If I were a rich man: study sheds light on religion and wealth

Does what you believe affect what you earn? Some insight, from the New York Times: The economic differences among the country’s various religions are strikingly large, much larger than the differences among states and even larger than those among racial groups. The most affluent of the major religions — including secularism — is Reform Judaism. [Read More...]

Live on stage: "The Exorcist"?

Watch out for the pea soup: the blockbuster novel and movie (based on the true story of a Catholic exorcism) is being adapted for the stage and will have its world premiere next year in Los Angeles. From the New York Times: The playwright John Pielmeier (“Agnes of God”) is writing the stage version of [Read More...]

Alex, I'll take "Fun Jesuit Trivia" for $500…

The good folks at Fordham have announced eight people will be receiving honorary degrees this month — including Brian Williams, George Pataki and (drumroll please) Alex Trebek! Details: Fordham will present honorary degrees to leaders in journalism, philanthropy, politics, conservation and the arts during its 2011 commencement exercises this month. Brian Williams, award-winning anchor of [Read More...]

Oops: parish publishes mass intention for Osama bin Laden

The parish is saying it was a hoax. Details: Irish church officials have been left red-faced after announcing plans for an Osama bin Laden memorial Mass. Howth parish in Dublin yesterday hastily withdrew an online newsletter advertising plans to dedicate a Mass to the man credited with masterminding the 9/11 attacks on New York’s twin [Read More...]

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...]