Great moments in journalism: journalists as jackasses in Ferguson

Sadly, this doesn’t really surprise me.  Details:  I had been on the ground helping Al Jazeera America** cover the protests and unrest in Ferguson, Mo., since this all started last week. After what I saw last night, I will not be returning. The behavior and number of journalists there is so appalling, that I cannot in good [Read More...]

Must-read: James Foley writes of his Jesuit education, prayer and seeing God in all things

A friend from Marquette, Tim Cigelske, posted this on his Facebook page today. It’s an email he received from James Foley, the journalist beheaded by ISIS yesterday. It was sent in 2011, after he was freed from a jail in Libya. Cigelske noted: “I’ve re-read the email he sent three years ago in search of [Read More...]

Faith, prayer sustain James Foley’s family

From CNS: In April 2013, the parents of slain U.S. journalist James Foley attended a prayer vigil at Marquette University in Milwaukee to pray for their son, who at that time had disappeared in Syria.Before Diane and John Foley had confirmation that spring that their son was missing, Diane said she just felt it — [Read More...]

James Wright Foley, Catholic, writes of praying the rosary in prison

What happened to this man yesterday is beyond imagining. But few accounts of his brave life and horrible death have mentioned one significant fact: his faith. My blog neighbor Frank Weathers has the scoop, with an excerpt from a piece Foley wrote for the Marquette alumni magazine three years ago: Myself and two colleagues had [Read More...]

RIP, James Brady

Details:  James Brady, the spokesman for former President Ronald Reagan who was shot during a 1981 assassination attempt on Reagan, has died at the age of 73, the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence confirmed to CBS News. The gunshot wound that nearly killed him and left him paralyzed on his left side spurred Brady [Read More...]

At last: NY Times editorial condemns attacks on Christians in Iraq

From today’s paper:  The Sunni extremists who control large swaths of Iraq recently presented Christians in Mosul with an ultimatum: Convert to Islam, pay a religious tax or die by the sword. The militants gave them until July 19 to comply, and by the deadline hundreds of the city’s remaining Christian families had fled from this [Read More...]

Boom: America magazine announces expansion

Having a Jesuit pope has evidently been very good for the venerable weekly.  The announcement yesterday: Father Matt Malone, S.J., editor in chief of America, announced today the appointment of America correspondents in Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles and Beijing. This first round of appointments is the latest move in the most dramatic expansion of America‘s domestic and international coverage in [Read More...]

The hardest working priest at the Vatican has to be…

…Fr. Federico Lombardi. After the pope, of course. And stepping up to the microphone after the pope, to explain what he really meant, is becoming a full time job for the Vatican spokesman. Yesterday, this was the big story:  An interview that credits Pope Francis as saying about 2% of Roman Catholic clerics are pedophiles stirred controversy [Read More...]

Great moments in journalism: the J-school diploma with a huge spelling error

Oops: Read all about it.  H/T Patrick Madrid. [Read more...]

Shock: media admits mistake! When was the last time something like THIS happened?

The Associated Press published a huge correction for a story that slammed the Catholic Church: The Associated Press landed a blockbuster story in early June that hundreds of children had died due to neglect in a Catholic-run orphanage in Ireland during the mid 20th century. Mass graves, unmarked burial sites, baptism refusals, and other lurid [Read More...]