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Social communications in today’s captivity

This month marks the 500th anniversary of the ceremonial start of the Protestant Reformation, when Martin Luther nailed a list of 95 theses against the Catholic Church onto the door of a chapel in Wittenberg, Germany.  Luther would later pen a stinging treatise – “On the Babylonian Captivity of the Church” – against the errors […]


Angelic aid to counter “fake news”

As is customary, the theme for the next World Day of Social Communications is made known on today’s feast of the three archangels (September 29).  With the mighty ministrations of heavenly messengers, the theme appears to have a celestial character while it focuses on a profound human need. That theme – “’The truth will set […]


Taking a stand on language

Weighing in on the controversy du jour, this post isn’t about racism or patriotism, about athletes or presidents, or even about Francis Scott Key’s song.  In all the hullabaloo about the Star-Spangled Banner, there seems to be a more basic disconnect — over the language we use. President Trump has thrown down another proverbial gauntlet […]


Bring back the space

Hashtags abound, and no longer just in cyberspace. Even the Phillies AAA affiliate jumped on the tagging bandwagon with their giveaway towels for fans at the ballpark.  Realizing that most of the players who propelled the team into the playoffs were now playing for the major league team, they came up with this rallying cry:  […]


Has the time of Christianity passed?

City skylines were once dominated by crosses atop grand cathedrals, and towns built up around the central church.  But these days, when a solar eclipse represents “the most transcendent experience of the year,” the religious landscape has surely changed. That’s the assessment of the Barna research group, which has developed a “Post-Christian” metric to name […]


Smells and bells once again

A new year of formation has begun at Overbrook.  In keeping with tradition, the campus came back to life with a celebration of Vespers.  The liturgical day celebrated the memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, but on this annual occasion, with its participants clad in cassocks and surplices and singing in Latin, […]