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October 13th, 2006
The Punk Priest

At first, clicking onto Fr. Bob Lubic’s website seems like a relatively conventional Catholic experience in the internet age. The sublime sound of Gregorian chant wafts from the computer and a photo of the Western Pennsylvania priest clad in Mass vestments fills the screen.
But then, out of nowhere, the sound of a scratching record signals that things might not be exactly as they seem. Suddenly, Lubic’s image transforms into that of an Ozzfest concertgoer and the music leaps into a ska-punk version of “Here I Am, Lord” more reminiscent of Goldfinger’s “Here In Your Bedroom” than anything you’d expect to hear on Sunday morning at the local parish.

October 5th, 2006

Are the Ten Commandments similar to beliefs in other religions? Do you think all religions are basically the same path to get you to the afterlife?…

October 5th, 2006

Do you think the U.S. has the moral high-ground in terms of its foreign policy? Why/Why not?…

September 29th, 2006
Slayer's new album confronts America's religious hypocrisy

In recent years I have found that I do not recognize many names on the Billboard music charts. Perhaps this is a sign I am getting older and less connected with what is “hot” right now but—to borrow a line from This is Spinal Tap—I prefer to think that my musical tastes have gotten a bit more “selective.”
In either case, I was very surprised recently to see a familiar and controversial name at the top of the charts. The thrash metal band Slayer had sold enough units of their new disc, Christ Illusion (over 60,000 in the first week) to break into the top five. The cd, Slayer’s first in five years, was favorably reviewed in numerous national newspapers, including the New York…

September 28th, 2006
Spiritual Soundtrack

As I wasn’t blessed with enough talent to be one, I’ve always kept a special place in my heart for musicians. It’s part envy, of course—a friend lent me his guitar for three years, at the end of which I still couldn’t play “Happy Birthday” —but also great admiration for the way a song can capture the mind and lift the soul in a way words alone can’t.
Since I don’t get to read much for pleasure, I write for a living (i.e. sit in seclusion for most of the day) and need something beside the 13 or so cups of black coffee I drink every day to keep me going. My twin life-savers—my iPod and satellite radio—are, by necessity, never far out of reach. I’ve built…

September 26th, 2006

What is your feeling about the way in which 9/11 is memorialized and remembered? Is it appropriate?…

September 21st, 2006

How does the recent controversy surrounding Pope Benedict’s comments on Islam affect your views on interfaith dialogue?…

September 19th, 2006
A review of Dylan's Modern Times

The year 1976 in the United States might as well have been a million years ago to the average BustedHalo reader. The nation celebrated its bicentennial. Gerald Ford lost the presidency to Jimmy Carter. Rocky ruled the big screen, while “Charlie’s Angels” made its debut on television, as did “The Muppet Show.” And with Desire, Bob Dylan had the final number one album of his career.
Until now.
Don’t look back, because Dylan topped the Billboard charts again last week with Modern Times, his 31st studio album. Dylan has garnered almost universal kudos in the music press for his latest work, and even the one bit of controversy—the discovery that he had borrowed liberally…

September 6th, 2006
From the "Not Afraid to Blow Our Own Horn" Department

We at BustedHalo.com are committed to publishing stories that encourage and enhance the discussion of faith and culture. As our mission statement makes clear, we live in an age filled with seekers who are “desperately trying to find deeper meaning in their lives but whose journey has little to do with traditional religious institutions.” We often highlight the diverse lives and experiences of young adult “spiritual seekers” all over North America and around the world.
But we don’t often take the opportunity to shine a light on one of our own. Which is why today I’d like to direct you somewhere else to read about a young adult we are very proud.
Unless you’ve read our…

August 7th, 2006

Do you think that people should always tell the truth? Are there any exceptions like with the little white lie?…

August 3rd, 2006
The prickly, witty, and often raunchy "Clerks" sequel proves that grace permeates the grunge, grease and grit in the lives of suburban fast food minions.

When I was in high school I had a job selling shoes at the Randhurst Mall in Mount Prospect, Illinois. It was a step up from counterboy at Walgreen’s, but not by much: nametags, minimum wage (then a whopping $3.35) and “Can I help you?” from 5-9 p.m. I lived for the 15 minute breaks.
And for the cash. Like most of my peers, I worked retail because I wanted stuff: comic books, movie tickets, novels and, of course, video games. It was the dawn of the arcade era — I needed quarters for Joust and Defender, and some more serious bank for a ColecoVision.
Even so, for a kid retail work is largely mindless and depressing. You can do it for a while, but you always have one eye focused on breaking out and trying…

August 2nd, 2006

“What do you think sloth is?”…

July 21st, 2006

Do you think there is anything in the world that can’t be forgiven?…

July 6th, 2006
God and Garden State

Last weekend, wending my way through North Jersey for a holiday barbeque at my cousin’s house, I indulged yet again in one of my exceptionally odd habits and pulled up a moment-specific set of music on my iPod.
I know I’m not alone in this. Case in point: the continued obsession with Bon Jovi among people who went through high school in the mid-‘80s. These thirty-somethings have screamed the chorus to “Livin’ on a Prayer” 800,000 times each and will continue to do so—despite how ridiculous it looks—even though the band’s frontman owns an arena-football team and ain’t been livin’ on a prayer for decades.
Music and Memory
The moral of the story,…

July 3rd, 2006

Regarding immigration reform in America, do you think that immigrants should be required to learn English in order to stay in the country?…

June 25th, 2006
An interview with Tony Hendra, author of The Messiah of Morris Avenue

It is 2016 and America, led by President Sparrow 3 (the third member of his family to hold the office), is now an established theocracy. The Academy Awards are now faith-based and are broadcast from Grauman’s Christian Theater in the newly christened “Holywood.” The news has been reduced to rumor and gossip and an overwhelming number of Americans are certain that the Second Coming is imminent.
Such is the satiric (and unsettling) backdrop for The Messiah of Morris Avenue the first novel by author/satirist/actor Tony Hendra. In it, Hendra imagines a world in which the Second Coming may in fact be occurring in the person of Jose Francisco Lorcan Kennedy, a 29-year old Hispanic/Irish-American…

June 16th, 2006
A father remembers the day the world busted open

When my son Jonah was born I would look at his pudgy little face with the wisps of brown hair over his head and feel how deeply the world had changed for me. When he cried, I felt his hunger, and when he smiled, I felt his pleasure. To be honest, the experience was little frightening: I wasn’t sure I wanted to be that open to anyone, even my own child. But now that he was here, I didn’t seem to have a choice.
Not long after his birth I was walking down the street when I saw a homeless man rattling a cup. I’d lived my entire life in New York, and stepping around hungry, dirty people was second nature to me, but for some reason I couldn’t pretend that I didn’t see him. Suddenly my mind started to tilt. He’s…

June 15th, 2006
A sit down with the ultimate fan, God

In the beginning, was God. And sports was with God, and sports was God.
Then, out of the muck and mire, God created man, and gave man authority to name all the beasts of the field, the flying things and the creeping things, and it was good.
After God created man, He created the Athlete. Replete with a hefty amount of arrogance and an innate ability to point toward heaven whenever something of significance happened, the athlete flourished throughout the whole earth. The Lord was so impressed He cracked a smile and said to no one in particular “It’s all good.”
But, being God, He wanted more…
So God created ESPN and He saw that it was all good all the time.
So good in fact that God said “Let there…

June 9th, 2006
Remedies for the Church from a 23-year old Whisperer.

He may not be the pope but if chapters 1-3 of “The Gospel According to Rocco” have proven anything it’s that Whispers in the Loggia‘s Rocco Palmo can pontificate with the best of them. So, in light of the fact that BustedHalo is geared toward young adult “spiritual seekers” and The Ratzinger Report (then Cardinal Ratzinger’s book-length interview on the Church) is more than two decades old, we asked Palmo to share his thoughts on the state of the Church today and how well it is reaching out to the next generation.
BustedHalo: You may not be a typical 23 year old but you do have a sense of what people your age are interested in. What do you think the Church could do better?

May 22nd, 2006

“Do you think praying for someone who’s ill makes a difference in his or her recovery?”…

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