Using social media to boost vocations

Hot on the heels of Pope Benedict’s announced theme for the next World Communications Day comes this encouraging piece of news, from Catholic News Service: Several religious congregations and organizations are taking advantage of social media to “introduce” individuals discerning a call to a vocation and the seminary, convent or monastery that fits them. With [Read More...]

Theme for next World Communications Day: social networks

From the Vatican:  One of the most important challenges facing the task of evangelization today is that which is emerging from the digital environment. Pope Benedict XVI calls attention to this particular topic, in the context of the Year of Faith, in his choice of the theme for the 47th World Communications Day, “Social Networks: [Read More...]

New York City’s bishops on care for the poor: “It is not enough”

Cardinal Timothy Dolan posted the following on his blog two days ago, declaring it a joint statement with my own bishop, Nicholas DiMarzio: You can find great contrasts within a few miles of each others.  In some communities families are finding decent jobs and earning sufficient income to provide for themselves and their families.  Thanks [Read More...]

In unusual move, diocese tweets announcement of new bishop

This may be a first: The Catholic Diocese of Tyler has announced Reverend Monsignor Joseph Strickland as its fourth bishop via Twitter, ahead of a planned press conference Saturday. The following tweet was posted around 6 a.m. Saturday: “The Holy Father has named our very own Msgr. Joseph Strickland as the fourth Bishop of Tyler! [Read More...]

Vietnamese Christian bloggers sentenced to jail for spreading “propaganda”

From UCANews (h/t New Advent): The People’s Court in Ho Chi Minh City today passed sentence on three Christian bloggers in a case that has polarized the religious community and drawn international criticism. Nguyen Van Hai and Marie Ta Phong Tan received sentences of 12 years and 10 years, respectively, with five additional years of [Read More...]

Big questions, interesting answers

A few years ago, I gave a Thanksgiving Day homily in which I quoted the Unitarian minister Peter Fleck.  He suggested that perhaps the pilgrims weren’t thankful because they survived; maybe they survived because they were thankful.  As I noted: Gratitude doesn’t always come easily. We all know that generosity – the giving of a [Read More...]

“There’s too much invective and anger out there. Let’s not add to it.”

If you drop by some of my neighbors here in the Catholic cul-de-sac of Patheos, you’ll find a few mentions of a particularly nasty rumble that took place over the weekend. My mind wandered back to some remarks made early in the summer by another clergy blogger,  Bishop Christopher Coyne: Always take the high road.  [Read More...]

“Boss, I love you…pray for us!”

If you read nothing else this night, you have to read this eloquent, heart-felt, heart-breaking tribute by Rocco Palmo to his beloved grandmother, “The Boss.” You’ll be grateful you did.  I know I am. Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her… [Read more...]

A big move: you can now “Get Religion” at Patheos

More fodder for Great Moments in Journalism!  I’m delighted to share this happy news. Details:  GetReligion is moving. Finally. In the future, GetReligion.org will still get you to the weblog, but if you want to bookmark the most direct cyber-route, here’s the URL that you need: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/getreligion/ Of course, we’ll also be up and running [Read More...]

Life with Father

Well, I’ve been at sea — in every sense — for the last several days and am finally at a place with an Internet connection that is somewhat better than crappy.  So allow me to the 15th or 20th or 2,000th person to welcome to the Patheos family the freshly minted padre, Fr. Michael Duffy!  [Read More...]


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