Monthly Archives: February 2013

Pope Benedict’s last day as head of the Catholic Church: a roundup

In honor of Pope Bendict XVI and his last official day as head of the Catholic Church, we have created some special packages using the coolest social media tools. Check these out: Pope John XXIII Thousands jam St. Peter's for … Continue reading

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Did ‘Saturday Night Live’ cross the line with ‘Django’ parody?

A “Saturday Night Live” skit from two weeks ago is drawing sharp criticism in some faith circles. The skit mocks Quentin Tarantino’€™s “€œDjango Unchained,” which was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Christoph Waltz) and … Continue reading

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Obama camp to consider legal opposition to Proposition 8 gay marriage ban

Think the Obama administration is too wrapped up in sequestration to worry about anything else? Think again. Word on the street is the president is considering directing the federal government to file a legal brief joining opposition to California’s gay … Continue reading

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Can your pastor be your friend?

I read an essay some weeks back by the president of Princeton Theological Seminary, M. Craig Barnes, on whether pastors can really be friends with members of their congregations. I set it aside as a possible future story. Well, that … Continue reading

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Tebow cancels appearance at Dallas megachurch

So word came down this morning that God’s quarterback, Tim Tebow is backing out of a speaking engagement at

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Megachurches continue to buck the recession — nationally and in York County

According to a new survey, the nation’s megachurches continue to add worshipers and staff, thriving as though the economic tough times never happened. It’s the same in York County, where the three biggest churches continue to show growth: Lives Changed … Continue reading

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When zero-tolerance Christianity goes horribly wrong

But whoever has the world’s goods, and beholds his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? – John 3:17 From the blog file: I came across a couple news … Continue reading

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Alternatives to the Boy Scouts?

Saw a story today that conservative backlash to the impending Boy Scouts’ decision to possibly admit gays could lead to other organizations gaining popularity. Makes total sense to me, although I’m not sure those organizations would have true staying power. … Continue reading

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Pew Center: the shifting Catholic population remains strong

I interviewed Bishop Joseph McFadden last night at Ash Wednesday services at York College. Some of his comments did not make the story. He said Pope Benedict will be remembered for carrying out Pope John Paul II’s agenda, but for … Continue reading

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Ash Wendesday: Pope’s last major liturgical event

Today is Ash Wednesday. What are you giving up for Lent? I have one friend who is giving up coffee and another who departed Facebook for 40 days. I am always intrigued by what people choose to go without during … Continue reading

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