Vatican’s social media head: “We need to cultivate our ability to listen to others…”

A highlight of the Catholic Media Conference this week was an address Friday by Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.  Archbishop Celli is endearing, brilliant and utterly disarming.  (At the Sign of Peace during Mass, he clasped both my hands and whispered with a smile, “Peace to you and [Read More…]

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In Philadelphia, “A shakeup of seismic proportions”

You could feel the shockwaves rippling through Indianapolis as this story made its way around the Catholic Media Conference: On Wednesday, when he addressed a conference of Catholic journalists in Indianapolis, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said, “The habits of Catholic culture run very deep in the Philadelphia region.” On Thursday, Chaput announced deep and drastic [Read More…]

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Bishop Coyne to Catholic communicators: “Always take the high road”

Last night, I had the great privilege of serving as deacon alongside Bishop Christopher Coyne as he celebrated Mass for the Catholic Media Conference in Indianapolis.  His excellent homily focused a great deal on Christian aspects of communication, and prompted a lot of enthusiastic comment at the dinner afterwords.  Here’s a key part: As one who is [Read More…]

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Worth a thousand words, Fortnight edition

I got mine, thanks to the folks at the Catholic News Service  booth at the Catholic Media Convention.  Let’s see how many I can squeeze into my suitcase to bring home … [Read more…]

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“We are Catholics”: group launches national ad campaign against HHS mandate

From The Hill: An association of lay Catholics will air a nationwide ad against the Obama administration’s birth control coverage mandate on Fox News Thursday. The move serves to highlight a two-week effort by U.S. Catholic bishops to build momentum against the mandate, which some have argued violates religious freedom. The debate puts the church in [Read More…]

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Memo to NBC: What the hell is wrong with you?

Seriously. First, there was the Trayvon Martin boondoggle a few months ago. Then yesterday, evidence of some creative editing regarding Mitt Romney’s visit to a Wawa in Pennsylvania. Today, we have Andrea Mitchell’s spectacularly lame followup to “criticism of the Romney clip edit” — which amounted to Ms. Mitchell saying, with a sigh and a frown, [Read More…]

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Ministry in media: meet the priest behind Salt + Light TV

From the Canadian magazine The Walrus comes this profile of Fr. Thomas Rosica, the guiding force behind the Catholic television network Salt + Light: Born in Rochester, New York, Thomas Rosica received his BA in French and Italian language and literature at St. John Fisher College in nearby Pittsford, and went on to earn advanced [Read More…]

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NY Times columnist: “I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Bill Donohue is right”

That’s how former editor Bill Keller starts his column this morning: I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Bill Donohue is right. Donohue, the chronically peeved president of the Catholic League, and I rarely see eye to eye, but he is right about one very big thing: how to resolve the crisis in Catholicism. My endorsement [Read More…]

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Charlie Sheen goes to confession

Or at least, he does in the teaser for his new series “Anger Management.”  See below. [Read more…]

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Great moments in journalism, Amanpour edition

My blog neighbor and editor Elizabeth has a kick-ass takedown of Christiane Amanpour’s pitiful interview with Sr. Joan Chittister.   You can see the conversation for yourself — best viewed through the fingers over your eyes, when they aren’t in your ears — over at the Te Deum blog. The Anchoress notes: Chittister also allows Amanpour [Read More…]

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