WTF: Why the fuss?

My blog neighbor The Anchoress looks at all the fuss kicked up about Leah Libresco and draws some compelling conclusions: Why so much coverage on Leah? Perhaps the answer is this: Leah’s conversion goes against all of the prevailing narratives that dominate secularist thinking. Religion — or at least religion that goes beyond affirming oneself and actually [Read More...]

Rubio on “Meet the Press” says he felt “called” to be Catholic

Most of the attention yesterday was focused on his remarks on immigration, but the Christian Post takes up another angle: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said he felt “called” to leave the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), or Mormon Church, to join the Catholic Church in a Sunday interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” [Read More...]

It’s true: it don’t rain there in the summertime

When I arrived in Indianapolis for the 2012 Catholic Media Conference, one of the prevailing prayers I heard again and again was for rain. The region has been battling drought. The ground was parched. Grass was brown. The air was hot. But the city was in good spirits and did a fine job of rolling [Read More...]

Parishioners gather to “hug” their church in the face of parish merger

It happened in the Diocese of Grand Rapids earlier today: Parishioners at St. Mary’s Catholic Church gathered to “hug” their church Sunday. They were hoping to send a message to the Diocese of Grand Rapids about a plan that would merge their parish with several others. The parishioners at St. Mary’s are concerned with the“Our [Read More...]

Leah speaks: “Christianity offered an explanation I came to find compelling”

My blog neighbor — one-time-atheist-and-soon-to-be-Catholic — Leah Libresco popped up on CNN today to talk about her journey.   [Read more...]

Homecoming: in Maryland, an Anglican congregation becomes Catholic — UPDATED

Great news from my home state (h/t to Fr. Scott Hurd): The sign outside Christ the King Church is currently blank, still a work in progress. Like all things at the tranquil, leafy site of this Hampton church, it’s in a state of transition. “White-out doesn’t work on these signs,” Father Edward Meeks said with a [Read More...]

On blogging: our panel from the Catholic Media Conference

Those who are curious about what we had to say Friday afternoon can hear the presentation at this link. Kudos, btw, to the talented young guy who recorded this, Matt Palmer of the Catholic Review — who, not insignificantly took home a couple awards from the Catholic Press Association Friday night.  It was great to [Read More...]

Maine’s newest Catholic priest is the son of an Episcopal priest

He’s also married with children, and took a remarkable path into the Church and the priesthood. Details: When David Affleck was ordained earlier this month as Maine’s newest Roman Catholic priest, his wife, Katherine, sat in the pews at Portland’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Wait, what? A Catholic priest who’s married? With children? That [Read More...]

Ad multos annos! New priests for Brooklyn!

I was flying back from Indianapolis and missed the ordinations today, but above is the first picture of the new crop. Details on the men, from the Brooklyn Tablet: Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio will ordain six men to the priesthood for the Diocese of Brooklyn at a Mass at St. James Cathedral-Basilica, 250 Cathedral Place, Downtown [Read More...]

Homily for June 24, 2012: Nativity of John the Baptist — UPDATED WITH AUDIO

[Click here for readings] For audio of this homily, click the green arrow below. Last week, we had a parish council meeting, and Msgr. Funaro made an announcement that truly shocked people.  Some people actually gasped. “Time is really slipping away,” Msgr. Funaro said.  “Fr. Anthony reminded me the other night: It’s only six months [Read More...]

Vatican hires Fox News reporter as communications advisor

Details: The Vatican has brought in the Fox News correspondent in Rome to help improve its communications strategy as it tries to cope with years of communications blunders and one of its most serious scandals in decades, The Associated Press learned Saturday.Greg Burke, 52, will leave Fox to become a senior communications adviser in the [Read More...]

Vatican’s social media head: “We need to cultivate our ability to listen to others…”

A highlight of the Catholic Media Conference this week was an address Friday by Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.  Archbishop Celli is endearing, brilliant and utterly disarming.  (At the Sign of Peace during Mass, he clasped both my hands and whispered with a smile, “Peace to you and [Read More...]

Band of Bloggers

With Rocco and Elizabeth after our panel presentation on blogging this afternoon in Indianapolis. [Read more...]

Worth a thousand words, Indy edition

Below, a couple shots of the beautiful St. John the Evangelist Church in Indianapolis — the oldest church in the city — where I’ve served Mass every evening during the Catholic Media Conference. [Read more...]

In Philadelphia, “A shakeup of seismic proportions”

You could feel the shockwaves rippling through Indianapolis as this story made its way around the Catholic Media Conference: On Wednesday, when he addressed a conference of Catholic journalists in Indianapolis, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said, “The habits of Catholic culture run very deep in the Philadelphia region.” On Thursday, Chaput announced deep and drastic [Read More...]

Bishop Coyne to Catholic communicators: “Always take the high road”

Last night, I had the great privilege of serving as deacon alongside Bishop Christopher Coyne as he celebrated Mass for the Catholic Media Conference in Indianapolis.  His excellent homily focused a great deal on Christian aspects of communication, and prompted a lot of enthusiastic comment at the dinner afterwords.  Here’s a key part: As one who is [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words, Fortnight edition

I got mine, thanks to the folks at the Catholic News Service  booth at the Catholic Media Convention.  Let’s see how many I can squeeze into my suitcase to bring home … [Read more...]

Spotted in Indianapolis: nuns in habits!

Below, a statue in the lobby of our hotel: [Read more...]


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