Category Archives: Culture

12 Stunning Statues of John Paul the Great

On April 27, shortly after his canonization, Benedictine College will rename its student union after Pope John Paul II. It’s the latest in a number of commemorations of the great pope’s legacy. On April 2, his death anniversary, enjoy these statues of John Paul II from around the world culled from Flickr’s Creative Commons. They [...]

What Makes You Different Is What Makes You Beautiful

This picture is important. Many children diagnosed with Down Syndrome and other special needs are aborted – and we need to be talking about this disturbing fact. Catholics need to be outspokenly, unapologetically pro-life because every single life is precious and deserves a chance at life. I have written here before about babies with fetal [...]

The HHS Mandates and the Many Meanings of Pluralism

There is an amusing bit in the famous movie Becket in which King Henry II of England and his counsellor (and later Archbishop of Canterbury) Thomas Becket spar about the meaning of honor.  Becket, who is presented in the film as at first a kind of self-interested survivor, emphasizes self-preservation.  ”Honor is an affair of the [...]

Before Noah: Top 100 Proudly Catholic Movies

If you love Noah, we have more like it for you. If you hate Noah, here’s an alternative. The Gregorian Institute at Benedictine College surveyed 6,500 online readers to vote on their favorite “Proudly Catholic Movies.” The result is a Catholic Hall of Fame list of the top 100 movies, available to print out here. [...]

The Sicilian Nun, the Teary-Eyed Italian Rapper and Other Little Miracles

One of the great gifts of the Internet is the ability to see little miracles from around the world. And they’re not always Marian apparitions or amazing healings or people rescued from near-certain death or even a puppy fished from a drainpipe (although it’s hard to beat that one). No, sometimes they’re reality-TV auditions, and [...]

Speaking Ill of the Dead

As of this morning, the exact cause of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 remains an unsolved mystery. However, it seems most plausible based on what we know so far that the hypothesis published a week ago in Wired magazine is closest to the truth. After weeks of increasingly wild and disturbing speculation, the [...]

The Culture of Dishonesty: Abortion, Divorce, and Obamacare

Over at Public Discourse I have an essay looking into the public’s rather disturbing (to me, anyway) lack of anger about the president’s dishonesty in selling the health care law (if you like your health care, you can keep your health care). Over the decades, there seems to have been a decline in seriousness about the need for politicians to [...]

Is This Relic Really Christ’s Crown of Thorns?

Some of Catholicism’s most precious relics have a storied (and sometimes dubious) history. Among these is a wreath of thorns believed to have adorned the head of our Lord during His passion. Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich, the 19th-century German nun and mystic whose visions of the Passion inspired Mel Gibson’s movie, The Passion of the Christ, described [...]

Jousting, Dueling, and Artificial Contraception

What does artificial contraception–the modern practice of using technology to defeat the procreative tendency of sexual intercourse–have to do with jousting–the medieval practice of fighting for fun and glory–and with dueling–the medieval and early modern practice of trying to kill a man to prove one’s honor? Recently I was reading historian Barbara Tuchman‘s A Distant [...]


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