Gallup: American confidence in organized religion at all-time low

Details:  According to a recent Gallup poll, the number of Americans who have faith in organized religion is at an all-time low. Only 44 percent of Americans today have a lot of confidence in organized religion, compared to 66 percent in 1973 when organized religion or church was the highest rated institution in Gallup’s “confidence in [Read More...]

Swing low, sweet flashmob…

Admit it: you have been waiting and WAITING for someone to do a gospel flash mob with “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.”  Haven’t you? Well, the wait is over. The setting: the University of Toronto, last month.  Chancellor David R. Peterson was about to depart after a six-year term. The faculty and students arranged a little [Read More...]

At the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, caring for the things they leave behind

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington has become a magnet for memories, and countless people leave at the wall their own personal tokens of love, gratitude and grief.  Catholic News Service looks at a remarkable corner of the Washington bureaucracy that helps care for these objects, many of which have religious meaning. [Read more...]

The drug dealer who became a monk

A remarkable vocation story from Vancouver, British Columbia: After years of a life of hedonism and drug addiction, he returned to the faith and for about a dozen years now he has been serving as a hieromonk (pastor-monk) in the Ukrainian Catholic Church. Father Taras (Terry) Kraychuk, who currently lives the monastic life in the [Read More...]

The (abridged) history of Western Music, told through “It’s A Wonderful World”

Here’s a fun little palate-cleanser for you, from the fiendishly clever folks at CDZA:  [Read more...]

“Fidelity oaths” spark controversy, resignations in Virginia — UPDATED

Details, from the Washington Post: Kathleen Riley knows her beliefs on the male-only priesthood and contraception put her at odds with leaders of her church. But as a fifth-generation Catholic who went to a Catholic school and grew up to teach in one, Riley feels the faith deeply woven through her. So when her Arlington [Read More...]

When celebrities return to the faith

Following reports that Katie Holmes is joining a Catholic parish in New York City, CNN looks at what happens when the famous are also among the faithful: Joseph Zwilling, the spokesman for the Catholic Archdiocese of New York, couldn’t confirm or deny that Holmes had joined the Church of St. Francis Xavier or any other [Read More...]

So, papa, how do you like the iPad I bought you?

This comes from Germany, but no translation is necessary. [Read more...]

A beautiful day in Brooklyn: we have two new bishops

I didn’t have the best seat, but at least I had a seat, and captured on camera a few moments from the episcopal ordinations of Raymond Chappetto and Paul Sanchez as the newest auxiliary bishops of Brooklyn. Lining up outside Our Lady of Angels Parish in Bay Ridge, I saw a lot of Knights of [Read More...]

Quote of the day, media edition

“I can play along with Superman using a steel girder to swat someone into outer space, but I just can’t get past the idea that The Daily Planet still occupies one of the largest skyscrapers in all of Metropolis and is totally impervious to newsroom layoffs or dwindling home subscriptions.” – Comic blogger quoted here. [Read more...]

“Listen…”

“Listen  carefully, my child, to your master’s precepts, and incline the ear of your heart (Prov. 4:20). Receive willingly and carry out effectively your loving father’s advice, that by the labor of obedience you may return to Him from whom you had departed by the sloth of disobedience. To you, therefore, my words are now [Read More...]

“Me going off me rocker, please feed me Betty Crocker!”: Cookie Monster covers “Call Me Maybe”

What the world has been waiting for! You can see the original, by Carly Rae Jepsen, here.  But I like this one better. [Read more...]

Jenny McCarthy’s “Bad Habits”

This little piece of publishing news first made headlines last fall, when literary lioness Jenny McCarthy announced she was taking pen to parchment to write a memoir called “Sinner”: McCarthy said of the new book: “Most young girls in my neighborhood played with Cabbage Patch dolls for fun. I played with Jesus, Mary, and Joseph [Read More...]

Ordination update: 12 new deacons in San Francisco

And you can read all about them in the San Francisco Catholic, in pdf format. Congratulations, brothers, and welcome! Ad multos annos! [Read more...]

Historian (and Anglican deacon) predicts Catholic schism

He’s not the first to raise the “s” word — our fair Anchoress has done so, too — but he’s now put his theories into a new book. Details: Influential church historian Diarmaid MacCulloch said he believes Christianity faces a bright future, but predicted the Roman Catholic Church will undergo a major schism over its [Read More...]

“The most thankless job in Christendom” — UPDATED

That would be … being a bishop. As fate would have it, I’m attending the ordination of two of them tomorrow (including one who is my new pastor), so Joanne McPortland’s plaintive post couldn’t be more timely: Which Catholic job would I least want to have? Head of the Vatican Bank? President of the LCWR? [Read More...]

That special bond between father and daughter

You can’t put a price on memories like this.  Watch what happens when big, brave Dad agrees to go on the scariest ride at the amusement park with his little girl. [Read more...]

Researchers reveal how much you need to be happy

At last it can be told — and it may be less than you thought: Is it crazy to question how much money you need to be happy? The notion that money can’t buy happiness has been around a long time — even before yoga came into vogue. But it turns out there is a [Read More...]


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