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Just in time for Lent: Bacon Soda

Actually, this has been around for a few years but it's suddenly become The Rage, and I'm sure it must have something to do with the penitential season because—are you sitting down?—this flavored soda does not contain meat. You're welcome.I was skeptical but someone who dissected the product wrote: At first taste I thought it tasted mostly like molasses, but then I looked at the ingredients and saw no molasses on the label, just a lot of sugar, carbonated water, food coloring and the … [Read More...]

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Curt Schilling stands up for his daughter—and wins

Tony Rossi has the scoop:  Former baseball great Curt Schilling ... tweeted a congratulatory message to his daughter for making it onto the Salve Regina University softball team next year. Soon after, the vulgarity about his daughter started.Schilling wrote on his blog:I started to see…tweets with the word rape, bloody underwear and pretty much every other vulgar and defiling word you could likely fathom began to follow. Now let me emphasize again. I was a jock my whole life. I played s … [Read More...]

“The Anchoress” speaks!

Look who turned up in a Q & A over at America, our own Elizabeth Scalia:  What do you do as managing editor? I seek out strong writers who have something to say about the life of faith—in all of its glories and its teeth-gritting difficulties. While some writers lean left or right, they’re all … [Read More...]

Two brothers, raised Baptist, choose two different faiths as teens

A fascinating read, from The Wall Street Journal: Many people change faiths, but not like Brad and Chad Jones.Identical twins, the brothers grew up in Elkin, N.C., a small town in the Bible Belt, the only children of devout Baptists. As boys, they attended the First Baptist Church of Elkin, … [Read More...]

SF teachers sign petition protesting archbishop’s morality clauses

From the AP: Teachers and staff from four Catholic High Schools in the San Francisco Bay Area are urging their archbishop to remove morality clauses from the faculty handbook.Teacher Jim Jordan said Tuesday a petition with 355 signatures of teachers and staff will be delivered to Archbishop … [Read More...]

Historic: first married couple to be canonized together

From Zenit:  Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, informed recently that the parents of Saint Therese of Lisieux – Louis and Zelie Martin --, will be canonized this October, coinciding with the Synod on the Family, which will take place at that time in the Va … [Read More...]

“Priest” offers to hear confessions via Snapchat?

From San Antonio: Instead of turning to church to confess your sins, could you instead turn to your phone?A local ordained priest says he's offering confessions digitally for the first time through the Snapchat app.  However, some faithful believers are skeptics. "It's not confession.  It's not … [Read More...]

Want to become a better confessor?

I got an email yesterday about this, and it looks very enticing: The Thomistic Institute will be holding its fourth annual Conference for Priests, Becoming a Better Confessor: Using the Virtues and Vices in the Confessional, this summer at Baltimore's historic Basilica of the Assumption, from July … [Read More...]

Vatican: “Threat exists” from ISIS against pope, but “we know of no plan for an attack”

From Crux:While acknowledging that ISIS represents a real threat to Pope Francis and the Vatican, the commander of the Vatican gendarmes says security services have no knowledge of a planned attack. “The threat exists. This is what has emerged from my conversations with Italian and foreign c … [Read More...]

Great moments in parenting: baby bottles that look like beer bottles

From The Los Angeles Times: Babies don't drink beer, and for good reason. But if you'd like for all the parents in your Mommy & Me class to give you dirty looks -- and question your sanity -- you can now at least give the illusion of handing your child a baby beer bottle.Perpetual Kid, an … [Read More...]

Kidnapped mother of priest rescued in Nigeria

Praise God.Details: The mother of a priest in the Madison Catholic Diocese has been rescued after being kidnapped in Nigeria and held captive for a week, according to the diocese. The woman, Virginia Arinze, had been abducted at gunpoint from her home on the afternoon of Feb. 21, Nigerian … [Read More...]

Bishop calls for month of prayer for persecuted Christians

The following letter was issued by Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence this morning:Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:“As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ. . . . If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it. … [Read More...]

Stephen Colbert talks saints, Lent, scripture—and he dances

This is something else: a side of the late night star many haven't seen before.He stopped by the offices of America magazine to chat with Fr. James Martin.Check this out. You will smile.Photo via Wikipedia … [Read More...]

A priest who spent 50 years “jousting with The New York Times”

Catholic News Agency reports: A lot has changed in journalism since 1961, but not Msgr. Daniel S. Hamilton’s resolve to rebut the New York Times on its editorial opinions regarding matters of faith and morals.The New York priest has submitted Letters to the Editor of the publication since 1961 and r … [Read More...]

Pope Francis: judge yourself

From his homily this morning, via Vatican Radio: It is easy to judge others, but we can only progress on our Christian journey in life if we are capable of judging ourselves first, said Pope Francis at Monday morning Mass in Casa Santa Marta. The readings of the day focused on the subject of … [Read More...]

What does it take to be a good shepherd?

Meet a man who knows.A fascinating and informative video on the profession—and on so much more—from the gifted Robert Duncan at CNS.Share this with a priest or seminarian you know.  (He may even find rich source material here for a homily on Good Shepherd Sunday...)Image via Wiki … [Read More...]

For Lent, Chicago offers “Festival of Forgiveness”

I'll be curious to hear how this event went.Vatican Insider reports:From 12 noon yesterday (Friday 27th) until midday today (Saturday 28th) local time, the doors of many Catholic churches in Chicago will be open to all those seeking forgiveness, mercy and consolation through prayer. The … [Read More...]

Boom: with seminarian numbers surging, one diocese launches a capital campaign to support them

This is a nice problem to have.From The Wisconsin State Journal:Midway through the Sunday Mass at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Dodgeville, the service took a sharp turn toward fundraising. Monsignor Daniel Ganshert, the parish priest, told parishioners that for years, people in the M … [Read More...]


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