"Godspell" gets born again

With “Godspell,” as with so many things, you never forget your first time. Mine was in the spring of 1973, on an 8th grade class trip that took us down to Ford’s Theater in Washington to see that “hippie musical about Jesus,” as one of the nuns in the school disdainfully called it (though to [Read More...]

UN: Catholic Church not contributing to population boom

With the world population about to hit seven billion, the United Nations says the teaching of the Catholic Church isn’t really a factor, in part because few people actually follow it : The Catholic Church’s ban on the use of contraception is not to blame for the population boom that is about to tip the [Read More...]

"Personhood" amendment gains ground

Details, from the New York Times: A constitutional amendment facing voters in Mississippi on Nov. 8, and similar initiatives brewing in half a dozen other states including Florida and Ohio, would declare a fertilized human egg to be a legal person, effectively branding abortion and some forms of birth controlas murder. With this far-reaching anti-abortion strategy, the [Read More...]

Somewhere in heaven, St. Francis is smiling

Check out this touching video about an animal rescue out west. The story: Nili was dumped in the desert, and just sat there, waiting for her owner. My dear friends, Liraz and Alan saw her as they were driving home from Nevada to California and tried to help her. They spent 6 hours the first [Read More...]

Aaron Neville: "I want people to see Him in me…"

Raymond Arroyo has a glimpse inside the profound faith of this Catholic singer — and Aaron Neville himself speaks movingly of his journey into drug addiction and back: “It’s four o’clock in the morning in New York, and I’m staying at a friend’s house, and I’m sitting there by myself with a tape recorder. And [Read More...]

"This is a book that will get people thinking — and talking"

If you find yourself in Chicago Thursday, you might want to wander over to the Simpson Living Learning Center (1032 West Sheridan Road) at 4 p.m. for what promises to be a lively presentation and discussion on the topic of women deacons. It’s to mark the official publication of the long-aborning book “Women Deacons: Past, [Read More...]

Looking south: another view on the Vatican note on the economy

The astute John Allen has a take on the new Vatican document on economics that helps put it in perspective: Critics, dismayed by the note’s content, rather predictably have challenged its Vatican standing. George Weigel dismissed it as the product of a “rather small office in the Roman Curia” while Bill Donohue said it contains [Read More...]

Survey finds U.S. Catholics "by and large, like being Catholic"

Details: American Catholics have by and large remained loyal to the core teachings and sacraments of their faith, but increasingly tune out the hierarchy on issues of sexual morality, according to a new study released Monday (Oct. 24) The sweeping survey shows that over the last quarter-century, U.S. Catholics have become increasingly likely to say [Read More...]

Day by day: a "Godspell" flash mob

The Deacon’s Wife and I are going to see the new Broadway revival of “Godspell” Tuesday night (a rare night out for us  — and on a work night!).  While checking out the production’s website, I discovered the video below: a flash mob in Times Square that was staged a couple weeks ago to promote [Read More...]

Jesus in the air: the surprising meaning of Detroit's WJBK

Folks in Detroit may already know this, but it was news to me.  The TV station is marking an anniversary today, and Kathy Schiffer gets the scoop: Not a huge fan of television, I would say “Who cares?” except for a little tidbit I heard on WWJ’s radio news this morning.  According to FCC regulations, [Read More...]

Jewish chaplains finally get memorial at Arlington

Details from the AP: A memorial to 14 Jewish chaplains who died during active military service was dedicated Monday at Arlington National Cemetery, joining memorials to Protestant and Roman Catholic chaplains that had been in place for decades. Monday’s dedication service at the cemetery corrects an oversight that had more or less gone unnoticed until [Read More...]

Update: police in China arrest two in death of little girl

You may remember this horrific video of a little girl run over by a van — and the bystanders who did nothing. An update, from the AP: Police formally arrested two drivers suspected of running over a toddler who died a week after she was struck on a busy market street in southern China and [Read More...]

Vatican condemns "selfishness, collective greed and the hoarding of goods" — UPDATED

Details, from CNS: A Vatican document called for the gradual creation of a world political authority with broad powers to regulate financial markets and rein in the “inequalities and distortions of capitalist development.” The document said the current global financial crisis has revealed “selfishness, collective greed and the hoarding of goods on a great scale.” [Read More...]

Occupy Wall Street gets religion

The Associated Press looks at some of the religious voices being heard in this protest movement: Downtown Dewey Square is crammed with tents and tarps of Occupy Boston protesters, but organizers made sure from the start of this weeks-old encampment that there was room for the holy. No shoes are allowed in the “Sacred Space” [Read More...]

What if the Bible were written for Twitter?

That’s the audaciously clever premise behind one of the plays commissioned in London to mark the anniversary of the King James Bible. The New York Times has more: God’s terse first line in the Book of Genesis — “Let there be light” — was ready-made for the Twitter generation. If only the rest was as [Read More...]

"All are welcome" — or are they?

Discussing notions of what is beautiful in liturgy, Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison, Wisconsin used his newspaper column recently to take aim at one popular church hymn: Beautiful can never be mistaken as an indicator of what pleases some majority of people somewhere. The fact that our parish likes to sing a particular song at [Read More...]

Remembering Bob Pierpoint

In 1982, my first job out of college was as a Production Secretary for the CBS Evening News in Washington.  I got up every morning and took the subway from Silver Spring to DuPont Circle, then walked a few blocks to the small, squat two-story building on M Street that was the home of the [Read More...]

Student with Down Syndrome crowned Homecoming King

This seems a fitting followup to the image I posted yesterday. From the Washington Post: Kevin Schombert, a student with Down Syndrome, was crowned homecoming king this weekend at Urbana High School in Frederick County. Schombert is a manager for the school’s basketball team and a huge sports fan. “Kevin lives, breathes and bleeds Urbana [Read More...]


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