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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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:
…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 […]
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 […]
A breathtaking video that speaks eloquently about gun violence without uttering a word. H/T to Fran.
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 […]
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 […]
“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 […]
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 […]
To generations of Catholics, she will always be Bernadette. Jennifer Jones died yesterday at the age of 90.
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 […]
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.
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) […]
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 […]
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 […]
And, I have to say: it’s pretty funny.
…and it’s a-jumpin’, as this ad from France reminds us. It is, in ever sense, cool. Duck!
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 […]
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 […]
…because they ended up interviewing Your Humble Blogger recently on the subject of religious radio. The results, below.
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
“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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The idea of Bob Dylan doing a Christmas album is weird enough. But the first video from it?? Take a look. Ho ho ho.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
“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 […]
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 […]
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.
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, 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 […]
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 […]
And, what may be most surprising of all: he’s also an admitted killer.
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 […]
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. […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
…Dolan’s got himself a blog. H/T Rocco, of course.
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 […]
The cartoon below, from Steve Breen at the San Diego Tribune, says it all. H/T to my Beliefnet blog neighbor Tony Jones.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
A company that sells clergy shirts offers this clever ad:
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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.
…could you spare three minutes to watch this, Mr. President? Thanks.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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, […]
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
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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: […]
A favorite ad, that just seems worth re-visiting right about now. I love the world. Don’t you?
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.
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’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 […]
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 […]
“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 […]
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.
Just watch this, and see what this here Christianity thing is all about. Camp Barnabas from Steve V on Vimeo.
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, […]
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 […]
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. […]
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
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
From an alert reader. This is a problem Jesus never had to worry about. Enjoy.
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.”
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.
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 […]
Here’s something pretty great, sent in by a reader:
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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, […]
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), […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
“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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Or, maybe, our desire for naps.
“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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
“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 […]
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?
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
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 […]
“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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
Lino Rulli catches up with Ed Wilkinson, the editor of our diocesan newspaper, the Tablet. Watch the scoop here.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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: […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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.
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
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
“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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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.)
The celebrated preacher and television personality has stepped back into the spotlight after two years to release the statement below.
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 […]
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 caught this on TV over the weekend. I almost did a spit-take.
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
Your Humble Blogger, babbling about blogging. Doesn’t this guy ever shut up?Â
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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