We Are Coming - Tower of Pizza

Leaning Tower of Pizza? Romans Get a Laugh at ISIS’ Expense

Radicals from the Islamic State (ISIS) have threatened to overthrow Rome and toss homosexuals from the Leaning Tower of Pizza.Apparently, the Islamists don't realize that the tower in question is actually in the Italian town of Pisa, and that there is no food involved.  The Italians, though, have taken the slip-up as an opportunity to mock ISIS over on Twitter, with great memes like this:Some, like Guido Tresoldi, noted that they had also enjoyed too much pizza, and that there had … [Read More...]

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This Heavy Snow Is a Mess for People–But Just Think How Bad It Is for Churches!

The storms of 2015 are hard on parishes which are buried in snow!You heard it directly from the bishop:  On February 13, as Snowmageddon, that most fearsome of storms, approached the Northeastern U.S., Bishop Thomas J. Tobin told Catholics in the Diocese of Providence to stay home from Sunday Mass if driving conditions were dangerous.And conditions have been so dangerous!  What with the frigid temperatures, the icy roads and the piled snow, many people who attend Mass regularly have been … [Read More...]

CORRECTION re. Basilian Father Timothy Scott

Mea culpa.  A few days ago, I reported that Father Timothy Scott had been removed from his position as spokesperson for the Basilian Fathers, after an offensive tweet against Cardinal Raymond Burke.  I had taken that information from several blogs and articles which were circulating on the Internet, … [Read More...]

Finding Jesus: CNN’s Lenten Series Explores Faith Through Holy Relics

If it's Lent, it must be time for yet another series that questions the veracity of faith.  This year's offering is a new six-part series by CNN, Finding Jesus:  Faith, Fact, Forgery, which begins on Sunday, March 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT and concludes on Easter Sunday.  Finding Jesus is co-written by aw … [Read More...]

Willy Herteller, Homeless Man, Laid to Rest in Vatican Gardens

Willy Herteller is home at last.Willy, a homeless man who had migrated from Belgium to the streets of Vatican City, died December 12, but no one came forward to claim his body.  He had no known family in Rome.  No one was certain of his age, although he appeared to be about 80.But Willy was a … [Read More...]

Hell (Michigan) Is for Sale; and Now, Damned Group Wants to Buy It

Hell, Michigan is a small town about an hour west of Detroit, near the Pinckney Recreation Area.  There's not much there:  a ghoulish gift shop where visitors can purchase Halloween decorations and ghastly souvenirs, and a post office where  can get your letter postmarked "Hell."Two weeks ago- … [Read More...]

The Odd Thomas Farewell Novel I Didn’t Want to See

I'm a pretty practical reader.  I read solid theological tomes or historical fiction or self-help books--not sci-fi.  I'm not one to be hooked on fantasy tales and spirits of the walking dead.  So how in the world did I fall in love with a character who sees dead people, and whose path is cr … [Read More...]

Fr. Timothy Scott Removed as Basilian Spokesperson After Hurling Obscenity Toward Cardinal Burke

Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear. --Ephesians 4:29Fr. Timothy Scott, C.S.B. should have read that verse over once or twice, before posting a tweet February 7 about His … [Read More...]

Brentwood Cathedral’s Stations of the Cross: What Were They Thinking?!

This year in anticipation of the season of Lent, England's historic Brentwood Cathedral has unveiled an exhibit of the Stations of the Cross, as interpreted by contemporary British artists.  Top artists were each commissioned to paint one of the Stations, and each was given free reign to paint the s … [Read More...]

How I Spent My (Sorta, Kinda) Winter Vacation….

Blogging's been light over at Chez Schiffer in the last week!That's because I've been a bit of an itinerant--not traveling the globe, like fellow Patheosi Lisa Hendey who's recently home from Tanzania and Hawaii, but moving around the South, with stops in Atlanta, Georgia and Greenville, South … [Read More...]

A Great Catholic Oscar Put-Down

I spotted this over on Reddit, and it's too good not to share.Make fun of the Oscars?  Check. Nudge Catholics to really live their faith?  Check. Make me laugh:  Check. … [Read More...]

Everybody Dies. Lent Reminds Us of That.

It seems the news lately has been full of death:  We've lost Hollywood idols like Robin Williams and Joan Rivers, '60s rock stars like Leslie Gore, politicians like Mario Cuomo.  "60 Minutes" host Bob Simon, and 21 Coptic martyrs. The New York Times' David Carr entered eternity on the same day as A … [Read More...]

Rest In Peace, Dr. Jack Willke, Father of the Pro-Life Movement

Yesterday Dr. John Willke, known worldwide as the Father of the Pro-Life Movement, passed away unexpectedly at his home at the age of 89. *     *     *     *     * I was in college in about 1970, when I first learned of the pro-life work of Dr. John Willke.  One winter's evening, a spokesperson for … [Read More...]

Archbishop Cordileone Defends Teacher Morality Clause in Open Letter to Legislators

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, archbishop of San Francisco, has issued a measured, respectful, yet strong response to an open letter from eight California legislators.  The legislators had demanded that the archbishop revoke an archdiocesan policy which requires teachers in Catholic schools to be r … [Read More...]