The horror before our eyes

With the recent execution of James Foley still haunting the news, The New York Times today takes up the debate about whether it’s appropriate to show gruesome violence in the media: YouTube removed the video promptly after it was uploaded, but to little avail, as new accounts kept posting new versions. Twitter suspended accounts that were linking to the [Read More...]

In Ferguson: prayer and the “ministry of presence” bring healing

The good folks at the St. Louis Review have been covering the events unfolding in nearby Ferguson, and the current issue of the newspaper offers a superb counterpoint to a lot of the bad press the neighborhood is receiving. If anyone wonders about the value of the Catholic press, take a look at the Review’s [Read More...]

Another Catholic newspaper to cease publication

The announcement, from the Diocese of Cleveland:  Bishop Richard Lennon, Bishop of Cleveland has announced that production of the print version of the Catholic Universe Bulletin, the official newspaper of the Diocese of Cleveland, will be coming to an end at a yet to be determined date in 2015. According to Bishop Lennon, “After serious [Read More...]

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...]

The godless, lame-stream media strikes again

From the Facebook page of Channel 11 in Atlanta. While shooting a story at a local diner, the team decided to do something that undoubtedly will leave some people shocked. Post by 11Alive.   [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...]

Don’t believe your eyes: “I’m really shocked at how people have twisted my picture”

This picture is making the rounds again, supposedly showing a war orphan in Iraq—or, maybe, Syria. But—like so many things lately—it’s not what it seems. Details:  An image of a child purportedly lying between his parents’ graves in Syria that exploded on Facebook and Twitter was actually a staged photo taken as part of an [Read More...]

What else did CNN get wrong?

From Baltimore’s Catholic Review, here’s an important addendum to CNN’s piece on archbishops and where they live: Archbishop William Lori is mentioned because his residence is valued at $1.24 million. In this case, [author Daniel] Burke fails to make some important distinctions. The archbishop’s house was not purchased by Archbishop Lori; it first served as the [Read More...]

Must-see video: “How to Dad,” a great new ad from Cheerios

Smart, funny and utterly winning. One blogger writes:  It is well shot and the guy playing the dad is fantastic. Also, it is funny without being condescending, and that is hard. So often, humor in commercials is at the expense of someone. These diapers are so simple even these stumbling dads can handle them! Dad can’t [Read More...]

Another papal first? Pope Francis to be interviewed live on radio show

I can’t recall anything quite like this. From CNA:  This Friday Pope Francis will give a live interview on an Argentine radio station that he helped raise the money to found while Archbishop of Buenos Aires.Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J., confirmed the event, telling CNA Aug. 4 that although he doesn’t know exactly how [Read More...]