Private Catholic funeral for Davy Jones

Details: Monkees singer Davy Joneswas remembered in a small private Florida funeral as a laid-back daydreamer who brought fans into a world blissfully free of worries. The service was held behind locked doors Wednesday at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Indiantown, close to Jones’ home. The Rev. Frank O’Loughlin, who presided over the service, said several of Jones’ [Read More...]

Why do you want that new iPad so badly?

There’s evidently a good reason for it: For a certain breed of consumers, the arrival of Apple’s third-generation iPad is an occasion of monomaniacal focus and intense anticipation. Visions of how the shiny new gadget will revolutionize their lives fill their heads. They’re willing to sacrifice hours waiting in line and hard-earned cash that they can [Read More...]

Fixed!

Just an update: the link for the “must-watch video” from the other day is now watch-able again.  Check the link. [Read more...]

Diocese halts funding of charity over director’s views on abortion and gay marriage

Details: The Catholic Diocese of Sacramento no longer will fund programs at Francis House, a nonprofit agency that serves homeless people, because of its new director’s views supporting abortion rights and gay marriage. In a letter last month, the diocese’s director of social services said the Rev. Faith Whitmore’s public statements on the issues clash [Read More...]

Saved: Vatican reverses Cleveland decision on closing of 13 parishes

It’s a rare reversal — and one that should give other parishes around the country cause for hope. Details: In an extraordinary move, the Vatican has reversed Bishop Richard Lennon’s closings of 13 churches in the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, saying the parishes must be restored and the sanctuaries reopened for worship, according to activists [Read More...]

Patricia Heaton, Hollywood conservative and Christian

Everybody loved Raymond, but we all really loved his wife, played by the insanely talented Patricia Heaton.   Now the Los Angeles Times looks at another side of Mrs. Barone: Patricia Heaton‘s rush to support Rush Limbaugh this week shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who has closely followed her rise as one of the [Read More...]

Going for brogue: renewed interest in Irish language at CUA

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day comes this story about  growing interest in the ancient language of the Irish: Fifteen students gathered inside a basement classroom at Catholic University on a recent evening to ponder a laminated vocabulary list that looked like some language instructor’s cruel joke. The words were jumbles of seemingly random [Read More...]

Analyst: Catholics may account for Romney win in Ohio

It seems to be the continuation of a trend: Rick Santorum, a conservative Catholic who is outspoken about faith-based issues, lost Catholic voters by a wide margin in Ohio on Tuesday, potentially a key factor that allowed Mitt Romney to squeak out the narrowest of victories overall in the state. According to CNN’s exit polls, [Read More...]

Joe Biden visits shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Details: As the sun set over Mexico City, the Vice President of the United States toured the shrine to the Virgin of Guadalupe. After a tour, VPOTUS walked across the square to the Antigua Parroquia de Los Indios (Old Church of the Indians), part of the pilgrimage for millions of Catholics. Later, under a full [Read More...]

Bruce Almighty: “Jesus and his teachings inform every song…”

A writer over at Christianity Today has been listening to a lot of Bruce Springsteen — and his new album — and finds unmistakable religious themes: As far as I know, Springsteen does not claim to be a Christian. He grew up in the Catholic Church, left it in his teens, and never looked back. [Read More...]


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