Interviewing Brandon Vogt on Catholicism: New Evangelization

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When, in 2011, Father Robert Barron's Word on Fire Ministries released the first part of its "Catholicism Project", the book-and-video series Catholicism, a Journey to the Heart of Faith, I called it "a course in revolution". Major blocs of the beautifully-wrought video were picked up and aired by PBS and the book is a stand-alone modern classic that I still frequently give as a gift because it is such a readable and thoughtful overview of the faith.The second part of the Catholicism … [Read more...]

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Is MSM Awareness of Gosnell a Wave in Tide of God’s Mercy? UPDATE

It has been, as Ed Driscoll notes a slow awakening for the mainstream media, but now that they are reading the Grand Jury reports on Kermit Gosnell and the testimony at his trial, some members of the press are saying yes, this story deserves covering and in fact demands it from many angles. Perhaps no one has touched on the crux of the thing like Seth Mandel at Commentary:The media should be ashamed beyond description for this behavior. The American left should come to terms with what it … [Read more...]

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

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...]

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Does Mo Dowd think Celibacy = Pedophilia?

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Zoran Karapancev / Courtesy of Shutterstock.comI hadn't read Mo Dowd's latest screed because I've been really busy and because, well, her Yosemite Sam act has really begun to bore me over the years -- as Joanne (envisioning Dowd as another Looney Toon fave) writes here:I wonder sometimes why she doesn’t simply self-destruct in her Tasmanian Devil hissing and spinning...Anyway, because I read Joanne's piece, I read Dowd's -- and if you're going to read either you should read both. T … [Read more...]

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Komen and HHS: The Day of the Bully Dawns – UPDATED

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In just about 24 hours the "non-political" billion-dollar entity known as Planned Parenthood -- which does not itself do mammograms, despite how ABC News frames it -- managed to leak the news that the Susan G. Komen Foundation would no longer be contributing $700,000 dollars to its coffers, get the two stupidest women in the US Senate to go into public hysterics, bring out the heavy guns of the mainstream media and apparently win Komen's surrender!We want to apologize to the American public … [Read more...]

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Chelsea Clinton’s Debut – UPDATED

So, Chelsea Clinton made her debut last night on Brian William's (to me) awkwardly-named Rock Center, and you can watch her piece, here, and even vote for how you think she did.I voted "boring but I think she'll get better" even though I thought it an imprecise choice. She was not "boring" -- the piece itself, on the generous, inspiring and inspired Annette Dove, and her mission to enhance the lives of disadvantaged kids, was not boring. Ms. Clinton chose an interesting subject, and I do … [Read more...]

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Katie Couric and the Gravitas Issue

Taking a break from his lengthy vacation Greg Kandra -- who during his long career at CBS spent some time toiling on behalf of Katie Couric -- argues that, despite charges of sexism, or Gail Collins' weirdly bar-lowering, denial-laden praise (which declared that as long as Couric didn't make it "worse" for women, she'd been a "total success") Couric was simply a bad fit for the anchor's desk, and that everyone seemed to know it but Couric herself, and Les Moonves. Noting with irony that the new … [Read more...]

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Rome-bound, against all odds…

Lots of excited talk this weekend about the Blogger-meetup scheduled in Rome scheduled for May 2 -- the day after the beatification of Pope John Paul II -- and instigated by the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. We might call this gathering of international bloggers a "baby step" toward helping disparate voices to get to know each other less as "contingents" and more as hale-fellows-well-met. It will also, hopefully, help to coalesce blogdom's diverse, multi-focused alternative … [Read more...]

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The Church is not a Democracy – UPDATED

As Holy Week approaches we can always count on provocative headlines, like Time Magazine's Is Hell Dead? which looks at the latest book by Evangelical preacher Rob Bell. In October, it wouldn't warrant a cover, I'm sure.This entire Lent, however, the Catholic church in America has been roiling with Cult of Personality issues. The scandals of recent years have shaken the faithful; Rome seems distant to many and in our media-obsessed society a passionate orator proclaiming "the truth" … [Read more...]

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The Madness of the Mainstream Media UPDATED

If Michael Kelly and Tim Russert were alive today, they would be sickened and appalled to see the shambling madness that has descended upon their profession, most particularly as it manifests in the obsessive and whirling mania regarding Sarah Palin.When it gets to the point that Jonathan Chait has to marvel at his instincts to defend Palin, that's a measure of their madness.Let's begin at the beginning: on January 8, a madman in Arizona, listening to nothing but his own head--there is not a … [Read more...]

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