Will it play in Peoria? Parish begins webcasts of its Masses

This is something altogether different and, I think, rare: a parish (not a cathedral or a diocesan entity) offering web streaming of its Masses. Details: St. Joseph Catholic Church member Dave Fisher explains how the church’s new webcasting feature is helping a friend who has trouble hearing. “I have a friend who is hard of [Read More...]

NY Times: "Every faith holds beliefs that seem bizarre"

Bill Keller of the New York Times is wondering what some of the 2012 presidential candidates believe when it comes to matters of faith. But I can’t escape the feeling that he’s using his column as an excuse not just to question, but to sneer: This year’s Republican primary season offers us an important opportunity [Read More...]

"These news media don't provide trustworthy information about religious faith…"

“In the United States, our battles over abortion, family life, same-sex ‘marriage,’ and other sensitive issues have led to ferocious public smears and legal threats not only against Catholics, but also against Mormons, evangelicals, and other religious believers. And with relatively few exceptions, the mass media tend to cover these disputed issues with a combination [Read More...]

New problems surface for Michael Voris and RealCatholicTV — UPDATE

Weeks after making headlines over his appearance at World Youth Day, Michael Voris of RealCatholic TV is in the news again, with reports of new troubles for his organization: Michael Voris, the founder and host of RealCatholicTV, says he was completely unaware of recently discovered troubles within his organization, involving a staff apologist’s sexually explicit [Read More...]

Just what summer needs: more hot air

My appearance today on “Word to Life” has now been preserved for posterity.  God help us all. If you have nothing better to do, you can find it at this link. Meanwhile, below is another shot of the show’s host, Fr. Bruno Shah, O.P.,  moments before air, obviously excited and nervous and probably having second [Read More...]

The Dominican and the deacon

I survived my hour on the Catholic Channel this afternoon, and here’s the photographic evidence: me with the kindly host, Fr. Bruno.  After the show, I took him to Ted’s Montana Grill for lunch.  Since it’s Friday, and he’s a saintly Dominican, Bruno had a fried fish sandwich.  I was tempted by the bison burger, [Read More...]

Bus ad of the day

From my old colleagues here. Click to enlarge. Spotted last night in Forest Hills, Queens. [Read more...]

This just in …

I’ll be dropping by the studios of Sirius Radio later today to appear on The Catholic Channel’s “Word to Life” program, where I’ll be talking about this Sunday’s scripture readings with Fr. Bruno Shah, O.P.  The show airs at noon ET, channel 129.  If you’re looking for something to help you sleep, this could do [Read More...]

Why is St. Clare the patron saint of television?

People ask me that question all the time, and Taylor Marshall offers the answer on this day, the saint’s feast: The Venerable Pope Pius XII declared Saint Clare of Assisi as patroness of television in 1958 when televisions were becoming universally common. Why did the pope choose this thirteenth century Franciscan foundress who was dedicated [Read More...]

Justin and Jesus, or "Leave It To Bieber"

I confess: I missed the Teen Choice Awards Sunday. But an author working on a book about Justin Bieber (whose mother is Catholic and whose childhood reportedly included Catholic schooling in Canada) did see the show, and notes the following: When Justin Bieber strode onto the stage of the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles on [Read More...]