“We are Catholics”: group launches national ad campaign against HHS mandate

From The Hill: An association of lay Catholics will air a nationwide ad against the Obama administration’s birth control coverage mandate on Fox News Thursday. The move serves to highlight a two-week effort by U.S. Catholic bishops to build momentum against the mandate, which some have argued violates religious freedom. The debate puts the church in [Read More...]

Ordination update: 8 new deacons in San Jose

From the Valley Catholic: Eight men were ordained deacons, seven of them to be Permanent Deacons and one transitional deacon, on May 12, at St. Joseph Cathedral Basilica, with Bishop Patrick J. McGrath presiding. The one transitional deacon is Antonio Alvernaz Silveira who had been in formation for the Permanent Diaconate and whose wife of [Read More...]

Memo to NBC: What the hell is wrong with you?

Seriously. First, there was the Trayvon Martin boondoggle a few months ago. Then yesterday, evidence of some creative editing regarding Mitt Romney’s visit to a Wawa in Pennsylvania. Today, we have Andrea Mitchell’s spectacularly lame followup to “criticism of the Romney clip edit” — which amounted to Ms. Mitchell saying, with a sigh and a frown, [Read More...]

That’s what it’s all about

Saw this on FB and couldn’t resist: [Read more...]

Ministry in media: meet the priest behind Salt + Light TV

From the Canadian magazine The Walrus comes this profile of Fr. Thomas Rosica, the guiding force behind the Catholic television network Salt + Light: Born in Rochester, New York, Thomas Rosica received his BA in French and Italian language and literature at St. John Fisher College in nearby Pittsford, and went on to earn advanced [Read More...]

In book, Marco Rubio writes of his Mormonism and return to Catholicism

Details, from the Salt Lake Tribune: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio credits his short-lived time as a Mormon for providing a moral compass in his youth, though he also discloses for the first time his family’s struggles with the constraints of the faith and his eventual return to the Catholic fold. In his new autobiography, An [Read More...]

For Leah: your new yoke, over easy

Sorry.  I couldn’t resist.  Welcome to the neighborhood, kiddo! RELATED: Awesome: Patheos atheist blogger to become Catholic [Read more...]

The next pope?

It’s a subject Vatican-watchers never tire of — and John Allen in NCR has another name to add to the list, Fernando Filoni, who now heads the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples but who also served as nuncio in Iraq as the 2003 war began : Filoni may not be a media star, but [Read More...]

“Fight Church”: See how these Christians slug one another

I’m not sure what brand of Christianity these folks practice, but it’s utterly alien to me. Below, the trailer for a new documentary on some Christians who think it’s cool to climb into a cage and slug it out for Jesus.   Ouch. [Read more...]

Awesome: Patheos atheist blogger to become Catholic

A big Catholic welcome to the “geeky atheist” Leah Libresco, who chronicles some of her journey here: I decided to take a little time to make sure I really believed what I thought I believed, before telling my friends, family, and, now, all of you.  That left me with the question of what to do [Read More...]


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