Why do people leave the Catholic Church?

The answers in a new study offer some insight, and Fr. Thomas Reese takes a closer look: The principal reasons given by people who leave the church to become Protestant are that their “spiritual needs were not being met” in the Catholic church (71 percent) and they “found a religion they like more” (70 percent). [Read More...]

Feel like turning over the tables in the temple? Read this first

John Martens at America’s blog “The Good Word” has a few good words for those who consider themselves the next John the Baptist — or even the next Jesus: John the Baptist was a prophet and Jesus is considered by Christians to be both God and man, the Messiah, Lord, who will come again in [Read More...]

Top 50 blogs for seminarians

Well, whataya know? A website has decided to put together a handy list for seminarians of all faiths who are hunting online for information and news about religion and religious formation — and Your Humble Blogger merited a mention. Visit the site, Theology Degrees, to see who else is on their list.  You’ll find a [Read More...]

Words we need to hear, especially now

The great John Allen has some wise words about building “zones of friendship” with a divided and often polarized Church: Tensions surrounding Catholic identity are very much in the air these days, and when they erupt they’re always a prescription for heartburn. People who regard themselves as authentically Catholic rarely enjoy being be told they’re [Read More...]

"The cult of celebrity is poison…"

“The cult of celebrity is poison. People need to stop hoisting aloft every internet chatterer who thinks God has given him the power of excommunication against those who don’t happen to know their suffocating small constellation of shibboleths. Read and heed. We internet loudmouths are not to be obeyed like bishops. When one of us [Read More...]

Fun fact to share at Friday's fish fry: half of our bishops are Benedict's

From the USCCB: This month brings the sixth anniversary of the pope’s election — a brief length of time for an institution that “thinks in centuries” — yet of the178 Latin rite dioceses and archdiocese in the U.S., 86, or 48 percent of them, are headed by bishops appointed by this pope. Take into account [Read More...]

This Lent: sheep, wolves, serpents

Elizabeth Scalia over at First Things sums up the season now ending, and a church riven by factions, with a meditation on today’s scripture readings: Our Lenten time in the desert has felt similarly discordant and serpent-struck. Our Christ-loving Pope—I wouldn’t want to be in his place—is beset on all sides; his curia often “helps” [Read More...]

Shock: Catholic colleges supporting Planned Parenthood

Tim Drake over at the National Catholic Register has the scoop: A new report, “A Scandalous Relationship: Catholic Colleges and Planned Parenthood”, by the Manassas, Va.-based Cardinal Newman Society, reveals more than 150 current and past connections between Catholic colleges and universities and Planned Parenthood. The Cardinal Newman Society broke the connections down into seven different categories: [Read More...]

For those who may be wondering …

…No. EWTN has not returned to broadcasting Fr. Corapi.  This discussion was heating up Facebook this morning. The Anchoress did some digging and explains why some are now hearing him on their radio. [Read more...]

How not to run a newsroom

This comes from the legendary (some might say, infamous) Larry McCoy, my old boss at CBS News Radio. Words to live by: Now that I’ve been retired for five years I’m ready to offer some tips to current and future managers on what not to do when running a newsroom. …Wind-up toys, especially those of [Read More...]


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