San Francisco Archbishop-elect Cordileone in DUI arrest —UPDATED

Details:  The Roman Catholic archbishop-elect of San Francisco was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence, San Diego police said Monday. The Rev. Salvatore Cordileone, a vigorous supporter of California’s same-sex marriage ban, was taken into custody after being stopped early Saturday at a checkpoint near the San Diego State University campus, said Detective Gary Hassen, a police spokesman. [Read More...]

A delicious idea: restaurant offers discount to diners who don’t use cell phones

Check this out:  It’s a common picture, a group of people sitting at a table for dinner with all the common tools in hand: fork, knife and of course, the cell phone. A Los Angeles restaurant looks to break down the walls that seem to be getting in the way of the intimate dining experience [Read More...]

Rabbi who defended religious liberty to deliver opening invocation at GOP convention

Details:  Tomorrow, the convention will be getting started, and Rabbi Meir Soloveichik will be giving the invocation to open the first day. (Here is the updated convention schedule.) Soloveichik, a member of a distinguished American Orthodox rabbinic family, is a rising intellectual star in Modern Orthodoxy and is a frequent contributor to the conservative Jewish [Read More...]

St. Monica

Exemplary Mother of the Great Augustine,You perserveringly pursued your wayward son Not with wild threats But with prayerful cries to heaven. Intercede for all mothers in our day So that they may learn To draw their children to God. Teach them how to remain Close to their children, Even the prodigal sons and daughters Who [Read More...]

Neil Armstrong, Muslim??

Some urban legends just refuse to give up the ghost. Google “Neil Armstrong and religion” and you’ll see dozens of postings on blogs and message boards asking the question, “Is Neil Armstrong a Muslim?” A good overview of the myth, and the truth, here: A few years ago, Armstrong participated in the Global Leadership Forum [Read More...]

So a deacon and his pastor are on a missionary trip…

…in a dangerous part of Latin America. They end up being kidnapped by revolutionaries.  The revolutionaries decide to execute them both by firing squad. As they blindfold the two men, the head of the death squad asks the deacon if he has a final request. “Yes,” the deacon replies bravely.  “I’d like to deliver one [Read More...]

What happens if the GOP actually does get the Catholic vote?

That’s the question Rebecca Hamilton is asking, after noting that the Democrats bungled things with Cardinal Dolan and the convention: The bottom line here is that President Obama’s campaign blew this. Cardinal Dolan appears to be bending over backwards to be even-handed and non-partisan. He’s taken a couple of hits from the more quarrelsome members [Read More...]

Great moments in journalism: how NBC News reported the death of Neil Armstrong

Oops: RELATED: Neil Armstrong, Muslim?? [Read more...]

Habit-forming

I have the good fortune of working in a building with a lot of nuns — both those who wear the habit, and those who don’t.  I can always tell when I’m around a sister who isn’t in a habit.  Oh, she may look like anyone else.  But there’s something different.  There’s something in the [Read More...]

NY Times: Does the world really need men?

Op-ed writer Greg Hampikian, a professor of biology and criminal justice, argues maybe not: If a woman wants to have a baby without a man, she just needs to secure sperm (fresh or frozen) from a donor (living or dead). The only technology the self-impregnating woman needs is a straw or turkey baster, and the [Read More...]

Superstar!

What would happen if an ordinary guy created his own entourage and started walking the streets of New York? Watch.  Turns out, anybody can be a celebrity. You just have to play the part. H/T Aggie Catholics [Read more...]

Cardinal George on his cancer diagnosis: “I felt I’d licked something, and I didn’t…”

From the Associated Press: Facing a second battle with cancer in six years, Cardinal Francis George said Friday he intends to keep up with his duties, but that the diagnosis was hard to take after believing he had beaten the disease. The 75-year-old spoke to reporters during a gala celebrating his 15th anniversary as leader [Read More...]

“Summer breeze, makes me feel fine…”

“…blowing through the jasmine in my mind…”  Ah.  A twangy blast from the past, for these last days of the season.  Enjoy. [Read more...]

Homily for August 26, 2012: 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for readings] Last month, the Wall Street Journal took note of something most people may not be aware of.  It reminded the world of the story of Christian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani. Nadarkhani was born in Iran 35 years ago.  His family was Muslim but, at a young age, he converted to Christianity.  He [Read More...]

Hilarious: The Parent Rap

If you’re counting the hours until they head back to school, Mom and Dad, this one’s for you: [Read more...]

The story behind Cardinal Dolan’s appearance at the GOP convention

The New York Times has some interesting details about Mitt Romney’s aggressive effort to woo Catholics: Mr. Romney had been courting Cardinal Dolan since April. That month, the two had a private meeting, previously undisclosed, at the chancery in New York, across from St. Patrick’s Cathedral, said Peter G. Flaherty, a senior adviser to the [Read More...]

This is why God made shopping malls

For insane publicity stunts like this one. Something I never thought I’d see, let alone enjoy: the Polish cast of “Les Miserables” singing “One Day More,” in Polish, in a mall, as a flashmob. I don’t speak Polish, but I think they’re singing, “Come to our show, come to our show, come to our show” [Read More...]

Muppet puppeteer Jerry Nelson dies

The man who created and voiced one of my favorite Muppets — The Count — has gone to the great felt factory in the sky. Details: Jerry Nelson, the puppeteer who gave voice to dozens of characters on “Sesame Street,” “Fraggle Rock” and “The Muppet Show,” died at home in Cape Cod, Mass., on Thursday [Read More...]


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