News & Views From A Catholic Perspective
Not So Great Expectations. This latest example of the strange land in which we now find ourselves may be tough for parents and those who work with children to comprehend, and it’s certainly not what they were hoping to learn concerning how their children would respond when asked that common question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Read more at Our Sunday Visitor.
When Silence Is Not Golden. There are times when we need to respectfully speak up, to defend and explain our faith. Unfortunately, a new and extremely sobering report concerning Catholics and their belief, or lack thereof, shows that we haven’t learned the right approach when it comes to when silence is and isn’t appropriate. Read more at OSV Newsweekly.
So Much Else To Talk About. This radio listener explained that while she enjoyed listening to my daily program, she wondered why I discussed abortion so often when there is “so much else” to talk about. Her comments and questions, although brief, spoke volumes and reams concerning where we are in the Church and in the nation — and why we’re in such a mess. Read more at OSV Newsweekly.
First, Look in the Mirror. Why is it that those who hold extreme views that are not in line with not only the Church but also a majority of Americans on these and other hot-button issues, are allowed to have free reign in the social media world and way beyond? Read more at OSV Newsweekly.
Yes, Adults Can Have Their Own Version Of Temper Tantrums. Infertility is a real struggle for many couples today, and the heartache and desperation are certainly understandable. But going directly against the Church is never the answer. Read more at OSV Newsweekly.
Real Friends Really Matter. Relationships involving family as well as friends really do matter. God doesn’t go it alone, so neither can we. Read more at OSV Newsweekly.
Pro-Abortion Advocates Turn To Unsound Tactics. Over the past few months, abortion supporters, threatened by a number of successful pro-life efforts, have responded in part by passing the most egregious laws, including legalizing abortion through nine months of pregnancy. Read More at OSV Newsweekly.
Sundays Are Changing For The Better. In order to go beyond Sunday, we first have to reclaim the Lord’s Day and understand why God instructs us to take it so seriously. Read more at OSV Newsweekly.
What the Media Don’t Know Can Hurt Us. Is it too much to ask that the media actually know the basics about the event, topic or entity they’re covering so they can accurately explain it to their readers, viewers or subscribers? Read more at OSV Newsweekly.
Can You Hear Them Now? Pope Francis said. “You have certainly heard of the drama of addiction. … This one is very subtle. Be careful…” Read more at OSV Newsweekly.
The Power of Beauty. Beauty in its many forms touches the soul and reveals the glory of God. Read more at OSV Newsweekly.
Change of Heart. Once staunch supporters of legalized abortion, have changed or are at least thinking about changing their tune once they see the Unplanned Movie. Read more at OSV Newsweekly.
An Indirect Gift. A 15-year-old can get an abortion without her parent’s permission, but she can’t see this movie without adult supervision, Read more at OSV Newsweekly.
Send in the Crowds. Like many Catholics trying to be faithful, I was feeling a bit overwhelmed and somewhat worn out, but then I was touched even more deeply by something that is normally a major turn-off. Read more at OSV Newsweekly.
Why Stay with the Church? The questions are multiple. What is happening to the Church? Why aren’t Rome and the bishops doing something about homosexual clergy? Why should I stay with the Church with all the confusion and lack of action with Pope Francis and the Vatican? I am angry and don’t know what to do!
Teresa Tomeo and Author/Convert Steve Ray talk frankly on Teresa’s show Catholic Connection about these matters and give the overall picture — and — encourage Catholics to stay, be proud and to act! You can find other interviews about this and other topics of concern to Catholics on AveMariaRadio.net. Also, Click Here to visit their Church Sexual Misconduct Resource Page for in-depth coverage of the abuse crisis. The interview begins 26 minutes into the show.
Mark of True Beauty. It was so refreshing to learn about a new campaign from CVS Pharmacy entitled CVS Beauty Mark. Last month the nationwide company addressed the effort in Times Square (of all places), saying they will be cutting way back on using altered beauty imagery in their drug-store chain. Read more at OSV Newsweekly.
Finding True Joy. One recent study of religious people around the world goes so far as to say that being faithful leads to a happier, more joyful life and helps keep people involved in making a difference for those around them. Read more at OSV Newsweekly.
A Breath of Fresh Air. As the turmoil from recent media scandals causes greater division, we could all use some peace. Continue Reading at OSV Newsweekly.
Avoiding Extremes. Hiding, falling into despair or indifference are not how we move forward during difficult times. Continue Reading at OSV Newsweekly.
Geese and God Winks. As we step into 2019, let’s focus on the ‘God moments’ instead of dwelling on the disappointments. Read more at OSV Newsweekly.
The Gift of Courage. We are called to stay strong and stand up for the truths of the Faith. Read more at Deacon Digest.
Ignorance isn’t bliss. What we don’t know can hurt us, and others, shows recent survey on post-abortive women. Read more at OSV Newsweekly.
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.
Spiritual Bullying. Over the years in the Church, there has been a type of spiritual bullying that’s been going on, which I believe is in part responsible for some of the mess we’re in the middle of now. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In The News
Teresa Tomeo: Culture Warrior. Tomeo spoke with Catholic Digest about her early success in secular broadcasting, her reversion to the Catholic faith, and her commitment to show others the truth, goodness, and beauty of God. Read Here.
Teresa recently spoke at an amazing Faith & Ale group in Ft. Myers, FL. You can listen to the conversation, Click Here.
Rivals of the Heart. Teresa Tomeo and her husband, Deacon Dominick Pastore are speaking at the “Rivals of the Heart Conference” for men and women at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Vancouver, WA. This is a radio interview that will give the members of the conference a taste of what they will experience over the weekend.
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.
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.
DETROIT, March 28, 2019 /Christian Newswire/ — The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) gave an R rating to the pro-life movie Unplanned the true story which hits theaters across the nation this week, on Friday, March 29th, about former Planned Parenthood clinic director, Abby Johnson. “Hollywood places a PG-13 rating on many films filled with serious violent and sexual content, with the hope that children and teens will fill the seats. Meanwhile, they slap an R rating on Unplanned—a pro-life movie that contains much less graphic material, all because of their support for abortion,” says syndicated Catholic talk show host, Teresa Tomeo, who has worked in both the secular and the Catholic media for over 30 years.
In an open letter 29 actors and Academy Award-winners, and faith and media leaders, including big names such as Gov. Mike Huckabee, Glenn Beck, Tony Perkins, Alveda King, Pat Boone, as well as Tomeo, appealed through this letter to parents not to let the rating deter them. Continue reading at the Christian Newswire.
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 email@example.com.
#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