New German website lets parishioners rate their priests

If this catches on here in the States, it could make life very interesting … From TIME magazine: If there’s one thing people are opinionated about besides politics, it’s religion. But most priests don’t keep comment card boxes outside their offices, and now some enterprising Germans have come up with a solution. It’s called the [Read More...]

Time capsule from 1981: imagine reading your newspaper on your computer!

Could you imagine such a thing? Check out this report from KRON 30 years ago. [Read more...]

Happy Birthday, Marshall McLuhan

Today would have been the trailblazing media analyst’s 100th birthday. Fr. Raymond de Souza takes note of a new biography, and takes note, as well, of McLuhan’s devout Catholicism: In the Internet age, his ideas appear more relevant than ever. The mark of a great idea is that it is obvious once stated. That how [Read More...]

The reality TV that wasn't: how CBS faked the Fourth

What you see below never happened. Read all about it: Those who watched Boston’s revered Fourth of July celebration Monday night on CBS were treated to spectacular views of fireworks exploding behind the State House, Quincy Market, and home plate at Fenway Park, among other places – great views, until you consider that they were [Read More...]

How to make TV a source of happiness

For some unapologetic couch potatoes, that’s a little like saying “How to make beer a source of happiness.”  But — like beer — TV can also cause a few problems. Here are some helpful suggestions (courtesy, The Happiness Project) for avoiding those problems (other than just turning it off or giving it away): At lunch [Read More...]

"Papa's got an iPad and Twitter account — he's not gonna get any work done now!"

That’s how Elizabeth Scalia celebrated the historic moment, captured in the photograph below. The pope launched the Vatican’s new online news site with a gesture that must have sent Apple stock soaring: tweeting on an iPad. Rocco has more. [Read more...]

The John Jay Report: what critics and the press got wrong

And there was evidently a lot they got wrong, according to the lead researcher of the report, Karen J. Terry.  She offered the following analysis at John Jay’s online resource, The Crime Report: Sound bites should not be confused with facts. By the time we officially released our report (which can be found here) on The [Read More...]

Kudos! — UPDATED

“These are untold stories, rich with the sort of confluence of religion, history, culture and nationalism that reveal true complexity.  The writing pulls from multiple sources in ways that allow us to feel as if we’re not seeing a single tile in a great mosaic, but the entire mosaic itself.  These are a triumph of [Read More...]

The new Vatican website, explained

H/T to web wizard Deacon Eric Stoltz. Click to enlarge. [Read more...]

Quote of the day

“There exists a Christian way of being present in the digital world: this takes the form of a communication which is honest and open, responsible and respectful of others. To proclaim the Gospel through the new media means not only to insert expressly religious content into different media platforms, but also to witness consistently, in [Read More...]


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