic Description: Electronic surveillance technology and [Read More…]

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Homily for July 21, 2013: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

  [Click here for readings.] I’m not scheduled to preach this weekend, but here’s a homily adapted from one I delivered three years ago. The original version was preached to a gathering of deacons in Ohio and focused on the notion of the deacon as servant—how we are too often Martha, not Mary. Three summers [Read More…]

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