"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...]

Vatican teams with Discovery Channel for TV series on exorcisms

And it’s reportedly set to hit the airwaves later this year. From Entertainment Weekly: Discovery Channel is teaming with the Vatican for an unprecedented new series hunting the deadliest catch of all: Demons. The Exorcist Files will recreate stories of real-life hauntings and demonic possession, based on cases investigated by the Catholic Church. The project [Read More...]

The homeless man with the golden voice

This story speaks for itself — literally.  Just watch. You can read more about him at this link. UPDATE:  Turns out there’s a nice epilogue to the story! [Read more...]

Having BlackBerry trouble?

No problem!  Just watch. [Read more...]

Oy: a PSA with a sense of humor

Need a laugh?  Check this out: As Fr. James Martin noted on his Facebook page: “Catholic Relief Services needs to get someone to do something like this for them.”  Amen!  (But if CRS could do something like this, Catholics would have invented the Borscht Belt…) Enjoy [Read more...]

Me and my Kindle

When it comes to reading electronic books, or e-books, I was an agnostic. All that changed over the holidays. Now, I’m a believer.  I have seen the light.  It emanates from a little grey pad of plastic called a Kindle. My in-laws gave me a Kindle (Amazon’s version of an e-reader) for Christmas.  Minutes after [Read More...]