Time capsule from 1981: imagine reading your newspaper on your computer!

Could you imagine such a thing? Check out this report from KRON 30 years ago. [Read more...]

World Youth Day? There's an app for that

And the Vatican announced it yesterday. Details: Pilgrims at next month’s Catholic World Youth Day in Madrid will have some high-tech help in their devotions, thanks to a new iPhone app unveiled at the Vatican on Friday (July 29). World Youth Day (WYD), an international gathering held every three years in a different city, will [Read More...]

RIP John Chervokas, "squeezable" Catholic

The man who came up with the idea to tell the world “Please don’t squeeze the Charmin” has died. Obituaries note that in addition to coining one of the most enduring advertising slogans ever, ad executive John Chervokas also wrote books on spirituality and prayer that included “Patient Prayers” and “Pinstripe Prayers, or How to [Read More...]

Voris on WYD: "We prefer to rely on the higher authority of Our Lord…" — UPDATED

After the organizers of World Youth Day put out a statement Monday disavowing any connection with Michael Voris’s appearance there next month, Voris’s media operation, Real Catholic TV, yesterday responded with a statement of its own.  It’s posted as a comment on Patrick Madrid’s blog (and, as yet, not posted elsewhere). In an e-mail, Real Catholic [Read More...]

Tweeting at funerals?

Last week, Bishop Christopher Coyne of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis had a few things to say about tweeting in church. He had heard on the radio that a number of people were tweeting at the celebrity-studded funeral of Myra Kraft, wife of Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots. And he was justifiably appalled: [Read More...]

Happy Birthday, Marshall McLuhan

Today would have been the trailblazing media analyst’s 100th birthday. Fr. Raymond de Souza takes note of a new biography, and takes note, as well, of McLuhan’s devout Catholicism: In the Internet age, his ideas appear more relevant than ever. The mark of a great idea is that it is obvious once stated. That how [Read More...]

Laura Ingraham: baptismal cross stolen at airport

The conservative talk show host converted to Catholicism nearly a decade ago — and a gift from that occasion is now missing. Details: Laura Ingraham’s baptismal cross went missing from her checked luggage at the Newark airport this weekend, and the syndicated radio host says either a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) worker or a Continental [Read More...]

RIP, Sherwood Schwartz

The man who cast a long shadow over 1960s television — creating “Gilligan’s Island” and “The Brady Bunch” and writing the theme song for “Gilligan” — has died at the ripe old age of 94. The obit notes that he is survived by his wife of 69 years, Mildred. In tribute, a generation of boomers [Read More...]

The reality TV that wasn't: how CBS faked the Fourth

What you see below never happened. Read all about it: Those who watched Boston’s revered Fourth of July celebration Monday night on CBS were treated to spectacular views of fireworks exploding behind the State House, Quincy Market, and home plate at Fenway Park, among other places – great views, until you consider that they were [Read More...]

How is the New York Times like the Catholic Church?

Departing Executive Editor of the paper Bill Keller — who was raised Catholic — has a provocative thought or two: “My parents took their faith very seriously — especially my mother, who had the fervor of a convert (from Episcopalian). My brothers and I had nuns and priests as our teachers through high school, and [Read More...]


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