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World Cup and World Media

Neither sentence nor clause nor phrase, two words have recently captured the world’s attention:  “Because Fútbol.”  After 62 matches over 30 days, the World Cup competition is now down to its final two teams, but its fan base far exceeds the citizens of Argentina and Germany. Sports, in general, and international competitions, in particular, have […]


Sunny California was the place to be for some 35 scholars from around the world — including the John Cardinal Foley Chair — who gathered this week to consider the impact of digital technologies on theological reflection. Taking place in the Silicon Valley, the third annual forum featured cutting-edge questions and penetrating discussions: Might Facebook […]

Google vs. God

In the Wall Street Journal, Christine Rosen recently asked whether Google is replacing God.  Someone who holds the position of “Future Tense Fellow” at a foundation is certainly poised to pose such a query!  Her essay focused on a recent report in MIT Technology Review that posits a negative correlation between Internet use and religious […]

Unsocial Rants

World Communications Day took place on June 1 with a variety of international activities.  Given this year’s theme for the annual celebration – “communications at the service of an authentic culture of encounter” – a news story less than a week later is particularly disturbing. The June 7 story is about a pending decision in […]

Fashionable cyborgs?

The word gets overused, but apparently there’s another “revolution” in the works.  The voiceover in the promotional video sounds the proverbial horn:  “We are at the beginning of a new era.  Personal computing is being re-defined as the technology around us becomes a part of who we are.  This is the wearable revolution.” Who knew?! […]