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January 2010 Archives

After all the controversy swirling around CBS accepting a pro-life Super Bowl ad featuring Tim Tebow, people were wondering: would the network wade further into controversy, and accept an ad from a gay dating service? Now, we have the answer. […]

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Well, who knew? This item, from a sports fan site, lays it all out (with tongue planted firmly in cheek): In unrelated events, the following actions and cease and desist orders were served to the National Football League and NFL […]

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If you don’t mind a quick f-bomb near the beginning, you’ll appreciate this pretty hilarious generic news story. I know I did. He nails it. See more funny videos and TBT Videos at Today’s Big Thing.

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Minor-league star-turned-future-seminarian Grant Desme should know.  We were able to get a quick phone interview with him the other day. He’s sort of quiet, probably a little shy, but he has some reflections on his vocation — and peoples’ reaction […]

My pal Fran just posted this on her Facebook page, and it’s too good to pass up. It’s part of an interview with Jacob Needleman, an atheist who came to believe in God, and the author of a new book […]

The reports that Los Angeles’ Cardinal Roger Mahony is ready to retire have an interesting backstory: For the record, any claims of a selection already made cannot be confirmed and, as the lay of the land is looking at present, […]

As one might expect, they’re not crazy about the Virgin Mary, or Father Flanagan, either: The Freedom from Religion Foundation is urging its supporters to boycott the stamp — and also to engage in a letter-writing campaign to spread the […]

With the debate about health care reform still percolating, I’m going to turn my internet microphone over to a guest blogger, and pal of mine, Sister Mary Ann Walsh. She’s Director of Media Relations for the United States Conference of […]

“As the custodian of the word, Mary will hold a special place in your life as deacons. We are told in the Gospels that she treasured all matters pertaining to Christ in her heart. It was only until after the […]

“I do not believe we are there just to entertain, and attempts for church services to be informal for their own sake end up being trite and embarrassing. I also doubt the value of priests or ministers being stand-up comics. […]