Quote of the day

“The Obama administration has just told the Catholics of the United States, ‘To Hell with you!’ There is no other way to put it.” – Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik, on the HHS ruling. Read it all here. [Read more...]

“I want the pope to be proud of us…”

The head of the new Ordinariate, bringing Anglicans into the Catholic Church, spoke recently with CNS, and had a lot of interesting things to say about his new role, and his life.  The married father of three — and former Episcopal bishop — Father Jeffrey N. Steenson will be installed in his new post next [Read More...]

Analysis: Obama’s SOTU written at 8th grade level, pope’s homilies at 11th grade

The other day, Elizabeth Scalia asked “Is great oratory over and done?” She made a compelling case that, yes, the era of truly eloquent speechifying is a thing of the past: I think what is missing from our current crop of gushers and gasbags is the ability to find poetry in their texts, or even [Read More...]

“Abortion snatches the knitting out of God’s hand…”

From the huge Mass celebrated Monday at the Verizon Center as part of the March for Life, here’s Msgr. Charles Pope, from the Archdiocese of Washington (and blogger extraordinaire), delivering a terrific homily before a crowd of 18,000 young people. [Read more...]

House approves religious symbols on war memorials

Somehow, I don’t think we’ve heard the last on this subject: The House on Tuesday approved a measure that seeks to permit religious symbols on federal war memorials, a response to a court ruling that declared a cross atop a San Diego memorial violated the Constitution. The War Memorial Protection Act passed on a voice [Read More...]

The Bark Side: how’d they do that?

That ad of dogs barking the “Star Wars” Imperial March has caused a sensation on YouTube, and now the creator is talking about how he put the ad together: Just how they got the mighty dog choir to sing in tune is a bit of Hollywood magic. We did a quick e-mail interview with Jeff [Read More...]

Dolan: “Let down, disappointed and disturbed” over Obama HHS ruling

He made the remarks last night: On the even of his pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Archbishop Timothy Dolan ripped President Obama for birth control policies he contends run counter to Catholic teachings. Soon-to-be elevated to cardinal by Pope Benedict, Dolan said Wednesday night that the White House was wrong to require the Catholic Church [Read More...]

“All God asks us to do is open up our doors” — UPDATED

I got the following press release last week, and it piqued my curiosity: In response to the over 100,000 visitors expected to pour into Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI, St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, located in downtown Indianapolis, will be taking literally Blessed John Paul II’s invitation to “open wide the doors to Christ” [Read More...]

Unbelievably cool: how to paint with a basketball

Watch as artist Hong Yi, a.k.a. “Red,” paints a portrait of Yao Ming, using something besides a brush. [Read more...]

“Why are beliefs of Catholics and others dismissed?”

That’s one of the compelling questions posed by Sister Mary Ann Walsh at the USCCB’s media blog: On January 20, HHS announced its decision to keep in place the frightening mandate in the health care law, with barely the slightest nod to religious concerns. HHS holds to the absurd rule it announced last August, that [Read More...]


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