Set your TiVo for "Today"…tomorrow

Evidently, Matt Lauer and company will be offering an extended look at life at the Vatican — including a day in the life of the pope, and more. Over a “Whispers,” Rocco has posted a tease video, featuring a sweet moment when Lauer got to meet Benedicit (under the bear paw of the always-affable Archbishop [Read More...]

Another Catholic paper in trouble

This time, it’s the Catholic Spirit, from Minnesota. From the Star-Tribune: The Catholic Spirit, the venerable 100-year-old newspaper of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, may publish fewer editions and eventually go completely digital — changes that could affect how the most faithful, least Internet-savvy church members get their news. A report to the [Read More...]

Meet the priest who's "one of the most dangerous people in town"

And he’s been called that because of ardently pro-Catholic letters he writes for the hometown newspaper in Minnesota. From the Duluth News Tribune: Every 30 days or so he and his opinions are published in the letters to the editor section of the News Tribune. He’d be in more often if we let him, no [Read More...]

The short, troubled life of Jeff Conaway

The star of “Taxi” and “Grease” died today at 60, after a lengthy battle with drugs. Details: The actor was taken off life support Thursday and died Friday morning at Encino Tarzana Medical Center, according to one of his managers, Kathryn Boole. “It’s sad that people remember his struggle with drugs. … He has touched [Read More...]

RIP, Joe Feuerherd

Sad news from the world of Catholic media: Joseph A. Feuerherd, whose journalism career began as a college intern in the Washington Bureau of the National Catholic Reporter (NCR) and concluded with his service as Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of that award-winning publication, died Thursday morning (May 26) at Casey House, a hospice facility in Rockville, [Read More...]

Pope receives papers for cause of Fulton Sheen — and reveals that he worked with him

A small but significant step forward for the cause of the man who (I hope) will one day be the patron saint of television (alongside St. Claire, of course). Details: When Bishop Daniel R. Jenky of Peoria, Ill., presented Pope Benedict XVI with two thick volumes about the life of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, the [Read More...]

"The problem wasn't that Katie was a woman…"

Last week marked the end of an era — okay, a mini-era — with the final sign-off of Katie Couric as anchor of “The CBS Evening News.”  The marriage of Katie and CBS was rocky from the start.  What went wrong?  Some thoughts from someone who was there at the beginning (that would be, um, me): People have [Read More...]

Arnold and Maria separate

It’s one of those stories where the people involved are so famous and familiar, no last names are necessary. From the Los Angeles Times: Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife, Maria Shriver, have separated, with Shriver moving out of their Brentwood mansion while the two determine the next step in their 25-year marriage. Shriver [Read More...]

"Hey, Boo": the story of our "national novel"

My old CBS colleague Mary Murphy has just produced what looks like a fascinating documentary about Harper Lee and the impact of her one great work, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”  The movie is unspooling around the country right now — opening in New York this Friday — and the Los Angeles Times has a preview: [Read More...]

What would Monday be without a Crisis?

Well, here’s one for you: Crisis Magazine. It’s back! The press release says: Crisis Magazine is back as a digital magazine, the Morley Publishing Group, Inc. (MPG) announced today. “The Morley board and staff are thrilled to resurrect a brand that, for 25 years, fought for faithful Catholicism, sound economics, and limited government,” said Laurance [Read More...]


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