Category Archives: Culture

‘Sleepy Hollow’ Catholic Star Orlando Jones on Good and Evil

If you haven’t been watching Fox’s supernatural drama “Sleepy Hollow,” currently airing its second season on Mondays at 9 pm. ET/PT, you’re missing one of the best-written, funniest, scariest, loopiest and most exciting thrill rides in primetime TV. Click here to see a story I wrote about its premiere in the fall of 2013, but in [...]

Why We Call Them Heroes

This Veterans week, there is growing irritation on the part of some to the modern American custom of calling all veterans heroes. One recent example is David Masciotra’s Salon piece “You Don’t Protect My Freedom: Our Childish Insistence on Calling Soldiers Heroes.” I am very sympathetic to his point. The term heroes has been devalued, [...]

‘Sexy Jesus’ and #HotJesus — Reactions Roll in to ‘A.D.’ Casting

Was Jesus sexy? Who knows? Unless you’re a devotee of the Shroud of Turin image purported to be of Jesus Christ (which shows him as fairly tall, strapping, bearded and long-haired), there’s no reliable physical description of the Son of God available. While it’s reasonable to assume He looked like His mother (who supplied the [...]

America’s First Bishop

On November 6, 1789, Pope Pius VI appointed Father John Carroll to be the first Catholic bishop of the United States. In honor of this occasion, CatholicVote has published below an entry about his life from The American Catholic Almanac ! The American Catholic Almanac, co-written by Brian Burch and Emily Stimpson, is a daily [...]

Roma Downey and Mark Burnett’s ‘A.D.’ Announces Cast, Catholic Leaders React

“A.D.” the follow-up to “The Bible,” History Channel’s mega-rated miniseries based on the Old and New Testaments, today announced its cast — complete with a new Jesus and actors as diverse as the Church itself. Again produced by spouses Roma Downey and Mark Burnett — who also oversaw “Son of God,” the feature film edited [...]

Think Halloween isn’t Catholic? Think Again.

While there’s nothing Catholic about dressing up 12-year-old girls like sexy French maids and pirates’ wenches, Halloween wouldn’t be Halloween without the Catholic Church. Here’s what The American Catholic Almanac has to say about All Hallow’s Eve. Want to read more? Get your copy of this fascinating daily reader at AmericanCatholicAlmanac.com! October 31:  On November 1, [...]

Who’s Afraid of All Hallows’ Eve?

On the Word on Fire Blog, Fr. Steve Grunow presents an articulate and historically fascinating defense of Halloween.  It is true we have a complicated history with Halloween here in the United States.  As Fr. Steve discusses, Protestant discomfort with Catholic style celebrating resulted in anti-Catholic propaganda condemning traditional holiday rituals as essentially pagan in [...]

The Last Words of 30 Saints

As we approach the end of the liturgical year, we draw our attention to the last things that await beyond the grave. The great feasts of All Saints and All Souls commemorate our beloved dead, but they also remind us of the impermanence of our worldly existence and the eternal judgment in the spiritual realm. [...]

Watch the Media Ignore What Pope Francis Just Said About Marriage

Some Catholic blogs and news outlets are reporting this, but we’ll see about the mainstream media and the “progressive” Catholics. They certainly seemed to think the Synod on the Family was front page news, but of course Pope Francis didn’t publicly say anything during the synod and the secularists and progressive Catholics could fabricate whatever [...]


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