Over at Michael Paulson’s blog, Articles of Faith, he’s uncovered an embedded version of the phenomenon that is Susan Boyle.
Over at Michael Paulson’s blog, Articles of Faith, he’s uncovered an embedded version of the phenomenon that is Susan Boyle.
I dropped by Cardinal Sean O’Malley’s blog this morning, and he had some wonderful pictures from the installation of Archbishop Dolan. The good cardinal seemed to agree with the assessment that in Dolan, the American Church has another gifted communicator […]
This popped up last night on EWTN, and I was pleased to find it on YouTube (they do have something else besides Susan Boyle videos…) It’s “Jesus, I Trust in You,” performed by Angelina. “In the inevitable trials and difficulties […]
I missed this last week — I was otherwise engaged — but it’s Must See TV, from MCPF Stephen Colbert.Â Enjoy!Â The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Bart Ehrman colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor NASA […]
The world’s greatest choir, singing the world’s greatest Easter hymn. He has been raised! Alleluia!
America’s most famous new Catholic appeared on FOX News the other day (what a surprise!) to chat with Greta Van Susteren about a whole raftload of issues, including the ongoing Notre Dame story. A snip: VAN SUSTEREN: We continue now […]
Yes, it is, and this inspired commercial makes you want to share — and dance, and just grin. Enjoy. A jolly H/T to Sister Boogaloo herself, The Anchoress. Meantime, if you want to know how they did it, watch this. […]
And now, a little ’70s flashback for you. From the movie version of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” just for Palm Sunday: Incredibly, Ted Neeley, who played Jesus way back when, is now touring in another stage production of the show. A […]
For those who are interested … We’ll be discussing the Notre Dame mess on “In the Arena” this weekend. You can watch a live stream of the channel right here. “In the Arena” airs Sunday night at 7:30 ET, with […]
Those clever people who brought you the sensational Stop Good TV commercials (which put a certain diocesan TV channel on the map) are at it again. Below is a campaign for the Dioceses of Brooklyn and Rockville Centre, to draw […]
That seems to be the big news waiting to break, via Brit blogger Damian Thompson: The Pope’s press officer, Fr Federico Lombardi, is to resign after Benedict XVI’s visit to the Holy Land, according to Italian and German press reports. […]
We know newsrooms are laying off staff and there is even word now that some broadcast outlets may outsource their sports coverage. But then you see something like this and think: “Last one out of the newsroom, please turn off […]
The New York Times reported the surprising (shocking?) news that former CNN anchor Bobbie Battista is now anchoring faux news on The Onion (it would be much funnier if it were faux news on FOX, but I digress…) If you […]
You can expect more noise about this little movie in the coming weeks — some reports suggest the Vatican will call for a boycott — but anyone who’s curious can see the official movie poster below. There’s nothing scarier than […]
The latest episode of “In the Arena” is available online. This week’s topic: vocations. Guests include a seminarian, the Vocations Director for the Diocese of Brooklyn, a couple Little Sisters of the Poor, and, as always, the popular Elizabeth Scalia […]
Further proof — if any were needed — that anyone can have a blog, and there is a blog for anyone. This is called — with breathtaking precision —Your Logo Makes Me Barf. One example, below.
Clicked on the computer this morning and found this lovely gift wrapped and waiting for me. Thank you, A! If you want to see what she’s talking about, just drop by for a visit. All are welcome!
From the irrepressible Fr. James Martin’s DVD “Who Cares About the Saints?”
Those who enjoyed her appearance last week (you know who you are!) can check out the latest installment right here.
A: “I would say the opposite. I think that the reality that is most effective, the most present and the strongest in the fight against AIDS, is precisely that of the Catholic Church, with its programs and its diversity. I […]
That’s the pithy wisdom of Lisa Simpson, summing up the problems between the Irish. One last St. Pat’s nugget:
This evidently began running today in Kansas City. H/T to the Catholic Key.
From a Canadian paper comes this news about an effort by atheists to get Latin American Catholics to quit the Church: In an effort to reduce the church’s political influence, Argentine atheists and feminists are spearheading a drive to get […]
Another deacon who’s worked in the media is making news in the Archdiocese of Washington: Deacon Al Turner, a permanent deacon for the Archdiocese of Washington and former ABC News cameraman, has been named the director of the archdiocese’s Office […]
I know she’ll hate that headline, but it’s my blog. Elizabeth Scalia, a.k.a. The Anchoress has announced to the world (and I’m happy to trumpet it as well) her recent appearance on my little TV show “In the Arena.” “In […]
Well, who’da thunk? The New York Times has just hired a new columnist that fits that description. And he’s under 30. Take a look: The New York Times has hired Ross G. Douthat, a 29-year-old conservative writer and editor at […]
This news item should be of interest to anyone reading this: the Vatican may issue a document on the New Media. From CNS: The Vatican is considering the preparation of a major document on new media and their implications for […]
The good Dr. McNamara dug this up from the vault, and it’s an interesting little curiosity: the first bit of film showing a papal blessing. It’s Leo XIII, in the 1890’s, and McNamara notes: It’s said that when this short […]
A new video from Priests for Life.
That seems to be the thesis behind this item from Our Sunday Visitor — and after a long career in the business, I can’t disagree: Back in January, with fanfare, the Vatican announced that it was launching a site on […]
…is having a chapel down the hall with a window like this: It was just installed yesterday, and depicts Christ on the seashore, calling to fishermen who are tending their nets — an apt image for a television channel called […]
Those of us who spend a fair amount of time floating through cyberspace — and if you’re reading this, you’re one of them — will appreciate this insight about finding faith in the age of Facebook: With a new media […]
That seems to be the point of this directive, from Italy: Roman Catholic bishops in Italy are urging the faithful to go on a high-tech fast for Lent, switching off modern appliances from cars to iPods and abstaining from surfing […]
Another voice has weighed in with criticism of how the Vatican gets out its message — or, more often, doesn’t. Noted Catholic editor Philip Lawler offered his thoughts in an Op-Ed piece for this morning’s USA TODAY: “We didn’t control […]
“I have never seen anything ever on television that matches the pictures painted on the mirror of my mind by a really good wordsmith. I have never pretended to objectivity. I have a strong point of view, and I share […]
With Lent looming, the Archdiocese of Washington is launching an innovative ad campaign to lure back some of the sheep who have strayed. From the Washington Post: The archdiocese has an estimated 580,000 Catholics, according to spokeswoman Susan Gibbs, but […]
This is too funny to pass up: a self-described “collapsed” Catholic (Alec Baldwin) finds himself dating a beautiful woman (Selma Hayek) who takes her faith very seriously. They go out on a date that includes mass. And he’s worried they […]
The sad and still-unfolding story of Fr. Marcial Maciel, the founder of the Legion of Christ, has touched a nerve in Fr. Raymond de Souza, longtime contributor to one of the LC’s most prominent and popular ministries, the weekly National […]
After posting Part 1 of “Confession 101,” the good folks at Busted Halo have now put up Part II — which stars Steve Carrell!! No, wait. That’s not Steve Carrell. It’s Fr. Dave Dwyer. (Carrell will play him in the […]
I just saw this over at Jesus Goes to Disney World — a terrific ad that should be a challenge to all of us. What are you doing with your life???
One of the more remarkable undertakings of recent years — a complete edition of the Bible, written by hand, and “illuminated,” is nearing completion. And a gallery in Baltimore is putting some of the extraordinary handiwork on display. From the […]
Over at New Advent, Kevin Knight has linked to this neat story, about the origins of some of the most familiar and popular Muppet characters. But for me, the hidden gem is at the bottom, where the post offers a […]
Ah, memories … A former colleague from my days at CBS has penned this little reminiscence of life at the Eye Web. A snip: What had been the finest broadcast news organization has devolved into what employess there describe as […]
A cheerful wave of the deacon’s stole to Doc Mac, who reminds us that today marks a little milestone in broadcast history, when Fulton Sheen made his TV debut. The good doctor quotes one writer who described the archbishop’s appeal […]
Fr. Jim Martin dropped me a line to let me know about this timely clip, from his DVD “Who Cares About the Saints?” It’s the portion that deals with St. Bernadette, and he recounts the story of the appearances of […]
Several weeks back, I got a nice e-mail from Deacon James Keating, Director of Theological Formation for the Institute of Priestly Formation at Creighton University, asking if I’d like to give a listen to a couple of CDs that he’s […]
That would be the young actress depicted below, Camilla Belle, who is slated to star in a new film on Mary called “Mary, the Mother of the Christ,” written by Barbara Nicolosi and Benedict Fitzgerald (who also wrote “The Passion […]
There’s quite a storm brewing out in Illinois, involving allegations of sex abuse, lawyers, the bishop and, it seems, the media: Catholic Bishop Daniel Jenky is lashing out at the news media and Illinois courts over the handling of sexual […]
And you can, right here. The Catholic Press Association has some info, too. H/T to the Doc McNamara.
Some noteworthy deacon news from the Catholic News Agency: they’ve launched a regular column by Deacon Patrick Moynihan: CNA is excited to introduce a new current events and political column written by Deacon Patrick Moynihan, a permanent deacon for the […]
…’cause this short video below is really exhausting. Astounding. But exhausting.
A reader in Los Angeles alerted me to this column by LA Times writer Tim Rutten — who finds some interesting connections between two unlikely species: a cardinal and an elephant: What do Billy the elephant and Cardinal Roger M. […]
According to reports, you won’t be seeing this ad during the Super Bowl.
The other day, I posted about this “pledge” video. Finally, someone has responded. Here’s an idea we can all get behind! A grateful h/t to good old Fr. Austin Murphy.
The pope offered a few words recently to a group of Catholic journalists, and they’re worth reading and pondering: Benedict XVI has sent a message to participants in the national congress of the Italian Catholic Press Union (UCSI). The congress, […]
It’s an old problem, but it bears repeating: when it comes to public relations, the Catholic Church is a disaster. The debacle over SSPX and Bishop Williamson is only the latest case in point. (And it’s not just the Vatican. […]
That’s the question at the heart of this essay — which, among other things, notes that a lot of Catholics on the web use Macs (including, I confess, Your Humble Blogger.) The author notes: I’ve noticed a rather interesting correlation […]
Fr. Jim Martin, whose beautiful book, “My Life with the Saints,” has become something of a modern classic, has now branched out into the DVD universe. Below is a snip from “Who Cares About the Saints?”, now available from Loyala […]
Fascinating pictures capture a miraculous moment. H/T New Advent and Patrick Madrid.
Doesn’t this guy ever shut up?
“An event that commentators repeatedly described as an ‘only in America’ catharsis had its closest parallel overseas. No inauguration has generated the kinds of crowds and emotions that surrounded Mr. Obama’s. In recent memory, the event that probably came the […]
Many of us remember Siobhan Fallon Hogan when she was just Siobhan Fallon, on “Saturday Night Live.” But the National Catholic Register’s Tim Drake shows us another side of her: Siobhan Fallon Hogan has forfeited acting projects rather than compromise […]
The New York Times has created some interesting interactive material for their inaugural coverage, including this spiffy glimpse at what the presidents said in their inaugural speeches, structured as “word clouds.” They’ve also got this interesting look ahead to what […]
Another icon from my youth has passed away: Bob May, who donned The Robot’s suit in the hit 1960s television show “Lost in Space,” has died. He was 69. May died Sunday of congestive heart failure at a hospital in […]
Because I just bought me one of these here fancy new-fangled telephone thingies. The good news is that my pastor doesn’t know how to use one. The bad news is that I’m afraid he may learn.
A sensational new video from the people at CatholicVote.
How can Catholic teachers, ministers and religious use the internet to connect with young people? The Georgia Bulletin has some answers: Today’s college students are always plugged into technology, don’t carry the do-not-trust-anyone-over-30 hang-up and are not afraid to share […]
The pope is taking another big leap into new media: The Vatican will soon have its own channel on the video sharing site YouTube where the Catholic faithful or the curious will be able to see Pope Benedict or Church […]
The tittle says it tall. From poet-performer-teacher Taylor Mali.
From the good folks at Catholic Media House, a powerful short film — and it couldn’t come at a better time.
Must be the post-holiday slump that leads to things like this. BTW: Patrick McNamara’s blog on church history is truly terrific reading. Check it out.
One of the most famous — and, in some quarters, infamous — figures in American Catholicism sat down for a chat recently with the Boston Globe’s Michael Paulson. Here’s part of the interview with priest, theologian, writer and — last […]
Looking back on the year’s events, few were more memorable or fruitful than the visit of Pope Benedict in the spring. The pictures above, by Gregory Shemitz, capture a small part of that great moment. You can see even more […]
The ad agency that created this devilish ad for NET is making news again. Check out Broadcasting & Cable, and the Hollywood Reporter. Meantime, tell Wolfgang to save me the usual table…
This morning, while getting ready for mass, I clicked on “Sunday Morning” and caught the tail end of a report they did on some of this season’s most ubiquitous figures: angels. It turns out, a sizable majority of Americans believe […]
The good people at the New York Times have collected some of the memorable words and phrases of 2008 in a nifty graphics package, designed by Jessica Hische. “Jump the Shark” is so ’70s. When you’ve really gone too far, […]
You would be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful “TV Christmas moment” than the one Tony Rossi has unearthed at his fine blog The Intersection. Watch and smile and remember and wipe away a tear.
I couldn’t help but feel a little surprise — and nostalgia — when I heard an ad for this on the radio today. They still sell these? Now I know what to get my pastor for Christmas!
The short film below by Maureen Cotton is a beautiful glimpse at life in a Franciscan monastery, where they really do live the Prayer of St. Francis. It’s a lovely meditation for a snowy day in Advent. You can also […]
The wickedly good ad campaign for a Certain Religious TV Station (ahem) has just gotten a nice mention in the Gray Lady — along with a look at how churches are using marketing to get people in the pews: The […]
This ad popped up on NET tonight and I thought it was too good not to share. Enter the story! You can find out more about the people behind the ad right here.
To quote Samuel Johnson, in another context: it’s like a dog walking on its hind legs. It’s not done well, but you’re surprised to find it done at all. I survived. The evidence can be found here, or just click […]
Yes, we’re scraping the bottom of the media barrel here: someone has decided to put me on the radio. Those who enjoy train wrecks can tune at this link at 11 am ET. Saturday. It’s Catholic Radio 2.0 with the […]
A loyal reader alerted me to this news, which I found both surprising and heartening. I had no idea Gary Sinise was a convert, did you? Read on: Two priests were among more than a half-dozen Catholics in a group […]
Pope Benedict continues to use every modern tool he can to spread The Word. The pope who sent text messages at World Youth Day is now using another tool for the New Evangelization: In preparation for Christmas, Pope Benedict XVI […]
I was cheered to find this item in a Tennessee paper about another deacon working in broadcasting. Is this a trend, or what? From the Memphis Commercial Appeal: Amid the clatter of plates and the sound of coffee being poured, […]
To quote James Earl Jones: “This is CNN”: Embedded video from CNN Video
Good grief. They’ll write about anyone these days. Or anything.
I’ll admit up front: I’m not a fan of this guy. But I know many who are, and what Bill O’Reilly has to say here about his Catholic upbringing is pretty interesting. Take a look. This comes from Long Island’s […]
Here it is, a “Deacon’s Bench” exclusive: a first peek at the viral internet ad campaign for NET, the cable channel for the Diocese of Brooklyn. Want more? Visit StopGoodTV.com.
As I mentioned several weeks ago, I’ve embarked on a new chapter of my professional life, as News Director for our diocesan cable channel. On December 8th, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, (and the feast day of our diocese) […]
A couple of readers sent this my way, and I have to say: this is unbelievably cool. It’s an Advent app for your iPhone. As the good people at Mac describe it: Advent is a time of preparation and anticipation […]
Some sad news today, that playwright William Gibson has died, at the ripe age of 94. He will forever be remembered as the man who gave us one of the most powerful and inspiring testaments to hope and perseverance: “The […]
Before there was “High School Musical 3,” there was this musical staple of so many high schools (including my own) “Godspell.” Here’s a little curiosity for Thanksgiving Day that will either bring back fond memories of the early ’70s, or […]
The good people at the Pew Forum released an interesting report late last week on journalism and the press. Some highlights: Religion played a much more significant role in the media coverage of President-elect Barack Obama than it did in […]
Archbishop Fulton Sheen isn’t the only gifted Catholic communicator in line for canonization. USA TODAY has the latest on the fabled and much-beloved Fr. Patrick Peyton: Recognized widely for his catchphrase — “the family that prays together stays together” — […]
Or, if you prefer, just be a dasher (like the reindeer, ha!) and head to the store next week for a new Christmas special by MCPF Stephen Colbert: The permanently suit-clad Stephen Colbert has traded in his pinstripes for a […]
I’ve been reminded by Julie over at Happy Catholic that it’s that time of year again. (No, not time to run and hide because it’s getting closer to Christmas.) It’s time for the annual Weblog Awards. There’s a category this […]
Over at America, they have a very good dissection of my favorite TV series “Mad Men,” and I discovered that a lot of the best clips from the show are available on YouTube. The one below is, to my mind, […]
From our Hollywood Desk, a.k.a. Starpulse, a little tidbit about a high profile Catholic in Tinsletown: “Entourage” has become a curse for Mark Wahlberg on Sundays – because people approach him in church with story lines and requests to be […]
Here’s an interesting take on the media — with a side glance at the religion beat — that focuses on Michael Paulson of the Boston Globe. This comes from the current issue of Editor & Publisher: When Michael Paulson began […]
Check out this wonderful short film from The Responsbility Project. How far would you go for your kids? Oh: it turns out the blog at this site is written by a former colleague of mine, Kathy McManus. Kudos, “Mackers”!
This sounds like exactly the sort of television we need: a program about perseverance, and hope, and more than a little bit of faith. It’s about a 30-something Sunday school teacher in Georgia named Ruby Gettinger and her struggle with […]
On CBS News tonight, Bob Schieffer spoke of how he attended segregated schools when he was growing up in Texas. “A black person had never attended any of my schools,” he said. Correspondent Byron Pitts told Katie Couric about how […]
Then take a mental health break: the inspired “Mad Men” parody from Sunday’s “The Simpsons.” You’ll feel better. I promise.
A friend of mine recently sent me an e-mail, asking if I was going to miss working this election night. I’d toiled into the wee hours for more election nights than I can remember and now, for the first time […]
Once, “Catholic media” meant just your parish bulletin and the diocesan paper. No more. Here’s a story that shows how much things have changed (and it happens to be right up my alley), about a growing Catholic television station that […]
This is a pretty remarkable piece of news — poignant and, perhaps, prophetic. For the first time, a major American newspaper is abandoning paper and ink: After a century of continuous publication, The Christian Science Monitor will abandon its weekday […]
A reader sent me this link, to a fascinating interview with Matthew Weiner, the genius behind my latest obsession, “Mad Men”. (After last night’s pitch-perfect season finale, I can’t believe I now to have to wait nine months for the […]
I thought that sounded eucharistic when I heard it last night — and I wasn’t imagining things. That was the copy used in the ad campaign for Popsicle on last night’s episode of “Mad Men,” and it prompted a brief […]
The video below was produced for our parish stewardship drive, set to begin in early November. It’s artfully produced (by one of our trustees, Roger Aguinaldo) and gives a great look at the history of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs. […]
If anybody missed the two hilarious bits Sarah Palin performed on SNL last night, you can find the story and the video right here. You betcha. BTW, re: SNL, The A has a roundup of reaction.
I have to say this: in my nearly 27 years at CBS News, I found most of those I worked with to be respectful and appreciative of my faith. Some were curious about what I did, and what I believed. […]
For me, Fulton Sheen remains the gold standard for Catholic preaching — and his connection to the world of communications (notably, television) has always resonated with me. He also has a personal connection to my parish in Queens. In the […]
This flick is sneaking into movie theaters this weekend — and it looks like something well worth checking out. It’s “Billy: The Early Years,” a biographical drama about the life of America’s most famous preacher. The New York Times has […]
The trailer for “The Soloist.” It looks mighty impressive — and sustains Robert Downey, Jr.’s remarkable comeback that began this summer with “The Iron Man” and continued with “Tropic Thunder.” Take a look:
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.
I wasn’t aware that this best-selling author is Catholic — but he’s making no secret of it, and discusses his faith, and how he’s using his success to give something back, with the Arkansas Catholic newspaper: Catholic novelist Nicholas Sparks […]
A retired CBS News executive (and a Catholic), on learning of my career change, sent me the following e-mail: Hi Greg! Congratulations on this bold move. 26 years is PLENTY. I’m sure you can get the Church to fill in […]
What the candidates think about one of the defining issues of our day. Watch CBS Videos Online
Not long ago, I stumbled upon a letter from Thomas Merton, who offered this advice to a man who was thinking about a career change: I would say there is one basic idea that should be kept in mind in […]
The Vatican has issued its theme for the upcoming World Communications Day — traditionally marked on the Sunday before Pentecost, when the era of Christian communication began. From Zenit: The theme chosen by Benedict XVI for World Communications Day reflects […]
It was Tina Fey. It had to be. That’s the only explanation. As one blogger put it: “Please, please make it stop.”
One of the best contemporary writers on the subject of monastic spirituality is now addressing one vexxing part of the spiritual life in a new book called “Acedia & Me.” She’s Kathleen Norris, and if the name sounds familiar, you […]
The movie version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Doubt” is opening later this fall,and the first trailer is now up for viewing. The play, set in 1964, tells the provocative story of a priest suspected of sexual impropriety, and the […]
On his way to France to visit Paris and Lourdes, the pope followed his now-familiar custom of wandering to the back of the plane to chat with the press. He spoke in French about the country he was about to […]
After getting a lot of inquiries over the last few months — including one just today — I decided to add a new sidebar feature to the blog: Books About Deacons. It’s just a start, but I hope to add […]
Those remarkable words come from the pen of Joe Eszterhas, a man who previously used that pen to write movies like “Showgirls” and “Basic Instinct.” He has a new book out about his conversion, Crossbearer. And he just wrote a […]
A Kennedy is in the news again — this time, with a new book exploring her own Catholic faith. Michael Paulson has the scoop at the Boston Globe: Catholicism ran deep at the home of Bobby and Ethel Kennedy. Prayers […]
The Anchoress dropped me a line a few minutes ago and said a reader was wondering why the New York Times refers to these women differently. I know the Times has a tradition of always using an honorific — Mr., […]
The legendary animator who helped bring this beautiful moment to life died today: Bill Melendez. Bless him. (I spoke about this particular Christmas memory during my Midnight Mass homily last year.)
Regular readers will recall that is Katie Couric’s nickname for this dashing TV priest and moral theologian, Fr. Thomas Williams, who works as a Vatican consultant for CBS News. The good father has a new book out, “Greater Than You […]
Sad but true: one of the most famous voices in the world is no more. From the AP: Don LaFontaine, the man who popularized the catch phrase ”In a world where…” and lent his voice to thousands of movie trailers, […]
Twenty years ago this week, a young man was about to drop everything and give his life to God. You can hear his account of that vocation journey right here, via NPR. If you find that tantalizing, you can read […]
One of the most familiar faces in my corner of New York is Msgr. James Lisante, former head of The Christophers. He pops up a lot on television, offering analysis and commentary, and he has a popular interview program on […]
Looking to do a little web surfing over the long holiday weekend? I recently got word of two websites that may be worth your while — both Catholic, both related to the media. The first, Catholic Media House, collects inspirational […]
A lot has been written about “The Dark Knight” — finding nuances in the tale that shed light on our own troubled times. But now, for something completely different, comes this intriguing analysis by Margaret Stahl in America: I saw […]
While doing research for a project at work, I stumbled on this clip. Call me a sentimental sap, but it got to me. Watch and enjoy.
Iâ€™m finishing off the last of a pint of Haagen-Dazs (Baileyâ€™s Irish Cream, if you must know) and as I lick the spoon I heave a deep sigh and think: â€œThose monks canâ€™t do this.â€ â€œThose monksâ€ are the men […]
I’m not sure if anybody noticed, but while the world has been enraptured by the Olympics and Mark Phelps, one of the most talked about and acclaimed dramas on television has Gone Catholic. It’s “Mad Men,” the compellingly watchable and […]
A Pope John Paul II tee shirt! Here’s Robert Downey, Jr., showing his true colors. Check out American Papist for more on this swanky attire. And, it turns out, you can get one of your own right here.
Watching this again, it almost looks like ancient history. Were we ever that carefree? But it’s a nice summer spritzer that actually echoes a familiar theme of the gospels: “Be not afraid.” (I’m not sure this is quite what Pope […]
The Vatican has decided to crack down on one seemingly inoffensive word that crops up in some popular hymns — and it could soon change what we hear at mass. From CNS: In the not-too-distant future, songs such as “You […]
A couple months back, I blogged about the new movie “Henry Poole Is Here“, and posted the very cool movie trailer. The movie is opening Friday — perhaps, not coincidentally, the Feast of the Assumption — and reviews are trickling […]
Those were the words that singer Steven Curtis Chapman spoke to his teenage son moments after a devastating event: while driving the family’s SUV, the boy accidently struck and killed his little sister. Some weeks back, I blogged about that […]
Last week, it seems, a certain television anchorwoman misidentified the location of next month’s GOP convention. And the other day, she issued an on-air apology — which is notable for (among other things) making a reference to the Apostle of […]
This is supposedly one of the most successful ads ever aired in Britain. It’s definitely different. H/T Andrew Sullivan, who thinks it has particular meaning in this election year.
This is a lovely ode to the great Randy Pausch, from Tom Dermody, editor of The Catholic Post newspaper of Peoria, Illinois. Watch and weep. H/T to Catholic News Service blog.
Anyone wondering how the Church is using new media to reach the masses might just want to download this unusual selection to their iPod: the rosary, set to contemporary music. From the AP, via a newspaper in Salt Lake City: […]
With so much attention over the last few days being directed at the anniversary of Humanae Vitae a certain amount of attention should also go to the woman pictured on the left. She is Mrs. Margaret Sanger, the founder of […]
Chant has been rebounding in popularity for some time now, ever since those Benedictine monks released their blockbuster recording several years back. Now the Cistercians have gotten into the act — and they are also causing a musical sensation: It […]
Want to see inside the mind of a reporter? Sounds scary — but this is actually fascinating and fruitful. Boston Globe reporter Michael Paulson covers one of the bigger beats in Beantown, religion, and he’s just launched a blog at […]
This news might raise an eyebrow or two: arguably the greatest rock band in the world was, in fact, Christian to the core. Here’s the story, from CNS, via the National Catholic Reporter: British radio has broadcast an interview with […]
It’s rare to find someone in the media talking candidly about their faith and spirituality. I was heartened, then, to discover this post about one of my CBS News colleagues, Kimberly Dozier: On Memorial Day 2006, CBS News correspondent Kimberly […]
Anyone interested in chants? Psalms? Sacred music? Step right up. A reader asked me to put in a plug for his websites on sacred music, so here (or hear) goes. Take a look — and a listen! — at Chabanel […]
Last night, my wife and I finally went to see “WALL-E”; everybody else on the planet was going to see “The Dark Knight,” so it was easy to get tickets. Two hours later, I staggered out of the theater, wiping […]
A few people I know made it down to Washington for Tony Snow’s funeral yesterday; I hope to get a fuller report later today. But Rocco has posted the text of the homily, delivered by Fr. David O’Connell, President of […]
It was great to see this article in the New York Times: a profile of Catholic radio in New York City, with a special focus on a budding enterprise known as the Catholic Channel. At a time when New Media […]
I’m wrapping up a long weekend in Maryland, where my wife and I have been celebrating my in-laws’ 50th wedding anniversary; yesterday, there was a small mass for the family, with about 20 kinfolk — children, grandchildren, extended family — […]
Sally Quinn, famous non-Catholic communicant, has taken pen in hand to explain herself, after all the controversy surrounding her reception of the sacrament at Tim Russert’s funeral. She seems chastened by the experience: In a thoughtful and gently remonstrative piece […]
Not much has been written about the big event that followed by several days the death of Tim Russert: the lecture for the Catholic Common Ground Initiative, which the NBC News star was scheduled to give. His last-minute replacement was […]
The news about the gangster meeting the pope reminded me of these great videos. Here is Coolio’s classic “Gangster’s Paradise,” from the movie Dangerous Minds. But to really appreciate it, you have to see “Weird Al” Yankovich’s inspired parody, “Amish […]
I was surprised and delighted to see a brief article in this morning’s New York Times about Cathedral Prep Seminary in Elmhurst, Queens. By day, it’s a high school for young men; by night, it is used by the diaconate […]
A new front seems to have opened up on the communion wars — and it involves someone who isn’t even Catholic. Fr. James Martin, S.J. has the scoop: In one of the strangest religious stories of the month, Sally Quinn, […]
Remember the story of the pregnancy pact that swept the media last week? Um, er, uh…nevermind. As a footnote: could someone, please, slap Chris Cuomo?
The commercial below has stirred up a lot of controversy in the United Kingdom — this article explains why — but you have to see it to believe it. The ad has since been pulled. Frankly, it’s no more shocking […]
In the unlikeliest of places — the New York Times — they had a story today about the unlikeliest of best-sellers, a Christian novel about God’s love. Take a look: Eckhart Tolle may have Oprah Winfrey, but “The Shack” has […]
Around the newsroom today, more than a few people have said, “You know, his last HBO special wasn’t that good. He was pretty angry and bitter at the end.” But to appreciate George Carlin and his talent, look no further […]
An Irish Catholic gal from Long Island muses on an Irish Catholic guy from upstate New York. Here’s Peggy Noonan on Russert: One of the greatest statements, the most piercing, was something Chuck Todd said when he talked on a […]
If you didn’t see it yesterday, put down your coffee, shut the door, and click the image below. Luke Russert at his father’s memorial service. Just watch. This kid’s got it.
Watching the Tim Russert memorial at the Kennedy Center this afternoon on MSNBC, I saw Bruce Springsteen pop up, and he sang this tribute to the newsman, his classic song “Thunder Road”: The screen door slams, Mary’s dress wavesLike a […]
“It has all been said so eloquently in the tributes that have come from some of the highest authorities in our nation and even around the world. … All that remains is to say thank you to the good and […]
The invaluable James Martin over at America has reminded us of something easily overlooked: Tim Russert was “an honorary Jesuit” who was educated by Jesuits, and spoke often at Jesuit commencements: Russert seemed to embody a certain ideal of Jesuit […]
Last Sunday, after I preached about Tim Russert in my homily, several people came up to me after mass to tell me how much he meant to them. One woman took my hand and explained,”When I heard the news,” she […]
A hearty Deacon’s Bench welcome to a bouncing new blog — “Pontifications”, over at Beliefnet, authored by the gifted Catholic journalist, author, sage (and convert) David Gibson. Gibson is perhaps best-known for his two books, “The Coming Catholic Church” and […]
A clearly emotional Tom Brokaw spoke those words Friday afternoon. Our world, and the world of journalism, is poorer without Tim Russert in it. Brokaw said, in part: “Tim loved his family, his faith, his country, politics, the Buffalo Bills, […]
Late word today that he has died, at 81. You’ll find tons of clips on YouTube, but this, from Blazing Saddles, remains definitive. And just plain hilarious. Bless him. And just in case you missed it, there’s also this wonderful […]
If you’ve ever wondered just how they put together the obituary page, this little Q&A with a longtime editor at the LA Times, Jon Thurber, offers an answer or two — and some insight into how and when religion finds […]
A very amusing, and very clever, dissection of a part of the mass that is often overlooked. A cheerful h/t to Bosco at The Naked Liturgist.
Monday is the feast of St. Philip Neri, famous for his joyful spirit and sprightly sense of humor. “A joyful heart,” he said, “is more easily made perfect than a downcast one.” In tribute to his own unique spirituality, I […]
Tragic news this morning about Steven Curtis Chapman, the popular Christian recording artist. His young adopted daughter was struck and killed by a car, apparently driven by Chapman’s son. Below is a song he wrote about his daughter a few […]
I stumbled on this awesome little movie trailer over at Happy Catholic — a big fat hat tip for this one, Jules! — and now I have to agree: this could be a wonderful movie. I’m hoping so, anyway. Take […]
Not long ago on EWTN, during Lent, they re-ran this spellbinding talk by one of their most popular preachers. I was wondering if there was a copy online, and sure enough, there’s a shortened version, about 10 minutes long, which […]
Did you know St. Jerome has a connection to doo-wop? This, from today’s New York Times: An Italian-American bluesman records a song in Florida. An Irish-American disc jockey plays it at a radio station in Woodstock, N.Y. He tells a […]
That’s what this fellow says we are, and he makes a very good, and very funny, point. Click and enjoy. H/T Brutally Honest by way of The Anchoress.
Here’s a story that really hit home for me: the struggle of journalists to keep their faith. It comes from The Quill, the journal of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ): When Los Angeles Times reporter William Lobdell was given […]
A gal in my office was asked to suggest a name for Time magazine’s list of 100 Most Influential People. She picked someone who is a hero of mine — and a fellow I’ve written about frequently on the blog […]
The actor who became an international sensation by playing Jesus Christ is doing his level best to honestly and forthrightly live the gospel — and do an immeasurable amount of good. Check out this moving story: Jim Caviezel, the star […]
What’s it like for someone who is not Catholic to be covering the Vicar of Christ for the media? Busted Halo’s radio show is produced by Robyn Gould, and she describes her experience working in the Catholic media and covering […]
So much has already been written about Pope Benedict’s remarkable meeting with sex abuse victims — but this piece by John Allen tells the story behind the story. It’s just one more reason why Allen remains one of — if […]
MCPF Stephen Colbert turned to another CPF of Your Humble Blogger, Fr. James Martin, SJ last night for some analysis on the pope. And it was delightful. Click and watch and enjoy. These two should go on the road.
A car commercial to make you smile. Enjoy.
A beautifully produced video celebrating the Church. UPDATE: For some reason, the video has been pulled. Argh. You can still watch it by going to this link, scrolling to the bottom of the page and clicking on the video titled […]
That’s Katie Couric’s cheeky nickname for the dashing and telegenic Fr. Thomas Williams, who played football for the University of Michigan before becoming a priest with the Legionairies of Christ. He’s now a Vatican analyst for CBS News. And here’s […]
One of the best writers at the New York Times, Dan Barry, has composed a thoughtful, honest and unfailingly down-to-earth essay this Sunday on his experience as an American Catholic. Some Catholics, I know, will question whether he is really […]
Looking for a little inspiration? Look no further than your iPod. Downloadable sermons are becoming all the rage, as USA Today reports: The Rev. Bruce Walker preaches to a congregation of fewer than 100 people in Greenville, S.C., but people […]
Personally, I think this sounds clever and cute. But others, I guess, disagreed. From the AP: The transportation agency for the nation’s capital has pulled a promotional video from YouTube after the Archdiocese of Washington complained about the star: a […]
How’s this for 21st century evangelization: an enterprising person has created a website geared specifically to wayward Catholics. And it’s having a phenomenal impact. Check out the story, from Catholic News Agency: In less than three weeks, 3,000 Catholics returned […]
Sometimes, the most effective evangelists use unexpected tools. This fascinating piece from The Catholic Herald in Wisconsin profiles an actor who is turning his passion for theater into The Passion: Silence enveloped the audience at the Cathedral of St. John […]
The Christopher Awards are among the most meaningful prizes bestowed during the springtime awards season; they recognize not only achievement, but also values. (Department of Full Disclosure: Your Humble Blogger has one on his shelf, from 2002, for co-writing the […]
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