Doesn’t God have more important things to do?

View image | gettyimages.com Not if you believe this headline: 1 in 4 Americans Believe God Will Decide Who Wins the Super Bowl.   Among the highlights: Sixty-five percent of Catholics and 68 percent of Protestants believe God rewards faithful athletes, while just 27 percent of the religiously unaffiliated say the same. Protestants, at 45 [Read More...]

Frozen: how the Russian Orthodox mark Epiphany

The YouTube description from last year here notes: Muscovites braved minus 19 degree Celsius weather on Sunday (January 18) and plunged themselves into icy water to celebrate the Orthodox Epiphany. About a hundred people gathered on the frozen Moskva river in the west of Moscow for a prayer and a ritual dive. After a priest [Read More...]

Salon: Inside the “catastrophic collapse” of the Catholic right

Cardinal Raymond Burke by CanonLawJunkie via Wikipedia From author Patricia Miller:  For years they struck fear in the hearts of progressive Catholic candidates. They could, and did, help destroy presidential campaigns. The media took them seriously, reporting on their pronouncements as representative of a significant bloc of conservative Catholics. They were not legion; but they [Read More...]

What we have come to: teenager announces plans to marry her father

Details:  A teenager has revealed in an interview that she plans to marry her father and have children after dating for two years. The unnamed 18-year-old revealed in an interview with New York Magazine her romantic relationship of almost two years with her biological father after being estranged from him for 12 years. In the [Read More...]

Is your pet in paradise? The fascination over pets and the afterlife

Photo: from Harstdale Pet Cemetery website From The New York Times: In December, Pope Francis got the attention of pet owners everywhere when he was quoted as saying, “Paradise is open to all of God’s creatures.” Alas, media outlets, including The New York Times, confused the remarks and the circumstances under which they were made. [Read More...]

What happened when a priest invited 500 young people in his parish to talk about the church?

Read on, via National Catholic Reporter:  Less than 10 percent of the 500 invited showed up. The low attendance was discouraging. It told me that the church is irrelevant to their lives. They do not even care enough about church to come and tell us why they don’t want to come. For them, the church [Read More...]

Paying tribute to an artist inspired by Andy Warhol—and who happened to be a nun

  Image: from NPR, courtesy the Corita Art Center And you’ve probably seen her work and not even realized it. Who knew? From NPR: Corita Kent’s silkscreens were once compared to Andy Warhol’s; her banners and posters were featured at civil rights and anti-war rallies in the 1960s and ’70s; she made the covers of [Read More...]

Report: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to meet the pope

From that venerable news source, Us Weekly:  Hollywood meets the Holy See! Tinseltown royalty Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are taking a very special trip to Rome this month, not to eat pasta and tour the Colosseum, but to meet the Pope, an insider reveals exclusively in the new issue of Us Weekly.   The A-listers will fly to Italy [Read More...]

Cardinal Burke: “The radical feminist movement strongly influenced the Church”

From an interview with a website called New Emangelization:   I think there has been a great confusion with regard to the specific vocation of men in marriage and of men in general in the Church during the past 50 years or so. It’s due to a number of factors, but the radical feminism which [Read More...]

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s solution to save Christianity in the UK: WiFi

Andrew Lloyd Webber in 2007 (photo by Tracey Nolan from Toronto, Canada via Wikipedia) From The Daily Mail:  The Oscar-winning composer behind “Jesus Christ Superstar” is planning an even more ambitious scheme to connect the nation with its Christian heritage – wi-fi in every church. Andrew Lloyd Webber, whose father was music director at a London church, [Read More...]


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