Memories of Sister Mercedes in Manhattan

From the Nostalgia File: writer and storyteller Thomas R. Pryor in today’s New York Times shares his memories of his beloved Catholic grade school in Manhattan: I had a wide variety of strategies for getting detention: talking in church after a warning, sliding into an imaginary second base on the smooth marble floor at the [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“The Obama administration has just told the Catholics of the United States, ‘To Hell with you!’ There is no other way to put it.” – Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik, on the HHS ruling. Read it all here. [Read more...]

“I want the pope to be proud of us…”

The head of the new Ordinariate, bringing Anglicans into the Catholic Church, spoke recently with CNS, and had a lot of interesting things to say about his new role, and his life.  The married father of three — and former Episcopal bishop — Father Jeffrey N. Steenson will be installed in his new post next [Read More...]

Analysis: Obama’s SOTU written at 8th grade level, pope’s homilies at 11th grade

The other day, Elizabeth Scalia asked “Is great oratory over and done?” She made a compelling case that, yes, the era of truly eloquent speechifying is a thing of the past: I think what is missing from our current crop of gushers and gasbags is the ability to find poetry in their texts, or even [Read More...]

“Abortion snatches the knitting out of God’s hand…”

From the huge Mass celebrated Monday at the Verizon Center as part of the March for Life, here’s Msgr. Charles Pope, from the Archdiocese of Washington (and blogger extraordinaire), delivering a terrific homily before a crowd of 18,000 young people. [Read more...]

House approves religious symbols on war memorials

Somehow, I don’t think we’ve heard the last on this subject: The House on Tuesday approved a measure that seeks to permit religious symbols on federal war memorials, a response to a court ruling that declared a cross atop a San Diego memorial violated the Constitution. The War Memorial Protection Act passed on a voice [Read More...]

The Bark Side: how’d they do that?

That ad of dogs barking the “Star Wars” Imperial March has caused a sensation on YouTube, and now the creator is talking about how he put the ad together: Just how they got the mighty dog choir to sing in tune is a bit of Hollywood magic. We did a quick e-mail interview with Jeff [Read More...]

Dolan: “Let down, disappointed and disturbed” over Obama HHS ruling

He made the remarks last night: On the even of his pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Archbishop Timothy Dolan ripped President Obama for birth control policies he contends run counter to Catholic teachings. Soon-to-be elevated to cardinal by Pope Benedict, Dolan said Wednesday night that the White House was wrong to require the Catholic Church [Read More...]

“All God asks us to do is open up our doors” — UPDATED

I got the following press release last week, and it piqued my curiosity: In response to the over 100,000 visitors expected to pour into Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI, St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, located in downtown Indianapolis, will be taking literally Blessed John Paul II’s invitation to “open wide the doors to Christ” [Read More...]

Unbelievably cool: how to paint with a basketball

Watch as artist Hong Yi, a.k.a. “Red,” paints a portrait of Yao Ming, using something besides a brush. [Read more...]

“Why are beliefs of Catholics and others dismissed?”

That’s one of the compelling questions posed by Sister Mary Ann Walsh at the USCCB’s media blog: On January 20, HHS announced its decision to keep in place the frightening mandate in the health care law, with barely the slightest nod to religious concerns. HHS holds to the absurd rule it announced last August, that [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words

Spotted outside a school in New York City: Read all about it here. [Read more...]

“Silence and Word”: the pope’s message for World Communications Day

The day will be marked on May 20th, but the Vatican — in keeping with tradition — released Pope Benedict’s letter on the topic today, the Memorial of St. Francis de Sales, patron saint of writers and journalists. A snip: Attention should be paid to the various types of websites, applications and social networks which [Read More...]

Fr. Pavone speaks at March for Life in Washington

  He posted several pictures (including the one above) on his FB page.  And the Amarillo newspaper explains: A Roman Catholic priest restricted to ministry within the Diocese of Amarillo participated in March for Life events Monday in Washington with the permission of his bishop. The Rev. Frank Pavone had a full calendar during Monday’s [Read More...]

“I’m also known as Jane Roe…”

I haven’t seen this commercial in a while.  It’s worth another look today. [Read more...]

“Exult, let them exult, the hosts of heaven…”

Looking for a recording of the new Exsultet?  Look no further. The version below comes from this website (I believe the text is available there as well, and you can download it to your iPod).  Be forewarned: it’s long.  About a minute or so longer than the version most of us are familiar with.  And [Read More...]

What’s on TV tonight? Don’t ask

The AP’s David Bauder watches TV so you don’t have to.  And it’s not pretty: Last week seemed typical for CBS’ sitcoms on Monday night, television’s most popular — and raunchy — night of comedy. There was a strip club visit on “How I Met Your Mother,” lap dance included. The stars of “2 Broke [Read More...]

“People need to be reminded that the church is ready and willing to receive them with open arms…”

The phenomenally successful program Catholics Come Home is touching thousands of lives around the country.  Take, for example, Augusta, GA: There is a poster board in the narthex of St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church in Grovetown that says, “We Miss You.” The hope is to draw the eyes of former or inactive Catholics who [Read More...]


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