BREAKING: Jury in Philadelphia sex abuse trial deadlocked

From the Philadelphia Inquirer: After 11 days of deliberations, jurors at the landmark clergy-sex abuse trial of two Philadelphia priests said Wednesday they were deadlocked on all but one count. Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina immediately pressed them to keep trying. In a note sent the judge shortly before noon, the panel of [Read More...]

RoboChrist: Director Paul Verhoeven plans his own take on Jesus

And it doesn’t sound like something most people reading this will want to see: Deadline reports that the Robocop and Total Recall filmmaker has an alternate take on the life of Jesus Christ brewing, based on his book Jesus of Nazareth that he co-wrote, and the film is sure to stir up some controversy. More [Read More...]

On the road again

I’m headed to Indianapolis for the next few days for the Catholic Media Convention.  (Indy deacons: If you’re in the nabe, stop by and say hello!  Among other things, I’ll be serving as deacon every evening at this gorgeous church.) Blogging will be light, but I’ll look for opportunities to write something, because you never know [Read More...]

What the world has been waiting for: the Post-it Desk

  Details: When you’re a kid, surfaces are made to be doodled on. Walls are crayon-canvases; wooden tables seem naked without some colorful finger paint prettying them up. It takes a while — from parents’ perspective, avery long while — for us to learn to contain our decorational impulses. Creativity, we’re gradually conditioned to accept, [Read More...]

“We are Catholics”: group launches national ad campaign against HHS mandate

From The Hill: An association of lay Catholics will air a nationwide ad against the Obama administration’s birth control coverage mandate on Fox News Thursday. The move serves to highlight a two-week effort by U.S. Catholic bishops to build momentum against the mandate, which some have argued violates religious freedom. The debate puts the church in [Read More...]

Ordination update: 8 new deacons in San Jose

From the Valley Catholic: Eight men were ordained deacons, seven of them to be Permanent Deacons and one transitional deacon, on May 12, at St. Joseph Cathedral Basilica, with Bishop Patrick J. McGrath presiding. The one transitional deacon is Antonio Alvernaz Silveira who had been in formation for the Permanent Diaconate and whose wife of [Read More...]

Memo to NBC: What the hell is wrong with you?

Seriously. First, there was the Trayvon Martin boondoggle a few months ago. Then yesterday, evidence of some creative editing regarding Mitt Romney’s visit to a Wawa in Pennsylvania. Today, we have Andrea Mitchell’s spectacularly lame followup to “criticism of the Romney clip edit” — which amounted to Ms. Mitchell saying, with a sigh and a frown, [Read More...]

That’s what it’s all about

Saw this on FB and couldn’t resist: [Read more...]

Ministry in media: meet the priest behind Salt + Light TV

From the Canadian magazine The Walrus comes this profile of Fr. Thomas Rosica, the guiding force behind the Catholic television network Salt + Light: Born in Rochester, New York, Thomas Rosica received his BA in French and Italian language and literature at St. John Fisher College in nearby Pittsford, and went on to earn advanced [Read More...]

In book, Marco Rubio writes of his Mormonism and return to Catholicism

Details, from the Salt Lake Tribune: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio credits his short-lived time as a Mormon for providing a moral compass in his youth, though he also discloses for the first time his family’s struggles with the constraints of the faith and his eventual return to the Catholic fold. In his new autobiography, An [Read More...]

For Leah: your new yoke, over easy

Sorry.  I couldn’t resist.  Welcome to the neighborhood, kiddo! RELATED: Awesome: Patheos atheist blogger to become Catholic [Read more...]

The next pope?

It’s a subject Vatican-watchers never tire of — and John Allen in NCR has another name to add to the list, Fernando Filoni, who now heads the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples but who also served as nuncio in Iraq as the 2003 war began : Filoni may not be a media star, but [Read More...]

“Fight Church”: See how these Christians slug one another

I’m not sure what brand of Christianity these folks practice, but it’s utterly alien to me. Below, the trailer for a new documentary on some Christians who think it’s cool to climb into a cage and slug it out for Jesus.   Ouch. [Read more...]

Awesome: Patheos atheist blogger to become Catholic

A big Catholic welcome to the “geeky atheist” Leah Libresco, who chronicles some of her journey here: I decided to take a little time to make sure I really believed what I thought I believed, before telling my friends, family, and, now, all of you.  That left me with the question of what to do [Read More...]

“Difficult”

That is how the LCWR described its recent meeting at the Vatican, in a statement posted this morning.  CNS reports: Top officials of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious said their meeting at the Vatican in mid-June “was difficult because of the differing perspectives” they and the leaders of the Congregation for the Doctrine of [Read More...]

NY Times columnist: “I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Bill Donohue is right”

That’s how former editor Bill Keller starts his column this morning: I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Bill Donohue is right. Donohue, the chronically peeved president of the Catholic League, and I rarely see eye to eye, but he is right about one very big thing: how to resolve the crisis in Catholicism. My endorsement [Read More...]

Charlie Sheen goes to confession

Or at least, he does in the teaser for his new series “Anger Management.”  See below. [Read more...]

For Father’s Day: Harry Chapin’s son talks about “Cat’s in the Cradle”

Below, Harry Chapin performs what may be his best-known and most enduring song — and the subject of it, his son, talks about his father, who died when he was very young. Meantime, there’s great information about how the song came to be at this website, quoting Chapin’s wife, Sandy, who wrote the poem that [Read More...]


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