They’re divorced, remarried, barred from communion—and they’re fine with that

The good people at Crux have a look at a movement in Argentina that has garnered support from it’s most famous priest—the Pope: Marcos Fernández of Colombia … represents the kind of divorced and remarried Catholic who’s content with the status quo. Fernández married his second wife, Laura, 19 years ago, in a violation of Church [Read More...]

RIP, Bruce Morton

The forest has lost another redwood.  A great broadcast writer has died:  Bruce Morton, former CBS News and CNN correspondent, died at his home in Washington, DC Thursday. Morton, a Harvard graduate and U.S. Army Veteran, joined ABC News in 1962. He left for CBS News two years later where he would stay for 29 [Read More...]

Writing straight with crooked lines: the winding conversion odyssey of Fr. Paul Chaim Benedicta Schenck

And what a journey it is: I was raised Jewish. My father and his siblings were the first American generation born to descendants of Polish and Austrian Jewish immigrants. My mother was not born Jewish. Her motherwas Catholic and her father Episcopalian. My mother’s mother, only sixteen years of age when she gave birth to [Read More...]

What if your child had Down syndrome? “If he can’t have a shot at becoming president, we don’t want him”

Because, you know, it’s all about getting what we want when we want it. Otherwise, forget it. Details: The abortion rate for Down syndrome babies is tragically high. Some studies put the number at 90%. Our culture puts so much value on independence and individual achievement that human beings who do not “measure up” to certain [Read More...]

The horror before our eyes

With the recent execution of James Foley still haunting the news, The New York Times today takes up the debate about whether it’s appropriate to show gruesome violence in the media: YouTube removed the video promptly after it was uploaded, but to little avail, as new accounts kept posting new versions. Twitter suspended accounts that were linking to the [Read More...]

St. Louis archbishop issues letter on Ferguson, encourages prayer to Our Lady, Undoer of Knots

From the Archdiocese of St. Louis website:  Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, We are all aware of the turmoil and tragedy our St. Louis community is experiencing. The residents of Ferguson, Missouri, are struggling to find peace in the chaos. As people of Christ, we are struggling to find direction in the unrest. I [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words: the pope’s silent pro-life statement in Korea

Details:  Pope Francis has generally avoided hot-button “culture war” issues like abortion, arguing that the church’s doctrine on the sanctity of life is well-known and that he’d rather emphasize other aspects of church teaching. But he made a strong, albeit silent anti-abortion statement Saturday during his visit to South Korea, stopping to pray at a [Read More...]

The magic behind Robin Williams’ ingenious Genie

While the world grieves the loss of Robin Williams, it’s worth taking one more look at a singular performance, his voice role as the Genie in Disney’s blockbuster “Aladdin.” Wikipedia describes how it came to be—and almost didn’t: [The directors] wrote the part of the Genie for Williams, and, when met with resistance, created a reel of [Read More...]

US bishops ask parishes to pray for Iraq on August 17

This release just arrived in my in box:  The chairman of the Committee of International Justice and Peace of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) asked the U.S. bishops to invite the people of their dioceses to pray for peace in Iraq on Sunday, August 17. Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, [Read More...]

Great moments in journalism: the next anchor of the CBS Evening News

This kid is a natural. Read more. But just watch. He likes the fair. Apparently. [Read more...]