Category Archives: Culture

Andy Warhol: An Icon for the Millennial Catholic

“It is precisely those artists and writers who are most inclined to think of their art as the manifestation of their personality who are in fact the most in bondage to public taste.” – Simone Weil This epigraph might seem an odd choice when writing about Andy Warhol – a man who painted soup cans […]

‘Church Militant’s’ NFP ‘Beware-ness’ Week

So, how did the Catholic apostolate “Church Militant” celebrate the annual “NFP Awareness Week” last week? Unfortunately, by offering two web articles mis-stating Catholic teaching and casting aspersions upon the method that faithful Catholic couples may legitimately use to either postpone—or achieve—conception. Below in quotes are some of the more concerning claims, refuted, taken from […]

Unhappy Pursuit of Happiness

Our culture is obsessed with happiness, but it is not as good as it thinks it is at producing happiness.  This was the suggestion I heard made by Fr. Robert Spitzer, who was the guest on “Catholic Answers Live” today.  He pointed out that we have countless books and programs on how to attain happiness, […]

NFL Wife Kirsten Watson: God Says, ‘I Want You to Know Me’

She’s wife to New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson, mother to four (Grace, Naomi, Isaiah and Judah), with one more on the way — and a college athlete in her own right — but the thing that Kirsten Watson wants most is to be a “good daughter” to God. And she feels that love, […]

Questions About Planned Parenthood? John Paul II Explains How We Got Here

  Two videos have been released in the last week—with more to come—by the Center for Medical Progress which show Planned Parenthood representatives negotiating prices for the sale of fetal remains.  “Reimbursement”, is what master of euphemism Planned Parenthood is calling it.  But of course, when you express a desire to profit from such an […]

Is the First English Poem a 7th-Century ‘Laudato Si?’

The first recorded poem in the English language is called Cædmon’s Hymn, and is related to us by the notable saint, monk, and historian, the Venerable Bede in his work Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History of the English People). In this text, Bede tells us that Cædmon, a lay brother and animal-tender at a monastery, […]

Bishop-Elect Robert Barron Addresses His New L.A. Life (Video)

This morning, Tuesday, July 21, Archbishop Jose Gomez (second from left) of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles held a press conference at the downtown Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels to introduce his three newly named auxiliary bishops — (from left to right) Msgr. Joseph V. Brennan, Father Robert Barron, and Msgr. David O’Connell — […]

Pope Francis Appoints Father Robert Barron Auxiliary Bishop for Los Angeles

It’s a big day in Hollywood, as one of the Church’s top media personalities comes to the media hub of the world. From my Pax Culturati blog at Patheos: It’s such an obviously awesome and appropriate move that one can hardly believe that the Vatican actually did it. Father Robert Barron, founder of the Word […]

Gawker: The ‘Dark Joy of Gossip’ Claims Innocent (& Not-So-Innocent) Victims

As has happened since time immemorial, the selfishness and sinful indulgence of adults is visited on children — and these days, Gawker.com is right in the middle of it. But this shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone familiar with the site. What is Gawker? Founded in 2003 by British-born Nick Denton — who recently tied the legal […]

Catholic Comedian and Dad Jim Gaffigan’s Journey of Faith

Late on Monday night, July 13, Jim Gaffigan landed in Los Angeles to do press for the Wednesday, July 15, 10 p.m. ET/PT, premiere of “The Jim Gaffigan Show.” The half-hour comedy is a fictionalized version of the life of the food-loving Catholic comedian, who, together with wife Jeannie (Ashley Williams), is depicted raising five […]


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