Vatican, Disgusted (As Am I) by Obscenities, Considered Closing Its Twitter Account

"We didn't think some reactions would be so tough."Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, prefect of the Pontifical Council on Social Communications, told Italian media that the Vatican considered temporarily closing the papal Twitter account because of a barrage of vulgarity.The Vatican had expected insults, he explained Tuesday, when they opened the papal account @Pontifex in December 2012.  However, the rude and crude posts which came from around the world were a shock to Vatican … [Read more...]

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The Hallmark Ornament Kerfuffle: There’s No Way to Win in the PC Wars

For years Hallmark, the Kansas City-based greeting card company, has produced a line of original Christmas ornaments.  We have many of them in our family’s collection:  ornaments which were gifts to our children, or which commemorated a birth or a move or a new job or a new pet.But this year, Hallmark has faced widespread criticism from people across the political spectrum for its 2013 Ugly Christmas Sweater ornament.  On the ornament, the company edited the lyrics of the traditional carol “D … [Read more...]

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Catholic Fisticuffs: Look How Those Christians Shove One Another

It’s been quite a belligerent weekend in the Catholic blogosphere, hasn’t it?First there was the Catholic Answers brouhaha, which was started in part by my post regarding the financial crisis looming at that great Catholic apologetics apostolate.Then there was Michael Voris, chest thumping, publishing the salaries of well known Catholic media personalities, then castigating them for earning wages which are commensurate with their professional achievement and marketplace value, and which a … [Read more...]

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