Dolly Parton’s priest: “Father Jim is the best opening act I’ve ever had”

Now for something completely different. From Richmond, Kentucky:  In the three years since it opened, no performer has filled the EKU Center for the Arts with sound or fans as Dolly Parton did Tuesday night. The Country Music Hall of Famer made her second appearance  in Richmond for the St. Mark Catholic Church “Evening Among [Read More...]

What we have come to: the drive-thru church

From The Philadelphia Inquirer:  Have it your way. No, not your fast-food burger. Your prayer. In an age when convenience is king and religion is often ridiculed, some churches looking to widen their outreach efforts are embracing what community banks and pharmacies have utilized for decades: the drive-through. The latest to offer a bit of [Read More...]

RIP, Massimo Vignelli—who had a great idea for the pope

The New York Times notes the passing of a legend:  Massimo Vignelli, an acclaimed graphic designer who gave shape to his spare, Modernist vision in book covers and shopping bags, furniture and corporate logos, even a church and a New York City subway map that enchanted aesthetes and baffled straphangers, died on Tuesday at his [Read More...]

Christianity resurgent?

One atheist professor’s interesting take: The world could see a resurgence of Christianity driven by population decline in sceptical countries, the geneticist Steve Jones has claimed. Professor Jones said history had proven that religion grows rapidly during large population booms, particularly in poorer countries. He argued that rapid growth in Africa could spark a new [Read More...]

Teen birth control? There’s an app for that

An ad spotted on the New York subway this morning: [Read more...]

Jackie Kennedy letters to priest withdrawn from auction

An update on a story from last week, via CNS:  A Catholic college will no longer auction letters sent by former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy to an Irish priest. Earlier in May Vincentian-run All Hallows College in Dublin announced that it was selling the correspondence between Kennedy and Vincentian Father Joseph Leonard, a priest who [Read More...]

Tasteless. And, yes, cheesy.

What kinds of souvenirs can you buy at the new September 11 Memorial Museum—built, if anyone is wondering, on the very site where nearly 3,000 people died? Stuff like this: That, ladies and gentlemen, is a cheese plate. A CHEESE PLATE. For serving cheese. At dinner parties. You’ll note three tiny hearts dot the map, [Read More...]

“Nothing is a failure”: Sandra Bullock’s terrific commencement speech

This is an instant classic, delivered last weekend to the kids at Warren Easton charter school in New Orleans. The complete text:   I was trying to remember my graduation and, oddly, I couldn’t remember anything. I remembered how good I looked and then I went back and looked at pictures and I really didn’t [Read More...]

Family, church feud over portrait of priest

From The New York Times:  The family of Msgr. Patrick J. Garvey, a Catholic priest who was once friendly with the realist painter Thomas Eakins, is trying to block the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from selling a valuable Eakins portrait of the monsignor through the auction house Christie’s. The archdiocese said that the painting was given [Read More...]

Jackie Kennedy’s revealing correspondence with an Irish priest

With the 20th anniversary of her death approaching, suddenly, Jackie O is popping up everywhere.   The Washington Post offers us this insight into her life, culled from letters to a priest she only met twice:  For more than a decade, Jacqueline Kennedy revealed pieces of her life in ink that she never spoke of — [Read More...]