Mario Batali Tries to Live on Food Stamps

Doesn’t turn out so well. The famous chef and his family tried living on $1.48 per meal for a week to draw attention to the need for food stamps in a hard-hit economy. How did that go, Mario? “I’m (expletive deleted) starving,” said Batali, who’s on the board of the food relief agency Food Bank [Read More...]

And Now for a REALLY Important Anniversary

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The British Sandwich Association (I’ll let that sink in for a moment … they even have a website) has designated this week as the 250th anniversary of the sandwich.  This week, in 1762, is the earliest recorded mention of a sandwich, found in the journals of Edward Gibbon. John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich, [Read More...]

Norway Abolishes State Church

State churches are a really bad idea, and they always have been. Now that Norway is almost a completely post-Christian culture (only 2% of the population attends services), there’s no reason for them to pretend any more. In an unprecedented move, the Norwegian Parliament has voted to abolish the state-sponsored Church of Norway with a [Read More...]

More Churches Closed in Indonesia

In the Aceh district in Indonesia there are about 120,000 Christians, but they’re only allowed to have 1 full church and 4 house churches. That’s clearly not enough to serve the Christian population, so people meet in “unauthorized” places. Now the Indonesian government, prompted by Muslim hardliners, are sealing off these smaller houses of worship. Another Christian house [Read More...]

Fr. Barron Appointed Rector of Mundelein Seminary

PRESS RELEASE: The Archbishop of Chicago, Francis Cardinal George, announced today Father Robert Barron has been appointed Rector-President of Mundelein Seminary/University of St. Mary of the Lake. Father Barron will assume this role in July at the seminary located outside Chicago. “As a priest of Jesus Christ I accept this responsibility with joy,” said Father Barron. [Read More...]

First Reaction from the LCWR UPDATED

UPDATED: Exhibit A for Explaining the LCWR Report. Writers on all sides of the ideological spectrum have been chewing over the welcome news that the dissident Leadership Conference of Women Religious will be reformed, so I won’t rehash the story here. You can find the full Doctrinal Assessment here, and read Rocco’s balanced coverage here. I was [Read More...]

The Most Pressing Issue in Global Christianity

I try not to duplicate material found on other blogs here at Patheos, but Mark Shea posted a powerful and important video from John Allen, Jr. on the global persecution of Christians, and it deserves the widest possible distribution. I’ve read John Allen for a long time, and always admired his work, if not the [Read More...]

Blind Writer’s Manuscript Recovered by Forensic Department

Seven years ago, Trish Vickers lost her sight to diabetes, and turned to writing for solace. Using a system of rubber bands to keep her lines straight, she began writing a novel in longhand. Each week, her son, Simon, would visit and read back the manuscript pages, and then a volunteer would type them up. [Read More...]


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