I’d like to thank the Academy…

Actually, I’d like to just thank Marcel LeJeune, the wizard who runs the Aggie Catholics blog and who has, to my wonderment, included me on his annual list of Top 20 Catholic Bloggers. I’m humbled to be in such exalted company — check out the list and visit their blogs — and I’m grateful for [Read More...]

“How beautiful, the hands that serve”: a moving ordination slideshow

A couple weeks back, I posted on the diaconal ordination of Sean Suckiel.  Below is a lovingly produced slideshow of the event, which also includes his profession of faith and Deacon Sean’s first vespers/Benediction. [Read more...]

Have you ever eaten a church window?

I have.  Several this morning, in fact.  You can add these to the list of reasons why I need to wear an alb. These Occasions for Sin are a holiday staple at my in-laws: confections of colored marshmallows, wrapped in dark chocolate, and packed with enough calories to knock you out until the Rose Bowl [Read More...]

The not-ready-for-prime-time Clinton

That would be Chelsea, daughter of Hillary and Bill, who made her debut as a television correspondent last night on NBC, first on the “Nightly News” and later on “Rock Center.” The Anchoress has a pretty thoughtful review over at her joint, with links to other reactions from around the blogosphere.   You can watch [Read More...]

Answering the call: meet a seminarian…and his wife

Here’s something we don’t encounter very often: a story about seminarians preparing to get married.  They are Greek Catholic, in Ukraine, and the story comes from the pages of the current issue of ONE magazine: In the Greek Catholic tradition, seminarians are permitted to marry prior to ordination. But some still choose a life of [Read More...]

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem…”

Last week, my colleague at CNEWA, Fr. Guido Gockel, delivered a speech in Washington that looked at the problems of the Holy Land in a striking, thought-provoking way. A snip: When we look at the Holy Land from a political point of view, I don’t know what is happening. Recently a senator friend told me [Read More...]

Andy Rooney, RIP

Another broadcasting legend is gone. Here is a timely classic — and one we can all agree with — on that most wonderful time of the year, Christmas. For the curious, CBS News has compiled some of his best clips, including his very first commentary, at this link. [Read more...]

"Godspell" gets born again

With “Godspell,” as with so many things, you never forget your first time. Mine was in the spring of 1973, on an 8th grade class trip that took us down to Ford’s Theater in Washington to see that “hippie musical about Jesus,” as one of the nuns in the school disdainfully called it (though to [Read More...]

Remembering Bob Pierpoint

In 1982, my first job out of college was as a Production Secretary for the CBS Evening News in Washington.  I got up every morning and took the subway from Silver Spring to DuPont Circle, then walked a few blocks to the small, squat two-story building on M Street that was the home of the [Read More...]

I'm back

Well, wouldn’t you know it: one of the biggest news days in the Catholic Church in America, full of head-scratching surprises, and I’m tied up doing Other Stuff. The Other Stuff included being part of a panel on social media at the USCCB headquarters on Washington, in a massive meeting room that is clearly designed [Read More...]


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