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One year in two minutes

posted by jmcgee

This may be the world’s most eloquent homily on life and death, and it doesn’t contain a single word.  Just watch.  One year in 120 seconds from Eirik Solheim on Vimeo.

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A mighty WIND: Listecki’s radio days

posted by jmcgee

In all the excitement about Milwaukee’s new archbishop — installed yesterday — a little known detail of his early life has gone largely overlooked. He’s an old radio guy. Read on: Chicago radio airwaves have carried great voices such as […]

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Will Apple save the world?

posted by jmcgee

And now, a confession from my inner geek: I’m a Mac man. I love my MacBook Pro (I’m typing on it right now) and use an iMac at my office at work, and keep my ears plugged into an iPod […]

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A blast from the past: a classic Ray Conniff Christmas medley

posted by jmcgee

Including, for this feast, “We Three Kings.” This brings back memories of my childhood, and my Dad’s Philco television with the rabbit ears, and the boxy wooden stereo in the living room that played endless Christmas LPs. (The Firestone Collection […]

Another angle on Tebow

posted by jmcgee

The sports editors at the New York Times posted two different pictures of the college football star, one online, and another in the print edition. Interestingly, both were variations of the shot below:

“It’s a beautiful day…”

posted by jmcgee

…Don’t let it get away.” Happy New Year! The heart is a bloom Shoots up through the stony groundThere’s no roomNo space to rent in this town You’re out of luck And the reason that you had to care The traffic is […]

How’s the media covering the Church?

posted by jmcgee

Pretty favorably, according to the usually-reliable John Allen. In his year-end wrap-up (converted to a decade-end wrap-up this year, of course), he looks at some of the biggest Catholic stories of the decade, and takes an especially close look at […]

“Stop the bullets”

posted by jmcgee

A breathtaking video that speaks eloquently about gun violence without uttering a word. H/T to Fran.

The Vatican on “The Simpsons”: okely dokely!

posted by jmcgee

The decree, from the Vatican newspaper: L’Osservatore Romano on Tuesday congratulated the show on its 20th anniversary, praising its philosophical leanings as well as its stinging and often irreverent take on religion. Without Homer Simpson and the other yellow-skinned characters […]

“Young Catholic” group pushes contraceptive ad

posted by jmcgee

The ads are popping up in parts of Wisconsin — supposedly with an endorsement of a Catholic organization of young people. Details: There are some new ads airing on radio and TV in Northeast Wisconsin that endorse emergency contraception. The […]

That’s the way it is…

posted by jmcgee

“Network anchors are a bit like European monarchs: they don’t really matter much anymore, but people still perk up for a royal wedding or a changing of the stars. CBS, which weathered Dan Rather’s scandal-tinted abdication and the splashy ascension […]

How’s this for a home run?

posted by jmcgee

Once in a while I like to wonder over to the website for The Responsibility Project, a wonderful undertaking by Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. They’re sponsoring a series of short independent films with rich moral lessons. The one below, directed […]

R.I.P., Jennifer Jones

posted by jmcgee

To generations of Catholics, she will always be Bernadette. Jennifer Jones died yesterday at the age of 90.

Billboard depicts Mary and Joseph in bed

posted by jmcgee

In New Zealand, a controversial billboard outside a church is sparking anger — and even protest: It was designed to provoke conversation with non-believers. However, a risqué poster depicting the Virgin Mary lying in bed with Joseph – suggesting they […]

The Advent Conspiracy: a good idea gets better

posted by jmcgee

If you’re new to the concept of the Advent Conspiracy, drop by their website and learn all about it. There’s some welcome food for thought here. But first, check out their sensational video, below.

A Catholic “Robin Hood”? Take a look

posted by jmcgee

I didn’t catch a glimpse of Friar Tuck, but Russell Crowe does make the sign of the cross at the conclusion of this very effective trailer for the upcoming epic. It appears to owe a lot to “Gladiator” (of course) […]

CBS News reporter: “My mother loved me enough to give me up”

posted by jmcgee

A former colleague of mine at CBS, Maureen Maher, shares some of her backstory and how her life was transformed by Catholic Charities: CBS News’ Maureen Maher says it was impossible not to get wrapped up in the subject matter […]

What’s his line? A classic Fulton Sheen moment

posted by jmcgee

As the world marks the 30th anniversary of the death of Archbishop Fulton Sheen today, I thought it would be fun to look back at a memorable performance that still, all these years later, is a delight.   The TV star […]

SNL takes some swipes at Tiger Woods

posted by jmcgee

And, I have to say: it’s pretty funny.

Christmas is a-comin’…

posted by jmcgee

…and it’s a-jumpin’, as this ad from France reminds us.  It is, in ever sense, cool. Duck!

Krupa: “I see no clash between a nude body and a cross. I’m a proud Catholic…”

posted by jmcgee

After the storm kicked up by her controversial nude ad (with a cross) for PETA, Playboy model Joanna Krupa has given an interview to TV Guide, defending the pose: TVGuide.com:Who came up with the idea for the PETA ad? Why […]

Gotta love these singing nuns

posted by jmcgee

They are the jolly, jubilant, joyful Daughters of St. Paul, who have made music and the media their ministry.   They’ve been doing concert appearances around the country for years, and have released some wonderful CDs, too. They passed through New […]

Must have been a slow news day at Channel 9…

posted by jmcgee

…because they ended up interviewing Your Humble Blogger recently on the subject of religious radio. The results, below.  

“The bishops are at home with the heirs of a know-nothing fundamentalism”

posted by jmcgee

Writer James Carroll takes a quick scan through the latest headlines involving the Catholic Church and politics and concludes, with no small amount of distaste, that the episcopal deck is stacked with (you can almost hear him shudder) conservatives: The […]

Offer to Anglicans: “Burying the hatchet”?

posted by jmcgee

The Wall Street Journal has taken the plunge into online video very seriously — and they’ve just posted this interesting discussion on the Vatican’s outreach to Anglicans. Take a look.

Happy 50th, dear Genesee, happy 50th to you…

posted by jmcgee

Here’s something to be thankful for tomorrow: the Trappists at Genesee, celebrating their 50th year in upstate New York. (Those of us who loved Henri Nouwen’s “Genesee Diary” will find this brief video especially captivating.) Enjoy.

“Bishops need to be a bit more careful…”

posted by jmcgee

That is how America’s Michael Sean Winters begins his critique of the Chris Matthews-Bishop Tobin smackdown. And Winters goes on to make some good points about how badly the Church deals with the media: Sunday before last, the priest at […]

Chris Matthews = Old Yeller

posted by jmcgee

Or so it seems, as he goes yelling after Rhode Island Bishop Thomas Tobin over L’affair Kennedy. My two cents: Tobin should have known what he was in for. When you’re a Catholic bishop and a producer from MSNBC calls […]

The lost art of fact-checking

posted by jmcgee

“Holy Communion in the Catholic Church is one of the holy sacraments. Practicing Roman Catholics believe in extreme unction; in other words, that the wine and unleavened bread are transformed into the actual body and blood of Christ – a […]

Is the Gap ad anti-Christmas?

posted by jmcgee

Some are starting to wonder — and they raise some good points. Chicago Sun-Times columnist Cathleen Falsani has this to say about it: Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not one of those paranoid religious folks who believes that there […]

What every diocese needs

posted by jmcgee

As the esteemed Fr. Z notes, it’s a “vicar of online ministry.” He makes a persuasive case (one, sadly, most dioceses will likely dismiss or ignore) that the future lies in the electronic pulpit — the one you’re giving attention […]

Freakiest Christmas music video. Ever.

posted by jmcgee

The idea of Bob Dylan doing a Christmas album is weird enough. But the first video from it?? Take a look. Ho ho ho.

Remember when TV was good?

posted by jmcgee

Going through old boxes, I stumbled on a 33 rpm recording of this TV special from way-back-when: “Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall.” I have fond memories of hearing it on my parents’ big boxy wooden stereo in our living […]

Whispering with Rocco: a blogger’s take on the USCCB

posted by jmcgee

My gang at “Currents” got to chat with the legendary Rocco “Whispers in the Loggia” Palmo on Monday, to hear his take on the bishop’s confab that was then just starting in Baltimore. You can see and hear what he […]

The word of the year: “unfriend”

posted by jmcgee

Facebookers will recognize its meaning. And now it is officially entering the lexicon: “Unfriend” has been named the word of the year by the New Oxford American Dictionary, chosen from a list of finalists with a tech-savvy bent. Unfriend was […]

Creating a star-studded Bible

posted by jmcgee

Just in time for National Bible Week (starting next Sunday) comes word of an ambitious project involving some high profile vocal talent: Once Jesus signed on, it was easy to enlist King Solomon and Moses. Jim Caviezel (Jesus), Malcolm McDowell […]

Cokie Roberts: “I couldn’t give up Jesus”

posted by jmcgee

The Washington Post’s often-interesting On Faith section is looking at the subject of interfaith marriage. As authors Sally Quinn and Ellen McCarthy note: The holidays can be a minefield for interfaith couples, unearthing disparities that lay mercifully buried throughout the […]

“Just another angry forum for Catholics to yell at each other”

posted by jmcgee

“The growth of the Internet, blogs in particular, is aggressively democratizing Catholic conversation – providing an outlet for alternative points of view, and in some cases becoming the meeting place for what are virtually “cyber-parishes,” or at least small Christian […]

I wonder if he visits Beliefnet

posted by jmcgee

Seems the Holy Father is web savvy: The president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, shared this week that the Holy Father has an appreciation for new developments in technology and is comfortable surfing the […]

Behind the music: making the pope’s new CD

posted by jmcgee

You’ve read the review. Now see how it was put together. Below, a brief promotional video for Pope Benedict’s new CD, Alma Mater.

“Notes Left Behind”

posted by jmcgee

Last Sunday, I preached in my homily about a little girl named Elena Desserich, and the book her parents have put together called “Notes Left Behind.” The publishers have produced a brief video about Elena and the book. Take a […]

“Catholicism is not about popularity”

posted by jmcgee

“Catholicism is not about popularity, and it’s not about being loved by the media, and it’s not about refusing to promote strong beliefs. Being Catholic means something; it has consequences in how one views the slaughter of abortion, and the […]

Dolan vs. Dowd: the New York Times weighs in

posted by jmcgee

Last month, New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan took on the New York Times in his blog — and had some particularly sharp words for columnist Maureen Dowd.  Now, the paper’s Public Editor, Clark Hoyt, has decided to look into Dolan’s […]

The abortion doctor who’s also a minister

posted by jmcgee

And, what may be most surprising of all: he’s also an admitted killer.

Army officer forgives suicide bomber who blinded him

posted by jmcgee

My friend Tony Rossi of the Christophers just alerted me to this story, and an interview their program recently did with Capt. Scott Smiley, the Army’s first-ever active duty blind officer: Given short notice that he could go on leave […]

Kung? Phooey.

posted by jmcgee

Or, at least, that seems to be the general feeling at one influential paper: The Vatican newspaper has criticized the Swiss-born Roman Catholic theologian Hans Kung after he accused Pope Benedict XVI of an “unecumenical luring away” of discontented Anglicans. […]

“I believe I’m held here in trust…”

posted by jmcgee

Over at NPR, their series of essays “This I Believe” can occassionaly yield some nuggets of gold. And this is one of them: This is know: I believe in the Lord’s Prayer, all of it, but particularly where it says, […]

His life with the saints — and the Jesuits

posted by jmcgee

Many of us have read and enjoyed and passed on to others Fr. James Martin’s wonderful memoir “My Life with the Saints.” We interviewed him for “Currents” last week, and got a glimpse at the writer behind the book. Take […]

Tim takes on the Times

posted by jmcgee

That would be Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, who just posted a lively, and timely, attack on anti-Catholicism in general — and the New York Times in particular. He lists a number of compelling and frankly outrageous examples, […]

Larry laughed, Jesus wept

posted by jmcgee

Larry David has had his moments of brilliance. But this wasn’t one of them: Comedian Larry David is under attack from critics who say he pushed the mocking of religion and Christian belief in miracles over the edge in the […]

Dolan v. Rigali: wanna bet?

posted by jmcgee

This just in from the Bench’s Manhattan Desk.   It’s a joint release from the archbishops of New York and Philadelphia:  Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, and Archbishop Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, have placed a friendly wager on […]

A letter I never thought I’d see in the New York Times

posted by jmcgee

In today’s paper, they’ve published a couple letters responding to Maureen Dowd’s Sunday screed. This one was both humble, and humbling, because it put the entire kerfuffle in such a beautiful context:   To the Editor:  Lay as well as […]

Move over, O’Malley…

posted by jmcgee

…Dolan’s got himself a blog.   H/T Rocco, of course.

Benedict, the Anglicans and Islam

posted by jmcgee

I have to say, I think Ross Douthat is on to something here, in a piece from Monday’s New York Times: The news media have portrayed this rightward outreach largely through the lens of culture-war politics — as an attempt […]

What we have become

posted by jmcgee

The cartoon below, from Steve Breen at the San Diego Tribune, says it all. H/T to my Beliefnet blog neighbor Tony Jones.

Maureen Dowd on “The Nuns’ Story”

posted by jmcgee

I’m sure this will be getting plenty of play around the blogosphere over the next few days — that sound you hear in the distance is William Donohue, barking out another angry press release — but here’s a first look […]

Soldier, reporter, Catholic

posted by jmcgee

That sums up the unusual resume of Sgt. Neil McCabe. Boston’s diocesan newspaper The Pilot has more: While Sgt. Neil W. McCabe was prepared for the blazing temperatures and the dusty, dry conditions which are part of the arid desert […]

Did “The Simpsons” cross the line?

posted by jmcgee

The Catholic League’s William Donohue thinks so:  Bill Donohue says he’s okay with “gentle fun” being poked at his faith. But the Catholic watchdog says The Simpsons went too far on Sunday when they cracked wise about the Eucharist. At […]

Stupid media tricks

posted by jmcgee

I’d like to cut this poor girl a little slack, but look at this clip and you’ll have to agree: this is really beyond dumb. Based on my experience, here’s what I think happened. This was probably written by an […]

Looking for a clergy shirt? Be careful

posted by jmcgee

A company that sells clergy shirts offers this clever ad:

“This is a hoax”

posted by jmcgee

This is what our media-besotted culture has come to: The episode that transfixed the nation last week — a spaceshiplike balloon floating through the Colorado skies with a 6-year-old boy named Falcon believed to be inside — was declared a […]

“Thanks, Jews!”

posted by jmcgee

That’s what the “T” of the cross really means, doesn’t it? Check out this priceless Stephen Colbert take-down of Justice Antonin Scalia. And a grateful h/t to my new blog neighbor Michelle McGinty. (For those who are new to my […]

Meet the man behind “Catholics Come Home”

posted by jmcgee

We were lucky to have Tom Peterson stop by our studios last week for a sit-down.  He’s the mastermind behind the powerful (and incredibly effective) “Catholics Come Home” ads that have brought an estimated 100,000 Catholics back to the Church. […]

Slow day at the office

posted by jmcgee

Sorry, but I just got a big kick out of this. If you have a video camera on your laptop, and you’re bored, what else are you gonna do but create your very own music video? Enjoy.

Gay marriage ad features Catholic mom

posted by jmcgee

The ad below, appearing in Maine, is raising eyebrows — and blood pressures. One Catholic group is demanding it be removed. Take a look and see what you think.  

Another warning

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Just a reminder: Your Humble Blogger will be on satellite radio’s The Catholic Channel tonight, at about 8:20 ET, appearing on The Busted Halo Show with Fr. Dave Dwyer. You can catch it on Sirius Radio’s channel 159. Or XM’s […]

Know when to hold ’em: meet the poker-playing priest

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Just when you thought you’d seen it all…along comes this: A South Carolina priest made headlines this week when he starred in a new poker competition on US television this week. Father Andrew Trapp, an assistant pastor at Garden City […]

New York Times editorial on Fr. Damien: “Those with leprosy are longing for more”

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Here’s something you don’t see every day — a New York Times editorial about a Catholic saint: Damien de Veuster was a young missionary from the 19th-century Belgian countryside when he went to work at the leprosy settlement in Kalaupapa, […]

Oops

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

It’s nice to see this new ministry in a diocese getting some attention. But the errors contained in this article about deacons are really pretty embarrassing.

Now that you’ve won the Nobel Peace Prize…

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

…could you spare three minutes to watch this, Mr. President? Thanks.

Who is God? A movie looks for answers.

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

This unusual documentary, “Oh My God,” is hitting movie theaters this fall. The trailer below — featuring, among others, Ringo Starr and Hugh Jackman — gives an intriguing preview.     

Need a laugh? Here.

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

It’s Friday. The start of a long holiday weekend. Couldn’t you use a good laugh about now? Last night’s episode of “The Office” was sweet, funny, touching — and, in the final few minutes, uproarious. They offered what may be […]

Busted. Again.

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

For those who have nothing better to do this long weekend: Monday night, at about 8:20 ET, Your Humble Blogger will be appearing on The Busted Halo Show, on Sirius Radio’s The Catholic Channel.  I appeared on the show a […]

iGod: Catholic TV’s new iPhone app

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

My siblings in Catholic communications, Catholic TV in Boston, have produced an iPhone app.  Not only that, they’ve also produced a mischievously clever ad for it, below.

Further proof that it’s a big church — UPDATED

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Any church that can accommodate both Michael Moore and Sean Hannity — not to mention their monumental egos — is pretty darn huge.  (And pretty darn forgiving, too.)   You can read about their little chat here.   Meantime, a snip, […]

Colbert v. Dawkins, Round 2

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Absolutely priceless. Enjoy.        The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Richard Dawkins www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor Michael Moore

Apocalypse, huh?

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

A scene from the upcoming end-of-world blockbuster “2012” more or less exemplifies what it means to “Jump the Shark.” This just might be the disaster movie to end all disaster movies. Just watch this snip and try not to howl. […]

Words to live by: “Turn off the news”

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

As one who toiled long and hard in the network news business for nearly three decades, I can give this suggestion a hearty “Amen”:   I don’t mean to put anyone out of work in this difficult economy — I even […]

Are the heroes of Michael Moore’s new movie…priests?

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

You sorta get that impression, from this intriguing entry from Progressive Revival at Beliefnet:  Roman Catholic Priests are the surprising voices of clarity and conviction in Michael Moore’s new film Capitalism: A Love Story.   The Priests in this documentary, one of whom […]

“We all have secrets. Let’s smoke indoors.”

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Longtime readers know I’m a big fan of “Mad Men,” so I was delighted to discover this wicked parody. Anyone who is just now catching up with this absorbing series — and who feels completely adrift — can find all […]

Here’s a first: a film festival named for a pope

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

A decade after Pope John Paul’s historic letter to artists, a group of artists in Florida is putting on a film festival that celebrates the human spirit: Pope John Paul II’s legacy serves as an inspiration to people of all […]

Blushing in the blogosphere

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Several people e-mailed me to say, “Hey, did you know you’re in NCR?”   No!  But I’m humbled and delighted to be mentioned in some exalted company in this piece by Heidi Schlumpf.  Thanks for the props!   Check out […]

Who started the fire?

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Turns out, Billy Joel didn’t tell the whole story.  The fire actually began on Pentecost.  So: check out this interp of a classic, courtesy the indispensable New Advent and New Zealand’s Liturgy blog.   For those deacon candidates studying Church […]

The story behind one of the most famous pro-life photos in the world

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Photo: by Michael Clancy Many of us have seen it, but few of us have heard the story behind this iconic photo of a fetus clutching a doctor’s finger. But the man who took the picture wants the story to […]

Happy One Week Anniversary!

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

And they said it wouldn’t last.   I’m marking my first week here at Beliefnet, after two years at my previous address, and so far, so good.  I haven’t broken anything, and the Pope hasn’t called to complain.    I’d […]

“The 13th Day”: the trailer for the movie about Fatima

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

A new movie about Fatima, “The 13th Day”, is to be released later this year, and screenings have been announced in several major American cities. If you’re curious, the movie’s trailer is below. You can also visit its website.

Vatican rep: free speech is not an obligation

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

We’re accustomed to defending all forms of free speech in this country.  But a Vatican archbishop is drawing a line in the sand:     While the freedom of expression is a right, states are not obliged to protect expression […]

Just joining “The Bench”? Welcome! Let’s get it started…

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

And have some fun with this, below. This is why God gave the world Steadicam. (Watch and see if you can spot the priest in the video…) H/T Andrew Sullivan

In Manila, a room with a pew

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

This morning, my TV show “Currents” interviewed Laura Sheahen, from Catholic Relief Services in Manila, who described in harrowing detail the recovery efforts there after the devastating typhoon.   She also contacted her old pals at Beliefnet, and passed along […]

A good mad man is hard to find

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Could Flannery O’Connor have invented Don Draper?   An astute critic in America magazine suggests the answer is “Yes.”  Rev. Terrance W. Klein draws some intriguing parallels between O’Connor’s Gothic South and the 1960’s-era boardrooms of “Mad Men’s” Madison Ave.:  “Mad […]

In the spirit of St. Francis …

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

This has been making the rounds for a while, but with the feast of St. Francis of Assisi coming up this weekend, now seems a good time to revisit, reflect, and enjoy.  

To paraphrase Olivia Newton-John: Let’s get digital, digital…

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

The Vatican has announced a theme for the next World Communications Day — and it’s all about new media:  For World Communications Day 2010, Pope Benedict XVI has chosen the theme “The priest and pastoral ministry in a digital world: […]

“It never gets old, does it?”

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

A favorite ad, that just seems worth re-visiting right about now.  I love the world. Don’t you?   

Journeys with the Messiah: the “Currents” edition

posted by deacon greg kandra

If you still haven’t seen those stunning pictures of Jesus taken by fashion photographer Michael Belk, here’s a preview, from the interview with him that we did on “Currents” earlier this week.

An “Everyday” deacon?

posted by deacon greg kandra

A fella by the name of David Dawson dropped me a note with a link a short time ago. He’s the creator of a podcast and website called “The Everyday Catholic.” His latest installment is all about the diaconate. Give […]

I feel like George Jefferson

posted by deacon greg kandra

I’m movin’ on up. In the next several days, you’ll find “The Deacon’s Bench” at a new address, with a new look. The good people at Beliefnet have invited me over there, to take up the Catholic corner of real […]

“We’re stronger than you think…”

posted by deacon greg kandra

Can a group of kids spark a revolution? Hey, you never know. Take a look at the video below that is beginning to make the rounds. It’s possible they just might make virtue go viral. You can find more information […]

Quote of the day

posted by deacon greg kandra

“In this post-journalistic world, the model for all national debate becomes the trial, where adversaries face off, representing opposing points of view. We accept the harshness of this process because the consequences in a courtroom are so stark; trials are […]

God bless us, everyone: Disney’s new take on Dickens

posted by deacon greg kandra

Those of us who loved Robert Zemeckis’ “The Polar Express” can now look forward to another shiny present under our Christmas tree, with his take on “A Christmas Carol,” featuring Jim Carrey as Scrooge. A first look, below.

See how these Christians love one another

posted by deacon greg kandra

Just watch this, and see what this here Christianity thing is all about. Camp Barnabas from Steve V on Vimeo.

A father’s love is never foul

posted by deacon greg kandra

If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s the latest viral video that has captured the world’s heart — it even landed the guy and his daughter on the TODAY show. A Saturday morning day-brightener. Enjoy. Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, […]

“I’ll need you…”

posted by deacon greg kandra

A priest sent this my way: a compelling, poignant video that I think has even deeper resonance this weekend, when we mark Catechetical Sunday. To my way of thinking, we are all catechists, and evangelists — and this video shows […]

Religion editor who asked “Is God Dead?” dies

posted by deacon greg kandra

His question about God’s death startled and shocked the world, and set off a firestorm of controversy. But when John T. Elson died, few people noticed. The New York Times didn’t run this remembrance until 10 days after his passing. […]

Meet the man behind “Journeys with the Messiah”

posted by deacon greg kandra

Photographer Michael Belk, of the Journeys Project, was interviewed the other day on CNN. (TiVo alert: he’ll be appearing on my show, “Currents”, Monday night.) Take a look. Embedded video from CNN Video

Inside America’s last high school seminary: “A place where God is powerfully working”

posted by deacon greg kandra

Speaking of vocations… A producer for “Currents” recently visited the last high school prep seminary in America: Cathedral Prep, in the Diocese of Brooklyn. For a brief glimpse inside, take a look.

Psst…want to hear a secret about vocations?

posted by deacon greg kandra

You’re looking at it. It’s the web, stupid. John Allen has an intriguing interview up with Holy Cross Br. Paul Bednarczyk, executive director of the National Religious Vocations Conference. He finds glimmers of hope on the vocation horizon, and he […]

Fordham honors Couric

posted by deacon greg kandra

From the Jesuit University’s press release: CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric will be honored at the Fordham University Club’s Annual Dinner, to be held on Thursday, Sept. 17, in Washington, D.C. Couric, the recipient of six Emmy Awards and […]

Snazzy!

posted by deacon greg kandra

We’re in the middle of rolling out a new ad campaign for “Currents,” the daily Catholic news magazine show that I produce. Above is one of the “bus tails” that’s popping up around the city, featuring our on-air team of […]

Jesus in 2009?

posted by deacon greg kandra

These pictures are provocative in all the right ways. (Check out Jesus with the Nazi!). As the article explains: A veteran fashion photographer who is used to having his works featured in Vogue, GQ and Elle, will release his most […]

Talk to God and listen to the casual reply

posted by deacon greg kandra

How’s this for a Rocky Mountain high: In tribute to the late, great Larry Gelbart, I offer this classic moment from “Oh, God!,” wherein store manager John Denver meets the Almighty, played by George Burns.

Preach the gospel always. Use a microphone when necessary.

posted by deacon greg kandra

From an alert reader. This is a problem Jesus never had to worry about. Enjoy.

Ladies and gentlemen: bus tails

posted by deacon greg kandra

You never know what you’ll see on the back of a New York City bus. This is the new ad for my TV show, “Currents” on NET (New Evangelization Television). It says: “Lost in traffic? Follow us.”

Please silence your cell phones. Or else.

posted by deacon greg kandra

A reader saw this post on cell phones and sent this my way: one Protestant congregation’s witty way of dealing with an all-too-common problem.

Barres in the booth: home run

posted by deacon greg kandra

A priest in Allentown, Pennsylvania sent this to me, and it’s just swell: Allentown’s new Bishop, John Barres, offering a little play-by-play at a recent baseball game. (Meantime, I gotta say that I’m delighted to discover that the Diocese of […]

What are you searching for?

posted by deacon greg kandra

Here’s something pretty great, sent in by a reader:

Simply incredible: paintings that look like photographs

posted by deacon greg kandra

The image below is not a photograph. It’s a painting. Yes. That’s right. A painting. Same with this picture, too: Amazed? I know I am. Is it art? Well, it’s definitely…something. Read more about it and see other examples right […]

Pray for a stimulus for Detroit’s Catholics

posted by deacon greg kandra

Like many dioceses today, Detroit is feeling the pinch of hard times — and the squeeze is now affecting huge numbers of archdiocesan staff. About a third of those on the payroll are being given their walking papers: It will […]

Popcorn with the pontiff: Benedict as film critic

posted by deacon greg kandra

The pope had some warm words recently for a TV film about one of his favorite saints: Pope Benedict XVI praised a made-for-television movie dedicated to St. Augustine, saying the two-part miniseries “represents every aspect of the human life experience […]

Feel the goosebumps: stunning ordination video

posted by deacon greg kandra

From, of course, the amazing wizards at Brooklyn’s beloved Grassroots Films. Want to see what New Evangelization looks like? This is it. Big time. God bless GF founder Joe Campo and his amazing crew.

Journalism, schmournalism

posted by deacon greg kandra

That sound you hear is my jaw hitting the desk as I see the cover below and read the accompanying blog entry: The folks at Denver Magazine call their September edition “The Men’s Issue,” and no wonder. The two women […]

“Overheard in the newsroom”

posted by deacon greg kandra

That’s the name of a popular website that has now become my favorite loitering place on the ‘net. And for good reason. Some of this stuff is so insanely hilarious, you just know it has to be true. Believe me, […]

Answering the call in Columbus: an extraordinary series unfolds

posted by deacon greg kandra

The Columbus Dispatch has done something quite remarkable — and possibly, unprecedented — for a secular paper, devoting a lot of ink and newsprint to a series following a year in the life of seminarian. The entire series (so far), […]

Chilling. And necessary.

posted by deacon greg kandra

This graphic PSA from Great Britain reminds me of the disturbing accident films they used to show in Driver’s Ed. Do you sometimes text and drive? Well, you won’t after watching this. Warning: it’s not for the faint of heart. […]

Opus Dei coming to the screen — again

posted by deacon greg kandra

One of the more colorful — and controversial — stories of the modern Church is being made into a movie. It’s the story of the founder of Opus Dei — which figured prominently, of course, in that little movie made […]

Hail, Holy Queen: heaven and earth resound the hymn!

posted by deacon greg kandra

Since we are convinced, after long and serious reflection, that great good will accrue to the Church if this solidly established truth shines forth more clearly to all, like a luminous lamp raised aloft, by Our Apostolic authority We decree […]

On the pope and the media

posted by deacon greg kandra

Most people might not consider Pope Benedict a Great Communicator, on a par with his predecessor Pope John Paul. But as John Thavis at CNS notes, the pontiff has a deeper understanding of the media and communications, and even mentioned […]

What on earth is happening to television news?

posted by deacon greg kandra

I have to wonder, especially after getting this e-mail from a former CBS News colleague who can’t quite believe his eyes, or ears. He caught the CBS Evening News last night, to see what they had to say about the […]

“Talkin’ ’bout my generation”

posted by deacon greg kandra

I popped over to visit Happy Catholic today and discovered The Zimmers. I’m now smitten. Who, you may ask, are The Zimmers? Just some rowdy senior citizen rockers who have caused a sensation across The Pond. Check out this delightful […]

Don Hewitt, R.I.P.

posted by deacon greg kandra

“Today, a lot of what passes for news on television couldn’t hold its own with a supermarket checkout counter. Today, the only measure that counts is what kind of promotable nonsense you can come up with to draw people away […]

How long until we can tweet confession?

posted by deacon greg kandra

The day is fast approaching. Our Hebrew brothers and sisters can already tweet their prayers, according to this report: Want to tweet God? An Israeli university student has opened a Twitter site, twitter.com/thekotel, where prayers can be sent for placement […]

Maddening

posted by deacon greg kandra

Our long national nightmare is almost over. “Mad Men” returns tonight at 10. What started for me as a guilty pleasure two summers ago has become as addictive as nicotine and as intoxicating as a Bloody Mary. It also happens […]

“Scenes From A Parish”

posted by deacon greg kandra

I was contacted recently about possibly promoting this film, and I have to say: it looks remarkable. Thoughtful. Revealing. And utterly truthful. It will be shown on PBS later this year. See for yourself, and take a look at the […]

Another sign of the coming apocalypse

posted by deacon greg kandra

Or, maybe, our desire for naps.

Meet the press

posted by deacon greg kandra

“The primary function of the MSM is not to inform but to sell beer and shampoo. Informing and enlightening are entirely secondary to that overriding capitalist value. So given the choice between understanding and ratings-grabbing sensationalism, the MSM will choose […]

Paper apologizes to Canada’s prime minister over communion story

posted by deacon greg kandra

You may remember the flap over this story, which reported that Canada’s non-Catholic prime minister had received communion — but instead of consuming it, pocketed the host. Now, a Canadian paper has apologized: The saga of the missing holy host […]

Forget John and Kate, and the Kardashians. Here’s a family worth watching.

posted by deacon greg kandra

My cousins in the diocesan television industry, CatholicTV in Boston, are wading into the sometimes murky waters of reality TV. But this sounds like a plunge worth taking: CatholicTV, a television ministry of the Boston Archdiocese, is venturing into the […]

Little Sisters, big step

posted by deacon greg kandra

As promised yesterday, here’s the link to the story showing the Little Sisters of the Poor taking their first profession. It’s also available for viewing on our YouTube channel.

Father Blogger: meet some priests who blog

posted by deacon greg kandra

The Georgia Bulletin has picked up on a growing phenomenon: priests who blog. The paper has turned the spotlight on a couple local clergy — including one FOB (Friend of the Bench)— who are staying connected with the faithful through […]

Walter and me

posted by deacon greg kandra

The last time I saw him, maybe a year ago, he was a shadow of his former self. He was in midtown Manhattan for an event, and they brought him into the newsroom to say hello. He was feeble, and […]

That’s the way it was: Cronkite’s first “Evening News” broadcast

posted by deacon greg kandra

A fascinating glimpse at Walter Cronkite’s very first edition of the “CBS Evening News,” as replayed on the CBS late night program “Up to the Minute” in 1992. Rest in peace, Walter.

Godcast

posted by deacon greg kandra

The good people over at Busted Halo have just put up their weekly podcast, which features a cameo appearance by Matt McClure, co-anchor of “Currents,” the daily Catholic news show I produce for The NET. And if you want to […]

Another brilliant ad from CatholicVote

posted by deacon greg kandra

And especially timely. Just watch. You can see more of their handiwork here and here. You can also visit the CatholicVote.org website. If memory serves, this was produced by the remarkable guys at Brooklyn’s own Grassroots Films (the same team […]

What’s the deal-ee-o with the giglio?

posted by deacon greg kandra

You might find an answer here, with a story we aired last night on “Currents.” And right here we have a profile of the #1 capo. Ah, Brooklyn! You can also find a write-up in the local paper. Enjoy.

Quote of the day

posted by deacon greg kandra

“The news media, despite their claims of impartiality, and despite the good work they often do accomplish, are just as prone to prejudice, ignorance, bad craftsmanship and tribalism as any other profession. But unlike other professions, the press has constitutional […]

We could all use a little more irony in our diet

posted by deacon greg kandra

And these ironic ads just might do the trick. It’s amazing how things were sold way-back-when. Like, for example, cellaphane. Perfect for mothering. Or, maybe, smothering?

The NEW kings of pop

posted by deacon greg kandra

While the world was obsessing about the Michael Jackson funeral, Evian unveiled this amazing — and amazingly freakish — ad that has apparently taken the internet by storm. How’d they do that? See below. Watch CBS Videos Online

Where is Howard Beale when we need him?

posted by deacon greg kandra

The mad prophet of the movie masterpiece “Network” would have had a field day with this: What happens when you put a Muslim imam, a Christian priest, a rabbi and a Buddhist monk in a room with 10 atheists? Turkish […]

Who on earth could she be talking about?

posted by deacon greg kandra

“Whether Palin has a national future or not will depend on her willingness to hit the books at some point and absorb more information about international history and politics than she has needed to know in her role as governor. […]

“Remember Elvis”

posted by deacon greg kandra

My pal The Anchoress is telling Michael Jackson, in no uncertain terms, to “Beat it, already.” She’s had about enough of the endless coverage of his dying, his death, his post-death, and everything leading up to his funeral (which we’re […]

Twittering for Jesus

posted by deacon greg kandra

Technology and the Church: what a concept! Take a look at how some faith-filled Facebookers (and Twitterers) are sharing the Good News: Things went smoothly for the first hour of the Twitter experiment at Trinity Church in Manhattan on Good […]

It wasn’t even close

posted by deacon greg kandra

I got a nice e-mail a short time ago, announcing the winners of the Catholic New Media Awards. No, I didn’t win. But I did come in second. A very, very, very distant second in the category for “Best Blog […]

Start the presses!

posted by deacon greg kandra

The Pres met the press today. Barack Obama sat down with several members of the Catholic media — Your Humble Blogger, I should note, was inexplicably not on the guest list — in advance of next week’s trip to Italy, […]

Stop the presses!

posted by deacon greg kandra

Lino Rulli catches up with Ed Wilkinson, the editor of our diocesan newspaper, the Tablet. Watch the scoop here.

Nuns facing a “doctrinal inquisition”?

posted by deacon greg kandra

That’s how the usually fair-minded Laurie Goodstein describes the Vatican’s visitation of American nuns in Thursday’s New York Times: The Vatican is quietly conducting two sweeping investigations of American nuns, a development that has startled and dismayed nuns who fear […]

Karl Malden and the real-life “Waterfront Priest”

posted by deacon greg kandra

Leave it to James Martin to unearth this intriguing bit of Jesuit trivia, tied to the sad news that Karl Malden has gone to the great Actors Studio in the sky: News today that Karl Malden died at the age […]

“Dottube”: one diocese’s innovative way of sharing the gospel message

posted by deacon greg kandra

In what may be a first, a New Jersey diocese has decided to carve out its own corner of cyberspace: The Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton recently launched a video-sharing Web site, www.dottube.org, to post video and audio produced by […]

A NET grows in Brooklyn — UPDATED

posted by deacon greg kandra

We finally had the formal dedication of the studio (and blessing of the chapel) for the new home for New Evangelization Television (NET) this afternoon. The building, just off Prospect Park in Brooklyn, was officially renamed the “Msgr. Michael Dempsey […]

Cheap grace?

posted by deacon greg kandra

That’s what you might call the redemptive qualities some young women are evidently finding in faith, according to Peter Steinfels’ latest column in New York Times: Dear Jillian, Please forgive the first-name greeting, but it seems the proper way to […]

Revenge of the nerd

posted by deacon greg kandra

From last night’s Radio-TV Correspondents Dinner in Washington. He’s the familiar guy from those Mac-PC commercials. And he was pretty hilarious.

What’s a consecrated virgin? — UPDATED

posted by deacon greg kandra

Lino Rulli found out when he went out on a date with one for “Currents.” Mayhem ensues. Enjoy. UPDATE: You can hear more from the consecrated virgin Lino interviewed right here. She talks in depth about her vocation, and its […]

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you: writer’s block!

posted by deacon greg kandra

Yeah, that’s about write. Er, right. Check out this amazingly cool video that raises the humble Post-it note to the level of art. See more funny videos and TBT Videos at Today’s Big Thing.

Being priest

posted by deacon greg kandra

Another superb vocations video from the creative minds who came up with this one in France. MissionUploaded by mavocation. – See video of the biggest web video personalities.

Mutiny?

posted by deacon greg kandra

That’s the word writer Louie Verrechio uses to characterize some of what’s happening over at the Catholic News Service (CNS), the operation owned and managed by the USCCB. Verrechio takes aim, and fires with both barrels. An excerpt: Catholic News […]

Lights! Camera! Contraction! The phenomenon of giving birth on YouTube

posted by deacon greg kandra

I still remember when wedding videos were a novelty. But now, it seems, more and more people are getting into the business of birth videos — and sharing them with anyone and everyone, via YouTube. The New York Times reports: […]

A “Currents” affair

posted by deacon greg kandra

For those who have been clamoring for it, relax. Complete episodes of “Currents” are now archived at our YouTube channel. They go up the day after they air. Monday’s show is below. (You can also find other episodes of other […]

A sign of the times: leading Catholic publisher cuts staff, shifts strategy

posted by deacon greg kandra

Tough economic times — and a discernible drop in readership — is forcing one of America’s oldest and most familiar Catholic publishing houses to make some significant changes: The St. Anthony Messenger Press, the Cincinnati-based national provider of inspirational and […]

Lino Un-rulli

posted by deacon greg kandra

That was Cardinal Egan’s wry nickname for the “Catholic Guy” on Sirius Radio, Lino Rulli, who now also works as a contributor to “Currents.” Here, for a drizzly Friday: Lino’s piece from our first episode of “Currents,” wherein he meets […]

And two shall be one: Catholic publishers merge

posted by deacon greg kandra

Big news in the media world, as the nation’s largest Catholic publisher announces that it has absorbed another publishing house: Catholic publisher Our Sunday Visitor Inc. says it has acquired Harcourt Religion Publishers from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Co. Terms […]

The Deacon and the God Googler

posted by deacon greg kandra

The venerable Mike “Googling God” Hayes (from Busted Halo) popped over to “Currents” this afternoon, to be interviewed for a program we’re airing on June 10. The subject was youth ministry, and keeping the young in the faith. He was […]

“Currents” clips

posted by deacon greg kandra

If anyone missed it — I know you were all glued to your computer screens last night (not) — you can catch part of yesterday’s debut of “Currents” at our website. Click on the screens to watch individual pieces. We […]

Well, who’da thunk?

posted by deacon greg kandra

Just got word from a friend that I’ve won an award from the Catholic Press Association for this essay. Must’ve been a slow year in the publishing biz. Heh.

The “Currents” crew

posted by deacon greg kandra

Here they are: Nathalia Ortiz, Matt McClure, Tai Hernandez and Lino Rulli. The on air anchors and reporters of “Currents.” Photo: by Tim Haines, Tim Haines Photography 

Conan’s not the only one debuting tonight

posted by deacon greg kandra

If you can, whisper up a prayer for the good people at The NET (including Your Humble Blogger) as we really “put out into the deep” today. The first-ever daily Catholic news show, “Currents,” debuts tonight at 7:30 ET. (Channel […]

Holy Toledo: Ohio’s Catholic radio station offering “faith with frequency”

posted by deacon greg kandra

As Your Humble Blogger prepares to launch the first-ever daily Catholic news show on our little channel in Brooklyn, there’s word that another deacon is about to put out into the deep, with a Catholic radio station in Ohio: Toledo’s […]

“Currents”: the news show that goes against the tide

posted by deacon greg kandra

It debuts Monday, June 1, on the NET, at 7:30 ET, but here is a first look at the program I’ve been developing over the last nine months: “Currents,” the first-ever daily Catholic news show. Take a look. And you […]

“Highly improbable but mindlessly entertaining”

posted by deacon greg kandra

The USCCB has weighed in with its own review of Ron Howard’s “Angels & Demons”: Highly improbable but mindlessly entertaining sequel to “The Da Vinci Code” – adapted from Dan Brown’s prequel written in 2000 — in which religious symbologist […]

Noted

posted by deacon greg kandra

“An article on Page 30 this weekend about Conan O’Brien misspells the given name of the secretary of state, who appears on some of his memorabilia. She is Hillary Clinton, not Hilary.” — A correction from yesterday’s New York Times […]

Because it’s more than just another three-day weekend

posted by deacon greg kandra

We remember.

Shutting out “Mass for Shut-Ins”?

posted by deacon greg kandra

This story escaped my attention last weekend, but it’s something to wonder about — and, maybe, worry about. From the Washington Post: PBS stations are debating the limits of one of public television’s basic commandments: Thou shalt not broadcast religious […]

A song for this Sunday: “Notre Dame, our Mother”

posted by deacon greg kandra

What could be more timely than this? The Notre Dame Glee Club singing the school’s beautiful anthem, “Notre Dame, Our Mother.” This day, let’s remember the school, its students, its president, and the school’s commencement speaker in our prayers. Notre […]

Meet William Donohue: “Perenially indignant”

posted by deacon greg kandra

One of the more colorful and combative characters on the Catholic scene was profiled in the New York Times recently: the Catholic League’s Bill Donohue: William A. Donohue, the perennially indignant president of the Catholic League for Civil and Religious […]

Want to feel inspired? Watch this

posted by deacon greg kandra

This video on YouTube is proving surprisingly popular — and just might spark new interest in one of the Church’s oldest devotions. Watch. It’s just plain great. You can read more about the video here.

First look: “Currents”

posted by deacon greg kandra

Some of you may remember earlier pictures I posted of the construction of our new studios for New Evangelization Television (NET), the cable channel for the Diocese of Brooklyn, where I work as Director of News. I’m pleased to announce […]

Jesus in jeans

posted by deacon greg kandra

We’ve seen a lot of different interpretations of Jesus, but here’s something altogether different, from a church in England: He could be a singer, an actor or even a footballer. But this is no mere entertainer – this is Jesus […]

Me so holy? Not so much

posted by deacon greg kandra

In a strange intersection of technology and religion, someone has designed an iPhone application involving an image of Jesus — and Apple has rejected it on the grounds that some may find it objectionable: Apple’s policy of encouraging a myriad […]

Fresh-squeezed: it’s the Lemonade Stand Awards!

posted by deacon greg kandra

I’m delighted and humbled to have been honored by Deacon Scott Dodge with the Lemonade Stand Award, given to “a blogger who demonstrates great attitude and gratitude.” The rules state that I now have to pass on this prestigious award […]

Florida Catholic: a bright ray of sunshine in the Sunshine State

posted by deacon greg kandra

You would be hard-pressed to find a better Catholic newspaper website than Florida Catholic. And if you want to see why, just pop over to this elegantly produced multimedia presentation on the recent ordination of two men to the priesthood. […]

Imagine that

posted by deacon greg kandra

Another beautiful and stirring video from the good people at Grassroots Films, a sequel of sorts to the first “Imagine the Potential” piece from some months back. Watch and share. (H/T to fair Amy.)

Fr. Corapi on Notre Dame: “This sends a terrible message to the Catholic world”

posted by deacon greg kandra

The celebrated preacher and television personality has stepped back into the spotlight after two years to release the statement below.

Vatican paper on “Angels & Demons”: “Harmless entertainment”

posted by deacon greg kandra

The first review of Ron Howard’s “Angels & Demons” is in from the Vatican: L’Osservatore Romano ran a review and an editorial in Wednesday’s edition, critiquing the movie based on the Dan Brown best-selling novel of the same name. “Angels […]

Thank you for dancing with me

posted by deacon greg kandra

It snuck up on me, but my sitemeter at the bottom of this page now tells that there have now been just over one million visitors to The Bench. I’m amazed, incredulous, humbled and grateful beyond words. Thank you for […]

“I think you’re the father of one of my kids”

posted by deacon greg kandra

I caught this on TV over the weekend. I almost did a spit-take.

Ron Howard charges Vatican interference in filming of “Angels & Demons”

posted by deacon greg kandra

Ron Howard is continuing to fan the flames over the controversy surrounding his movie adaptation of Dan Brown’s “Angels & Demons.” The latest: Director Ron Howard claimed Sunday that the Vatican interfered with efforts to get permits to shoot certain […]

Vatican paper on Obama: “The 100 days that did not shake the world”– UPDATED

posted by deacon greg kandra

That’s the headline at L’Osservatore Romano, assessing the first hundred days of the new U.S. president. CNS has a snip: The Vatican newspaper said President Barack Obama’s first 100 days in office have not confirmed the Catholic Church’s worst fears […]

George Weigel steps into “The Arena”

posted by deacon greg kandra

The esteemed writer and theologian was our guest on “In the Arena” this past weekend, and he had some interesting things to say about Obama, abortion, and Catholics in America. He’s joined by Elizabeth Scalia (“The Anchoress”) and Grant Gallicho, […]

Carrie Prejean’s church welcomes her as a heroine

posted by deacon greg kandra

A deacon in my diocese sent this my way: more on the swirling Carrie Prejean controversy. She was given a warm welcome Sunday at her local church: Miss California Carrie Prejean, who became the bombshell of the Miss USA pageant […]

Wondering what Jim Caviezel has been up to?

posted by deacon greg kandra

Take a look at the trailer for his next movie, below. It’s called “The Stoning of Soraya M,” and you can get details at the movie’s website.

Carrie Prejean: “It wasn’t what God wanted for me that night” — UPDATED

posted by deacon greg kandra

For those who may have missed it, here’s Carrie Prejean and Matt Lauer, chatting on TODAY: Ms. PREJEAN: I knew at that moment after I had answered the question, I knew that I was not going to win because of […]

“In the Arena”: on blogging

posted by deacon greg kandra

Your Humble Blogger, babbling about blogging. Doesn’t this guy ever shut up? 

Ron Howard slams William Donohue’s “silly and mean-spirited work of propaganda”

posted by deacon greg kandra

The director of the upcoming film of Dan Brown’s “Angels & Demons” has decided to turn his attention to the head of the Catholic League. Ron Howard wrote this Monday in the Huffington Post: William Donohue of the Catholic League […]

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