Cardinal O’Malley writes about his “60 Minutes” interview

From The Boston Pilot’s website:  Last Sunday evening I was privileged to be featured on the CBS television program “60 Minutes,” which is actually three 20 minute segments. I was featured in segment two of the broadcast. The whole experience was fascinating. I was very impressed by the entire team, their work ethic, professionalism and [Read More…]

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Ray Flynn on Cardinal O’Malley: “The world witnessed the humility and greatness of the Catholic Church last night”

The former ambassador to the Vatican writes:  The world witnessed the humility and greatness of the Catholic Church last night on the nationally celebrated “60 Minutes” news magazine, as Cardinal Sean O’Malley spoke as a new American voice for the Vatican and we must believe for Pope Francis, from St. Peter’s Square. Addressing a nationwide [Read More…]

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Cardinal Sean O’Malley’s surprising comment on ordaining women

I guess I wasn’t the only one who did a double-take when I heard this on “60 Minutes” Sunday night: Catholics who thought Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley’s remarks about Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn’s suitability for office were provocative have another interesting comment to ponder: If he were to start a church, he would “love [Read More…]

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CNN explores the priesthood: a review

Set your TiVo to catch a documentary tonight on the priesthood, with Lisa Ling. The trailer: Patti Murphy Dohn of The Catholic Review in Baltimore got a preview: This program presents the increase in vocations to the priesthood and seminary enrollment in the Diocese of Lansing, highlighting the daily life, ministry, and family of several [Read More…]

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Cardinal O’Malley on “60 Minutes”

He will be profiled this Sunday, and CBS News has posted a preview: Meantime, NCR has this tidbit: Boston Cardinal Seán O’Malley, a key advisor to Pope Francis, has said the pontiff recognizes the need to address the situation in Kansas City, Mo., where Bishop Robert Finn was found guilty in 2012 of a criminal [Read More…]

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Great moments in television: man films himself being eaten alive by an anaconda

Remember when a producer’s idea of “Reality TV” was a tour of the White House with Jackie Kennedy or a symphony conducted by Leonard Bernstein? Remember when the holiday season brought us Rudolph and Jimmy Stewart and “A Christmas Story”? Well, here’s a new treat for the holidays:  This year, Discovery will air a special [Read More…]

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VIDEO: John Allen dissects what the synod document says about gays

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“Pumpkin Spice is eggnog for morning people”

I forgive you, John Oliver, for disliking All Things Pumpkin because you’re just so damn funny. [Read more…]

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Fr. Benedict Groeschel dies on the vigil of the Feast of St. Francis

The legendary friar and popular writer and TV personality has gone home. My blog neighbor Kathy Schiffer reports: We’d heard reports of his recent fall, which injured the same arm that had been injured ten years ago in an auto accident.  Doctors who treated him for this most recent injury chose not to repair the damage, [Read More…]

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RIP, John Slattery of WCBS-TV

From the In My Backyard Desk, some sad news. The veteran television reporter was a familiar face to many New Yorkers—and a devout Catholic. Details:  John Slattery, a longtime CBS New York reporter from Larchmont who covered major stories for more than 30 years, has died at age 63. Slattery died unexpectedly Wednesday night after suffering [Read More…]

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