Satanist petitions to open city meetings with a prayer: “I just want equal billing”

I can’t imagine this getting very far, but you never know. Details:  On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that government meetings are allowed to open with prayer – even though currently in this country, the vast majority of such prayers are geared toward Christianity. The case was prompted in Greece, New York, where ministers are often [Read More...]

No, this picture isn’t scandalous

Over the past few days, some readers have asked me what I thought of this image, showing a new clothing line for women ministers in England. Some of the response around Facebook has been brutal, with a few commentators calling it “heretical,” “scandalous” and “blasphemous.” I gather the source of scandal is the notion of [Read More...]

Most popular baby names for 2013

From the Social Security Administration, via USA TODAY, here they are: Noah ended Jacob’s 14-year reign as the top baby name for boys in 2013, while Sophia was the most popular name for girls for the third straight year, the Social Security Administration announced Friday. Jacob slipped to third; Liam was second. Among girls, Emma and Olivia ranked second [Read More...]

Monica Lewinsky: “I’m determined to have a different end to my story”

She’s telling her story for the first time, and evidently trying to move on with her life. Whatever one may think of her and the president who made her name an international punchline, there’s a lot here for a Christian to ponder during this season of resurrection, renewal, mercy and growth. How many of us [Read More...]

“They took confessionals and he put them in his bar as urinal stalls”

  Photo: by Evan Boudreau/Catholic Register From The Catholic Register in Canada comes this story of one man’s efforts to save the sacred:   When Mark Siolek read an article about a bar owner purchasing confessionals from the Archdiocese of Buffalo to be used in bathrooms, his stomach turned. “They were having like a church yard [Read More...]

“Catholicism is essentially a calm faith…”

“Catholicism is essentially a calm faith, rooted in the scriptures and the Tradition, and it has no need whatever to take a shrill tone with those who interpret the scriptures differently or who have inherited different traditions. This is not to practice the heresy of indifferentism: it is merely to hold the Catholic position in [Read More...]

A soldier’s best friend: must-see video of a veteran’s reunion with his bomb-sniffing dog

Awwwww:  It was a sad parting when Sgt. Jason Bos left Fort Lee in Virginia nearly two years ago and had to say goodbye to MWD Cila M389, the bomb-sniffing chocolate Lab he called Cici. Over nearly five years, Bos and Cila — MWD stands for Military Working Dog, and M389 is the identification number [Read More...]

“How can you represent Jesus like this?”

Do we recognize Jesus when we encounter him? That’s a question I’ll be addressing in this weekend’s homily—it’s one of the themes buried in the story of the disciples traveling to Emmaus—and I’ll be talking specifically about this controversial sculpture by Timothy Schmalz. The Christian Post has more: Chicago is the most recent city to [Read More...]

Rent-a-Gent: for the woman who has almost everything

Well, this is different: Now you can have your beefcake and have someone feed it to you, too. That’s the idea behind “Rent a Gent,” a new escort service that offers up hireable hunks to serve as handymen, arm candy and sexy task rabbits, or even just to make your ex jealous. Actually, revenge was [Read More...]

Cross purposes: an explanation of the Russian Orthodox cross

With events in Ukraine continuing to dominate the headlines, and crosses like the one above become more familiar, this item deserves some attention. An Eastern Rite friend posted this on Facebook, and I thought it was pretty interesting: an explanation of the “three-bar cross” used among the Orthodox. A lot of complex and beautiful imagery [Read More...]