Coming to Philly: "Phaith"

Another big change in the Catholic media landscape, as a venerable Philadelphia newspaper goes from a weekly to a monthly: Beginning in September local Catholics will have a new publication to look for in their mailboxes. Phaith — a monthly magazine — will be mailed free of charge to every registered Catholic home in the [Read More...]

Pope will grant first-ever TV interview

Some authors do Oprah to plug their books.  The pope has other ideas. Details: Pontiffs utter and pronounce. They, well, pontificate. But on 22 April, Good Friday, Pope Benedict will– in a papal first – answer viewers’ questions on television. Rosario Carello, presenter of a special programme to be broadcast onItaly‘s publicly owned RAI network, [Read More...]

A little news

A few people have wondered about the new job I alluded to in this post. Well briefly: earlier this month I decided to step away from the world of broadcasting, and  NET in Brooklyn, to return to my roots in print. I accepted an offer to become the new Executive Editor of ONE, the acclaimed [Read More...]

Reality check: Hannah Montana's dad on Hollywood and Satan

In this interview with GQ, Billy Ray Cyrus talks at length — and with candor — about some of the bad choices he made, and their impact on his family (particularly his famous daughter Miley) and their faith: “Somewhere along this journey,” he says, “both mine and Miley’s faith has been shaken. That saddens me [Read More...]

Horrific

I knew Lara Logan during my time at CBS News, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a more tenacious, eager, committed reporter. She was someone who could have gotten by on just her looks, but didn’t.  She rolled up her sleeves and went into some of the most dangerous places on earth, to get the [Read More...]

"The Rite" stuff

I just got back from seeing “The Rite,” and once again have come to the conclusion: in Hollywood, the devil gets the best lines, and puts on a great show. The story follows a young seminarian with Grave Doubts, who is dispatched to Rome to apprentice with a grizzled Welshman (Anthony Hopkins, of course) who [Read More...]

OMG: why's everybody talking in txt?

There goes the English language. A look at this phenomenon, from the AP: “ILY!” Susan Maushart’s 16-year-old daughter often calls out over her shoulder as she leaves the house. Sure, actual words would be better. But Mom knows not to complain. “A mother of teenagers is pathetically grateful for an ‘I love you’ no matter [Read More...]

"This might be the most useless thing ever created…" — UPDATED

That’s Mike Hayes, the “God Googler,” on the much-touted new confession app: I fear that people might use it as a way to just go through the motions of a checklist without thinking about their past month or so (or longer) since their last confession. I also think it might lead many to scrupulosity. Thinking [Read More...]

Touchdown! John 3:16 ad airs during Super Bowl

After first declaring that it was out of bounds because it contained “religious doctrine,” FOX relented and aired the ad last night. Details: Millions of Super Bowl viewers got a dose of Scripture Sunday night when a Christian group’s John 3:16 commercial was unexpectedly aired. Just before the fourth quarter of the Pittsburgh Steelers vs. [Read More...]

May The Force be with you…

Caught this over at Elizabeth Scalia’s joint, and it’s the first commercial in a long time that made me laugh out loud.  Enjoy.  [Read more...]