Defending Chaput: “Some in the media seem hell-bent on depicting him as disloyal to the pontiff and disdainful of his flock”

Canon lawyer J.D. Flynn, who knows the archbishop from his days in Denver, writes about him in National Review:  Chaput is among the most supportive bishops to laity in the Church’s modern history. He’s helped laity found movements dedicated to Latino leadership, to campus and youth ministry, and to the development of the “feminine genius” [Read More…]

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Dog bites man: star of “Big Bang Theory” says being religious in Hollywood “not trendy”

Really? Who knew? Details:  Mayim Bialik is best know for her role as “Blossom” on the NBC sitcom of the same name and as the quirky Amy Farrah Fowler on “The Big Bang Theory,” but the 39-year-old is also known as a person of faith in Hollywood. Bialik has consistently used her celebrity as a [Read More…]

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Facebook strikes again, blocking Msgr. Charles Pope

Last night, I was one of many who received the following email from Msgr. Charles Pope, well-known blogger and writer in the Archdiocese of Washington: Just a brief note to inform you that I have been blocked from Facebook. They claim that Msgr. Charles Pope is not my real name and are requiring me to submit [Read More…]

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Stephen Colbert on gratitude and being Catholic: “What punishments of God are not gifts?”

The funnyman is about to unveil “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on CBS, and he gets profiled in the latest issue of GQ, wherein he offers some personal theology that is as beautiful as it is unexpected. When was the last time you heard a famous late night comic talk like this?  Luke Russert even [Read More…]

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Wait. Are you saying Christians online are mean? Really?

From Huffington Post, a writer has a revelation: I’m a newcomer to social media. I only created a Facebook account in January to promote my new book on reflective faith. This is only my fifth Huffington Post blog. I think I have 16 followers on Twitter. I decided to blog because I thought I might [Read More…]

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Check this out: new documentary all about “Chaplains”

This has been hovering around for a few months, but it will soon be available on DVD and on public television. From the filmmakers:  CHAPLAINS is a new 2-hour documentary film that takes the viewer into the dynamic world of chaplains – men and women who represent their own particular faith tradition but are trained to [Read More…]

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Bret Baier, Catholic

The Fox News anchor made a splash Thursday night during the GOP debate, which racked up record ratings. But a profile of him in today’s Los Angeles Times also mentions his faith and a singular event that changed his life: When Baier settles in over a New York strip and a glass of cabernet and [Read More…]

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See you at Spago, Papa: Francis reportedly invites Oprah, Hollywood moguls to Vatican

From The Daily Mail:  What do television mogul Oprah Winfrey, fast-talking Hollywood agent Ari Emanuel and Academy Award winner Matt Damon have in common? All three have been invited to a special audience with Pope Francis in the Vatican this coming fall. The powerful trio, along with a handful of other show business heavyweights, have [Read More…]

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Hundreds of high school football players gather to pray in Atlanta

Here’s something you don’t see often in the mainstream media. Not so very long ago, covering something like this in Atlanta would have been unimaginable. But perhaps the coverage of this story indicates how much the demographics have changed. From Channel 11 in Atlanta: Decked out in matching green jerseys, hundreds of football players from [Read More…]

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Coming to TV this Halloween: “Exorcism: Live!”

A better title might be “Exploitation: Live!”  BYOPS (Bring Your Own Pea Soup). Details from The Los Angeles Times: Destination America is looking to instill a little more fright — and a few less spirits — into viewers this Halloween with “Exorcism: Live!” Yes, it’s a real show. On television. And it’s not a parody. Just as [Read More…]

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