Cardinal O’Malley on controversial editor: “He has done an extraordinary job…”

The editor who pilots The Pilot — the newspaper for the Archdiocese of Boston — was profiled this weekend in the Boston Globe: He published a column two weeks ago suggesting that homosexuality is caused by the devil. The uproar had barely faded when, a week later, The Pilot enraged priest abuse victims with a [Read More...]

“They prefer the bunker to the banquet…”

That’s the trenchant phrase Canadian writer Michael Coren uses to characterize some of the Catholics he encounters online — and I know what he means. Snip: There are those who describe themselves as being Catholic, but reject much if not most of what the Church teaches. They have little influence outside of ostensibly Catholic schools [Read More...]

The woman behind one of the most familiar voices in the world

Now it can be revealed: the woman heard by millions around the world at airports, train stations and on subway platforms. [Read more...]

Pamela Anderson to play Mary in Christmas special

That would be the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus (seen above in a promotional picture). Details: Former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson, famed for nude photo shoots and a homemade porn video withTommy Lee, is to play mother Mary holding baby Jesus in her arms on Canadian TV this Christmas. Anderson, a native of Canada, will headline A [Read More...]

Let the fire fall: a new iPhone app may help

How about a little digital evangelization that can — almost literally — spark your spirit? Check this out: Catholics now have a sure-fire way to know when their religious fervor needs some rekindling. A new iPhone application gaining popularity across the country tracks users’ religious activity — everything from reading Scriptures to posting prayers — [Read More...]

Pope is #7 on Forbes list of world’s most powerful people

He’s right between King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud and Ben Bernanke. As Forbes notes: The spiritual leader to one-sixth of the world’s population–1.2 billion souls–delivers the final word on matters of abortion, gay marriage, female priests and, most recently, Occupy Wall Street. In October the Vatican called for a supranational authority to oversee [Read More...]

Andy Rooney, RIP

Another broadcasting legend is gone. Here is a timely classic — and one we can all agree with — on that most wonderful time of the year, Christmas. For the curious, CBS News has compiled some of his best clips, including his very first commentary, at this link. [Read more...]

Jesus in the air: the surprising meaning of Detroit's WJBK

Folks in Detroit may already know this, but it was news to me.  The TV station is marking an anniversary today, and Kathy Schiffer gets the scoop: Not a huge fan of television, I would say “Who cares?” except for a little tidbit I heard on WWJ’s radio news this morning.  According to FCC regulations, [Read More...]

What's it like to be pope?

You can find one answer in the impressive and absorbing final episode of the ambitious DVD series, “John Paul II: The Man, The Pope and His Message,” released earlier this month to coincide with the newly beatified pontiff’s feast day, October 22. The producers asked me to take a look at one episode of this [Read More...]

Hope springs eternal: Benedict Groeschel on Dolores Hope

“When I first met the Hopes 30 years ago, I was very impressed with the fact that their home had a chapel.  Obviously it had been placed there completely by Dolores.  Although the Blessed Sacrament was not reserved there in a private home, nevertheless the local pastors, who were great fiends of Dolores, often offered [Read More...]


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