Fr. Marcel’s statement: “I did the only thing a faithful Catholic priest could do” — UPDATED

From Catholic News Agency: Here are the facts: On Saturday, February 25th I showed up to officiate at a funeral Mass for Mrs. Loetta Johnson. The arrangements for the Mass were also not my own. I wish to clarify that Ms. Barbara Johnson (the woman who has since complained to the press), has never been [Read More...]

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...]

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...]

Before you post a comment, read this

“Whatever we do, and however strongly we feel, we do it charitably, we do it civilly.  We don’t judge the motives of other people. We just try, in a confident, peaceful, inviting way, to make our position felt, to invite other people to respect it.” – Cardinal Timothy Dolan this morning. Read the whole story. [Read more...]

From Cardinal Dolan: “We have to be realistic and prepare for tough times…”

From his blog today: The President invited us to “work out the wrinkles,” and we have been taking him seriously.  Unfortunately, this seems to be going nowhere: the White House Press Secretary, for instance, informed the nation that the mandates are a fait accompli (and, embarrassingly for him, commented that we bishops have always opposed Health [Read More...]

Another cardinal launches a blog

It’s Washington’s Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who this week introduces his contribution to the blogosphere, “Seek First the Kingdom”: While I have enjoyed for many years writing articles and even doing a weekly television program, this is my first venture into the world of blogs. What I would like to do in this blog is to talk [Read More...]

Don’t give up your iPhone: here are some apps for Lent

Need a little help this Lent?  Look no further than your smartphone: We’re a few days into the Lent 2012 season and what a better way to have an excuse tonot give up your iPhone and iPad than collecting a few apps that help, encourage, motivate, and inspire you to give up something else during [Read More...]

First Annual Milk Shake and New Media Conference

Attendees numbered two: Blogger and author Brandon Vogt, and Your Humble Blogger.  Venue: Steak-n-Shake in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.  Monumental issues of great import were discussed, including the name of Mr. Vogt’s soon-to-be-born third child, who will be christened Augustine Xavier.  (If that’s not a Catholic name, I don’t know what is…I’m hoping they just [Read More...]

From Mark, on Greta

The following comment was posted on an earlier thread, from Mark: You might have noticed I have had a number of posts in the last hour or so. I lost my partner this afternoon, the love of my life, my Greta. I am mad as hell about losing her and remember the many battles she [Read More...]

OMG! J-Lo is here and blogging!

Sorry.  My mistake.  It’s K-Lo. I really should have my eyes checked. Anyway: she’s better known as Kathryn Jean Lopez, the editor-at-large of the National Review Online (NRO, to the blog savvy) and she has a shiny new blog here at Patheos called, fittingly, K-Lo at Large. She describes it as her “casual corner” — [Read More...]


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