How our video on tap-dancing seminarian came to be

By Robert Duncan
Catholic News Service

ROME — I briefly met David Rider two years ago in New York City while on retreat at the archdiocesan seminary. I was surprised to run into him on the streets of Rome last spring. He was wearing clerics and I gave him one of those “don’t-I-know-you-from-somewhere” finger wags. Since then, we’ve run into each other often, he going to and from class at the Pontifical Gregorian University and I all about the city with my camera, on the job.

I’m a lover of the old Fred Astaire movies and all the great show tunes of his day, so when I discovered that Rider had left theater to give his life to the priesthood, I asked him to talk about all that jazz on camera. I hope the video I’ve produced pays homage to both the quintessential American art form and to Rider’s vocation story.

Robert Duncan is a multimedia journalist in the Catholic News Service Rome bureau.

New clearinghouse for doctrinal congregation’s documents


Screen grab from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith's new website

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has unveiled a new webpage listing the major public documents and decisions it has issued since 1966 plus key commentaries.

It has separate categories for doctrinal and disciplinary documents and documents dealing with sacramental questions.

It also lists important speeches and statements issued since 1983 by the last two prefects of the congregation: U.S. Cardinal William J. Levada and then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.

The series of volumes “Documenti e Studi” will only be helpful to folks who can read Italian. It’s a list of volumes published by the Vatican publishing house of the congregation’s major documents and proceedings of various symposia the congregation has organized.

Some choice documents in the archives: