WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO MAKE SOMETHING A RELIGION?
Have you been wondering in this World Cup time how soccer became a worldwide religion? Click here for some thoughts from the perspective of a citizen of India, where I learned to play soccer as a boy, though we called it football. Is this what the Ten Commandments is referring to when God says there to have "no other gods"?
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ARCHBISHOP EGAN VS HOWARD STERN?
The Catholic Church in the U.S. is seeking a more prominent place in the media.
So it has worked out an agreement with Sirius satellite radio to create the Catholic Channel, which will be launched this fall.
The 24-hour a day, seven-days-a-week channel on the subscriber radio service will even feature regular appearances by Cardinal Edward M. Egan, archbishop of New York.
Listeners can even hear daily Mass from St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York. But apparently the idea will be to rely a lot on a talk-show format.
It won't surprise you, probably, to learn that this is not the church's first effort to reach out to people through radio. Already such networks as EWTN are available for radio listeners. In fact, for a fairly crowdy list of Catholic radio offerings, click here.
But free radio is a little different from satellite subscriber-paid radio, so it will be interesting to see how the church does in this new format.
When Jesus said go into all the world and preach the gospel, you have to wonder whether he had satellite radio in mind.
To read my latest Kansas City Star work, click here.
P.S.: In response to yesterday's entry here about the recent death of William Sloane Coffin, a helpful and well-versed reader (well, that describes most of you, I'm learning) left a link to a story about the death in May of another great churchman, Jaroslav Pelikan, author of many important and insightful books. If you missed that link, click here. In fact, in my column this coming Saturday, I plan to mention a new book by Pelikan.