“Welcome! I shed tears of gratitude and joy…”

Nobody captures the essence of Advent better than The Anchoress, God love her: Welcome! Welcome! I shed tears of gratitude and joy that you have come round again, O Advent, to shake us from our torpor as early night comes, and the match is struck, and the message is brought home once more; that we are [Read More...]

Called back: an ex-Mouseketeer’s journey from Paganism back to Christianity

From The New York Times:  They’re an august alumni association, the Mouseketeers of “The All New Mickey Mouse Club,” which ran from 1989 to 1996 on the Disney Channel. Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake top the charts. Keri Russell was Felicity. Christina Aguilera stars with CeeLo Green on “The Voice.” Ryan Gosling starred with his own abs [Read More...]

On Archbishop Kurtz: “He’s very deacon-friendly”

Hearing the news this morning about the election of Louisville’s Archbishop Joseph Kurtz as USCCB president, a deacon friend dropped me a line to report that the new president is “very deacon-friendly.” He was certainly friendly to this deacon when I met him a couple years ago in Nashville at the annual convention of the [Read More...]

I’m back! And look who I bumped into!

I’m back from my quick jaunt to Washington, which actually was a quick jaunt to Alexandria, Virginia, just across the river. There, I sat on a panel discussing blogging for the regional meeting of the Catholic Press Association (my companions for the session were Matt Palmer from the USCCB and noted “Mommy Blogger” Elizabeth Foss). [Read More...]

All aboard!

I’m taking a little train trip: I’m headed to Washington this morning to  take part in a panel on blogging set up by the Catholic Press Association for their fall regional meeting. The great Matt Palmer from the USCCB (and, formerly the Catholic Review in Baltimore) will also be there. Blogging today may be light, but I [Read More...]

Washington Post: conservative Catholics questioning the pope’s approach

The Washington Post is picking up on a phenomenon some of us have been aware of for some time: conservative Catholics who are struggling with Pope Francis.  One of the experts they interviewed is our own Dr. Gregory Popcak.  Snip:  Rattled by Pope Francis’s admonishment to Catholics not to be “obsessed” by doctrine, his stated [Read More...]

The pope makes his mark in Newark, “the first truly Francis appointment”

And what is happening in Newark may be telling.  Rocco has everything you need to know,with some wide-ranging analysis: For all the smiles at the cameras and talk of a smooth transition, the difference between Newark Catholicism’s present and future can be boiled down to this: while John Myers prefers to be addressed as “His [Read More...]

“Half of all Catholics have no idea the Church has any presence at all on the web”

That’s the summary that kicks off this report:   I read an interesting summary of the state of Media and the Catholic Church by Greg Erlandson from OSV today.  It’s well worth a read with Greg providing a very good overview of media and the Catholic Church and where we need to go. One statement he made just [Read More...]

“I walked out of Mass and said, ‘I can’t do this anymore’…”—UPDATED

Writer Mary DeTurris Poust unloads:  One of the reasons I cried while reading Pope Francis’ stunning and inspiring interview with America magazine last week was because I have been starving for what he’s calling the Church to be. I have been desperate for a shepherd, for someone who wants to meet me in my darkness and walk with me [Read More...]

Pope Francis on social communication and “the great digital continent”

The scoop, and text of his remarks today, from Vatican Radio: Pope Francis on Saturday addressed the participants in the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. Pope Francis said the goal of the Church for its communications efforts is “to understand how to enter into dialogue with the men and women of [Read More...]