Bonus of not being a consumer: Avoiding the mall at Christmastime.

Don’t forget your humanity this Black Friday

Whenever I hear about the madness of Black Friday, the first thing I think of is the Furby frenzy of 1998, when those (basically) demonic, robotic, fur-covered talking monstrosities were flying off the shelves and spurring stampedes nationwide. Ever since, it seems like each Black Friday has come with its own new tackle-everyone-ahead-of-me-at-Wal-Mart-worthy craze, whether its a flat-screen TV […]

Memorial for Paris attacks in Paris, France. Credit: Wikipedia.

His wife died in Paris. But he doesn’t hate ISIS.

You will not have my hatred: this is the powerful message of Antoine Leiris to the terrorists who killed his wife last week in the brutal Paris attacks. At least 129 people were killed – and over 300 more wounded – in Paris last Friday in a series of calculated bombings and shootings that shocked […]

Because you haven't seen enough of these in the past five days.

Nobody cares about the Starbucks cups. They do care about money.

It’s an old journalism tip (or really, just a good life tip). You want to get to the bottom of some goings-on? Follow the money. Why? Because money talks. And sometimes she says some pretty obnoxious things. So let’s do that with this utterly banal Starbucks red cup supposed “controversy”. I thought something seemed suspicious on […]

Carly Fiorina speaking at a coffee reception and fundraising event in Paradise Valley, Arizona. Credit: Gage Skidmore via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Carly Fiorina and redefining feminism

Over the past few months, Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina has used some of her time in the spotlight to open up a new conversation about what she has called “progressive” feminism, and whether or not the word needs a redefinition. (I should probably add that this is not a political endorsement – while I […]

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Poll: Will you take REI’s advice to #OptOutside on Black Friday?

We were intrigued by REI’s announcement last week that they will “close its doors on Black Friday (November 27) at all 143 of its retail locations, headquarters and two distribution centers.” They will still pay their employees for the day, but they are encouraging all of them to spend the day outdoors as part of […]

This beard takes the crown.

Poll: Beards, Bikers or Babies?

  Looking back on the last three weeks, we can’t help but appreciate some of the more interesting experiences in our coverage of the Synod on the Family. As the synod draws to a close at the Vatican, we thought we’d ask you what you enjoyed most in our latest poll! Perhaps it was the […]

"Oh, you know two of the most influential Church documents in the past century? Yeah...we'd like them." German Cardinal Marx. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA **By now I'm assuming you know I'm not using actual quotes.

The final word from the German bishops

Ok everyone, last German bishops blog for the duration of #Synod15! (At least, I think. I hope?) As they near the end of an eventful three weeks, the 13 small groups of the Synod on the Family, divided by language, have released their last reports before the conclusion of the meeting on Sunday. For those of you […]

Inside the Synod Hall 20 during the meeting of bishops and cardinals on Oct. 14, 2015_Credit Daniel Ibanez_CNA 10-14-15

What is the Synod on the Family? A five-minute video guide

If you’ve been part of the Catholic world for the last week or two, you may have heard about the Synod that’s currently taking place in Rome. What exactly is a synod? Essentially, it’s a gathering of bishops from around the world to discuss important issues. In this case, the bishops are discussing topics related […]

"Oh, you know two of the most influential Church documents in the past century? Yeah...we'd like them." German Cardinal Marx. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA **By now I'm assuming you know I'm not using actual quotes.

Why deciphering German cardinal-speak is a 24/7 job

In the middle of week two of the Ordinary Synod on the Family, the German language group has released their, um, interpretation of the discussions so far. And I have a few questions for them. If I could sum them all up, though, it would be: Huh? The whole document reads as a pre-packaged lecture […]

This beard takes the crown.

Best Beard: Week 1 of #Synod15

Let’s be real, the Eastern Catholics clean house when it comes to best beards in the Catholic Church (what gives, Westerners?). After careful prayer, discernment and analysis, and based on fullness and overall ruggedness (actual word), our team has determined that Archbishop Péter Fülöp of the Archeparchy of Hajdúdorog, the head of the Hungarian Greek Catholic […]

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