Want tickets to see the pope? Try this.

Those clever people at the Archdiocese of Washington media office have come up with a video contest: Here’s your chance to be creative! Tell us about your experience serving others by documenting it on video.  Three prize winners will receive four tickets to the papal Mass with Pope Francis and their choice of an iPad [Read More...]

The viewpoint that dare not speak its name

View image | gettyimages.com Someone mentioned this bit of news to me tonight. I didn’t believe it. But it’s true:  The editorial board of PennLive/The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa. is taking a hardcore stance against those who disagree with the Supreme Court ruling to legalize gay marriage. “As a result of Friday’s ruling, PennLive/The Patriot-News will no longer [Read More...]

A great night in Buffalo

I’m pleased to announce that CNEWA’s ONE magazine tonight won 12 awards at the annual Catholic Press Association gathering, including 1st Place for General Excellence (Mission Magazines). Among other things, the judges wrote: First-rate journalism. Consistently strong reporting and research, not simply quotes and descriptions. Any one of the news features in a given issue could easily have [Read More...]

Italian media: CDF reaches negative judgment on Medjugorje—UPDATED

Right now, it’s hearsay and there’s nothing official from Rome. But here’s what’s being reported, from Catholic Culture:  The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has reached a negative conclusion regarding the authenticity of the reported Marian apparitions at Medjugorje, according to Italian media reports. The CDF reportedly held a feria quarta meeting on June [Read More...]

This morning in Buffalo…

Weather has been gorgeous here: mid-70s, with a brisk breeze. Went for a walk this morning to see a few sites around the hotel and convention center. Besides the classic architecture, lovingly preserved, I also saw an iconic figure in the hotel lobby: Msgr. Paul Tighe, who spotted me and came over to say hello. First words [Read More...]

The obligatory Niagara Falls post

Wherein I’m photographed in the company of the Ann Rogers and Brian Finnerty, Communications Director for Opus Dei. We look like we have the makings of a bad sitcom. But we had a great time. We’re in town for the Catholic Media Conference in Buffalo. More news from that in the days to come…after Brian [Read More...]

In the email: “Mocking Catholics is not the same as mocking Jews or Muslims”

Someone sent me the following email, responding to this post:  “You do realize that mocking Catholics on national TV is not the same as mocking Jews and Muslims, right?? By mocking Catholics, it’s like mocking ourselves, but mocking Jews or Muslims is mocking the ‘other.’ It’s very, very different. Profoundly different. I’m disappointed to hear [Read More...]

Great moments in journalism: worst TV news ad ever? Maybe.

Get a load of how WNEM TV (in Saginaw) is promoting its anchor team for sweeps: Some commentary on this here. As media observer Jim Romenesko notes: “Y’all know Julia Roberts was a prostitute in that movie, right?”  RIGHT? Shameless?  Yeah. Further proof, if any where needed, that the news business isn’t what it used to [Read More...]

“Abortion. Yeah, we do that.”

That’s the catchphrase of a new abortion clinic opening outisde Washington, DC, and they even have a TV ad they’ve produced. See below. I’m trying to think of other catchy catchphrases… “Killing your parents. Yeah, we do that.” “Murdering babies with Down Syndrome. Yeah, we do that.”  “Slaughtering the innocent so you don’t have to. Yeah, we do [Read More...]

CNN anchor: “There is something about Pope Francis that has reawakened my faith”

Here’s a testimony you don’t hear every day, from CNN’s Carol Costello:  I remember the day I stopped praying. It was the day after my little brother, Jimmy, died of cancer. He was 25. I was so angry at God. I was 27 at the time, and, like most young people I had stopped going [Read More...]