Former Cosmo writer: “I wrote this book as an act of atonement.”

Former Cosmo writer: “I wrote this book as an act of atonement.”

Here is an interesting Q&A interview with a former Cosmo journalist, who really spills the beans on insider editorial mandates she and others had to follow in crafting articles, and why she wrote her newest book just released by Ignatius Press.. -ed, CBJ “Rather than abandon the word ‘feminism’,” says Sue Ellen Browder, author of…
China offers rewards for reporting underground churches

China offers rewards for reporting underground churches

CNA—The Chinese Communist Party is offering monetary rewards to those who report the presence of home churches in their communities, the magazine Bitter Winter reported on Thursday. The rewards appear to be an expansion of a program already in place in the province of Heilongjiang, reported earlier this year. In the city of Nenjiang, residents…
Vatican finances: London deal players had prior history

Vatican finances: London deal players had prior history

CNA—New details have emerged about the links between the two Italian businessmen at the center of the Vatican financial scandal. In the months before Gianluigi Torzi was asked by the Holy See to act as middle man for the final purchase of the London property at 60 Sloane Ave. from Raffaele Mincione, a company owned…
Data isn’t just being collected from your phone. It’s being used to score you.

Data isn’t just being collected from your phone. It’s being used to score you.

Chron,Washington Post—Operating in the shadows of the online marketplace, specialized tech companies you’ve likely never heard of are tapping vast troves of our personal data to generate secret “surveillance scores” – digital mug shots of millions of Americans – that supposedly predict our future behavior. The firms sell their scoring services to major businesses across…
Saint vs. Congresswoman:  After AOC decries statue, Hawaiian Catholic says St Damien of Molokai ‘gave his life’ serving lepers

Saint vs. Congresswoman: After AOC decries statue, Hawaiian Catholic says St Damien of Molokai ‘gave his life’ serving lepers

CNA—A Hawaiian Catholic catechist said that St. Damien of Molokai is a “hero” to the Hawaiian people, after an outspoken congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), claimed the statue honoring him in the U.S. Capitol is part of colonialism and “patriarchy and white supremacist culture.”  St. Damien “gave his life” serving the isolated leper colony at Kalaupapa…
David Haas is OUT: St. Paul-Minneapolis and Los Angeles Archdioceses drop music, prohibit concerts, after new allegations against David Haas

David Haas is OUT: St. Paul-Minneapolis and Los Angeles Archdioceses drop music, prohibit concerts, after new allegations against David Haas

CNA—The largest Catholic archdiocese in the United States—the Archdiocese of Los Angeles—has requested that its parishes and schools stop playing music composed by David Haas following the recent allegations of sexual misconduct.  “Parishes, schools, and ministries of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles are asked to refrain from using music composed by musician David Haas out…
HISTORY: The Holy Roman Empire’s Quiet End on August 6, 1806

HISTORY: The Holy Roman Empire’s Quiet End on August 6, 1806

With war threatening the French empire, Napoleon backed off from dealing with the pope for awhile.  At this point other matters occupied his mind, such as securing the crown of the Holy Roman Empire for himself.  Pictured to the left (or above), the crown of the once-mighty Holy Roman Empire was in use from the…
PIVOT: Adapting During the Pandemic

PIVOT: Adapting During the Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has forced us all to rethink our daily lives. From the personal to the professional to the spiritual, the habits and rituals that we have come to rely on have been upended. It’s been difficult, to say the least. But it’s also a good time for us to ask: How can we…
Regis Philbin Dead at 88: Catholic To The Core

Regis Philbin Dead at 88: Catholic To The Core

CNA—Game show and talk show host Regis Francis Xavier Philbin died July 24 at 88. Philbin was a Catholic, and a longtime proponent and supporter of Catholic schools. He had a reputation as one of the hardest working persons in show business. “I think it made a great difference. Solidified me….taught me an awful lot.…
St. Junípero Serra statue destroyed at California state capitol

St. Junípero Serra statue destroyed at California state capitol

While we were watching fireworks on TV, or in the backyard, or, this July 4th, groaning at the onslaught of nonstop mortars and fireworks in our local cities, the beloved statue of Saint Junipero Serra was being torn down at California’s state capitol; a state that in large measure was uniquely formed by his hand,…
Spanish bishop defends Junipero Serra’s legacy

Spanish bishop defends Junipero Serra’s legacy

A Spanish bishop recently celebrated Mass in the church where St. Junipero Serra was baptized, defending the saint’s legacy against those who have accused him of racism. Bishop Sebastià Taltavull of Mallorca, Spain, recently visited Petra, on the Mediterranean island of Majorca, the hometown of St. Junipero Serra. A great injustice He said the saint…
Mass, procession to mark fourth anniversary of Fr. Jacques Hamel’s murder

Mass, procession to mark fourth anniversary of Fr. Jacques Hamel’s murder

CNA—The Diocese of Rouen, France will mark the fourth anniversary of the murder of Fr. Jacques Hamel with a Mass and procession at the local church on Sunday. Archbishop Dominique Lebrun of Rouen and Archbishop Eric de Moulins-Beaufort of Reims, president of the French bishops’ conference, will be present, according to local media. French Minister…
Cardinal Bo: Hagia Sophia’s conversion into a mosque will ‘reopen wounds’

Cardinal Bo: Hagia Sophia’s conversion into a mosque will ‘reopen wounds’

Catholic News Agency—As Hagia Sophia opened for Muslim prayers Friday, July 24, 2020, for the first time in 86 years, a leading Asian cardinal said that the decision to turn the building back into a mosque will reopen wounds and intensify divisions. In a statement sent via email July 24, Cardinal Charles Maung Bo said…
Covington Catholic Student Settles Defamation Lawsuit with Washington Post

Covington Catholic Student Settles Defamation Lawsuit with Washington Post

National Review—Nicholas Sandmann, the Covington Catholic High School student who sued major news outlets in the aftermath of their coverage of a controversial interaction he and several of his classmates had with a Native American activist, said Friday that he has settled his libel lawsuit against the Washington Post. “On 2/19/19, I filed $250M defamation…
Momentum Builds as Men from Across the Country and Around the World Sign-Up for the Free Promise Keepers’ Online Global Digital Experience July 31 and Aug. 1

Momentum Builds as Men from Across the Country and Around the World Sign-Up for the Free Promise Keepers’ Online Global Digital Experience July 31 and Aug. 1

Promise Keepers, the men’s ministry founded in 1990 by Coach Bill McCartney and known for their massive stadium events, is bringing the power of that stadium experience to homes, churches, universities, military installations, and prisons across the country and around the world through its first-ever online Global Digital Experience July 31 and Aug. 1, 2020.…
Napa Institute Now Virtual Only:  One Week Left to Take Advantage of Discounted Registration

Napa Institute Now Virtual Only: One Week Left to Take Advantage of Discounted Registration

Registration is now open for the 2020 Napa Institute Virtual Conference, “Finding Hope in the New America,” to be held August 14-15. Take advantage of the early registration discount before the price increases on August 1st.  We have expanded our speaker line-up to allow for more content on the urgent issues facing our faith and…
Online Conference on the Renewal of Catholic Education Triples in Attendance

Online Conference on the Renewal of Catholic Education Triples in Attendance

More than 700 Catholic educators from across the country and overseas will gather online next week to explore, celebrate, and strengthen the growing movement to save Catholic schools through the recovery of the Church’s proven tradition of education. The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education’s 8th National Conference was forced to shift to an online format…
TWO BIG WINS FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

TWO BIG WINS FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

Catholic League—Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on two Supreme Court decisions handed down today: In the last week of its 2019-2020 term, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered two back-to-back victories for religious liberty; they were both 7-2 decisions. Catholic schools and agencies were the big winners. The Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that religious…
California Council Votes to Remove Statue of Spanish Priest Canonized by Pope Francis

California Council Votes to Remove Statue of Spanish Priest Canonized by Pope Francis

Newsweek—(reporting includes a video that will make your heart cry—CBJ ed.)  A California city council voted unanimously to remove a statue of a Spanish priest who Pope Francis had canonized. The Ventura City Council cast a 6–0 vote during its meeting Wednesday night to remove a statue of Father Junipero Serra from outside its city…
Award-winning, mainstream doctor: “We have a winning game plan for COVID-19, now!”

Award-winning, mainstream doctor: “We have a winning game plan for COVID-19, now!”

Richard M. Bartlett M.D., a prominent Texas doctor says a treatment protocol he began using weeks after the deadly Covid-19 virus triggered government shutdowns has proved to be “a winning game plan” for shutting down Covid-19 in his patients, including for a multi-cancer patient undergoing chemotherapy.  In June, Europe launched a major clinical trial of…
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