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April 2009 Archives

In an editorial this week, the editors of America are taking a hard look at a hard question: what can we do to alleviate the shortage of priests? With June bringing us the Year of the Priest, and this weekend […]

Just when you thought you’d seen everything, with this tacky bit of shock- art… …along comes this: Evidently, that really is a legitimate design for a license plate in the Sunshine State. According to this account, Governor Charlie Crist said: […]

Anyone weary of the incessant productions — and incessant debate — over “The Vagina Monologues” can take heart. Someone has produced a fitting counterpoint: A play created by a member of a Minnesota theater company aims to be an alternative […]

Pope Benedict visits survivors of the devastating earthquake in L’Aquila. You can read more about it here. PHOTO:  from Sky News

From Christian Today: Cardinal Paul Newman, a protestant who converted to Roman Catholicism in the 19th century is closer to becoming the next English person to be made a saint by the Vatican. A group of theological consultors agreed that […]

A new study looks for answers, and Michael Paulson, over at Articles of Faith, has a good wrapup: Americans are changing their religious affiliations at unprecedented rates, but Catholics are much more likely to cite concerns about their religion as […]

A huge h/t to Amy Welborn, who zapped this item to me moments ago…part of a fax that Mary Ann Glendon has sent to the president of Notre Dame: Last month, when you called to tell me that the commencement […]

That familiar line from “Seinfeld” seems apt, as the Vatican prepares to welcome the beatification of that other Newman, John Henry. From Whispers: A panel of theological consultors agreed unanimously that the inexplicable healing of an American man who was […]

Some weeks back, I posted a picture of a huge men’s rally of the Holy Name Society, dating from the 1930’s. I posed the question, “Could you imagine this happening today?” Well, in fact, something similar just did, albeit on […]

Does it seem like there are suddenly more atheists around? It may just be that they’re being more vocal about it. The New York Times religion reporter Laurie Goodstein has the scoop: Two months after the local atheist organization here […]