CNN Anchor Asks Bishop: “Why Not Get On Board” With Same-Sex Marriage?

The condescension of the media is staggering at times: Seriously, that’s supposed to be a real question, Kyra Phillips? That a Catholic bishop should just chuck 2,000 years of tradition and the teachings of Christ because a minority of people who claim to be Catholic have abandoned the true meaning of marriage? And, by the way, Bishop Malone is not simply “changing tactics” in... More

Minnesota PBS Refuses to Broadcast “Catholicism” While U.S. Bishops Ask for TV Fairness & Transparency

I think we need to take a serious look at Catholicism being treated unfairly on the airways, especially the public airways. For instance, as Kathryn Lopez reports, over 80 PBS stations recently aired a portion of the 10-part Catholicism series Catholicism. CatholicVote has been proud to promote the program. But when many of the 700,000 Catholics in the Twin Cities, Minnesota area asked their local... More

Powerful Video: Robert Downey Jr. Asks Hollywood to Forgive Mel Gibson

I posted this video to AmP Facebook and Twitter last night and it drew a strong positive response: “Hugging the cactus” — now that’s a powerful image. I think you can figure out the backstory. Frank Weathers discusses it. Evidently the event organizers had no idea that Robert Downey Jr. had this planned. They chose Mel Gibson to introduce Downey because they were “co... More

Irene Was What It Was

When my son and I were checking news online to see updates on the hurricane last weekend we had a hard time figuring out what was really going on. We saw: Siding being ripped off buildings. Scientists complaining that the whole thing was “a perfect storm of hype.” Rising casualty reports. Skeptical headlines linking video of passersby dancing and grinning during news reports. I had to go to ... More

The Importance of Jim Morlino’s Movies

I’m just getting back from a bi-coastal vacation that included the San Francisco Bay Area (and Kolbe Academy), Massachusetts (and the Stockbridge Divine Mercy Shrine) and Connecticut, where we had the pleasure of visiting the set of the new Navis Pictures film. Jim Morlino & co. (Photo by Lynn Wehner) Jim Morlino (you may have seen him on EWTN recently) is the mastermind behind Navis Pic... More

On Appearing On The Daily Show (And Other Dubious Distinctions)

Well, it was bound to happen eventually. Last night Jon Stewart featured a clip of me (from back in February 2010) in one of his signature mash-ups on The Daily Show (07:13 or so): … did you catch it? I know it was quick. I guess I couldn’t even rate 15 seconds of fame. The clip Stewart played was from an interview I did about Obama’s Faith-Based Advisor Harry Knox’s (yes)... More
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How the laity can help the Church communicate

Who will be today’s Fulton Sheen? Who will be that nationally-recognized Catholic bishop who is able to explain the Catholic Church’s teachings to a wide audience? For years I kept wondering this, but maybe I was asking the wrong question. Our bishops are appointed by the Holy Father to lead us, to teach us, and to inspire us. The right person for that role isn’t necessarily perfect... More
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