Labor pains—UPDATED

Just in time for Labor Day, Michael Voris offers this gift to the workers of the world, especially those he calls “professional Catholics”: My blog neighbor Fr. Dwight Longenecker wasn’t impressed: The most worrying thing about Voris’ attack on Catholic Answers, EWTN and others is that it seems like some kind of sick revenge thing. [Read More...]

Look who’s talking…

Some New Evangelizers chat about new evangelizing. You may see one or two familiar names. Kudos to the talented Chaz Muth at CNS for pulling this together so deftly. [Read more...]

Next time you type an email address, thank a monk

Researchers say monks invented one of the most commonly used internet abbreviations. From Huffington Post:  The @ symbol is one of the Internet’s most ubiquitous characters; and modern writers would probably be hard-pressed to think of a way that they would use it in a non-digital context. However, the “at” sign was actually invented hundreds of [Read More...]

I’m going down the shore

Which, of course, means the Jersey Shore. I’ll be speaking at a conference in Long Branch, New Jersey, at the venerable San Alfonso Retreat House, run by the Redemptorists. The topic for the next four days: “Preaching the Gospel Anew.”  Looking forward to catching up with some old friends like the “Church Whisperer” and that [Read More...]

“The Church has not gone down the tubes…”

Thank you, Msgr. Charles Pope, for saying what many need to hear. From his blog:  There’s a common thread among many traditional Catholics (and some left-wingers too) that “the Church has gone down the tubes.” This seems to be a basic set point in too many conversations, and if one runs too far afield from [Read More...]

Bishop Lynch: “I am convinced that many so called Pro-Life groups are not really pro-life but merely anti-abortion”

Remarkable to read words like this coming from a Catholic bishop in the United States. Here’s Bishop Robert Lynch, from St. Petersburg: I am convinced that many so called Pro-Life groups are not really pro-life but merely anti-abortion. We heard nothing from the heavy hitters in the prolife movement in the last week when Florida last [Read More...]

Want to listen to the Bible? There’s an app for that.

CNS throws a spotlight on an intriguing (and free) audio app: The gentle lilt of Julia Ormond emotes the Magnificat, the deep voice of Blair Underwood narrates as Gospel writer Mark, Kristin Bell plays Mary Magdalene and Brian Cox is the voice of God. You’ve never heard the Gospel quite like this. Hoping to create [Read More...]

From the UK on WYD: “Pilgrims from Brooklyn Can Be Proud of Their Bishop!”

That’s the excited headline on a blog post sent to me from a reader, who spotted in on a web page for World Youth Day pilgrims from the United Kingdom.  The writer is referring to Bishop Frank Caggiano.  The post:  Today’s catechesis by Bishop Frank Caggiano from Diocese of Brooklyn, NY was interrupted several times… [Read More...]

John Allen on “What We Learned About the Pope in Brazil”

He filed this for the CNN Beliefs blog: Francis was elected at 76, so he doesn’t exude the animal magnetism of the early John Paul II, the last pope to command this kind of popular affection. Elected at 58, John Paul delivered dramatic gestures like the actor he once was. For instance, he would kiss [Read More...]

“Mend a Quarrel:” A Message of Mercy We Need to Hear

Over at the CNEWA blog, (where I toil as part of my day job) there’s a heartfelt remembrance of a Mercy Sister, Christian Molidor, who worked for the agency for many years.  She died yesterday after a long illness. The piece quotes Sister Christian’s final e-mail, sent to her friends when she retired a couple [Read More...]