Category Archives: Culture

You Won’t Believe Pharrell’s New “Happy” Lyrics Against Global Warming

Pharrell Williams (“Happy”) journeyed to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland last week to preach against global warming. He flew there in his private jet. 1700 of his rich friends (like Al Gore) also came on their private jets. While coverage of Pharrell’s anti-fossil-fuel speech was widespread, most of the media missed his remix performance [...]

Monsignor Ronald Knox: A Lost Sense of Decency

For Christmas I received as a gift, and I have been reading with joy and benefit, Ronald Knox’s religious memoir, A Spiritual Aeneid.  This book was written when Knox was still relatively young, so it is not a full autobiography.  It is rather an account of his conversion to Catholicism from Anglicanism–which was a pretty [...]

Reagan, John Paul II, and the Popemobile That Never Was

If you happen to be visiting the Southern California area, head to Simi Valley, north of Los Angeles, home of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library. Situated on a hilltop with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside (yes, there still is countryside in the Southland), it’s an interactive walk through Reagan’s personal, professional and [...]

‘Chaste, Gay Couples’ and Other Same-Sex Unions

  In certain Catholic landscapes, an unsettling custom seems to be developing. Many Catholic writers, pundits, and thinkers are opting to give a thumbs-up to the notion of the “chaste, gay couple,” describing self-identified “gay” couples who have opted to abide by Church teaching prohibiting “homogenital acts.” These observers of such couples are so rightly [...]

Loaded Language on “Marriage” Heads to the Supreme Court

During Pope Francis’ Encounter with Families in the Philippines this week, the Holy Father commented on particular threats to the good of the family, saying, “The family is also threatened by growing efforts on the part of some to redefine the very institution of marriage, by relativism, by the culture of the ephemeral, by a [...]

The Pope, Freedom of Speech, and the Constitution

Last week Pope Francis encountered some criticism for suggesting that there are limits to freedom of speech.  His comments were made in the wake of the attack in France on the magazine Charlie Hebdo.  Without in any way condoning the lawless violence, Francis observed that there ought to be a decent limit to freedom of [...]

All God’s Children

Today we honor the memory of one of the great figures in the struggle for civil rights, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We have seen so much progress in that struggle, but that struggle continues. The evils of abortion and fatherlessness disproportionally affect the African-American community and were Dr. King alive today, he would undoubtedly [...]

NBC’s ‘A.D.: The Bible Continues’: The Greatest Story Not as Often Told (Video)

If there’s one thing that spouses and producing partners Mark Burnett and Roma Downey (bottom row, center) learned during their hands-on promotional efforts for their History Channel miniseries “The Bible,” and its theatrical spin-off, “Son of God,” is that a lot of people in the modern world, especially media types, may not be especially conversant [...]


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