“What To Do on a Date?”: a fascinating glimpse at the way we were

From The Irish Times:  Vintage Values – this is the title given to the just-published collection of 100 striking covers from a series of pamphlets published by the Catholic Truth Society (CTS) between the 1920s and 1970s. They really don’t make them like this any more, but then again, it is unlikely there’s much of a market for [Read More...]

Woo hoo! “Hoo-er” is here!

The indefatigable and inexhaustible and relentlessly prolific Elizabeth Scalia has done it again. Dammit. The Anchoress has just published her first e-book: “I Don’t Want to be a Hoo-er: Essays on Faith, Family and Foolishness.” To understand the title, you have to read this book—and really, trust me, you have to read this book.  A [Read More...]

Amazon re-invented the bookstore and how we read; now it’s changing our language

A priest friend on Facebook notes: I was in the 2nd grade teaching them the Holy Spirit Prayer: “Come Holy Spirit fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. and you shall renew the face of the earth… ” [Read More...]

Announcing “Naked and You Clothed Me,” a second collection from “Homilists for the Homeless”

Some may remember that last year, Deacon Jim Knipper edited and published a collection of homilies and reflections for Cycle C, “Hungry and You Fed Me.”  The book featured work by (among others) James Martin, SJ; Richard Rohr, OFM;  and, um, me. Today, the second volume in the trilogy (eventually set to cover all three [Read More...]

Whatever happened to the real child in “The Exorcist” case?

Well, this explains a lot: evidently someone once possessed by the devil grew up to work for the U.S. government. This little news nugget comes to us just in time for Halloween, as Hollywood releases a new DVD of the classic film to mark its 40th anniversary (!). The Daily Mail goes back to the [Read More...]

Bill O’Reilly, humble servant of God

On “60 Minutes,” the FOX News host talks about his new book—published just in time for holiday giving!—called “Killing Jesus.” (Which follows hot on the heels of his other books, “Killing Kennedy” and “Killing Lincoln.” It’s fair to say Mr. O’Reilly is making a killing off of killing.) Here, he talks about his inspiration. (H/T [Read More...]

A former atheist gets it

It’s our own Leah Libresco, writing about priests and vestments: When an actor puts on costuming and grease- paint, she does it to become someone else, both to the audience and to herself. A director I worked with once told me to start working on a show by getting different shoes, or, failing that, by [Read More...]

Roma Downey producing mini series of “The Dovekeepers,” the story of Masada

From the press release: Roma Downey, executive producer and star of the Emmy® nominated, THE BIBLE series and her production company LightWorkers Media, announced today that it has acquired all rights to Alice Hoffman’s thrilling saga, and New York Times bestselling novel The Dovekeepers. The mesmerizing story, set in ancient Israel in the year 70 [Read More...]

“Bergoglio’s List”: new book details future pope’s secret effort to protect suspected dissidents

From Catholic News Service:  While a military-backed dictatorship in Argentina was conducting a clandestine war on suspected dissidents, then-Father Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the future pope, masterminded a secret strategy to save those being targeted, according to a new book. Titled “Bergoglio’s List: Those Saved by Pope Francis; Stories Never Told,” also includes the transcript of [Read More...]

How life in the slums changed the Pope

A friend passed along a recent issue of The Tablet, the weekly magazine from the UK. It includes an excerpt from a new book on Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Pope Francis: Untying the Knots by Paul Vallely. Unfortunately, it’s only available online to subscribers. (You can visit the link here). But the excerpt charts the transformation [Read More...]