Daniel Burke of Religion News Service filed this story this afternoon:
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston has blocked a conservative website from employees' computers, saying the anonymous bloggers, who have sharply criticized archdiocesan leaders, were causing a distraction.
For most parishes, a sense of "community" is the modern-day Holy Grail — to create a tight-knit atmosphere that allows a parish to grow and thrive in even the most challenging times.
I found the best example of that brand of community last week on — of all places — a cruise ship.
LaVonne Neff, a blogger over at Sojourners, has an interesting counter-proposal for the proposed Islamic community center and mosque two blocks from Ground Zero: an interfaith memorial.
Here's her take:
Barry Levine, editor of the National Enquirer, talks with New York Magazine.
Levine says has little use for the fake celebrity world of Us Weekly and OK! Instead, he wants to open a D.C. bureau.
Read more: 128 Minutes With Barry Levine
The Daily Telegraph has an interesting, if unlikely, story up today. It alleges that President Obama may intentionally wish to be a one-term president.
From the story:
When things got tough against Hillary Clinton, he all but conceded the final Democratic primaries and let the clock run out. Against John McCain, he developed a campaign plan and refused to deviate from it. McCain was level in the polls when the US economy imploded, handing Obama a relatively comfortable victory.
Obama is the first black American president, an established author, multi-millionaire and acclaimed figure beyond American shores.
Three recent stories on the lives of three priests are quite interesting -- one is breaking barriers, one has been a priest of 60 years and another is praying for president of France to suffer a heart attack.
Fr. Chester Arceneaux has become the first non-Caucasian priest to be pastor of the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in the Lafayette, La., diocese.
From the Sranton, Pa., diocese, comes a heartwarming story of the oldest priest of the diocese. At almost 99 years old, Fr. Harry Lewis has been a priest for 60 years.
Over in France, Fr. Arthur Hervet of the church of St. Martin Esquermes of Lille in northern of France said he was turning to God because he did not believe those in power have any plans to help the Roma, except deport them.
"I pray, I beg your pardon, that Mr. Sarkozy has a heart attack," said the 71 years-old priest, saying a war was being waged on the Roma community.
It's still the peak of the season at most of the nation's farmers' markets. Here are some general questions to ask on first contact with a grower at a Farmers Market:
• Do you grow all of the food products you sell?
• Is your produce organically-grown?
• Are your animals given access to the outdoors? How are they confined?
• Do you use antibiotics, hormones, or arsenic to promote the growth of the
animals on your farm?
• Do you welcome visitors to your farm?
You should be able to ask any questions that you want but a key to getting them answered well is how you ask them. Your tone of voice and the way you ask the question can make all the difference.
“Do you have a minute to answer a question? I’m really interested in finding out if you grow/raise your food using organic or sustainable practices.” is likely to get you a better response than a short “Is your stuff organic?” Here’s why.
Here's a Wall Street Journal piece on groups that oppose Bill Donohue's latest effort light to light the Empire State Building in honor of the 100th anniversary of Mother Teresa's birth. For another point of view, see Michael Sean Winter's here.
The bid to build a $100 million mosque and Islamic center two blocks from ground zero has ensnared a president and engrossed a nation. But New York isn't the only city debating a new mosque. Here are four of the most controversial battles nationwide.