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...]

I’m back, baby, I’m back!

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I am very nearly positive that in the years I've been writing this blog I have never left it completely unattended for a full week -- not when I've traveled to Rome. Not when I've traveled to Rome and been lying on the tile floor, at death's door, even! Nor when I've vacationed anywhere. Except for the days following my brother's passing -- for which there were no immediate words -- I've blogged or arranged for a guest blogger when I've been on the road.And it's not like I didn't have plenty … [Read more...]

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...]

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

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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...]

Media Assist: Easy, Logical, Fair Angles to Pursue on Gosnell Story – UPDATED

Empty seats reserved for press at Gosnell Trial. Photo credit: JD Mullane, news writer and columnist, Bucks County Courier Times, The Intel, Burlington County (NJ) Times.

So, something happened yesterday, something I have been praying would happen, regarding many stories, for years -- at least since the death of Tim Russert. A mainstream reporter looked up from headlines full of spin, distraction and politically expedient, empty themes ("war on women!") and said, essentially, "why the hell is this absolute horror in our midst not on every front page?"The reporter was Kirsten Powers, who reached her breaking point with the Kermit Gosnell Butchering of Women … [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...]

Benedict Announces Retirement (It’s what he WOULD do!) UPDATES!

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(photo source)In the Pope's most recent tweet, our dear Papa had this to say to us: We must trust in the mighty power of God’s mercy. We are all sinners, but His grace transforms us and makes us new.And today, on the Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes, Pope Benedict XVI has announced that he will retire in just a few weeks.He's been looking very tired for a while -- he is 86 years old. Funnily enough, I was pondering my Pope App this past weekend and marveling the schedule of a man c … [Read more...]

Confronting the Voris issue with Spot-on Charity

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Because time doesn't permit, and because my interests don't really ride there, I rarely write about anything touching on Michael Voris -- I think the Church Militant needs to be balanced with Mercy in just the same way the Church Triumphant needs to balance with Humility, but I have enough trouble minding my own soul to get exercised about either gang. Occasionally, a Voris story blips across my awareness and then I'll either argue against purges in the family or defend him, if I think he needs … [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...]

A Papal Validation from @Pontifex on Twitter

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Those who think that Pope Benedict XVI is engaged in mere schtick by making an occasional tweet during a papal audience should think again. If we believe that the Holy Spirit can use all things to God's purposes -- even the most confounding things in the most surprising ways -- there is no reason to think that twitter will not be used thusly.The Holy Spirit can do anything. It can even make a tweet generated by a pope, and meant to appeal to a very broad audience, become an intensely … [Read more...]


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