Sistine Chapel in 360

This is neat. View the Sistine Chapel in 360 degrees online, courtesy of the Vatican Museums. To navigate, hold your mouse button down and point in the direction you want to look. You can also zoom in and out. There’s some lovely music playing as you view the chapel’s interior, but I have to wonder […]

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Was the Pope involved in priest-abuser cover-ups, shufflings? Updated.

[Updated with links to additional reporting.] Based on inferences that mainstream media news reports are drawing, he was. But is this the case? The goal of this post is to provide information–particularly, information that’s not making it into the mainstream media. In addition to the scandal in Ireland of child abuse by priests (Pope Benedict’s […]

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As the signature dries…

As President Obama signed the healthcare bill into law, the USCCB released a statement from Cardinal Francis George, president of the USCCB. A few highlights: Why the bishops support reform of our healthcare system: “so that all may have access to the care that recognizes and affirms their human dignity.” Why the Catholic bishops have […]

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Catholics United for the Faith

The group “Catholics United” has been taking out advertisements supporting the current healthcare legislation. Given the similarity of their name to ours, there has been some confusion. Catholics United for the Faith (CUF) is not affiliated in any way with the group “Catholics United.” This post on the CUF Blog offers further clarification. Make no […]

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Time for a Healthcare Update

American Papist has been reporting healthcare news as it develops. His excellent coverage includes statements from the USCCB and many individual bishops. A few posts of note: Health Care: Bishops vs. Nuns A letter from some American religious women supporting the current healthcare legislation, in contrast to the consistent stance of our bishops against this […]

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End-of-the-Week Round-Up

A number of interesting stories have crossed my screen this week. I haven’t had time to post each individually, but wanted to draw attention to some of them nonetheless.  This link will take you to the YouTube video “‘Unwanted’: A Story about Choice.” It’s about one child–a child of rape–and the effect of his mother’s […]

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This Lent, What Are You Cooking?

One of my colleagues reminded me about Fr. Leo Patalinghug of Grace Before Meals and his liturgically-colored sauces. Here’s his Burgandy Sauce–a meat sauce in the liturgical color of purple–perfect for Lent and Advent. (Not to be eaten on Fridays in Lent, he adds!) Grace Before Meals stresses the importance of family meals–”A family that […]

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