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...]

“The dominant Catholic narrative of our time is not decline, but astronomic growth”

John Allen  is offering this week “three myths about the Church to give up for Lent,” and this one hit home for me: The popular take on Catholicism these days tends to be that it’s a church in crisis. Rocked by sex scandals, bruising political fights and financial shortfalls, it seems to be hemorrhaging members [Read More...]

RIP, Robert Sherman

You may not know his name, but you know his music.  It’s inescapable.  “It’s A Small World” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” are just two of his enduring songs, penned with his brother, Richard.  (In the photo above, that’s Robert on the left and Richard on the right.  You know who those other two are.) If memory serves, [Read More...]

“What an uplifting feeling to know that God has blessed this Church with so many priestly vocations…”

It’s not every day that an American priest gets to celebrate Mass with several hundred seminarians in India.  But Msgr. John Kozar of CNEWA (um, he would be my boss) did just that the other day while on a pastoral visit, and he blogged about it: We arrived a little after 6 a.m. at St. Thomas [Read More...]

Ethiopians seek cure for AIDS in holy water and drugs

A poignant story of faith, hope and medicine from the Wall Street Journal: Cast out from her family, Tigist arrived at Ethiopia’s Entoto Mountain believing that a spring here welled with holy water that would rid her body of HIV. Joining 4,000 other squatters seeking the same cure, the young woman reluctantly also started taking [Read More...]

Justice Scalia: Christians seen as “cretins”

Details: Over 4,000 people flocked to the Archdiocese of Denver for its annual “Living the Catholic Faith Conference” held this year from March 2-3. The two-day conference – which began as a forum for Catholic educators and has only recently opened  to the public – featured Justice Antonin Scalia and noted scientist Br. Guy Consolmango as [Read More...]

When yoga is more reverent than Mass — UPDATED

An astute observation from Elizabeth Scalia: Out of curiosity, I recently visited a yoga class with a friend. It was held in a simple, unadorned room. Outside of it, there was a great deal of socializing and chatting, but once people entered the room, all talking ceased. People moved carefully, so as not to disturb [Read More...]

In the e-mail: “I was raised Catholic, but have fallen out of the faith…” — UPDATED

A reader posted this as a comment but I thought I’d put it here for wider discussion: Hi, I stumbled onto this sight [sic] because I have a question. This isn’t terribly related to the topic at hand, but it looks like people here may have some insight. I was raised Catholic, but, as someone [Read More...]

After the tornado: “We were spared with a purpose by God…”

A great story of charity and hope, from storm-ravaged Indiana: From the moment a tornado tore through its community, the damaged but still-standing St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church became a crisis hub where emergency workers could dispense food, water and information. But for a brief hour Sunday morning, the church resumed its mission as a [Read More...]

When a Catholic hospital becomes Jewish

There are some interesting religious and cultural challenges that can arise.  Details: New York Medical College was planning to change its affiliation to Jewish from Catholic when an employee approached Rabbi Moshe D. Krupka in the cafeteria, voice raised and finger wagging, and demanded, “When you take over, will I be able to eat my [Read More...]


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