January 11, 2021

The U.S. Capitol Building was sacked last week by an angry mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters. Let that sink in. The U.S. Capitol was sacked, on live television. Rebel insurrectionists carrying Confederate flags and fascist paraphernalia – some of them armed with explosives and flex cuffs – stormed the Capitol grounds, smashing windows, ransacking congressional leaders’ offices, stealing lecterns and smashing a display dedicated to the late Congressman/Civil Rights activist John Lewis. The fall of the U.S. Capitol is… Read more

January 4, 2021

The dust is still settling at the Eternal Word Television Network with its recent programming lineup changes, but a couple of its former journalists who just left the company have already turned the page. JD Flynn, the former editor in chief of EWTN’s Catholic News Agency, and his former CNA colleague Ed Condon, heretofore the wire service’s Washington bureau chief, have launched a new initiative called The Pillar. In his first post today, Flynn describes his vision for The Pillar… Read more

December 31, 2020

The Eternal Word Television Network didn’t come out and say it outright. “EWTN drops Gloria Purvis’ Morning Glory radio show.” People who read the Catholic News Agency’s rewritten press release Wednesday on EWTN’s new lineup of programming for 2021 were only told toward the end of the third paragraph that a newly expanded Son Rise Morning Show “will replace Morning Glory in the radio lineup.” In newsroom parlance, that’s called “burying the lede,” or putting the most newsworthy item further… Read more

December 30, 2020

I come home from running a quick errand and, for a second, I expect Zoe to greet me at the door, begging for a treat. Before retiring for the night, per my routine for the last 12 years, I remind myself to take Zoe out one last time. But then I remember my beloved Terrier mix is no longer with us. Old age caught up with her this month, forcing my wife and I to say a tearful goodbye to… Read more

December 14, 2020

The Electoral College is meeting today across the country to formally cast the ballots to make it official: Joe Biden will be the 46th president of the United States. President Donald Trump, who lost his bid for a second term, is not going to concede, and will continue to cry foul and yell “RIGGED ELECTION!” to anyone who will listen. But none of that changes the fact that Trump’s presidency will end at noon on Jan. 20, when Biden takes… Read more

December 9, 2020

It was a perfect headline. “The media is not the church’s enemy.” That simple sentence, which headlines National Catholic Reporter Executive Editor Heidi Schlumpf’s Dec. 3 column, captures an essential truth that too many Catholics, bishops included, do not seem, or want, to grasp. “The media are not the enemy. We are professionals, trying to do our jobs, in the service of the truth,” wrote Schlumpf, who focused much of her column on how some bishops at last month’s USCCB… Read more

December 4, 2020

Until recently, I had not been interested in downloading and signing up for an account on Parler, the new social media app popular in right wing circles. Months ago, there was supposed to have been an exodus of American conservatives, Catholics included, seeking refuge from the “censorship” of Facebook and Twitter, which in the past year or so have been cracking down on accounts sharing misinformation about the coronavirus and American elections, as well as hate speech, violent threats, harassment,… Read more

November 20, 2020

It should go without saying, but we’re not living in “normal times” in 2020. Apart from a pandemic that is once again raging through the country and prompting a new wave of hospitalizations and COVID-19 deaths, we just had an election where the loser, President Donald Trump, is refusing to concede his defeat to Joe Biden. We’re also wrapping up four years of a presidential administration that from Day 1 was a whirlwind of various petty scandals, angry Twitter outbursts,… Read more

November 3, 2020

I had the privilege of covering the Oct. 31 beatification Mass of Father Michael McGivney, the 19th century parish priest who founded the Knights of Columbus. As I wrote in a subsequent news analysis on Blessed McGivney, Church leaders believe the holiness of his life has important lessons to teach the faithful in a time of division and polarization, in and outside the Church. They also hope his example and elevation to the ranks of the blessed can remind all… Read more

October 28, 2020

Father Brian Massingale was in a Zoom meeting last Wednesday morning when his phone began to “blow up” with elated text messages from his friends, many of them Catholics who identify as gay. “They were universally jubilant,” Father Massingale said in describing his friends’ reactions to reports that Pope Francis, in a new documentary, had expressed his personal support for civil unions for same-sex couples.  Father Massingale, a theologian and ethicist at Fordham University who himself is gay, told me… Read more

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