Religion, Apps and New Media

Last week I mentioned that Eliot Spitzer and CNN had renamed their re-tooled panel show, turning Parker Spitzer, into In the Arena, and I groused that there is already a panel show by that name being aired by the Diocese of Brooklyn, which you can see each spring here.This week we'll be talking about the latest on the deplorable and depressing scandal within the church - you can watch that tonight at 7PM, Eastern or again at 11:30PM, if you're inclined.Last week's show was great fun, though, … [Read more...]

Sweet Promise and Rank Propaganda

If you missed Sr. Lisa Doty talking about talking in Church, do check her out, and while you're over at the portal, do yourself a favor and avail yourself of some thoughts on promises and propaganda.First, read Max Lindenman -- typically sharp, sweet and funny -- On Dating Nice Catholic Girls:Annie Proulx once ascribed to a crippled ex-rodeo cowboy "a carved-wood quietude common among people who had been a long time without sex, out of the commerce of the world." That's it: the visible sign … [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...]

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...]


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