Horror: 18 children dead in Connecticut school shooting

Eleven days before Christmas, a nightmare.  From Associated Press:  A gunman opened fire inside a Connecticut elementary school Friday in a shooting that left 27 people dead, including 18 children, an official said. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was still under way. The shooting appeared to be the nation’s second-deadliest [Read More…]

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Believe in possibility: check out this amazing one-handed basketball player

Prepare to be awed and inspired. From HuffPo:  Zach Hodskins, the 6’2″ junior guard of Milton High School’s basketball team, has competed — and won — against some of the top high school players in the country. The Georgia teen is a skilled player, despite the fact that he only has one arm. Hodskins has [Read More…]

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Bobby Jindal: sell birth control over the counter

The Catholic governor of Louisiana made his recommendation in an opinion piece in today’s Wall Street Journal. Details:  Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican and a potential 2016 presidential candidate, has a solution for the GOP’s birth control problem: Make it over the counter. “The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists announced its support last [Read More…]

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Catholic AG in Virginia calls church “the largest special group interest in America”

Details: Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, a Roman Catholic, had some stinging words for church leaders in a recent speech where he said bishops have “helped create a culture of dependency on government, not God.” The 2013 Republican gubernatorial candidate offered that assessment during a wide-ranging Sept. 29 speech to the Cherish Life Ministries Christian Life [Read More…]

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Do microphones muffle good preaching?

Writer Leroy Huizenga thinks so.  From First Things: I think microphones might very well injure preaching, for in preaching the microphone functions as both obstacle and crutch. The microphone is an obstacle, one more piece of complexity that can go wrong. It makes preachers tentative; the microphone is like a snake that might bite if [Read More…]

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India produces a movie about Jesus: Passion of the (Hindu) Christ?

Now for something completely different. Details: Christaayan, the first Hindi production about Jesus, has been presented to the public. Situated in India, it is inspired by the country’s traditional culture. The six-hour epic was produced by Satprakashan Sanchar Kendra in Indore for the Divine Verb Society and will be broadcast nation-wide as a TV series. [Read More…]

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Who is Dorothy Day?

Yesterday, I posted Part I of CNS’s profile of this future saint. Part II is below. Kudos to all concerned! [Read more…]

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Atheists erect anti-Christian billboard in Times Square

The Catholic League notes: Hanukkah is currently being celebrated, but fortunately for Jews they are not being attacked by David Silverman. No, like other haters in the atheist community, the president of American Atheists saves his vitriol for Christians. Silverman’s latest assault is a huge billboard in New York’s Times Square. The decision by Silverman [Read More…]

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Must-see video: a look at the sainthood cause for Dorothy Day—UPDATED

The talented Chaz Muth at CNS put this together, and it’s worth a look. It features some rare video of Dorothy Day, and interviews with those who knew her, including her granddaughter (who, I should say, bears a striking resemblance to her grandmother). The CNS website says this is Part I of a series. I [Read More…]

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11 Anglican nuns to join Catholic Church in England

And they include a former C of E minister and the mother superior.  Details, from the Catholic Herald:   Eleven Anglican Sisters will be received into the Catholic Church via the ordinariate, it emerged this week. The Sisters, from the Community of St Mary the Virgin in Wantage, Oxfordshire, will be received into the Church by Mgr [Read More…]

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Seattle lays out “policy refresher” regarding same sex marriage

From the Archdiocese of Seattle website, some guidelines that I suspect will soon be appearing in other parts of the country, too: With voters’ approval of Referendum 74, same-sex marriage is legal in Washington state beginning Dec. 6. Archbishop J. Peter Sartain responded to the passage of R-74 in an archdiocesan “policy refresher” sent to [Read More…]

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“Never stop searching”

That’s the terrific message in this terrific video from the good folks at Google: a year-end summary of what people were searching for in 2012. What a world. Enjoy. [Read more…]

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Bishop Walter Sullivan, RIP

From the Associated Press:  Former Bishop Walter F. Sullivan, a progressive leader in the U.S. Roman Catholic church and the longest-serving head of the Richmond diocese, died Tuesday. He was 84. Sullivan, who had been diagnosed with liver cancer, died at home, said Judy Lindfors, assistant editor of The Catholic Virginian. He spent the majority [Read More…]

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“Dear Friends…”

With those two words, Pope Benedict officially entered the Twitterverse, sending out his first papal tweet. From Vatican Radio: Pope Benedict XVI sent out his first-ever message via Twitter under his personal Twitter handle: @pontifex, on Wednesday. “Dear friends,” wrote the Holy Father, “I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank [Read More…]

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Did Obama remove Christmas from the White House Christmas cards?

Given items like this one, you would think so. But it turns out the word “Christmas” hasn’t appeared in a White House Christmas card for years. A website devoted to White House Christmas cards has some context: During their first year in the executive mansion, the President and First Lady Michelle Obama’s selection of their [Read More…]

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“I want to love again…”

That’s the snap-to-attention opening line of Elizabeth Scalia’s latest posting at First Things. I meant to link to it earlier today, but got sidetracked. If you haven’t seen it yet, take a moment and ponder the wisdom and grace of an examined, painfully honest life.  Elizabeth takes herself to task (and a lot of us [Read More…]

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“Man of Steel”: Messiah?

More than a few people have mentioned the striking Christian allegory of Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy.  Now Nolan is about to bring us (as producer, not director) another pulpy comic book hero with characteristics that appear not only startlingly Christ-like, but downright Messianic. Check out the new trailer for next summer’s “Man of Steel” [Read More…]

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On Friday night, 50 teenagers gathered to pray…

This morning, I got an e-mail from the young man who oversees our parish youth group and altar servers. He’s a graduate student at Fordham, working on his doctorate, and arranged an Advent Prayer Service for the  teenagers. He wanted to tell me what happened: We had placed candles around that table and placed in [Read More…]

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