Is the Internet an enemy of the faith?

Consider these thoughts, from a Baptist minister: The Internet offers endless chatter and distraction. It sometimes seems that the entire population is suffering from a shared case of attention deficit syndrome. On the Web, irresponsible voices are just as accessible as trustworthy voices. Often, it seems that the voices of reason and truth are drowned [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“We ate, we laughed, we joked, they chanted and prayed and stood behind wooden gratings. But, make no mistake, they fly even with their wings clipped.” – NY Post TV scribe Linda Stasi, on visiting cloistered nuns. She was invited by Mother Dolores Hart to visit her in the abbey. Read what happened. [Read more...]

Another giant falls: New Orleans paper may cease daily publication

Grim news in the media world: The New Orleans Times-Picayune, which distinguished itself amid great adversity during Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, is about to enact large staff cuts and may cut back its daily print publishing schedule, according to two employees with knowledge of the plans. Newhouse Newspapers, which owns the Times-Picayune, will apparently [Read More...]

Anatomy of a viral video

How does something uploaded onto YouTube turn into a sensation? Travel blogger Joel Oleson can tell you. He shot and posted online this quirky little video about a baby penguin encountering a person for the first time.  Take a look: Then he started noticing it was getting more interest than usual.  Traffic began going a [Read More...]

Hail, Mary: Israeli actress Odeya Rush to play Mary in “prequel to ‘Passion of the Christ’”

Well, that’s how one Hollywood writer is describing a promising new film scripted by the “Passion” scribe Benedict Fitzgerald and Barbara Nicolosi. Details: The movie about Mary, Mother of Christ that has been bouncing around Hollywood for years may be moving closer to reality. The Wrap reports that Alister Grierson has been tapped to direct the [Read More...]

“The pope’s image must be respected”: Benetton apologizes, retracts offending ads

You may remember the controversial ads that popped up around the world a few months back (you can find them at this link, and read about them here).  The company behind them, Benetton, has now apologized: This morning a note from the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J., was issued [Read More...]

First TIME, now Newsweek

The weekly newsmagazines have lost their collective minds.  TIME magazine offered us this jaw-dropper last week.  And now, Newsweek ups the ante. Tina Brown, editor of Newsweek, is quoted here as saying “Let the games begin.”  What’s next? [Read more...]

Fr. Robert Barron named Chicago seminary rector

Exciting news for the church in Chicago — and for the young men at Mundelein Seminary: Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, has named Rev. Robert L. Barron as the rector/president of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary, effective July 1, 2012.  He had been serving as the Francis [Read More...]

Encouraging intelligent conversation in the comments

A comment about comments, from the Washington Post: I think the problem with commenters isn’t so much a technology issue as a social one. Somehow we’ve rewarded, or at least learned to tolerate, a world where the drive-by insult is the norm. As we crank up the ease and pace of our “social” interaction while [Read More...]

Keeping it classy: the new cover of TIME

Just what we all want on our coffee table at home. Read more here. Also, a mother explains why she breast-fed for so long in this essay. [Read more...]


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