The world's newest comic book hero? Pope Benedict

He’ll be making his debut at World Youth Day, according to Catholic News Agency: Manga Hero, a California company that produces Japanese-style comics with Catholic themes, will offer World Youth Day attendees a special comic about the life and papacy of Pope Benedict XVI, called “Habemus Papam!” “The point of ‘Habemus Papam!’ is to introduce [Read More...]

Happy Birthday, Christopher Walken

A friend pointed out on his Facebook page that today is the esteemed actor’s birthday.  I think that’s worth a little dance, don’t you, Chris? Face it: this is great stuff.  Truly.  Awesome.  Video.  If you polled people to name the top five music videos of all time, this would have to be on nearly [Read More...]

"Why I am converting to Catholicism"

A Protestant speaker/blogger/youth minister named Bryan Kemper made the announcement on his blog: I want to let you know this is not made lightly; I fought against this for years. There are several things that led me to search and finally choose to go back to the Church. I will share a few things in [Read More...]

Quote of the day II

“It always helps to have a bit of prayer in your back pocket. At the end of the day, you have to have something and for me that is God, Jesus, my Catholic upbringing, my faith…” “God has been good to me. My faith has been good to me in the moments of deepest suffering, [Read More...]

Fr. Corapi updates: his case, and his order

The National Catholic Register has posted a couple good updates on the still-unfolding story of Fr. Corapi. First, a round-up of the case, and what is known and what isn’t. Secondly, an interview with a representative from Fr. Corapi’s order, The Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT). Both are worth a [Read More...]

Is this the biggest discovery since the Dead Sea Scrolls?

Some scholars are suggesting as much — and claim these ancient writings, if authentic, could cast new light on ancient Christianity. The Daily Mail has more: For scholars of faith and history, it is a treasure trove too precious for price. This ancient collection of 70 tiny books, their lead pages bound with wire, could [Read More...]

Bishop to gays: "The church is your home"

It happened in Mexico.  Details, from CNS: Celebrating Mass for participants in a diocesan-endorsed forum on sexual diversity, Bishop Raul Vera Lopez of Saltillo told gays and lesbians, “The church is your home. “Jesus founded the church to bring in those on the outside, for those suffering exclusion and rejection … so that they find [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“It’s about permanence, not being able to hit delete. You have to have some conviction in your thoughts. And that’s my whole philosophy of typewriters.” – Louis Smith, 28, of Brooklyn. Read the whole story. [Read more...]

Taking the iPad to church

A priest has already started using it for mass, as you can see from the image below (albeit, the altar was a little un-traditional): You can read about him here. Meantime, our Protestant brothers and sisters aren’t wasting any time.  Moses carried tablets — and now they do, too: When pastor Dennis Newkirk stands before [Read More...]

A great video: life with the Norbertines

Some longtime readers may remember the great story of Grant Desme, star player for the Oakland A’s, who left the A’s farm team last year to join the seminary — in fact, entering St. Michael’s Abbey, to begin formation with the Norbertines in Orange County in California.  I just stumbled on this beautifully produced video, [Read More...]

Warning: Fr. Ray Bourgeois facing dismissal over women's ordination

A prominent priest may soon be removed from his order over his very public support of women priests. From the National Catholic Reporter: Maryknoll Fr. Roy Bourgeois, the longtime peace activist and founder of SOA Watch, has received a letter from his order giving him 15 days to “publicly recant” his support of women’s ordination [Read More...]

"Secret Access: The Vatican"

Thanks to my pal Dave Gibson, who alerted his readers to a History Channel special on the Vatican, airing tonight at 9 pm. As Dave notes: The show provides an overview of the history of the Vatican, and focuses on everyday life in the city-state today, and how it all works, or doesn’t, as the [Read More...]

Ex-priest strikes back, sues his accuser

He was laicized, but that doesn’t mean he’s been silenced. Details, from the New York Daily News: A once-prominent Bronx priest who was defrocked after a church tribunal found him guilty of sexually abusing a teen is suing his accuser for defamation. Charles Kavanagh, who was once in charge of the archdiocese’s fund-raising arm, claimed in [Read More...]

Praying for Geraldine

Above and beyond the lively debate about whether Geraldine Ferraro merits a Catholic funeral, I think we can all agree on this: God is merciful, and prayer can’t hurt.  That’s the gist of my column this week. From “All Things New”: Msgr. Peter Elliott, writing about the notion of purgatory, once offered another beautiful thought: [Read More...]

If Google had existed in 1960 …

…would it have looked like this? Source. [Read more...]

In praise of the "necessary others"

I’ve posted a lot of items around here about wearing the Roman collar.  Elizabeth Scalia has a few choice thoughts about those who do — and suffer because of it: When Buddhist monks and nuns go out in public wearing their robes, they usually get some curious looks, but they’re not harangued for their vows [Read More...]

"Every 21 minutes, our next possible leader is aborted…"

That’s the in-your-face message of these billboards, featuring an image of President Obama, which have gone up around Chicago. (Click to enlarge.) The story behind them: Thirty pro-life billboards featuring the image of Barack Obama are going up in South Chicago, U.S. president Barack Obama’s adopted hometown, starting tomorrow. “Every 21 minutes, our next possible [Read More...]

"Catholic artists today are virtually invisible"

That’s the assessment of someone in a position to know, this year’s recipient of the distinguished Laetare Medal. Details: Faithful Catholics have all but disappeared from the arts in America — leaving the arts “spiritually impoverished” and undercutting the ways the church “speaks to the world,” according to Dana Gioia, Catholic poet and former chairman [Read More...]


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