Using Gosnell to Snip at Obama, or the Press? – UPDATED

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"If these children are being born alive, I have confidence that a doctor..."That is part of State Senator Barack Obama's argument, in 2003, as to why he would not support any sort of legislation insuring medical care for babies delivered during botched abortions. More completely, he said:I think it’s important to understand that this issue ultimately is about abortion and not live births. Because if these children are being born alive, I, at least, have confidence that a doctor who i … [Read more...]

Digital Field of the Lord: Hoeing the Rows, for the Seeds

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In my my first reaction to Benedict's announcement yesterday, I wrote:Listening to some of the inanities coming out of the mouths of cable news anchors, and noting the way they are quickly, predictably, focusing on the "negative narratives" -- one voice on cable anchor is making it sound like the church has just endured 32 years of misery and she imagines "great joy" among "progressive" Catholics and "confusion" among "conservative" ones -- how grateful I am that, thanks to Benedict's … [Read more...]

Newly App’d (but Always Apt) Pope Talks Up Social Media UPDATES

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Yesterday saw the release of the Vatican's new "Pope App", which is so well-done that even God and the Machine's Tom McDonald gave it an enthusiastic thumbs up, writing, "I may have to take back all the bad things I’ve been saying about Vatican communications. (Okay, some of them.)"I downloaded the app to my phone last night, and agree that it's pretty groovy. But right on the heals of that app roll-out, the pope has more to offer on these virtual fields in which the sheep do graze.On … [Read more...]

Newtown and New Media: must we “do better” on big questions? UPDATED

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That's the question I'm asking in my column at First Things, this week. More correctly, I suppose I am wondering, does the Pope (and the church) need to do better with the "hard" questions of faith that are now subject to New Media?Or do we -- and especially the non-believers who are pining for "big" questions -- simply not understanding the depth of the answers?It all started with a tweetback from...a self-described “Agnostic Atheist, Freethinker, Skeptic . . . ” called the Pon … [Read more...]

“Minor Revisions” Reality TV goes Young and Catholic

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Alright, I have to say it: I am not a fan of reality tv shows -- all that splicing, all that talking to the camera while driving. Last night I stumbled into the den where the kids were watching some reality show about the Amish and my eyes glazed over almost instantly.But when Jennifer Fulwiler told me that she and her family were doing a 3-part reality show for NETNY.Net (Brooklyn Diocese), I was intrigued. She wondered, "why would it be interesting to the Brooklyn Diocese?" But after … [Read more...]

Twitter Advice for the Pope and What to Ask Him?

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So, two days ago the Vatican announced the Pope's new Twitter handle and relative hashtags. Since then, Pope Benedict XVI has amassed about half a million English-speaking followers (he will tweet in 8 Languages) and there are innumerable (and sometimes irreverent, often downright hateful) questions awaiting him at the #AskPontifex feed. The pope is not at a loss for reaction or, for that matter, advice. Our friend Brandon Vogt offers His Holiness Five Suggestions as he becomes a Tweeting … [Read more...]

Vote for your favorite Catholic Speakers!

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Mark Shea calls him "one of the most generous people" he knows, and I concur; I'd add "most infectiously joyful" and also "tireless" (there's youth for you). He's got something new going on at his blog, and really, I can't think of any reason for him to do it except his interest in promoting all-things-all-people Catholic in order to serve the faith.What's he doing? Offering a huge number of Catholic writers and speakers for your consideration and asking you to vote for your favorite 15. … [Read more...]

Tebow on ABC This Week & Focus on Family Msg

After watching George Stephanopoulos do a less-than-stellar job of reining in his disdain during the recent ABC GOP debate (although at this point, I'm not exactly offended by hearing the contenders referred to as "characters") it doesn't surprise me at all to read that his Sunday morning show, This Morning, couldn't resist taking some "good-natured" potshots at their Evangelical viewers by digging on the Bronco's loss on Saturday. Writes Josh Feldman at Mediaite:Have we not reached a place … [Read more...]

Teen Suicide, Media Excess, Palin and Bullies, Again

A horrible story made even worse by our excesses of media. Try to fully engage and consider this awful story while attempting to ignore the unstoppable video-with-commercials that ABC News plops into almost all of its pages, and which cannot be stopped while in commercial mode.The story is shattering -- two young teenage girls committed suicide together, and yes, bullying once again seems to lie at the heart of their hopelessness:The bodies of best friends Haylee Fentress and Paige Moravetz, … [Read more...]

Just in Time? Just in Case

Instapundit's Glenn Reynolds has written a thoughtful piece about inventories and happenstance, for the Washington Examiner:Japan's earthquake was in some ways a triumph of preparedness: Thanks to strict building codes, not a single building in Tokyo collapsed. But the earthquake, and the tsunami it produced, have had impacts that go well beyond the immediate.In particular, the damage is exposing the extent to which modern supply-chain management has produced a system that is so lean it … [Read more...]


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