Firefighters sworn in on an iPad

Check this out: Four Atlantic City, N.J., firemen were promoted to the rank of battalion chief Friday morning. But when officials at City Hall couldn’t find a Bible for the oath of office, they decided to use an iPad Bible app instead. Read more and see video here.   [Read more…]

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Leo Burnett ad agency travels to Spain to have new website blessed

This may be a first.  The Brussels office of one of the largest and most famous ad agencies in the world took the unusual step of going to Seville to have its new website (on a mobile server) blessed by the archbishop, and to ask the intercession of St. Isidore, the patron of the Internet. [Read More…]

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It’s come to this: dad pays teenage daughter $200 to quit Facebook

A writer at CNET takes note: If there’s one thing young people truly understand, it’s bribery. From their very formative years, parents bribed them to keep quiet, behave, wear appropriate clothing — even, sometimes, desist from using rude words. So it might seem utterly canny of Paul Baier, the vice president of a Massachusetts energy [Read More…]

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Meeting Paul Harvey

Those who loved the Dodge RAM/Paul Harvey Super Bowl ad — “So God made a farmer”—will appreciate this remembrance of the great radio personality by another great radio personality, Larry McCoy.  Larry hired me as a writer when he was the News Director of CBS Radio back in the 1980’s.  He posted the following on [Read More…]

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With “Catholic Journal,” a deacon wades into the web

From Michigan Catholic:  Deacon Kurt Godfryd’s venture into Internet blogging has grown rapidly from a simple place to post his own homilies to a multi-faceted website for Catholic writers. “Sometimes, people come up to you after Mass, and ask if they can get a copy of your homily, and I was told the easiest way [Read More…]

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Vatican official praises media for helping uncover sex abuse scandal

From the BBC:  The Vatican official charged with prosecuting sexual crimes has acknowledged that the US media helped the Church confront the abuse scandal. Father Robert Oliver, a lawyer from Boston, was speaking after being named as the Vatican’s “Promoter of Justice”. Officials said about 600 cases of abuse – most of which took place [Read More…]

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Super Superbowl ad: “So God made a farmer”

From the good people at Dodge. It’s deceptively simple, and touched with a plain-spoken eloquence. Among other things, this reminds us of the pure power of words. In a media culture saturated with lightning-fast editing and digital whatnot and CGI wizardry, that’s no small thing. Remember when words mattered?  This is what it was like. [Read More…]

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EWTN announces anchor for daily news show

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:  Say so long soon to Colleen Carroll Campbell, former Post-Dispatch staffer, who is moving to Washington to anchor a daily program on EWTN. Campbell will be moving from Kirkwood for the new assignment. The show — logically labeled “EWTN Daily News with Colleen Carol Campbell” — is slated to debut June 3. “We’re hoping the [Read More…]

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National Catholic Reporter responds to Bishop Finn: “NCR is proud to call itself a Catholic publication”

After Friday’s column, in which Kansas City’s Bishop Robert Finn accused it of undermining church teaching, the National Catholic Reporter posted a response on its website Sunday: Finn seems to  imply NCR has had bad relations with its local bishops since 1968. This has not been the case.  Bishop Helmsing’s successors – Bishop John Sullivan and Bishop Raymond Boland [Read More…]

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Scorched earth Catholics: “The quality of discourse in the church has become increasingly nasty…”

The following editorial comes from The Southern Cross, a Catholic newspaper in Southern Africa, and describes a situation that will be familiar to a lot of people: Earlier this month The Southern Cross took the difficult decision to suspend the comments facility on its website. The comments section was intended to serve as a forum in which [Read More…]

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