Category Archives: Culture

The Bishop, Job and the Problem of Whining

At his regular blog at the Madison Catholic Herald, Bishop Robert C. Morlino of the Diocese of Madison (Wisconsin) posted a Lenten observation relating to the Book of Job, a literary masterpiece from the Old Testament that deals with the suffering of the innocent. The summary at the Website of the United States Conference of [...]

The Tyranny of “Rights”

David Warren–the Canadian blogger–is invaluable.  He is erudite, thoughtful, and thoroughly Catholic–well worth reading on a daily basis. He is also a pretty thorough critic of modernity, contending here, for example, that modern democracy is a kind of circus–and a dangerous one–while medieval political thought shows a kind of sanity that has been lost for [...]

Buffoonery at the Oscars

One of the big stories to come out of this year’s Oscar ceremonies is the appearance of the host, Neil Patrick Harris, in his underwear in one presentation.  It goes without saying that this marks a decline in our culture.  This is not the sort of thing that one can as easily imagine Johnny Carson [...]

50 Shades of ISIS: How Marketing Has Changed Us

Picture this: It’s Valentine’s Day weekend and for the first time the world is seeing a media phenomenon that is about to make big news. In slick footage using the best production values available, violent images flit across the screen. Transfigured by high definition digital images, an old movement gains new popularity. Audiences see in [...]

Prisoners of the Sexual Revolution

In a provocative piece for National Review called “Jailhouse Feminism,” author Mary Ebersadt (“How The West Really Lost God: A New Theory of Secularization”) takes aim at the angry, aggressive, frequently vulgar and often obscene face of the new feminism. Here’s an excerpt: Second, when today’s woman-talk is understandable, its tone is hard to take [...]

Wounded Love: Our Grammy Valentines

Our love songs say a lot about where we are as a culture. Over at Catholic Digest I wrote “Only the Church Believes What the Love Songs Say,” which argues that our most enduring pop paeans to love speak to what the Church says about love. The top-selling love songs want a love that lasts [...]

PBS’ ‘Shakespeare Uncovered’: The Bard’s Out-of-Control Humanity

“Shakespeare Uncovered” is currently airing its second season on PBS. It pairs the Bard’s plays with a host connected to the material, and then examines the work’s history, themes and various incarnations. Cick here for a story at my Patheos blog, Pax Culturati, about “Romeo and Juliet,” featuring a conversation with host Joseph Fiennes (“Shakespeare in Love”). [...]


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