A few more things about Voris and RealCatholic TV…

Canon lawyer Ed Peters today follows up on his post from earlier this week and addresses a couple more questions, including one that a lot of people have raised: What about every other use of the word ‘Catholic’ out there? The question rests on a multitude of scenarios, of course, and I can’t address them [Read More...]

Sweden recognizes file-sharing as an official religion

I mean…seriously? From the BBC: A “church” whose central tenet is the right to file-share has been formally recognised by the Swedish government. The Church of Kopimism claims that “kopyacting” – sharing information through copying – is akin to a religious service. The “spiritual leader” of the church said recognition was a “large step”. But [Read More...]

Michael Voris, RealCatholic TV, and canon law

Canon lawyer Ed Peters has weighed in on the problems between Michael Voris’ Real Catholic TV and the Archdiocese of Detroit: The first thing to understand about the dispute between the Archdiocese of Detroit and Michael Voris and/or RealCatholicTV is that the dispute turns essentially on canon law. As a canonical dispute, it will not [Read More...]

“We may be seeing the future of Christianity’s encounter with the book”

There’s a long but intriguing essay here by Professor Alan Jacobs that explores how the rapidly changing technology — from cell phones to iPads and Kindles — may have a profound impact on Christianity in the developing world.  He draws some interesting parallels between the small screen (cell phones) and the big screen you find [Read More...]

The next big reality TV star just might be a priest

He’s Father Steve Porter, from California (of course!) and he’s getting a lot of buzz for a series now in development. From a press release on the program: The Rev. Steve Porter of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church and Derek Christopher of Lighthouse Blues Productions have spent the last year filming, editing and pitching [Read More...]

Did you get a Kindle for Christmas? Try this cover for it

How cool is this? For information on how you can get your own, check out this website. They can accommodate iPads and various types of Kindle tablets, too. [Read more...]

How’s this for a great use of social media by the Church?

A friend in Florida forwarded this to me, and I was instantly impressed. It’s a Christmas greeting from Bishop John Noonan of Orlando, evidently sent to everyone in the diocese who is on their e-mail list.  What a great way to communicate with the flock, using a 21st century tool to help spread the message [Read More...]

“Michael Voris…not authorized to use the word ‘Catholic’” — UPDATED

A statement on the Archdiocese of Detroit website (h/t New Advent): The Church encourages the Christian faithful to promote or sustain a variety of apostolic undertakings but, nevertheless, prohibits any such undertaking from claiming the name Catholic without the consent of the competent ecclesiastical authority (see canon 216 of the 1983 Code of Canon Law). [Read More...]

Santa’s newest elf?

It’s named Siri.  Still stuck for a (pricey) stocking stuffer?  Get a load of Apple’s Christmas ad for the iPhone. [Read more...]

St. Joseph tweets: “Next stop, Bethlehem!”

An anonymous German man is tweeting the story of the Nativity as “Joseph von Nazareth” (you can follow his journey here). Details: It seems that the micro-blogger’s intention is to provide a light-hearted commentary on the Christmas story from St Joseph’s perspective. Although Joseph von Nazareth (to give him his German name) only began using [Read More...]


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