Category Archives: Culture

In Defense of ‘Mary Did You Know?’

When Bono said “There’s been a lot of talk about this next song, maybe way too much talk,” he could have been talking about “Mary Did You Know?” The “holiday song” which has attracted the attention of pop acts from Cee Lo Green to Kenny Rogers and Wynona Judd, has gotten a lot of attention [...]

‘The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns’ — Francesca Says, ‘God Has Used Me to Do Good’

“The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns,” airing Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Lifetime (click here to see the Nov. 25th premiere) is “reality TV,” which is to say it’s hardly an accurate representation of reality, especially the long and largely internal process that Catholics go through discerning whether to enter religious life. The show follows five [...]

The Ferguson Riots: Tribalism vs. Civilization

Our country will be a long time counting the cost of the breakdown of public order and communal trust in Ferguson, Missouri. The Brown family lost their son. Struggling urban store owners lost their livelihoods and life savings. The people of the town lost their trust in the justice system, or in their fellow citizens. [...]

Abraham Lincoln,Thanksgiving, and the First Amendment

Over at the Heritage Foundation’s blog, The Daily Signal, I have a piece arguing that the longstanding tradition of presidential proclamations of thanksgiving challenges the contemporary theory that holds that there must be “strict separation of church and state.”  Here is a key passage: In his 1864 announcement Lincoln credited “Almighty God” with the preservation [...]

I’ll Never Do “Black Friday” Again

I’ve never understood the appeal of shopping the day after Thanksgiving. It’s not the crass commercialization of Christmas that bothers me. After a long period of the convert’s pecksniffery about decorating for Christmas during Advent, I’ve made my peace with the (Protestant) American way. We don’t do it that way in our house, but I’ve [...]

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 [...]


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