A first look at "Of Gods and Men"

For my money, this is the first must-see movie of 2011.  I read the book “The Monks of Tibhirine” a few years back, and was deeply moved by this story of a Trappist monks martyred by radical Muslims in Algeria in the 1990s.  The movie tells this same story, and strikes me as carrying a [Read More...]

For the birds

Over the weekend, I took the plunge and upgraded my mobile phone.  (I got an EVO, if anyone is wondering.) This thing is a marvel that would not be out of place at Spacely Sprockets.  It keeps my calendar, takes my pictures, shoots my video, finds my destination, locates a restaurant, and even provides me [Read More...]

Would you like your funeral streamed live?

Welcome to the brave new world of the YouTube funeral, where grieving friends and relatives no longer have to travel cross country to bid goodbye to the dearly departed. Now you can do it online. From the New York Times: In an age of commemorating birthdays, weddings and anniversaries on Facebook and Twitter, it was [Read More...]

The pope on new media: believe what you tweet!

Faithbook, anyone? “To proclaim the Gospel through the new media means not only to insert expressly religious content into different media platforms, but also to witness consistently, in one’s own digital profile and in the way one communicates choices, preferences and judgements that are fully consistent with the Gospel, even when it is not spoken [Read More...]

Fox rejects "Jesus Hates Obama" ad for Super Bowl

Every year, it seems, someone creates an outrageous ad that generates gobs of publicity because no one ever sees it on the Super Bowl. It’s happened again this year.  Details, from the New York Daily News: Fox has rejected a controversial Super Bowl ad from conservative comedy site JesusHatesObama.com, according to the site’s creator. Richard [Read More...]

"Put out into the deep and lower your nets for a catch"

If you need a reminder of why Pope John Paul will soon be known as “Blessed,” this wonderful video tribute by Salt+Light TV says it all. Take a few minutes and be reminded of a great man’s message, and mission. [Read more...]

A new online magazine tracks news of the Ordinariate

And the first big news is the ordination of three former Anglican bishops today as deacons. Details: Today, former Anglican Bishops Andrew Burnham, John Broadhurst and Keith Newton became Catholic deacons, and on Saturday they will be ordained Catholic priests. The first “personal ordinariate” is being born, though its official birth awaits a decree from [Read More...]

Has MTV lost its mind? — UPDATED

It certainly seems to have lost whatever was left of its soul. Aggie Catholics takes a close look at the new series “Skins”: After looking at the website and promo video (WARNING – Extremely graphic language, situations, and images), I have to say I am shocked by how bad it is. I can’t believe they [Read More...]

UPDATE: Vatican involvement in exorcist series is "unofficial"

Remember this story?  It had a few people scratching their heads — including some at the Vatican. The Los Angeles Times offers an update: News broke last week that Discovery Channel plans to launch the 10-episode series sometime this spring through an unprecedented partnership with the church. An initial report, confirmed by Discovery executives, said [Read More...]

"Dear"-ly departed: a vanishing salutation

Another sign of the times: it turns out that “Dear” is becoming, in popular e-mail correspondence, a four-letter word. From the Wall Street Journal: When Abraham Lincoln wrote to Ulysses S. Grant in July 1863, after a key victory during the Civil War, he began his letter, “My dear General.” When Giselle Barry emailed a [Read More...]


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