Foreword by Dolan; Artwork by Bach; My New Book Drops!

It was just about one month ago that I became aware of Jason Bach, and it was via this brilliant and timely cartoon that went internet-viral.And I thought, "what a talented young man!" and I perused his archives and got in touch with him and saw more of his work and thought, "I have a new book coming out and I have no idea what the cover should be. But I know I don't want it to be a picture of me..."Why not? Well, because the book is a collection of essays and columns from 2005 to the … [Read more...]

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Talking “Strange Gods” with Brandon Vogt

One of my favorite people on the planet is Brandon Vogt, a young man of considerable energy and imagination, but also great faith and astounding generosity. No one could have faulted him, had he sought to profit from his first book, The Church and New Media, but Brandon donated 100% of the book's proceeds to establish school computer labs throughout the Archdiocese of Mombasa, Kenya.Kathy Schiffer has mentioned meeting Brandon in Rome in 2011, for the beatification of Pope John Paul II and … [Read more...]

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“We are Church.” As self-referential as the Curia.

You might think it takes a peculiar sort of mind to find common themes uniting an interview with Antonin Scalia and an exhortation from Pope Francis, and you'd be right. My piece at First Things this week brings these two divertingly counter-cultural men together on the subject of narcissism and idols:After his election to the papacy, notes were released outlining the pre-conclave intervention delivered by Jorge Mario Bergoglio, which many of the Cardinal-electors said impressed them … [Read more...]

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Remarks to Catholic Marketers, Shop Owners

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to meet and talk with members of the Catholic Marketing Network at their annual conference and trade show. The show is always delightful -- walking amidst a convention hall of Catholic wares, tsotskies and books is my idea of a very good time, indeed, and of course, I also got to photobomb the pope!And of course, there was the wine-and-cheese book-signing sponsored by Ave Maria Press, which was great fun and looked like this:The conference … [Read more...]

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Batman vs The Anchoress

Heh. So cool!When my kids were young they loved DC Comics. I need to let them know about this one! The Batman Annual #2 is apparently being released today.RELATED: DC Comics Introduces the Anchoress … [Read more...]

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DC Comics introduces: The Anchoress!

I should only be so thin, but still -- this is a riot!:The Anchoress is a young woman whose years in Arkham have noticeably withered her away as she continues to add thousands upon thousands of tick marks upon the stones of her cell. There’s a delicate sense of fragility surrounding this character, making her seem as vulnerable as she is frightening. But what did she do to deem her Arkham’s very first prisoner? See more here.Okay, guys...what did she do to become Arkham's first pri … [Read more...]

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Egad, me on a plane, again…pray for me!

The memory of Rome, and the illness that overtook me halfway across the Atlantic is still fresh in my mind and I'm frankly dreading getting on another airplane, but I'm off to Colorado to meet up with the Big Kahunae who invented Patheos and also to attend the Catholic Media Convention, along with the likes of Deacon Greg Kandra, Kathryn Lopez, Lisa Hendey, Dr. Matthew Bunson, the OSV Gang -- the cool people who let me hang out with them, even against their better judgement. I understand Hendey … [Read more...]

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Talking “Strange Gods” on Catholic Weekend

When Maria Johnson invited me to come and chat with the gang at SPQN's Catholic Weekend, I said "sure" without really knowing what to expect. I didn't anticipate a party atmosphere at Google hangouts, and I was a little frightened at the idea of talking with four people at once. But when Maria greeted me with a tiara on her head and a tee shirt proclaiming herself "The Queen of Everything" I realized I could have retained my Donald Duck sweatshirt. Tiara aside, I felt overdressed!In this … [Read more...]

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“He listened to the girl on GPS. Then to me, for 200 miles…”

I totally forgot that while taping this interview with Tony Rossi, I had completely revealed myself to be the harridan I try to hide from you, on a daily basis. It's here at about 5:10 into the chat.Tony's blog Christopher Closeup is one of the places I go when I need to decompress, because he always has a perspective-changer up there, lighting "one candle" against the darkness with heartening regularity. I'm not much of a light, but he generously offered to talk to me about my … [Read more...]

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Why AM I Catholic? – UPDATED

Patheos had the idea of asking its bloggers, from all channels, why they believe what they believe; why they are "Evangelical Christian" or "Mormon" or "Protestant" or so forth, in 200 words or less. The page is likely to be completed next week (so check back, because it will be fascinating) and I'm very happy that so many of us in the Catholic portal are posting on the question during Holy Week. You'll find links to some of them at the end of this piece. You can answer yourself, in the … [Read more...]

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