Boys Town names Hindu as its next chairman

The legendary organization founded by Fr. Flanagan — or, Spencer Tracy, to people who remember the movie — will make history with a new non-Christian chairman: For the first time in its 94-year history, the board chairman of Omaha-based Boys Town will be a non-Catholic. In fact, the new chairman is also non-Christian — he [Read More...]

"Do you know what brings you gladness?"

That’s the stirring question at the heart of a recent post by spiritual writer Tony Woodlief, and the point of it seems to echo something that was mentioned at the royal wedding last weekend: “If you become whom God meant you to be, you will set the world on fire.” Doesn’t the world need more [Read More...]

Air Force dedicates chapel to Wiccans and Druids

It happened earlier this week in Colorado. Details, from the Colorado Springs Gazette: Add Wiccans and Druids to the list of faiths that have their own chapel at the Air Force Academy. A circle of stones around an altar was dedicated on a hilltop above the campus Tuesday with earth-centered prayer and speeches about religious [Read More...]

Oh, baby: Jacob and Isabella top names for 2010

And once again, popular culture  – not saints or family tradition — is playing a big role. From the New York Daily News: What’s in a name? A nationwide obsession with “Twilight,” Teen Mom and celebrities, it seems. The most popular baby names of 2010 are Jacob and Isabella – both lead characters in the hit [Read More...]

How happy are you?

In one community, the government would like to know how this whole life, liberty and pursuit of happiness is working for you. From the New York Times: When they filled out the city’s census forms this spring, the people of Somerville got a new question. On a scale of 1 to 10, they were asked, [Read More...]

The pope was his co-pilot

Below, John Paul checks out the cockpit on Shepherd I during his first trip to the United States in 1979. One of the pilots for that trip, Nelson Krueger, has published a charming gallery of photos from that trip — which includes a shot of a guitar that the pope used to play “Silent Night” [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words: a Deacon heads to mass

That would be Reese Witherspoon’s young son, Deacon Phillippe. (I can’t tell you how often I’ve Googled the word “Deacon” and stories about this kid have popped up.  Really.  Who’s his agent?) Photographers snapped him — along with his mother, sister and new step-dad — heading to Easter mass at a Catholic church in Santa [Read More...]

Episcopalians to McGreevey: not so fast

Remember the scandal-plagued former New Jersey governor James McGreevey? The one-time Catholic (and former altar boy) was studying to become an Episcopal priest, but the church now wants him to wait: Former Gov. Jim McGreevey, who abruptly resigned in 2004 after declaring himself “a gay American” and admitting an extramarital affair with a male staffer, [Read More...]

Pregnant Like Me

That could be the title of a revealing memoir by Gaby Rodriguez  (with a nod to the classic “Black Like Me“), recounting her experiences as a pregnant teen — who, it turns out, wasn’t really pregnant after all. Details: After surviving six months of high school with a steadily growing baby bump, Gaby Rodriguez finally [Read More...]

Further proof that no one knows anything

Totally off topic, but awfully interesting …and, I think, even inspiring. I stumbled on this intriguing account of a meeting between Walt Disney and a focus group of amusement park owners who, in the early 1950s, were given the first look at plans for Disneyland.    What did they think of it? Not much: Walt’s [Read More...]


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