“We are Catholics”: group launches national ad campaign against HHS mandate

From The Hill: An association of lay Catholics will air a nationwide ad against the Obama administration’s birth control coverage mandate on Fox News Thursday. The move serves to highlight a two-week effort by U.S. Catholic bishops to build momentum against the mandate, which some have argued violates religious freedom. The debate puts the church in [Read More...]

Memo to NBC: What the hell is wrong with you?

Seriously. First, there was the Trayvon Martin boondoggle a few months ago. Then yesterday, evidence of some creative editing regarding Mitt Romney’s visit to a Wawa in Pennsylvania. Today, we have Andrea Mitchell’s spectacularly lame followup to “criticism of the Romney clip edit” — which amounted to Ms. Mitchell saying, with a sigh and a frown, [Read More...]

Ministry in media: meet the priest behind Salt + Light TV

From the Canadian magazine The Walrus comes this profile of Fr. Thomas Rosica, the guiding force behind the Catholic television network Salt + Light: Born in Rochester, New York, Thomas Rosica received his BA in French and Italian language and literature at St. John Fisher College in nearby Pittsford, and went on to earn advanced [Read More...]

NY Times columnist: “I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Bill Donohue is right”

That’s how former editor Bill Keller starts his column this morning: I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Bill Donohue is right. Donohue, the chronically peeved president of the Catholic League, and I rarely see eye to eye, but he is right about one very big thing: how to resolve the crisis in Catholicism. My endorsement [Read More...]

Charlie Sheen goes to confession

Or at least, he does in the teaser for his new series “Anger Management.”  See below. [Read more...]

Great moments in journalism, Amanpour edition

My blog neighbor and editor Elizabeth has a kick-ass takedown of Christiane Amanpour’s pitiful interview with Sr. Joan Chittister.   You can see the conversation for yourself — best viewed through the fingers over your eyes, when they aren’t in your ears — over at the Te Deum blog. The Anchoress notes: Chittister also allows Amanpour [Read More...]

Vatican applies for control of “.catholic” domain online

Details from CNS: The Vatican is in line to control the new Internet address extension “.catholic” and decide who is allowed to use it. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, a nonprofit corporation that coordinates the assignment of Internet domain names and addresses around the world, announced the Vatican’s formal application June 13 [Read More...]

Michael Voris update: RealCatholicTV changes it name to Church Militant.TV

And they have a new studio, too. You may remember the controversy that swirled around this media enterprise last year, with the Archdiocese of Detroit asserting that Michael Voris is not authorized to use the word “Catholic” for his operation.  Well, now that problem has been solved. His announcement: [Read more...]

Changes ahead for Vatican communications office

Time and technology are changing the way Rome communicates with the world — and this summer will see a radical shift. Details from CNS: Vatican Radio will end its short- and medium-wave broadcasts to Europe and North and South America July 1, and a month later the Vatican press office will close the Vatican Information [Read More...]

Crusading on the web: Billy Graham goes digital

One of the world’s leading evangelical operations — which first made its mark in open air arenas and then on radio and TV — is moving in a  big way into the Internet.  It’s ambitious, but I have to wonder: could Graham’s own brand of “New Evangelization” work with the Catholic Church? Details: The remarkable [Read More...]


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