Shock: Toronto art exhibit features bullet-riddled pope

Offensive doesn’t begin to describe this idea.  You can see pictures from the exhibit here. Details: An upcoming art exhibit in Toronto could raise eyebrows with its use of violent images involving people such as U.S. President Barack Obama and Pope Benedict XVI. A series of 30 paintings and four sculptures by Peter Alexander Por [Read More...]

Why you really do need to turn off your cell phone on the plane

Think a quick call during take-off won’t be a problem? Think again. From the New York Times: The announcement over the plane’s speaker seems as much a part of the routine before takeoff as the demonstration of how to buckle a seat belt: Please turn off all electronic devices. But some passengers invariably ignore the [Read More...]

What's the most dangerous thing you own?

You might be surprised at the answer that CNN offers — but it makes perfect sense: Forget what’s in your wallet — beware your smartphone. It’s becoming one of your most dangerous possessions. If your phone was stolen a few years ago, the thief could make prank calls and read your text messages. Today, that [Read More...]

UPDATE: Vatican involvement in exorcist series is "unofficial"

Remember this story?  It had a few people scratching their heads — including some at the Vatican. The Los Angeles Times offers an update: News broke last week that Discovery Channel plans to launch the 10-episode series sometime this spring through an unprecedented partnership with the church. An initial report, confirmed by Discovery executives, said [Read More...]

Meet the future: communion by machine

Worried about hepatitis from a communion wafer?  No problem! From the Wall Street Journal: At St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church in Clark, N.J., parishioners no longer handle the communion wafers that they once transferred from one bowl to another at the start of Mass. Instead, parishioners use a very untraditional looking contraption known as a [Read More...]

"Dear"-ly departed: a vanishing salutation

Another sign of the times: it turns out that “Dear” is becoming, in popular e-mail correspondence, a four-letter word. From the Wall Street Journal: When Abraham Lincoln wrote to Ulysses S. Grant in July 1863, after a key victory during the Civil War, he began his letter, “My dear General.” When Giselle Barry emailed a [Read More...]

A heroine for our times

Well, here’s a towering icon of the Great Recession.  They should name a high school or a treasury building for this woman. Check it out. Literally. I’m in awe. [Read more...]

There they go again: atheists put up new billboard

And this time, they’re going after all religions, not just Christianity.  The sign was placed in Huntsville, Alabama. Details, from the Christian Post: The ad reads, “You know they’re all scams” and pictures some religious symbols including the cross, the Jewish star, and Islam‘s crescent moon and star. The billboard further claims that the group [Read More...]

Why Catholicism is good for America

A non-Catholic, Tom Krattenmaker, makes his case in USA TODAY: Yes, the church could use some changing. But what shouldn’t change about this 2-millennia-old religious movement is its inconvenient refusal to forget the poor and vulnerable in these winner-take-all times. Catholicism is not alone in this; indeed, all religion at its best, and secularists, too, [Read More...]

After the "God Squad," priest still hits the road

The priest who got into trademark trouble last year with a big retail chain is still getting attention. The story, from Gannett Wisconsin Media: Father Luke Strand has sold his black Volkswagen Beetle that landed him in hot water last year. Instead, he’s driving a GMC Terrain and moving on with his spiritual life. “It [Read More...]


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