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...]

Jesuit “chaplain of the revolution” forced to leave Syria speaks out

Details:  Christians must do everything they can to avoid the destruction of Syria’s religious pluralism, a Catholic priest forced to leave after spending 30 years in a monastery north of Damascus said this week. Father Paolo Dall’Oglio speaks with emotion about a country that he says enshrines “the ideal of Arab ecumenism” and the lifetime [Read More...]

Kidnapped in Egypt: one pastor’s harrowing ordeal

A remarkable story of a minister leading a Middle East pilgrimage who refused to be separated from a member of his flock who was kidnapped. Details:  For the past several years, Pastor Michel Louis has been leading Boston area Haitian Christians on annual pilgrimages to the Middle East, tracing the footsteps that Jesus walked more [Read More...]

49-year-old Baltimore schoolteacher takes final vows as nun

Details, from the Catholic Review:  About 12 years ago, Hanna Mignogno was listening to a speaker at a conference when she felt compelled to get up and walk outside. She sat on a wall facing a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, listening to the call from God to enter religious life grow louder and [Read More...]

Vermont Catholic innkeepers settle discrimination suit brought by lesbian couple

You may remember this story from last year.  Now an update: A couple has settled a discrimination lawsuit it filed against a Vermont inn that refused to host a wedding reception for the two women. The couple claimed the inn operators discriminated based on sexual orientation. The settlement calls for the Wildflower Inn in Lyndonville [Read More...]

The deck of cards: must-see video

A friend who is a veteran sent this to me, describing it as “an oldie but a goodie.” It was new to me. I have to say: it got to me.  Enjoy. [Read more...]


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