BREAKING: Supreme Court Says It’s OK to Pray!

In a narrow 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court this morning ruled that it's OK to open government meetings with prayer--even if the prayers are overwhelmingly Christian, and even if citizens are encouraged to participate.The case of Town of Greece vs. Galloway has been wending its way through the courts since 2007, when residents Susan Galloway and Linda Stephens took the board of the small town near Rochester, New York to federal court, contending that its practice of offering prayers … [Read more...]

The Uniform of the Swiss Guard: A 100-Year-Old Tradition

Were the uniforms of the Swiss Guard designed by Michelangelo?  I've always heard that; but today I read--on the Vatican's own website--that Michelangelo had nothing to do with it!  Instead, it was Commandant Jules Repond, inspired by the frescoes of Raffaello, who had the inspiration for the iconic uniforms which are worn by guards in Vatican City and at papal events. In any case,  they are lovely, aren't they?  The bold blue, red and yellow stripes, the white of the collar and glov … [Read more...]

A Memory Walk (And a Big Blow-Out Party!) For Patheos@5

Catholic bloggers at the Bishops/Bloggers Meet-up in Baltimore, 2012

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PATHEOS! It's been five years since Leo and Cathie Brunnick launched their digital areopagus, this place where people of different faiths can come together, discuss and engage.  With some 100 faith traditions represented, Patheos has become the premiere host site  for smart, serious and respectful conversations on controversial issues of religion, spirituality and ethics.Since its inception, Patheos has become a formidable presence on the Internet, attracting committed C … [Read more...]