Category Archives: Culture

Benedict XVI on Politics and the Holy Mass

The other day at the used book store, an older title by Joseph Ratzinger–not yet Benedict XVI–caught my eye: The Feast of Faith, a collection of reflections on the liturgy.  I am primarily interested in political issues,  but I like to read anything by Benedict.  From experience, I usually expect to encounter in his writings [...]

‘The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns’ Portrays the ‘Reality’ of Religious Life

Floods of tears; ecstatic, frankly romantic visions of Jesus; low points and high drama — you’re either reading St. Therese’s autobiography “The Story of a Soul” or you’re watching “The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns.” Of course, one of these is a classic work of spirituality by a Doctor of the Church, and the other is a [...]

The Vatican Museums 3D: The Church Honors God by Honoring Man

We live in a time of paradox, when those who refuse to acknowledge God also show scant respect for man. Those who call themselves secular humanists are in cold fact subhumanists, who “accept without reflection theories of human life that reduce us to brainy animals, or let us play at being gods,” as I wrote [...]

Bill Murray Chats about Catholicism – No One Will Ever Believe You

As if Bill Murray fans needed another reason to love Bill Murray, the actor muses candidly about missing the Latin Mass, saints, and the power of sacred music during an interview with The Guardian.  Murray’s unselfconscious candor in interviews is a great example of his unique appeal.  He charges straight into conversational minefields like religion [...]

Tenor Daniel Rodriguez ‘Would Love’ the Pope to Hear His New Christmas CD

When it’s suggested he send a copy of his new self-produced CD, “A Glorious Christmas,” to Pope Francis, tenor Daniel Rodriguez says, “I would love to! Could you send it to the Vatican? Well, you know what, I’ll put one in the mail today. He would love this album.” Unlikely as it is, Rodriguez says [...]

Pentatonix Hails Mary on New Christmas CD

Ready it or not, it’s the Christmas season — and it’s fitting that one of the first bits of new music honors the woman who made it all possible. It’s true that, on balance, Catholics spend a great deal more time thinking and talking about — let alone praying t0 — Mary, the Mother of [...]

NBC’s ‘Parenthood’: Producer Jason Katims on Amber’s Choice for Life

It’s one thing when the Church urges young women to choose life, but it’s quite another thing to see one woman’s decision played out in a secular context on primetime network television. In some ways, it’s even more powerful, and deeply human. On Friday, Nov. 7, NBC threw a party on the Universal Studios lot [...]

Saint Martin of Tours and Veterans Day

Today in the Church is the memorial of Saint Martin of Tours.  Meanwhile, today in America it also Veterans Day. Martin is most famous for having cut his military cloak in half to share with a beggar.  Martin was a soldier in the Roman army before he became a bishop.  We are also told that [...]


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