Holy Turf War

Of all the televangelists whose names are familiar to the younger generations, none had a more impressive broadcasting career than Bishop Fulton J. Sheen. He hosted a radio program (one that had an audience of four million listeners) for 20 years, and two prime-time TV shows for about 13. He wrote 73 books...

At Home with Francis

I have been privileged to work many long years at Franciscan Media. Few of us get the chance to do work we love while providing for our families—fewer still have life-altering, world-changing work. Of course, as with any workplace, there are inconveniences. A jammed copier, too many meetings, an abundance...

One Small Step

This week marked two historic anniversaries: The Apollo 11 moon landing and the Scopes “Monkey Trial.” Both challenged our understanding of what it means to be human and even what it means to be a person of faith. There are still Americans who believe that the 1969 moon landing was faked. Fox...

Pope Vetoes Vito

In what was a move that perhaps ought not to have been shocking, Pope Francis made headlines last week by excommunicating the Mafia. The move came after an especially shocking drug-war-related hit that took the life of a 3-year-old boy and his grandfather in January. While it might seem naive to think that...

Modern-Day Martyr

Martyrdom is alive and well. From the witness of Sister Dorothy Stang in the Amazonian jungle to the hovering threat of execution for a Sudanese woman (whose alleged crime was converting to Christianity), what we think of as an ancient and lamentable practice has shown no abating. Of the approximate 70...

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