News & Views From A Catholic Perspective
My Happy Place. What place provides you with spiritual refreshment, leaving you renewed to better follow God’s will? Read More at OSV Newsweekly.
Attitude of gratitude. Looking at the big picture, we have 2,000 years of Church history for which to be grateful. So why should you be grateful. Read More at OSV Newsweekly.
Say something. Now is the time to speak up for the truths of the Church and not back down out of discomfort. Read More at OSV Newsweekly.
In Face Of Denial. Some laity join bishops in denying the severity or even existence of the recent sex-abuse scandals. Read More at OSV Newsweekly.
Why should we stay? Amid a new wave of the clergy abuse crisis, we stay with the Church because it holds the truth. Read More at OSV Newsweekly.
Reminders from God Travels on the anniversary of Humanae Vitae brought many encounters with value of marriage. Read more at OSV Newsweekly.
Objectifying women. A study on women and pornography shows the urgent relevance of the message of Pope Paul VI’s encyclical ‘Humanae Vitae.’ Read More at OSV Newsweekly.
Occasion to educate. Kennedy’s retirement and the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae are reasons to educate on abortion. Read More at OSV Newsweekly.
Supporting women? Recent activity by women’s organizations suggests that not all have women’s best interests at heart. Read More at OSV Newsweekly.
Guilt by association. The media’s tendency to cast blame widely reminds viewers to be conscientious in media consumption. Read more at OSV Newsweekly.
God Winks. Life is full of challenges, but God finds the little ways to remind us he’s with us through it all. Read more at OSV Newsweekly.
Keeping the Peace. Scaling back our social media use and spending time with God instead can greatly reduce our stress. Continue Reading at OSV Newsweekly.
Not Rocket Science. Faith is not about us, but about discerning and then following God’s will for us in our everyday lives. Read more at OSV Newsweekly.
Engaging culture. A tiff over prayer, Mike Pence and ‘The View’ shows the value of both faithfulness and forgiveness. Read more at OSV Newsweekly.
More Media Hypocrisy. When it comes to societal ills, media should get own house in order, stop glorifying violence. Read more at OSV Newsweekly.
Challenging Culture. Today, dating and one-on-one conversation for the young is not just passé, but a truly foreign concept. They only know the “hook-up” culture and relating by texting. What happens when you introduce the idea of dating to youth? Read more at OSV News.
Hypocrisy in Hollywood. The #MeToo movement is worthy of attention, but actors and actresses show a lack of consistency. Read more about how those in Hollywood say they are against harassment of women & men, but then produce works that constantly objectify them, at OSV Newsweekly.
Salt In The Wound. With years of ignored employee complaints, the media can’t yet claim transparency on sexual misconduct. If they were honest and transparent they wouldn’t be in this big of a mess in the first place. Teresa Tomeo discusses the infuriating hypocrisy that runs rampant in the halls of Big Media, at OSV Newsweekly.
A Personal Invitation. Our imitation of Christ also means showing the great difference reaching out to others can make. Teresa Tomeo, at OSV Newsweekly, also shows how stepping out of your comfort zone can bring you great joy.
A Mixed Message. Teresa Tomeo discusses at OSV Newsweekly how families should reflect upon how often the use of technology renders all of us together, but alone.
Don’t Put God In A Box. If God’s power and goodness tell us anything, it’s not to be timid when inviting him into our lives. Teresa Tomeo in OSV Newsweekly says to go ahead and ask God to do big things in our lives.
Definition of Insanity STD rates spiraling out of control ought tell us that something just isn’t working with our approach. Our sexually obsessed culture just refuses to admit that perhaps it’s time to call for a change in actual behavior. Teresa Tomeo, at OSV Newsweekly, shows that the current behaviors haven’t worked so well for us up to this point.
Women’s Health? Pro-lifers often get painted as anti-woman, despite many harrowing stories about abortion providers. Teresa Tomeo discusses how abortion providers aren’t in the business for women’s health at OSV.com.
Signs of Hope: When disasters like hurricanes and earthquakes send us scrambling for security, God sends the reassurance that we are not alone. Continue Reading at OSV Newsweekly.
Major Fumble: ESPN’s overreaction insults the public once again with a reassignment of an announcer for dubious reasons to placate the P.C. crowd. Continue reading at OSV Newsweekly.
Glimmer of Hope: While God may not be on the radar for some, we never know where questions of purpose will lead. Read more at OSV Newsweekly.
Media manipulation: We must keep the secular media in our prayers and continue to be on the lookout for fake news. One celebrity journalist demonstrated why one has to be on the lookout for “Fake News,” even in the supposedly credible places.
Cyber Bullying. There is more online aggression than ever. Read what is really going on online at Teresa Tomeo’s OSV Newsweekly column.
Will my baby granddaughter pay the price of my fight for equality? Sixties feminist sees the emotional emptiness facing women today. If only more women would be as honest as this commentator regarding how feminism has gone way too far and in so many ways hurts rather than helps women and as a result-society and all of us. Read more at the UK Daily Mail.
Put down that phone! Life is short! Don’t let gadgets and the electronic world ruin your summer. Your family and friends, and God, all want you to connect with them. Read more about it at OSV Newsweekly.
Preventing teen suicide. Inspired by ‘13 Reasons Why,’ a Michigan school has started a campaign to combat teen suicide. Read more at OSV Newsweekly.
Grandmothers promoting abortion. This is what it is like when grandmothers put “reproductive rights” before the rights of their actual grandchildren or great-grandchildren. Read about “Grandmas for Abortion” at OSV Newsweekly.
Animals before people? Life is beautiful, but why is animal life considered more important in our society than human life? Teresa Tomeo comments on this in OSV Newsweekly.
What does it mean to judge? When someone says not to judge their actions, how are you to respond? Read Dr. Edward Sri’s excellent commentary on this topic at the National Catholic Register.
Confusion about life. How does YouTube sensation “April the Giraffe” give a good example of the confusion of our culture when it comes to life? Read more at Catholic World Report.
Has God taken a backseat to the busyness in your life? Don’t continue to lose peace, start praying taking time for the Lord again. Read more at OSV Newsweekly.
Is the media making too much of the fact Mike Pence will not eat alone with a woman? With the general breakdown of the family, how could this be bad advice? Teresa Tomeo discusses this in a column for Catholic World Report.
Is a certain fear keeping you from making your marriage the best it can be? Teresa Tomeo, at OSV Newsweekly, explains how some couples avoid working on their good marriages because of fear or they think it is too hard.
Promoting Death. Over 100 of the ultra-left activist groups organizing the “Women’s March” last January such as the ACLU, Human Rights Watch, People for the American Way & Planned Parenthood, which are openly hostile to conservative values and people of faith – especially Catholics, were funded with over $246 million by billionaire George Soros. Read more about how the these ultra-liberal causes are supported in their promotion of the Culture of Death.
Locked in Our Cells: The pope notes how our actions show that many of us value our cellphones over the word of God. Read more of Teresa Tomeo’s column at OSV Newsweekly.
Do pro-lifers hate women? It is a just plain wrong when pro-abortion supporters say that pro-life people don’t care for women & children after birth. Pro-life people have a long and varied history of helping not only pregnant women and their children, but all people, in all circumstances. And they do it personally, not through government. Here is what they do. This is the article that you can send to those who fall for the lie.
When Abortion Suddenly Stopped Making Sense. In this National Review article, the author, Frederica Mathewes-Green, was a “college student — an anti-war, mother-earth, feminist, hippie college student” when Roe v. Wade became the law of the land, and she rejoiced. Find out what changed her mind.
Temper Tantrums: We as Christians must continue to move forward regardless of those who are trying to get in our way. Read more at Teresa Tomeo’s column at OSV Newsweekly.
Must Keep Pressing. The faithful have a duty to keep the media honest in reporting on matters important to the Church. Read Teresa Tomeo’s column at OSV Newsweekly.
Feminism’s Dreadful Life Advice. Sarah Silverman’s struggle with motherhood offers a cautionary tale for anyone tempted to drink the Kool-Aid of modern feminism. How do we solve a problem like modern feminism? As I’ve long argued, it offers little more than a long, drawn-out, decidedly un-fun handbook for ruining your life.
Bearers of Bad News Pope Francis has issued a much-needed challenge to the media to be balanced and offer ‘good news.’ Read Teresa Tomeo’s column at OSV Newsweekly for more.
Here we go again! Another example of how delusional Hollywood sees the world. Notice how they make all sorts of shocking statements about conservatives, namely the President Elect, without backing any of those statements up with specifics? It is the same old “Rules for Radicals” song and dance. Let’s throw out as many ad hominem attacks and see what sticks. It’s all well and good to speak up about one’s concerns and to engage Congress. I’m all for that, but can we at least start with fact not fiction, please?
Thankfully some sanity among a sea of media madness. Mitch Albom is a respected author and columnist based in Michigan. Read Mitch Albom: Time to pause, reflect — and stop predicting.
The New York Times is apologizing-well sort of, for it’s coverage of Donald Trump during this year’s election. Bottom line here folks is that their extreme bias is hitting them where it counts; in the wallet and they’re afraid of losing more money and more subscribers. My advice, let’s see them put their money where their mouth is and prove-through balanced news coverage-that they mean it. This is the only way they are going to do what they’re called to do. Read New York Times: We Blew It On Trump in the New York Post.
Now is the time not to give up on prayer, but redouble our efforts to bring about the conversion of hearts and minds in our country, and to pray for the new president and his administration. Read author Patti Maguire Armstrong’s article Donald Trump Needs Our Prayers Now More Than Ever at the National Catholic Register.
In The News
Companion letters ask pope for answers on abuse crisis. A pair of open letters to Pope Francis asking him for answers to charges of cover-ups by him and others over abuse allegations against retired Archbishop Theodore McCarrick of Washington were sponsored by the Catholic Women’s Forum, a project of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, a Washington-based think tank. Click here to read at the Catholic Spirit.
Detroit’s WJR Radio interviewed Teresa Tomeo on the latest in the church crisis. To listen Click Here.
Prominent Catholics see larger role for laity in church’s abuse response. An independent lay-run board that would hold bishops accountable for their actions, a national day for Mass or prayers of reparation, and encouragement to parishioners to become more involved in their diocese are among steps suggested by prominent lay Catholics to right the U.S. church as it deals with a new clergy sexual abuse scandal…Teresa Tomeo said it is the laity’s job to convince the bishops that more oversight of their actions is good for the Church. Read more at Catholic News Service.
Teresa Tomeo and husband Deacon Dominick Pastore spoke at the 2018 Deacon’s Congress in New Orleans. Video is now available for their talk on Intimate Graces in marriage, among the others given that week. To watch the videos please click here.
Deacons reaffirm their identities in Christ at national congress. Find joy and connections with their wives and with other deacons. Read more at the Southern Cross Newspaper of Savannah, Georgia.
Mercy, Marriage & the Holy Spirit. A chance meeting and relaxed exchange about the power of mercy in marriage, changes two lives and brings and overflow of grace. Read More at Renewal Ministries.
New order of evangelizing brothers created to spread the Gospel. “I cried out in desperation to God, ‘I don’t know what I’m supposed to do with my life. Please do something to help me!” Brennan said. Three days later, a friend “prayed with me and the presence of the Holy Spirit came down upon me and filled the room.” It was an experience like no other in his life. “For the first time, I knew that God was real and that He loved me,” Brennan said. “He had a plan for me and I could trust him. And He wanted me to give my life to Him in a complete way.” It was like an electric current flowing through his body, he explained. “Not only did I feel the presence of God in me, but also in the room we were in,” he said. “It’s what I imagine when I think of Pentecost. Read more at the National Catholic Register.
What do we do when baptized Christians are not properly catechized and never evangelized? Read “Ireland: Empty Churches, Hurting People – What Can We Do?” at Monica Hannon’s Blog.
Inspired by ‘Unleash the Gospel,’ talk-show host challenges Massgoers to get ‘on fire’ for Christ. Read More at the Michigan Catholic Newspaper.
How Do You Take Your Faith Beyond Sunday? You go to Mass on Sunday. Isn’t that enough? You want fulfillment, or a “Personal Relationship with Christ,” but how do you do that? Learn how. Listen as Al Kresta interviews radio host and author Teresa Tomeo on AveMariaRadio.net.
Documentary Explores Dating to Hookups. Is real dating obsolete? Are the young doomed to “hook-ups”? One professor highlights the problems and proposes a solution. Read more in the HuntingtonNews.net.
Ohio Congresswoman Catches Heat For Modesty Comments. Representative Marcy Kaptur (D) Ohio upset some with her comments discussing the connection between how some women dress and sexual harassment. Teresa Tomeo adds in how women in the media were expected to dress, and how they do now. Read more at NCRegister.com.
Teresa Tomeo Profiled in Legatus Magazine. Legatus women come from different backgrounds and life experiences. Yet within that diversity, they are using their talents to increase the kingdom of God. Some do it within the business world, non-profit organizations, the media, and women’s ministries. The one common denominator is that they have all responded to a personal call. When Teresa Tomeo came back to the Catholic Church, she had to make a difficult decision: How would she use her journalistic talents? Read more in Legatus Magazine…
Teresa Tomeo shares her faith journey at Sioux City Women’s Conference. “If God is your co-pilot, change seats!” “They probably think they are saying something very profound, very spiritual,” said Tomeo. “Think about that. God, the Alpha and the Omega, is your copilot, which means you are in the pilot seat. Which means you know more than God. That’s how I lived my life. God was there when I needed him, but the rest of the time I was in the driver’s seat.” Read more at the Catholic Globe Newspaper.
Abortion Advocate Protesting March for Life Put Down Her Sign and Got a Pro-Life Sign. Here’s Why. The host of Catholic Connection, Teresa Tomeo, received a called on the air from a former pro-abortion protestor who put down her sign and picked up a pro-life one at the March for Life…
Hacks for Getting the Most Out of European Train Travel. Travel author Lyn Mettler, the Go To Travel Gal, interviews travelers, including Teresa Tomeo, on tips to make buying and using train passes in Europe, easier, cheaper, and great fun.
Why March For Life? Teresa Tomeo & March For Life President Jeanne Mancini discuss Why We Should All March For Life in an Our Sunday Visitor Media Matters Webinar. Register & watch the free webinar.
The Selfie Culture. The Jesuit publication, America Magazine, interviewed Teresa Tomeo, about the “Selfie” culture and her latest book, “Beyond Me, My Selfie & I: Finding True Happiness in a Self-Absorbed World.” Sean Salai, SJ discusses with Teresa her book, her conversion, and a self-consumed culture in his article, “Happiness in a World of Selfies: Author Q&A with Teresa Tomeo.”
How you can make your marriage great. Teresa and her husband, Deacon Dominick Pastore were interviewed by Editor-at-Large, and award-winning opinion journalist, Kathryn Jean Lopez of National Review Online about their book Intimate Graces: How Practicing the Works of Mercy Brings Out the Best in Marriage. You can read the interview here, and also a followup interview at Kathryn’s blog at the Patheos Catholic Channel.
Practice the Works of Mercy to better your marriage. Teresa Tomeo and her husband, Deacon Dominick Pastore spoke with Daria Sockey for an interview in Catholic Digest magazine. The article, Bringing Out the Best in Marriage is about how you can improve your marriage through practicing the Works of Mercy. We may think that performing the Works of Mercy, such as feeding the hungry, or visiting the imprisoned, is something you do for strangers, but the concepts are also something that can deepen your relationship with your spouse.
How to overcome marriage difficulties. The USCCB For Your Marriage website has a reviewed Teresa Tomeo & her husband, Deacon Dominick Pastore’s book Intimate Graces: How Practicing the Works of Mercy Brings Out the Best in Marriage. Finding it “fresh insight into daily ways to show mercy and love to one’s spouse,” the author explains how the strength of the book is the authors’ vulnerability in sharing the difficulties they’ve faced in their marriage and how they overcame them.
Learn about how Intimate Graces can help you. The Catholic Book Blogger conducts an in-depth interview with Teresa Tomeo about her and her husband’s book Intimate Graces.
HUNTINGTON, IN, May 12, 2018 – In her new book, study guide, and video series, Beyond Sunday: Becoming a 24/7 Catholic, Catholic talk show host, author, and international speaker, Teresa Tomeo gets real about what it takes to live as a Catholic every day of the week. “For far too many Catholics, faith is mostly defined by Mass attendance. This happened to me, as well,” explains Tomeo. “For many years I kept God and my faith in a neat little box during the week and opened it only on Sundays when I went to Mass and closed it again after I came home from Mass. Taking my faith ‘Beyond Sunday’ helped lead me to true joy and peace in my life that I had always been longing for.”
Renowned Jesuit Biblical scholar and EWTN host, Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. explains, “From beginning to end, Teresa Tomeo offers insight on living our Catholic Faith every day of the week ‘not to condemn but to encourage.’ Wonderful, practical ideas will help every reader find guidance to holiness step-by-step and day-by-day.”
Dr. Edward Sri says, “Teresa Tomeo takes readers deeper in the Faith in such an engaging and accessible way.” Janet Morana, Tomeo’s co-host of EWTN’s The Catholic View for Women agrees. “Through practical tips and humor, Tomeo appeals to all Catholics from different walks in life and help them grow in their relationship with Christ and can really open their eyes to the treasures of the Catholic Faith.”
“Beyond Sunday isn’t just a book you will pick up and put back down,” says Tomeo, “but truly a movement to discover who you are and grow in your relationship with Christ and that will change the lives of Catholics and parishes everywhere.” Chris Stefanick, founder of Real Life Catholic explains, “Tomeo invites us to ignite the fire within and shows us like a beacon a practical way how. Everyone should read this book. Everyone.” Bishop Robert Barron calls Beyond Sunday, “an inspiring call to action for Catholics from all walks of life to fully embrace all the beauty and intelligence the Church has to offer.”
Beyond Sunday: Becoming a 24/7 Catholic challenges Catholics to pursue an exceptional way of living that goes beyond the pew on Sunday. The accompanying eight-week study guide, co-authored by Gail Coniglio, also has an accompanying video series which is designed to help readers grow in steadfast faith with a community of people alongside them, making it perfect for parish groups. Tomeo and Coniglio are planning to offer Beyond Sunday Parish Missions with the hope of reigniting Catholics and parishes across the nation.
For more information, to request review copies, or to schedule an interview with Teresa Tomeo, please contact Jill Adamson at (800) 348-2440, ext. 2547 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
#RealWomenDontQuit: Conservative Women Celebrate Responsible Womanhood vs. “A Day Without A Woman”
DETROIT, MI, March 7, 2017 – Conservative, pro-life women are promoting responsible womanhood with the #RealWomenDontQuit campaign to counteract the radical feminist event “A Day Without a Woman” planned for Wednesday, March 8, 2017.
Talk show host, media activist and author of Extreme Makeover – Women Transformed by Christ, Not Conformed to the Culture, Teresa Tomeo and other conservative women invite women to join a “Tweet Fest” using the hashtag #RealWomenDontQuit. They also encourage women to let their authentic femininity shine with activities that contribute to society.
Radical feminists, on the contrary, want women to protest by walking off their jobs, not spending money at male-owned businesses, and even strike from home and family responsibilities. They are protesting a number of things including Donald Trump’s presidency, economic inequality, and being “gender oppressed.”
Ironically, since 1909, March 8th has been set aside as International Women’s Day as a day to mark the contributions of women to society around the globe. “Now, according to the same group that brought us the angry ranting of Whoopi, Madonna, and Ashley Judd on the day after the Inauguration of Donald Trump, this is a day for more whining, mostly about politicians they detest and demanding the right to also walk out on their unborn babies through abortion,” says Tomeo.
“Yet, how many women can really skip work? What about mothers and nurses and women who people depend on? Why would women want to let down the people who depend on them?”
#RealWomenDontQuit is a positive response to celebrate God’s plan for women. “We are women who celebrate responsible authentic womanhood. We don’t want them to take their concerns out on their employers or their children by abandoning their responsibilities for a day,” says Tomeo. “We are not quitters. We take on more responsibility when times get tough and things don’t go our way. That’s what the strongest of women in our nation’s history have done.”
Tomeo encourages women to share their ideas; to speak up this week about true feminism. She has started a running list on her blog and encourages people to share their articles with ideas and reasons as to why this is not their event by tagging or direct messaging links to Teresa Tomeo on Facebook and Twitter and she’ll add them to her blog resource list.
Calling Media to Fairness & Objectivity: Women’s March on Washington vs. March for Life in D.C. – 30-Year Detroit reporter encourages basic journalism standards in covering Pro-Life v. Pro-Choice Marches
WASHINGTON, D.C. Jan. 26, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ — Media expert, Teresa Tomeo, is encouraging the secular press to pursue basic journalism standards of fairness and objectivity for this Friday’s March for Life in Washington D.C. on January 27th, 2017.
“Last weekend, the media were in awe of the number of women who showed up on the nation’s capitol,” Tomeo stated. “I’m calling on the media to cover this March just as they did for last week’s Women’s March.”
The March for Life has attracted massive crowds for over four decades. This year’s March marks the 44th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision to legalize abortion in the U.S. which has led to the deaths of nearly 60 million unborn babies. Much of the Women’s March last weekend was dedicated to promoting legalized abortion — with no restrictions or exceptions — while pro-life women’s groups were barred from co-sponsoring this event.
“Recent surveys show that most Americans are pro-life and more and more women believe that giving birth is a valid ‘choice,'” Tomeo said. “With abortion still being very controversial and relevant to so many, the media should be professionally vested in reporting both sides of the issue. Yet, the annual March for Life is barely a blip on their radar screen.”
Counselor to the President, Kellyanne Conway, shared on Fox & Friends (view at 7:34:00) this week that she also hopes the media will give fair coverage to the March for Life. Conway is the keynote speaker at the March for Life Rally this Friday, along with New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan and NFL Football player, Benjamin Watson, tight end for the Baltimore Ravens.
Tomeo will report live for the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) this Friday, as she has done for several years. Having worked for 20 years in the secular media in Detroit as a TV reporter, and host for over a decade of a daily syndicated radio program, Catholic Connection, Tomeo has a unique perspective having been on both sides of the “choice” issue.
Tomeo and many other pro-life leaders are urging people to join in this March for Life, whether in person or via social media, taking a Twitter cue from President Trump. A “Twitter Storm” is planned for this Friday using the hashtag #WhyWeMarch to promote a pro-life message that attests to the dignity of all human life from conception to natural death.
Defamation Lawsuit Against Katie Couric: Expert on Media, Teresa Tomeo, Says It’s a Wake-up Call to Those Who Trust the Media
For Immediate Release – September 15, 2016
A defamation lawsuit was filed Tuesday, September 13th accusing Katie Couric and the producers of the documentary movie “Under the Gun” of deceptive editing. The documentary, about gun violence in the U.S., includes a segment which allegedly proports to make a pro-gun rights group appear uninformed and clueless about gun violence. Teresa Tomeo, journalist, syndicated talk show host, expert on the media, and author of Noise: How Our Media-saturated Culture Dominates Lives and Dismantles Families says this is another wake-up call for people to be cautious in trusting the media. Continue Reading
Mother Teresa Lit Spark in Starry-eyed Intern Now a Nationally Syndicated Radio Host
For Immediate Release – August 31, 2016
The opportunity to interview Mother Teresa was a scoop for a reporter even 39 years ago. That is when Teresa Tomeo, a young journalism intern in Detroit’s secular media, spoke with Mother Teresa. It became something much bigger than a just good news story for an ambitious intern. Ultimately, it became a thread in Tomeo’s path through 15 years in secular television into the Catholic media where she is now a TV and radio talk show host for Ave Maria Radio and EWTN. Tomeo will be in Rome this week airing her daily radio show and providing TV coverage for the canonization of Mother Teresa. Continue Reading
Jubilee Year of Mercy Pilgrimage, Steve Ray and Teresa Tomeo Lead Pilgrims Into The Heart of the Divine Mercy
For Immediate Release – DETROIT, Michigan – August 10, 2016
Following Pope Francis’ suggestion to make a pilgrimage during this Jubilee Year of Mercy, Catholic author Steve Ray and author and talk show host Teresa Tomeo, along with their spouses, are leading more than 70 pilgrims from 14 different states to Poland–the birthplace of Divine Mercy. From August 13-22, their pilgrimage with Footprints of God/Corporate Travel will include: Continue Reading