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...]

Was Holy Thursday really on Wednesday?

One scholar thinks so — and is suggesting that we got the date of the Last Supper wrong. From the Sydney Morning Herald: One of the most famous meals in history is commemorated a day late, a new book by a Cambridge University physicist claims. Professor Sir Colin Humphreys, who was knighted last year for [Read More...]

Got a minute? Make a cross

If you’re wondering what to do with those long, leafy fronds you got at church today, here’s the answer. It shows you, in one minute, how to turn a palm leaf into a cross. Meantime, the truly ambitious can try the designs at this website.  (Thanks, Shana!) [Read more...]

And now, from the Ringling Brothers Desk …

Tomorrow is World Circus Day and, in lieu of a Clown Mass, the Vatican is offering something a little more serious. From CNS: The rights of circus and carnival workers must be protected and circus animals must be properly cared for and treated ethically, said a top Vatican official. Archbishop Antonio Veglio, president of the Pontifical [Read More...]

Catholic higher education: lap dances by strippers?

So it seems.  It reportedly happened at La Salle (my father’s alma mater) in Philadelphia. Details: A La Salle University professor, Jack Rappaport, has been suspended for allegedly hiring strippers to give lap dances at an extra-credit seminar on business ethics. Rappaport was in the front of the classroom and three bikini-clad and miniskirted women were on [Read More...]


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