75th Anniversary

  • What Happened to the Pope's Gift?

    July 25th, 2011

    A classic article from November 1948 Photo from Photos.com   Many Catholics complain today about anti-Catholicism in our media, but as offensive as some of this anti-Catholic expression can be, it seldom rises to the viciousness of past times, such as when cartoonist Thomas Nast turned the miters of bishops into crocodile mouths as the bishops &mdash… read more »

  • How to Keep Your Husband

    July 11th, 2011

    A Classic Catholic Digest article from 1946 Photo from Photos.com   Times do change.   Just a few weeks ago Kate Oates, a Catholic Digest editor in her 20s, showed me an early 1960s TV coffee commercial she had found on Youtube. It was rather shocking to her. It tells of a time in America — or at least in the mind of the advertiser — when … read more »

  • The Man Who Made Hollywood Pray

    June 21st, 2011

    A Catholic Digest classic from the June 1948 issue Photo from Photos.com   “The family that prays together stays together” — even Catholics who aren’t familiar with Patrick Peyton’s name have heard those famous words of his. From his humble beginnings in Ireland, Holy Cross Father Patrick Peyton rose to international fame… read more »

  • Women’s Hats — or Are They?

    June 6th, 2011

    A fight over fashion in a Catholic Digest classic Photo from Photos.com   After the recent British royal wedding, with all the beautiful, odd, and sometimes even bizarre millinery on display, how could we not run this 1946 classic article on women’s hats?   Older readers will remember Lilly Daché. In 1946 — a time … read more »

  • Pistol-Packin' Padre

    May 23rd, 2011

    January 1947, page 1 Photo from Photos.com   It reads like an Old-West TV show: The people of St.Agnes Church, on the west side of San Antonio, Texas, are oppressed by poverty and crime — so much crime that they’re even afraid to come to church. Desperate to help, the archbishop of San Antonio calls for a hero. And out of the dusty… read more »