Occupy Advent 2012 (Let’s ask Siri)

The first question was simple: "Siri, when is Christmas?" After the two-tone "BEED-EEP" chime, the voice of the Apple iPhone responded: "Christmas is on Tuesday, December 25, 2012. I hope I have the day off." Then matters got complicated: "When is Advent?" Siri searched her memory and said: "I didn't find any events about 'Ed Fant.' " Trying again: "When is the Advent season?" Siri cheerfully responded: "I am not aware of any events about 'advent season.' " After several more "BEED-EEP" … [Read more...]

Warnings to believers in a consumer culture

Since the goal was to explore the cultural ties that bind, Father John Kavanaugh asked the young Catholics in a St. Louis classroom a basic civics question: How many national and world leaders could they name? The Jesuit didn’t allow the seventh graders to include celebrities and entertainers, which meant that actor Tom Cruise didn’t make the list. In the end, they ended up with 12 names. "You started off with the pope and the president, of course. Then things got harder after that," said … [Read more...]

Santa Claus vs. St. Nicholas?

We see the headlines every two or three years during the holidays.A pastor preaches on the true meaning of Christmas, warning about sins of selfishness and materialism. Then, in a moment of candor, disaster strikes.This time the dateline was Santa Fe Springs, Calif. Local newspapers, followed by national wire services, reported that Father Ruben Rocha of St. Pius X Catholic School did something shocking during a Mass for students in kindergarten through third grade. He told the children that … [Read more...]


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