On blogging: our panel from the Catholic Media Conference

Those who are curious about what we had to say Friday afternoon can hear the presentation at this link. Kudos, btw, to the talented young guy who recorded this, Matt Palmer of the Catholic Review — who, not insignificantly took home a couple awards from the Catholic Press Association Friday night.  It was great to [Read More...]

Maine’s newest Catholic priest is the son of an Episcopal priest

He’s also married with children, and took a remarkable path into the Church and the priesthood. Details: When David Affleck was ordained earlier this month as Maine’s newest Roman Catholic priest, his wife, Katherine, sat in the pews at Portland’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Wait, what? A Catholic priest who’s married? With children? That [Read More...]

Ad multos annos! New priests for Brooklyn!

I was flying back from Indianapolis and missed the ordinations today, but above is the first picture of the new crop. Details on the men, from the Brooklyn Tablet: Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio will ordain six men to the priesthood for the Diocese of Brooklyn at a Mass at St. James Cathedral-Basilica, 250 Cathedral Place, Downtown [Read More...]

Homily for June 24, 2012: Nativity of John the Baptist — UPDATED WITH AUDIO

[Click here for readings] For audio of this homily, click the green arrow below. Last week, we had a parish council meeting, and Msgr. Funaro made an announcement that truly shocked people.  Some people actually gasped. “Time is really slipping away,” Msgr. Funaro said.  “Fr. Anthony reminded me the other night: It’s only six months [Read More...]

Vatican hires Fox News reporter as communications advisor

Details: The Vatican has brought in the Fox News correspondent in Rome to help improve its communications strategy as it tries to cope with years of communications blunders and one of its most serious scandals in decades, The Associated Press learned Saturday.Greg Burke, 52, will leave Fox to become a senior communications adviser in the [Read More...]

Vatican’s social media head: “We need to cultivate our ability to listen to others…”

A highlight of the Catholic Media Conference this week was an address Friday by Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.  Archbishop Celli is endearing, brilliant and utterly disarming.  (At the Sign of Peace during Mass, he clasped both my hands and whispered with a smile, “Peace to you and [Read More...]

Band of Bloggers

With Rocco and Elizabeth after our panel presentation on blogging this afternoon in Indianapolis. [Read more...]

Worth a thousand words, Indy edition

Below, a couple shots of the beautiful St. John the Evangelist Church in Indianapolis — the oldest church in the city — where I’ve served Mass every evening during the Catholic Media Conference. [Read more...]

In Philadelphia, “A shakeup of seismic proportions”

You could feel the shockwaves rippling through Indianapolis as this story made its way around the Catholic Media Conference: On Wednesday, when he addressed a conference of Catholic journalists in Indianapolis, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said, “The habits of Catholic culture run very deep in the Philadelphia region.” On Thursday, Chaput announced deep and drastic [Read More...]

Bishop Coyne to Catholic communicators: “Always take the high road”

Last night, I had the great privilege of serving as deacon alongside Bishop Christopher Coyne as he celebrated Mass for the Catholic Media Conference in Indianapolis.  His excellent homily focused a great deal on Christian aspects of communication, and prompted a lot of enthusiastic comment at the dinner afterwords.  Here’s a key part: As one who is [Read More...]


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