Ladies and gentlemen: the "Church Whisperer"

From the Baltimore Sun, a profile of longtime FOB (Friend of the Bench) Rocco Palmo, the shockingly young upstart behind “Whispers in the Loggia”: A 28-year-old guy living in his parents’ basement in South Philadelphia just might be one of the foremost experts on the American Catholic Church. Rocco Palmo facetiously calls himself “The Church [Read More...]

Santorum slams CNN over "bigotry"

It revolves around an interview with Piers Morgan that was broadcast Wednesday night: Presidential candidate Rick Santorum defended his position on gay marriage Tuesday while speaking to students at Pennsylvania State University, and slammed CNN’s Piers Morgan for questioning him as a “bigot” in a pre-taped interview that aired Wednesday night. “I had Piers Morgan [Read More...]

Now hear this: National Catholic Register to debut radio news show

The newspaper’s media empire — growing in collaboration with its new owner EWTN — continues to expand: The National Catholic Register, a long-standing national biweekly newspaper, announces the launch of its first-ever radio program, Register Radio. “Register Radio will possess the same vibrancy and incisiveness to media coverage surrounding the Catholic faith that the Register [Read More...]

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...]


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