In her footsteps: meet Dorothy Day's granddaughter

She is a Catholic activist in her own right, and recently visited Iowa State to speak. Details: Martha Hennessy is a soft-spoken woman, but her actions certainly are not. She spoke on Monday in the Sun Room of the Memorial Union, giving a speech titled “Inspiration for the 21st Century Radical” in which she discussed her [Read More...]

Shock: ACLU backs right of 12-year-old girl to wear rosary to school

An apt news item for the beginning of October, the month of the rosary, don’t you think? Details: The Nebraska ACLU is siding with a sixth-grade girl who said that her religious beliefs have been compromised because the Fremont Public School District won’t let her go to class wearing a necklace that resembles a rosary. [Read More...]

"Girthers"

That’s the inspired name that someone has given to all the bellyachers complaining about Chris Christie’s belly. Genius?  A little bit. That is all. [Read more...]

"Party Rock Anthem" as you've never heard it before — by a marching band

“Party rock is in the house tonight” — and last weekend, the Ohio University Marching 110 knocked it out of the house and clear across Athens. This is something to see, (even if you only know the tune from that awful, creepy Kia commercial.) “Every day I’m shufflin’, shufflin’…” Everybody shuffle! [Read more...]

Worth a thousand words: Hail, Mary!

For the month of the rosary, a striking image from a shrine in India. Source. And read more here from the current issue of ONE magazine. [Read more...]

Pro-life activist: graphic images will remain in Amarillo

Images of aborted fetuses put on public display have sparked controversy lately — but the man behind them has no plans to remove them. Details: Lori Saunders shielded her 8-year-old daughter’s eyes as the trio of trucks left the Westgate Mall area. “Our children shouldn’t be subject to these graphic images,” Saunders said. “Nobody should [Read More...]

How an AP reporter found religion while covering scandal

Here’s something you don’t read about every day, courtesy GetReligion: You might consider Associated Press reporter Tom Breen to be the anti-William Lobdell. Breen recently told me he eventually became a weekly Mass attendee after educating himself on the Catholic abuse scandals for his journalism job. His story is quite the opposite from Lobdell, whose [Read More...]

The hole in the floor: the burial of bishops in cathedrals

With Archbishop Philip Hannan’s funeral set for Thursday in New Orleans, the local paper looks at a venerable tradition surrounding the burial of bishops: After his funeral Mass, Hannan’s remains will be lowered into a crypt below the crimson carpet in the sanctuary in front of the altar, where he will lie alongside eight predecessors. [Read More...]

Happy October

It’s the month of the rosary – so, to kickstart the month, here’s a great video that was produced a couple years ago for young people. [Read more...]

Andy Rooney: "I'm a writer who reads what he's written"

In his final commentary Sunday night, the celebrated grouch looked back at his 70-year career. Andy’s part of the last generation of journalists who genuinely cared about words, and who prided themselves first and foremost on being writers — not broadcasters or personalities, but writers.  He’s an anachronism now:  an analog man in a digital [Read More...]

Is this the heart of Jesus?

Maybe.  It was discovered three years ago, but could signify a Eucharistic miracle in Poland. Details: Roman Catholics in Poland gathered Sunday for a special Mass celebrating what they see as a miracle: the appearance on a communion wafer of a dark spot that they are convinced is part of the heart of Jesus. The [Read More...]

Good boy, Petey!

Anyone up for hoops?  Behold, a little game of one-on-one with a dog. [Read more...]

Resurrection: the Catholic Church's comeback in Cuba

Cuba’s Catholic Church is enjoying new popularity and influence — and TIME magazine examines why, and some of the challenges the Church is facing: Last November, it opened a new seminary — the first since Fidel Castro’s communist revolution all but shut down the church 50 years ago. In May, Cuba’s bishops finished brokering the [Read More...]

A new deacon reflects: "It's almost indescribable."

As we reported here last week, Toledo recently ordained nine new deacons.  And a local paper chatted with one of them, Deacon John Walter (the third from the left above) who described his long formation and his “new line of work”: John F. Walter is a life-long resident of Seneca County and a retired farmer. [Read More...]

Respect Life: "The Circle of Life"

One spring morning in 1998, my wife and I got up early and went down to 42nd St. and bought standing room to see this show, just a few weeks after it opened on Broadway.  We wanted to see what all the fuss was about.   Was it really that good? Well, yeah. And then some. [Read More...]

Whatcha readin'?

Well, put it down and pick up something over at the Patheos Book Club! Elizabeth Scalia offers an introduction to what’s new this month: From today until October 15, the Patheos Book Club will be taking in-depth looks at three books, Father Robert Barron’s Catholicism: a Journey to the Heart of the Faith, Brandon Vogt’s [Read More...]

"I don't want to hear myself cry…"

That’s what 29-year-old Sloan Churman says on the stunning video below, wherein this young woman born deaf hears for the first time with a hearing implant. Break out the Kleenex.  You will hear her cry.  And yourself, too. [Read more...]

Respect life: the Church's evolving views on capital punishment

While the Catholic Church has does not forbid the death penalty under all circumstances, it has voiced strong and growing opposition to the practice, as Catholic News Service reports: Because the church has only in the past few decades begun closing the window — if not shutting it completely — on the permissibility of the [Read More...]


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