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Cringe alert! Mike Huckabee in stilettos

posted by David Gibson

Yes…that could be Huck’s next campaign poster. Since election day, failed GOP contender and true-blue (or is that red?) evangelical, Mike Huckabee, has been settling some scores, as this TIME magazine piece on his new book shows. Now it has […]

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The FOCA Phantom: What will pro-lifers do without it?

posted by David Gibson

The focus of much of the Catholic right’s doomsday prophesying about Barack Obama, a.k.a. the anti-Christ (see Stafford, Cardinal Francis, et al) has been about the inevitability of Obama signing the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), which would enshrine Roe […]

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UPDATE: Lennon needed no “forgiveness”–at least not from the Vatican

posted by David Gibson

Updating yesterday’s Beatles post…A letter to the editor in today’s NYT, clarifying that while the Osservatore Romano was trying to be generous, they still didn’t quite ” get” what Lennon was saying: November 25, 2008 You Can Make It O.K. […]

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What is the point of interfaith dialogue?

posted by David Gibson

Pope Benedict XVI gave an insight into his thinking on this topic in a letter to a friend and co-author, Marcello Pera, philosopher and former president of the Italian senate and an agnostic (perhaps even an atheist) who has nonetheless […]

Vatican “forgives” Lennon…

posted by David Gibson

That’d be John, not Vladimir. (Yes, I know, and it’s Lennon, not Lenin.) And “forgive” would be the hedder on the Reuters version of the story about L’Osservatore Romano’s remarkable appreciation of The Beatles on the 40th anniversary of The […]

Obama NOT “aggressive, disruptive and apocalyptic”? Cardinal Stafford reconsidered…

posted by David Gibson

Or that’s what NCR columnist John Allen tries to do in his weekly column out today. You’ll recall the outcry after the initial report of Cardinal Stafford’s remarks at CUA in Washington. Today, Allen argues that Stafford’s remarks must be […]

Is the Catholic Campaign for Human Development…Catholic?

posted by David Gibson

…That’s the doubt angry conservatives are trying to sow as a way to undermine the CCHD, the principal anti-poverty program of the U.S. bishops conference, and the Roman Catholic Church in America. Among the harshest critics are some bishops themselves, […]

Benedict XVI: Church can make better politicians

posted by David Gibson

That’s the pontiff’s message, delivered last weekend to a meeting of the Vatican’s department on the laity. Via CNS: “In a special way, I reaffirm the necessity and urgency of the evangelical formation and pastoral accompaniment of a new generation […]

Newsflash: Catholics read the Bible!

posted by David Gibson

…But still not enough of us, or often enough. The tools are there, even if the recent Synod on the Word in Rome didn’t deploy them. Here’s a Wall Street Journal piece I wrote for last Friday’s paper that may […]

Syrup with your Saviour?

posted by David Gibson

Yes, after the hullaballo over the “Jesus Cheeto,” we now have Christ in the crust–French Toast crust, that is. Read on… Troy Eckonen was eating breakfast at Mack’s Cafe in Pompano Beach last Tuesday when he spotted Jesus’ face on […]

Vatican cardinal: Obama is ‘Aggressive, Disruptive and Apocalyptic’

posted by David Gibson

Father Newman (see below) may have at least one big gun on his side, rhetorically if not canonically or theologically. According to the student newspaper of Catholic University of America, Cardinal Francis Stafford, a longtime American in the Roman Curia, […]

SC Update: Priest’s letter on sinfulness of Obama voters officially repudiated

posted by David Gibson

The public letter by a Greenville, SC, pastor, Father Jay Scott Newman, saying those who voted for Obama should go to confession if they are to receive communion, has been repudiated by the adminstrator of the Diocese of Charleston. (The […]

Top Ten Catholic blogs on Blogs.com: Check ‘em out!

posted by David Gibson

So we move from the Top Ten Religion blogs compiled for the mega-aggregator, Blogs.com, to the Top Ten specifically Catholic blogs… I excluded Pontifications, which I thought a supreme act of humility. But I am willing to be contradicted. Also, […]

SC priest: Voted for Obama? No Eucharist for you!

posted by David Gibson

Father Jay Scott Newman, pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church in Greenville, SC, wasn’t waiting for the bishops to figure out what they should do. He sent a letter to his parishioners telling them that if they voted for Obama […]

Wahlberg to the “Pew-parazzi”: Never on a Sunday!

posted by David Gibson

Mark Wahlberg is a movie star, producer of the HBO series “Entourage,” and a Catholic, and fame and faith seem to overlap–even at Mass. “I go to church and people ask me if they can be on ‘Entourage,’ what’s gonna […]

Prayers for Andrew Greeley

posted by David Gibson

The Chicago priest, novelist, sociologist, newspaper columnist, friend of importunate Catholic writers like me and many others, remains in critical but stable condition at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. Father Greeley fell and fractured his skull last Friday […]

Top Ten religion blogs on Blogs.com: Check ‘em out…

posted by David Gibson

Blogs.com asked me to compile a list of the Top Ten blogs on religion on the web–no easy task, and I’m David Gibson, not David Letterman. Nonetheless, check out my take–and feel free to leave suggestions or criticisms. (Need I […]

Calling all Believers and Non-Believers!

posted by David Gibson

Want to be converted? Want to convert your opponents? Or just want to hear some sensible and profound discussion on faith and reason and whether belief–or unbelief–is right? Then check out this Beliefnet “blogalogue” between the distinguished Catholic theologian Michael […]

Priest faces excommunication over women’s ordination stand

posted by David Gibson

Maryknoll priest Fr. Roy Bourgeois faces excommunication, according to the CDF. NCR has the story, based on a letter Bourgeois sent to the Vatican. According to Bourgeois’ letter, which is dated Nov. 7, the congregation has given the priest 30 […]

Pope Obama I? Well, sort of…

posted by David Gibson

Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory suggests that Obama’s victory is a foretaste of what will happen in the Catholic Church–once we get around to electing an African as pope. As Richard Owens reports from Rome… Archbishop Gregory, who in 2001 became […]

The future of Catholic politics?

posted by David Gibson

It looks like it could be a social justice Catholic like Tom Perriello, who has scored a narrow and remarkable upset victory over Virgil Goode in Virginia’s 5th Congressional District…Read more here.

UPDATE: Bishops scotch politics debate…

posted by David Gibson

Debate in Baltimore is off. Via RNS. Check it out here…

Catholics and Politics: What now?

posted by David Gibson

That’s the big question, and here are some answers–and more questions–in my analysis at Progressive Revival.

Vote twice! Once for real, and once here at Beliefnet…

posted by David Gibson

In New Jersey, where I grew up, the pols used to say they wanted to be buried in Hudson County so they could continue to stay active in politics… Not quite the same, but we at Beliefnet have our own […]

Chaput to the Papist: “A quieter approach has not been effective…”

posted by David Gibson

Denver Archbishop Chaput not only criticizes Obama’s positions, but also the bishops’ conference for not speaking out forcefully–as the Archbishop does in this interview with young Thomas Peters, a.k.a. the “American Papist” and one of the more popular bloggers among […]

No gays, no way: Vatican on homosexual priests

posted by David Gibson

When the 2005 Vatican document on homosexuals and the priesthood came out, there was some debate over what Rome meant by its terms–such as “deep-seated” homosexuality, and whether the church wanted to bar even homosexuals capable of living a chaste […]

Kentucky bishop condemns Obama effigy

posted by David Gibson

Bishop Ronald W. Gainer of Lexington has joined with local community leaders in condemning the act of hanging in effigy the Democratic presidential nominee, Sen. Barack Obama, which occurred on the University of Kentucky campus Oct. 29. “The reprehensible and […]

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Apologia pro vita sua...Kinda
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When Benny met Barry: "I'll pray for you!"
The first word via Vatican Radio and first image (that I saw) via Rocco: Speaking to Vatican Radio, Press Office Director Fr. Federico Lombardi said "moral values in international politics, immigration and the Catholic Church's ...

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