iConfess video contest

A few weeks ago, marveling at the sad, guilty dog, I wrote about the Brooklyn Diocese's video scholarship contest:In an effort to help promote New York’s All Day Confessions event, happening Monday April 18th, The Diocese of Brooklyn in conjunction with both the Archdiocese of New York and Diocese of Rockville Centre are launching a grassroots digital campaign called i-Confess. Using both social and digital media, the goal of this campaign is to generate interest in the act of Confession t … [Read more...]

Reverence, Relevance, Reaching out and More

I'll be out most of Wednesday, and wanted to direct you toward three pieces by our columnists, today -"Amazing Catechist:" Lisa Mladinich has advice on how to teach reverence to your kids and students"All things New:" Deacon Greg Kandra learns that the Corapi story is relevant to some in some ways, and to all in other ways"A Book of Sparks:" Heather King is confronted with the reality that there is hostility to faith, and a Divine answerFinally, I thought I'd leave you with this - a good … [Read more...]

iPhone Confession; Verdicts Via NPR, Protestants

A few days ago I wrote about the new confession prep app developed by two priest and approved by the Bishop of Fort Wayne.While I thought the tool could be a terrific aid in the examination of conscience, I also worried that -- despite repeated declarations that the app did not constitute a confession, or dispense absolution, that it did not preclude the need to go to confession -- some would go through the app process and decide that, click, click, click, they had pretty much taken care of … [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...]

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 L … [Read more...]

Stars and the Excess of Clarity

Spent some time stargazing a while back, when I couldn’t sleep.No telescope, just the naked eye, a dark neighborhood and a willingness to wonder. I was digesting a bit of Thomas Merton's The Seven Storey Mountain, and it had stayed with me through evening's pass – the sight of the stars, the early, wise writings of a monk.Does the fact that we can no longer see the stars have anything to do with our loss of wonder? These things, the stars, and all creation - they are more splendid, perfect, … [Read more...]

Un-baptizing; can that be done?

The Christmas season is over; today we read about the Baptism of Christ, and recall our own baptisms. some of us today renewed our baptismal promises.But not everyone. Deacon Greg Kandra notes that some are trying to "unbaptize" themselves.Some wish to "de-baptize" because they are responding to the sexual abuse scandals within the church; they are so sincerely disgusted that they cannot reconcile the message of Christianity, as voiced by the church, with the deceit and harm that has … [Read more...]


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