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Sweet Sistine finals close Monday night

Well, I blew it. Lost track of time and forgot to check for the Sweet Sistine update. Cardinal Marc Ouellet of Canada and Cardinal John Onaiyekan of Nigeria made it to […]

Sweet Sistine reaches Final Four

The previously reported Sweet Sistine has reached its Final Four. Canadian Marc Ouellet is facing off against Brazilian Joao Braz de Aviz, while Milan’s Angelo Scola is up against Nigeria’s John […]

Sweet Sistine advances to round of 8

The brackets for the Sweet Sistine race for the Vatican have moved to the Round of Eight. You have until 9 pm EST on March 6 to pick your favorites. The two […]

Sweet Sistine

March Madness, Vatican-style

I have paid little attention to the race for the papacy in Rome and am only vaguely acquainted with the names of the American hopefuls. It’s been suggested that, since […]

Pope Benedict XVI

Papal resignation: The more things change

As the sun sank slowly in the west (in Italy), Pope Benedict XVI stepped out of the public limelight and into “retirement” (though he’ll continue to reside in the Vatican), his […]

Caution: Higher education at work

In today’s New York Times there’s a wonderful editorial by Frank Bruni entitled “A Catholic Classmate Rethinks His Religion.” Don’t be put off by the title; it’s not some treatise […]

Contraception experts panel

The religious rape of American women

Catholic men of America — and all conservatives who support them — you’re not going to win this debate. You are not going to deprive American women of the benefits […]

birth control pills

Semantics in religion and law

I’m still scratching my head over the furor with Pres. Obama and the Catholic Church about providing contraception for employees. As I understand it, the edict from Washington originally said […]

Joel Osteen

So that’s how it is

I just saw a teaser on TV for Oprah Winfrey’s “Next Chapter” show on Sunday. It was evangelist Joel Osteen saying something like (paraphrasing): “I can’t be helpful to people […]

Atheists beat believers on religion survey

America’s atheists and agnostics scored higher on a religious knowledge survey than evangelical Protestants, mainline Protestants, and Catholics, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center. They scored  […]

More on the mosque

As the media-stoked controversy over the so-called “Mosque at Ground Zero” in New York City rages on, I can’t help thinking about a similar situation: Timothy McVeigh, who bombed the […]

Tolerance and love, Catholic style

I’ve always had issues with the Catholic Church. Its actions continually speak more eloquently than anything I could say. For example, did you hear about the children who were kicked […]

Grandma doesn’t do church

I’m going to be a terrible grandma if I’m ever caught having to explain any religious issues to the kidlets. Their mom started taking them to Sunday School a while […]

Obama punts with Sotomayor?

Some knee-jerk reactions upon hearing that Pres. Obama has nominated Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court: You just had to do it, didn’t you? You just had to name Sotomayor […]

Using their indoor voices

With more grace, tact, and diplomacy than the other principals managed to display this week, President Obama delivered his commencement address today to Notre Dame’s Class of 2009. The controversy […]