“Instagram dat joint!”

Watch what happens when a clever dude with a camera, a costume and a car decides to freak out people working at the drive-thru window. [Read more…]

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“We listen, and God moves us forward…”

My friend, the Trappist priest James Stephen Behrens at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Georgia, published the following reflection on time, and starting a new year, in the local paper. A snip:  Looking back is a common experience as a new year approaches. Nostalgia warms the heart as it evokes the past, making [Read More…]

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German church drops sex abuse investigation; independent researcher claims church interference

Details, from AP:  Germany’s Roman Catholic Church said Wednesday it has called off an independent institute’s investigation into sexual abuse by clergy over several decades. The lead researcher complained that the church wanted too much control over his work. In 2011, the church asked Prof. Christian Pfeiffer’s Lower Saxony Criminological Research Institute to analyze data [Read More…]

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Engaging the opposition: Cardinal Dolan shows how it’s done in his letter to Governor Cuomo

With a grateful h/t to my blog neighbor Frank, here’s the text of the letter from Cardinal Timothy Dolan to New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo, following Cuomo’s “State of the State” message.    Dear Governor Cuomo: Congratulations on your third State of the State message earlier today. There is much to cheer in your report, and [Read More…]

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Was Don Bosco rolling over in his casket?

The saint’s relics arrived in England’s Liverpool Cathedral last weekend, where the performance below took place. The thing that surprises me the most isn’t the dancing during Mass, but the light attendance.  Turnout looks to be rather sparse. You can read more about the tour of the relics here.  [Read more…]

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What can you do about Catholics who support same-sex marriage?

Well, despite what you may think, you can’t just automatically excommunicate them. Canon lawyer Ed Peters notes one case in particular:  Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, a Catholic, is pushing the ‘gay marriage’ agenda in the Land of Lincoln to the obvious and rightful chagrin of Catholics faithful to the natural law (not to mention, to [Read More…]

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Someone alert George Jetson: amazing device projects a computer keyboard onto any flat surface

Wow.  Just wow:  Smartphone and tablet users who want a full-sized keyboard without carrying one around may want to check out a device called the Magic Cube. Demoed by manufacturer Celluon at CES this week, the Magic Cube displays a full keyboard and a multi-touch mouse on just about any flat surface. The virtual keyboard and mouse appear as [Read More…]

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Who will be the next ambassador to the Vatican?

NCR’s John Allen speculates: President Barack Obama needs to find a new envoy to the Vatican since Ambassador Miguel Diaz, appointed in 2009, has accepted a position as professor of faith and culture at the University of Dayton in Ohio. Obama’s choice for a replacement is being closely watched in Rome, according to one senior [Read More…]

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A first: Obama chooses laywoman to give invocation at inaugural

From the Washington Post:  President Obama has picked Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of slain civil rights icon Medgar Evers, to deliver the invocation at his public swearing-in later this month. It is believed to be the first time a woman, and a layperson rather than a clergy member, has been chosen to deliver what may be [Read More…]

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Vatican: calling Jews “enemies” unacceptable

You may remember when the head of SSPX used that term recently. Now the Vatican is firing back:  The Catholic Church remains committed to deepening its relations with Jews and finds it “absolutely unacceptable” to consider the Jewish people as enemies, the Vatican spokesman said. “It is absolutely unacceptable, impossible, to define the Jews as [Read More…]

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