America’s next top model: a little boy with Down syndrome

This is something wonderful to behold. From AdWeek: One young man is making great strides in the modeling world despite what many might see as a significant impediment—he has Down syndrome. His name is Ryan, and he appears on page 9 of the new Target circular, just a few months after making an appearance in [Read More...]

What is Benedict discussing with the U.S. bishops?

Some insight on recent ad limina visits, from John Allen: Predictably, Pope Benedict XVI’s own priorities — the push for a “new evangelization,” meaning outreach to lapsed Catholics, and the defense of religious freedom — have figured prominently. Yet a variety of other issues have also surfaced, including: The sexual abuse crisis; American debates over [Read More...]

A few more things about Voris and RealCatholic TV…

Canon lawyer Ed Peters today follows up on his post from earlier this week and addresses a couple more questions, including one that a lot of people have raised: What about every other use of the word ‘Catholic’ out there? The question rests on a multitude of scenarios, of course, and I can’t address them [Read More...]

Sweden recognizes file-sharing as an official religion

I mean…seriously? From the BBC: A “church” whose central tenet is the right to file-share has been formally recognised by the Swedish government. The Church of Kopimism claims that “kopyacting” – sharing information through copying – is akin to a religious service. The “spiritual leader” of the church said recognition was a “large step”. But [Read More...]

Stephen Colbert: “The deliverance God offers you from pain is not no pain…”

“I’m not bitter about what happened to me as a child, and my mother was instrumental in keeping me from being so. She taught me to be grateful for my life regardless of what that entailed, and that’s directly related to the image of Christ on the cross and the example of sacrifice that he [Read More...]

I’d like to thank the Academy…

Actually, I’d like to just thank Marcel LeJeune, the wizard who runs the Aggie Catholics blog and who has, to my wonderment, included me on his annual list of Top 20 Catholic Bloggers. I’m humbled to be in such exalted company — check out the list and visit their blogs — and I’m grateful for [Read More...]

A Catholic “Undercover Boss”

I’m a fan of the show, and can’t wait ’til it comes back this winter.  (I preached about it a couple years ago, in fact.) But this episode, airing in late January, sounds like something to see: Dina Dwyer-Owens, CEO of the Dwyer Group, a collection of home service franchises, donned a wig, pearls and [Read More...]

Before Zavala, there was Marino

While I was talking with a deacon friend this afternoon about the Zavala bombshell in Los Angeles, he reminded me of the case of Atlanta Archbishop Eugene Marino, who found himself in similar circumstances over 20 years ago. From the Georgia Bulletin: Archbishop Marino was the ranking African-American member of the Catholic hierarchy when he [Read More...]

“Stayin’ Alive” — and savin’ a life

From our friends across the pond: how to do CPR in under two minutes — and with a catchy tune, to boot! [Read more...]

“Priest accused” struggles to clear his name

He was cleared of charges against him — but hasn’t had much luck having his reputation cleared, as well. Details: In 2005, as the Catholic clergy sex abuse crisis continued to grab headlines all over America, even the St. Raphael-Holy Angels parish was not immune to scandal. One of their own priests was accused of [Read More...]


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