Religion, Apps and New Media

Last week I mentioned that Eliot Spitzer and CNN had renamed their re-tooled panel show, turning Parker Spitzer, into In the Arena, and I groused that there is already a panel show by that name being aired by the Diocese of Brooklyn, which you can see each spring here.This week we'll be talking about the latest on the deplorable and depressing scandal within the church - you can watch that tonight at 7PM, Eastern or again at 11:30PM, if you're inclined.Last week's show was great fun, though, … [Read more...]

In the Arena vs Oscar Dresses! UPDATED

I know, I know, the Oscars Red Carpet dresses/runway show begins at 7:00 PM, but if you're not into that, you might want to consider heading over to www.netny.net to watch this week's episode of the real (Spitzer-free) "In the Arena" where Jane Hanson, Commonweal's Grant Gallicho, Msgr. Kieran Harrington and I had a great time skype-talking to Patrick Leinen, one of the designers of the "Confession app," and playing with my iPad; we also talked alternative media, blogs - it was a fun show, so if … [Read more...]

Spitzer-take; In the Arena?

To the surprise of no one, Kathleen Parker is departing CNN's Parker/Spitzer;Kathleen Parker, the Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist who co-hosted CNN's 8 p.m. show, is leaving just five months after the show debuted, the company announced Friday."I have decided to return to a schedule that will allow me to focus more on my syndicated newspaper column and other writings," Parker said in a statement. She said she enjoyed her time on the show "Parker Spitzer" with former New York Gov. Eliot … [Read more...]

Life of Faith, Power of Prayer

The life of faith, in truth, is -like Jumpin’ Jack Flash, a g-g-gas; it is a mind-blower. We humans tend to try to put everything, including God, and love and life, into manageable compartments, and we hide in them. We hide inside our frameworks, our structures, our plans, our narratives, our willful and our unintentional bigotries.But God -who created a world of order- points cannons at those tidy compartments and goes ba-boom! And when we ask, repeatedly, “why did you do that, when I had it a … [Read more...]

Kagan not an automaton but…UPDATED

A morning email from a good friend:You predicted Bush would pick Bernard Kerik for Homeland Security (that didn't work out). You predicted Bush would pick Harriet Miers for the Court (also, ahem, didn't work out). You predicted Hillary would cry before the New Hampshire primaries in '08 (things...did not work out for her) and on In the Arena last week, you predicted Obama would choose Kagan. I think your successful predictions are like a kiss-of-death, and Kagan should be worried! Please … [Read more...]


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