“The Motherhood”: a rap for moms

After this, I guess a rap for mommies was inevitable. But it’s pretty funny — and the British accent just adds a little, I dunno, class. This is an ad for a new car by Fiat. [Read more...]

Archbishop, this is why Catholics use a hammer

Or as one wag put it: “Archbishop gets rid of a crook on his staff!” From Ireland: The Most Reverend Doctor Richard Clarke was striking the West Door of St Patrick’s Cathedral three times as part of the traditional ceremony when his staff snapped in two. However he took the mishap in good humour and [Read More...]

Man + tomato + tin cup + tea pot = genius

The fiendishly clever, and relentlessly inventive illusionist Yann Frisch is seen here doing some wondrous slight of hand.  Enjoy. Feel free to oooh, aaah and cheer. Clapping optional. [Read more...]

When it’s appropriate to clap at Mass: a handy list

Marcel over at Aggie Catholics has a helpful post about applause during liturgy. While it’s frowned upon—the pope is not a fan of it—there are a few instances when it might be acceptable: Clapping is usually done for a human achievement and is not for God. So, it is a misplaced act in most liturgies. There are [Read More...]

Best. Thanksgiving episode. Ever.

The classic final scene from the “Cheers” Thanksgiving show, in which Norm’s wife Vera finally makes an appearance! [Read more...]

Ice skating priests—and, maybe, a deacon?

A deacon reader sent this my way. Just in time for ice skating season! He wrote: It is an award-winning clip for Stella Artois called Skating Priests. After watching, it was easy to pick out the deacon! Enjoy.  [Read more...]

Must see TV: SNL’s version of the Biden/Ryan debate

As expected, the wizards at SNL didn’t disappoint. Herewith, their take on the Biden/Ryan debate. [Read more...]

Dolan and Colbert yuck it up at Fordham

A few reporters squeezed into the hall and one of them was from the New York Times: The evening was billed as an opportunity to hear two Catholic celebrities discuss how joy and humor infuse their spiritual lives. They both delivered, with surprises and zingers that began the moment the two walked onstage. Mr. Colbert [Read More...]

Cardinal Dolan on humor, joy and the spiritual life

He appeared at Fordham University last night, in a conversation with Stephen Colbert that was moderated by Fr. James Martin, SJ.  Here’s part of the cardinal’s opening remarks: My assignment was to share with you for a few moments what you might call the theological reasons for laughter. Why would a person of faith be [Read More...]

Want to be ordained? There’s an app for that

Well, you won’t actually be a real priest, minister, rabbi or bishop, but you will be able to see what you’d look like if you were. Details: From the supremely useful to the breathtakingly inane, there’s a cell phone application out there to fulfill all your needs — even the ones you didn’t know you [Read More...]


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