Are blog comments a “joke”?

A good question: In the early days of the Internet, there was hope that the unprecedented tool for global communication would lead to thoughtful sharing and discussion on its most popular sites. A decade and a half later, the very idea is laughable, says Gawker Media founder Nick Denton. “It didn’t happen,” said Denton, whose [Read More...]

Bishops hope to restart talks with White House over contraception mandate

Details: The Catholic bishop leading the push against the White House’s contraception mandate says the bishops hope to restart contentious talks with the Obama administration, but cautioned that church leaders “have gotten mixed signals from the administration” and the situation “is very fluid.” Bishop William E. Lori of Bridgeport, Conn., who chairs the religious liberty [Read More...]

Closing the book: Encyclopedia Britannica goes out of print

Wow.  It really is an end of an era: After 244 years, the Encyclopaedia Britannica is going out of print. Those coolly authoritative, gold-lettered sets of reference books that were once sold door to door by a fleet of traveling salesmen and displayed as proud fixtures in American homes will be discontinued, the company is [Read More...]

Barbara Johnson talks about her “Buddhist Catholicism”

And the Washington Post looks at her “blending of faiths”: Barbara describes a deep if sometimes conflicted relationship with Catholicism, which she calls a basic, unchangeable part of her identity. In her 20s, Johnson remembers her growing doubt about Catholic institutions as she wrestled with accepting her sexuality, and later as she watched the clergy [Read More...]

March Madness, Presidential edition

Over at her elegantly-named blog “Egregious Twaddle,” plucky Joanne McPortland pens a letter to the president, who happens to be in town (which would be Dayton, Ohio) — and reveals why during this season of March Madness, she’s no longer one of his cheerleaders: I’m a card carrying Democrat, the daughter of a union shop [Read More...]

“The Church needs two wings to fly…”

“Catholics who are passionate about the family, the life issues and the sexual issues go to one side of the room, and Catholics passionate about the social teachings of the Church to the other. And from their sides they both hurl blame, venom, scorn,  and debate who is a true Catholic and who really cares [Read More...]

Pennsylvania bishops: March 30 to be day of fasting over HHS mandate

Details: Calling the Obama administration’s mandated insurance coverage for contraceptives an “assault” on religious freedom, Pennsylvania’s 10 Catholic bishops have urged Catholics statewide to make Friday, March 30, a day of prayer and fasting. “On that day, offer your sacrifice for the cause of religious liberty, that the Church may be granted the basic right [Read More...]

We’ve got “Grace”!

That would be “Seasons of Grace,” the terrific blog by Kathy Schiffer, which has just landed here at Patheos. Face it: How could I not love a blog whose author begins her biography by saying, “Kathy Schiffer is the wife of a deacon…” Let me pull up a chair.  I want to hear more. And [Read More...]

Gay group seeks formal recognition at Notre Dame

It’s not the first time and, if unsuccessful, it probably won’t be the last. Details: For more than 25 years, Notre Dame students have asked the University to formally recognize a student organization that addresses the needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) community on campus. The requests have come in many [Read More...]

“You never know what the Lord has in store for you”: the remarkable story of a vocation 65 years in the making

How’s this for a really late vocation?  From Ottawa: For nearly half a century, Gérard Lafrenière was devoted to his wife, and, by all accounts, fulfilled his vows to love, honour and cherish her. Yet, he had another love, too. In 2009, two years after his wife of 49 years, Gisèle Viau, died, Lafrenière fulfilled [Read More...]


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