What's New in the Catholic Portal? – UPDATED

If you haven't checked in lately at the main landing page for the Catholic Portal here at Patheos, you may have missed a few new faces and developments! First up, please welcome new columnist Julie Davis, better known to all as the Happy Catholic who also manages to run a foodie blog, read classic books to us and then read some more. Did I mention that she has a book coming out soon (I've read it; it's great!). Julie's column is called A Free Mind; she'll be here twice a month, or so, to … [Read more...]

Women's History: Drexel, Connelly, Addiss?

March is Women's History Month, and a good time to introduce you to the sorts of formidable women who made (or are making) enormous differences to the lives of many, but who frequently go unmentioned in the mainstream. Today I am going to introduce you to three of them. Interestingly enough, the first two hail from the affluent Philadelphia Society of the 19th century -- one was heiress to a fortune -- and the other is a modern woman of boundless energy, imagination and great warmth. Because … [Read more...]

The Bullying Mob; Everything Tea Partiers Were Not

________-------_______ It's a long video, but keep watching, and if you can't abide hearing the "F-word" then cover your ears toward the 2:40 mark, when these overgrown adolescents resort to their magic word of power -- the word they spelled out en masse at Woodstock, because it was so cool, man, and such a daringly articulate denunciation of like...the establishment and the bourgeois, two-car, vacation-taking middle class, and like...hardhats and unions and stuff...man. Watch the … [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...]

iPhone for Lent: A Confession App? – UPDATED

Gabriel Malor sent this my way, with the note: "very cool!" Catholic Church OK New Confession App for iPhone. An iPhone app aimed at helping Catholics through confession and encouraging lapsed followers back to the faith has been sanctioned by the Catholic Church in the United States. Well, no, that's an extremely misleading headline and lede. The "Catholic Church" has not approved the app; Bishop Kevin Rhoades, of the Diocese of Fort Wayne in Indiana, has given his imprimatur, though. … [Read more...]

The Yin and Yang of Catholic Young

It is fascinating to ponder the Taoist idea of Yin and Yang - the notion of an eternal cycle that grows to a fullness that must then transition to something else. I wrote about it once, in a manner of speaking, when thinking about the bliss of the Divine Office: A beautiful depiction of the constant-renewal of the world and all Creation in it, including you and me. I prayed the psalms and considered the slow lifting of the darkness on this overcast autumn day, the first-turning leaves, from … [Read more...]

Catholic ComBoxes, Catholic Harumphs!

My friend Tony Rossi -- who has a fun and thoughtful piece up over at Patheos, looking at the headline-reflecting themes on this seasons episodes of "V", particularly as pertains to the ongoing battle between people of faith and the secularists (do read!) -- sent along this cute piece from NCR, asking which personality are you in the Catholic Combox?. Encyclical Man. Encyclical Man has a quote from a papal document for every occasion. Doesn’t matter if you are talking social justice or the … [Read more...]

Abortion, Language and Looking Away – UPDATED

Photosource "Over a period of two decades, government health and licensing officials were repeatedly presented with evidence about Gosnell, and repeatedly chose to do nothing..." “No action was taken, even after the agencies learned that women had died under Gosnell’s care.” Kermit Gosnell was arraigned yesterday on 8 charges charges of murder, and much, much more. Most of the news reports I'm reading on this story are surprisingly succinct, given the 281 page Grand Jury Report which … [Read more...]

A Golden Voice with a Word in Season

Every time I talk to Pat Gohn speak, I find myself marveling at the resonance of her lovely alto. She has one of those voices that belongs behind a microphone or a podium, and that -- coupled with her ability to reason smoothly and articulately -- makes her podcasts at Among Women such soothing, thoughtful programs. She's got a voice like rich honey. This week's podcast is not quite so soothing, however. Pat is mellifluous as ever but her guest is a bit on the hyper side and she can't shut … [Read more...]


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