Bless me, Father, for I have sinned: I texted during Mass

A 21st century problem gets a closer look this morning from CNS:  Entire families navigate their smartphones while sharing meals at restaurants. Students text in class. Parents take phone calls at their children’s sporting events and plays.It’s no surprise that cellphones affect even church.It has become common for parishes to place blurbs in their bulletins [Read More...]

Roma Downey and Mark Burnett launch campaign to support Christians in Iraq, Syria

From Christianity Today:  “Son of God” creators Mark Burnett and Roma Downey are taking bold steps to help Iraqi and Syrian Christians persecuted by the Islamic State. The couple recently announced that they have partnered with the Institute for Global Engagement (IGE) to launch the Cradle of Christianity Fund – an organization that assists in the “rescue, [Read More...]

What we have come to: little girls dropping the f-bomb

From USA TODAY:  “What is more offensive — a little girl saying (expletive) or the (expletive) unequal and sexist way society treats girls and women?” That’s the question five little girls in princess dresses and tiaras ask in a video that is going viral and sparking controversy online both because of the R-rated content and [Read More...]

Ben Bradlee, the pope and me

I met Ben Bradlee once nearly 40 years ago, when I took a summer journalism seminar for high school students at the University of Maryland. The teacher was a junior editor at The Washington Post, and he scored the great coup of getting his boss, Bradlee, to come in one day to talk with us [Read More...]

In the Kasper-Pentin fiasco, they’re both wrong

Reading over the transcript of the now-infamous exchange between Cardinal Walter Kasper and Edward Pentin, I’m struck by one over-arching point. It’s this:  both men blundered and both men are wrong. In no particular order, some bullet points: 1. First, Cardinal Kasper is no naif. He is a creature of the media, who has done [Read More...]

VIDEO: John Allen dissects what the synod document says about gays

Check it out here, from the PBS News Hour: [Read more...]

Fr. Benedict Groeschel dies on the vigil of the Feast of St. Francis

The legendary friar and popular writer and TV personality has gone home. My blog neighbor Kathy Schiffer reports: We’d heard reports of his recent fall, which injured the same arm that had been injured ten years ago in an auto accident.  Doctors who treated him for this most recent injury chose not to repair the damage, [Read More...]

RIP, John Slattery of WCBS-TV

From the In My Backyard Desk, some sad news. The veteran television reporter was a familiar face to many New Yorkers—and a devout Catholic. Details:  John Slattery, a longtime CBS New York reporter from Larchmont who covered major stories for more than 30 years, has died at age 63. Slattery died unexpectedly Wednesday night after suffering [Read More...]

Boston Globe debuts its Catholic website, Crux

This unusual new media venture was unveiled today, and The Neiman Journalism Lab looks at what lies behind this new website devoted to “all things Catholic”: Looking at the newly launched Catholic news site Crux, you’ll find plenty of stories on the travels and exploits of Pope Francis. This makes sense — he’s the head of the [Read More...]

Great moments in journalism: CNN interviews man who pinpoints origin of California earthquake—and it’s not what they thought

From The Washington Post:  Breaking news coverage is challenging: Updates are flying in from everywhere; official sources don’t communicate everything they know; competition is brisk; and there are pranksters, as MSNBC learned earlier this summer upon the downing of MH17. Someone claiming to have been a U.S. military official got on the network’s live coverage [Read More...]


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