What the angel REALLY told the shepherds …

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How targeting “Les Mis” to Christians paid off

Though some were shocked, simply shocked to see fleeting moments of sexual congress (one involving a guy in a Santa suit), other Christians have embraced the movie’s message. From CNN:    “Les Miserables” is booming at the box office, and that financial success can in part be traced to a group of its biggest boosters: [Read More…]

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What’s wrong with gay marriage? Let me count the ways…

Actually, I’ll let Brandon Vogt do it.  He lays out 10 common arguments in favor of same-sex marriage, and then deftly deflates them in Our Sunday Visitor.  As Brandon points out: “This is not an attack on people with same-sex attractions. All people, regardless of sexual orientation, deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. Instead, [Read More…]

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New cathedral will use old windows

And they’re beauties, as the sample above shows. Details:  The Catholic Diocese of Raleigh has purchased 42  stained glass windows for the new Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral. The Diocese has received more than $52 million in pledges so far, it said Wednesday. The majority of the windows were created by Paula Balano, who became [Read More…]

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Life with father: a great time lapse video

There’s something delightful and sweet about this: Kansas dad Emio Tomeoni shows how he spent the afternoon at home with his kid. I’m glad he cleaned up after.  (And I bet Mom is glad, too…) [Read more…]

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Superman was Jewish? Who knew?

An intriguing little item from today’s New York Times:  Years before Superman could be easily spotted in the sky among the birds and planes — or in motion pictures, or on billboards or lunchboxes or the many other pop-cultural artifacts he now occupies — his co-creator Joe Shuster met him in person on the street. In 1945, [Read More…]

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“Ordain a lady!”

My blog neighbor Marc Barnes posted the video below at his joint, “Bad Catholic” and noted: This might be the greatest video ever to happen to the Catholic Church. If I had tried to stick my tongue out at the kids who think a female priest isn’t a contradiction in terms, I wouldn’t have been [Read More…]

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Open thread: blessing for a cadaver??

Here’s a new one on me.  I got this e-mail today, from a campus minister at a large university: We have a big Nursing program here and I was recently asked by one of the professors to do a blessing over the cadaver they will be using this semester.  I was wondering: is there any [Read More…]

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Ping-pong prodigy withdraws because final match fell on Sabbath

How many kids do you know who have this kind of devotion? Details:  She doesn’t spin on Shabbos. Ping-pong prodigy Estee Ackerman, an 11-year-old from Long Island, was disqualified from her final event at the 2012 US National Table Tennis Championships in Las Vegas last Dec. 21 when her match fell on the Jewish holy [Read More…]

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Ordination update: 6 new deacons for Steubenville

Details:  Six men, including Richard G. Adams, Thomas F. Maedke and Stephen F. Miletic of Steubenville, along with Mark A. Erste Sr. of Bloomingdale, recently were ordained permanent deacons for the Catholic Diocese of Steubenville. Daniel P. Murray of Athens and Lee V. Weisend of Marietta also were ordained permanent deacons. Bishop Jeffrey M. Monforton [Read More…]

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Mother gives 13-year-old son an iPhone—and some rules—UPDATED

Blogger and mother Janell Burley Hoffman gave her teenage son an iPhone for Christmas —and an 18-point contract. To wit: Merry Christmas!  You are now the proud owner of an iPhone.  Hot Damn!  You are a good & responsible 13 year old boy and you deserve this gift.  But with the acceptance of this present [Read More…]

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Historic: dual ordination of priests and deacons

Details from the Catholic Transcript:  Tears of joy flowed among family members and others as the Archdiocese of Hartford welcomed three men to the priesthood and five men to the transitional diaconate during a two-and-a-half-hour ceremony Dec. 1 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph. It was the first dual ordination of priests and deacons performed [Read More…]

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The astonishing grace of Dustin Rhodes

Photo: by Paul Kuehnel, York Daily Record/Sunday News Read his story by Teresa McMinn for the Daily Record/Sunday News, and whisper a prayer: A few weeks ago, Dustin Rhodes was a healthy, happily married husband and father of a 9-month-old son. Rhodes, a Dallastown native and salutatorian of his York Catholic High School 2002 graduating class, [Read More…]

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Hannah Storm returns to TV after burn accident; during recovery she only left house for Mass

ABC News has details of her return: Just three weeks after suffering serious burns in an accident at home, ESPN anchor Hannah Storm returned to television to host the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif. on New Years’ Day. Storm, who has been an anchor of ESPN’s “SportsCenter” since 2008, shared hosting duties for the parade with “Good Morning [Read More…]

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Ohio teacher claims she was fired over pregnancy, sues archdiocese

Details:  A former first-grade teacher at Kettering’s Ascension Catholic School is suing the school, Ascension Church and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati in federal court, saying officials discriminated against her a year ago when they fired the unmarried woman after she told the principal about her pregnancy. Kathleen Quinlan of Kettering, who has since [Read More…]

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Secrets the preacher can’t share from the pulpit

From Connecticut comes this candid bit of spleen-venting from a Protestant pastor:  Eleven in the evening is well past my bedtime, which is to confess that I don’t have a particularly glamorous social life. A single man in late middle-age on a tight budget, I try to limit my trips to Monte Carlo to once-a-month [Read More…]

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Best Christmas letter. Ever.

This arrived in my e-mail last week, from a former colleague, now retired. It moved me because, among other things, instead of yammering on about what he did, he wrote about what someone else did for him. He begins by noting that “an anonymous person made a huge investment in our family stock this year. [Read More…]

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Nun: Syrian rebels kidnapped, beheaded Christian

The grissly details:  Syrian rebels beheaded a Christian man and fed his body to dogs, according to a nun who says the West is ignoring atrocities committed by Islamic extremists. The nun said taxi driver Andrei Arbashe, 38, was kidnapped after his brother was heard complaining that fighters against the ruling regime behaved like bandits. [Read More…]

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