So there's a fun new fatwa being covered in the international news, and it reads like this: I know what you're thinking- come on, it's just another one of those made-up fatwas, like last year's Great Syrian Sex Jihad and the Erotic Fruit and Vegetable Fatwa of 2011. Those were great fun for the media,...
With the little bit of success I was having, I truly believed I could achieve my dream. My dream was to become a popular role model in the music industry that the youth looked up to. A positive alternative in a negative outlet filled with vulgarity, misogyny, drugs, and other explicit content.
God calls us to celebrate our country’s beautiful diversity. As a professor of Spanish and Portuguese, I work with people who appreciate and embrace linguistic diversity. This semester in particular, many of my students are already on their third or fourth language. Show More Summary
If you're wondering what's happening in this video, it's Paul Hill, the executive director of Vibrant Faith Ministries, performing a karate routine while reciting the Lord's Prayer.
This is a guest post written by Jonny Scaramanga. ... ACE schools don’t have teachers, they have "supervisors" and "monitors." Most of the week, the children work in isolated cubicles called "offices," completing worksheets ("PACEs") that incorporate Bible lessons into every academic subject. Show More Summary
Thirty-five kids sustained injuries, mostly minor ones, when the floor of a church collapsed in Mississippi the other day. That's a net win for Jesus. It always is.
Perusing a review of a recent performance by Miami’s New World Symphony, I came across this tantalizing biographical tidbit about one of the composers on the program, Giacinto Scelsi (1905-88), who seems to be emerging out of obscurity: “Scelsi (Count D’Alaya Valva), was an eccentric who suffered a mental breakdown and hospitalization from 1949-1952. The […]
By Emily Antenucci Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — How important is prayer in our everyday lives? A question that might be up in the air for many is a cake-walk for Archbishop William Goh of Singapore, who says that prayer undoubtedly should be added to our workday. More specifically, he said, employees and volunteers […]
VATICAN CITY — The search for Christian unity is an enterprise that has taken the time and energy of scholars and popes. Recently it got a helping hand from an iPhone and YouTube. Those involved in ecumenism insist on the power of prayer to heal Christian divisions and on the importance of involving not only […]
At the Wisdom 2.0 conference in San Francisco last week, a panel of Google executives speaking about corporate mindfulness was disrupted by protestors who accuse the company of "appropriating the language of counterculture and Buddhism" while asserting corporate privilege to displace residents and take unfair advantage of municipal services. read more
Too much rain in England, too little in California. Snow and ice in Texas, a balmy 70-degrees at the Winter Olympics. Whether you believe these are the end times, or simply attribute it to global warming, either way, it’s time to pour a coffee and read this week’s link list. What if the people who […]
‘We are thrilled that the university was so willing to right this wrong.’
The first time I chuckled out loud over something Pastor Daniel K. Norris wrote was a couple of weeks ago, when he reminded parents not to brag about their children, only to divulge in the same piece that his daughter is "absolutely gorgeous" and that "I’m raising a Saint!" Modesty. Show More Summary
There is an imperative to create good new forms of music for the liturgy in Latin and the vernacular if either is to flourish. I recently read a book by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI that I would recommend to any who haven't seen it yet (h/t Stratford Caldecott for telling me about it). Show More Summary
Last week, atheist Kelsey Hazzard, who runs the group Secular Pro-Life, was scheduled to speak at the University of Georgia to the members of Students for Life about the secular case against abortion. Which apparently left vandals in a state of confusion because it's not very often that the worlds of atheism and abortion collide in this way. Show More Summary
If you were at the London Short Film Festival last month -- and I'm sure you were -- you may have seen Nathan Deming's 20-minute film about giving up his faith and regaining both his sexuality and sanity. It's called "Tongues" and he just put it online (some scenes NSFW):
A day after the Creation Debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham, Answers in Genesis posted an after-debate conversation online. It was uneventful as a video -- more of the same stuff Ham said during the debate itself -- but reader Predrag alerted me to the amusement juxtaposition between AiG's words and actions. Just take a look at the bottom of the screenshot:
The Daily Beast met up with naturalist and broadcast narrator Sir David Attenborough, 87, and discovered that these days, he turns a tad ornery when the subject turns to superstitious, anti-science stubbornness: Attenborough has made...Show More Summary
It’s Valentine’s Day when we celebrate all things romantic, a day of candy hearts, chocolates, flowers, love poems and love songs. I thought that since this week we are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the arrival on these shores by The Beatles, I would share my favorite Beatles love song. Actually, it was more of [...]
By Dennis Sadowski MANILA, Philippines — When in Manila, there’s one place to do as the Romans do. Where? Try the Ristorante delle Mitre (Restaurant of the Miter) in Manila’s Intramuros, the old city. Among regulars, it’s known as Le Mitre, the Miter. It is located adjacent to the offices of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference […]