Category Archives: Culture

The President’s Plot to Exploit the Pope

  This is what the millennials might call “beyond beyond.” This is beyond President Obama’s typical Chicago-style politics.  This is beyond the more vile tenets of the Alinsky catechism.  Hell, this is beyond the bozo Soviet nonsense that John Paul II had to put up with. No, what we have here is special.  We haven’t […]

Philly is SOLD OUT for Jim Gaffigan Show–Even Pope Francis will be there!

Ok, so maybe Gaffigan isn’t the main attraction. Or Mark Wahlberg, Aretha Franklin, or Andrea Bocelli. The Catholic comedian explained to Conan O’Brien last night how he got booked to perform stand-up before a million or so pilgrims and one Roman Pontiff (brief language warning–someone uses the A-word): Kidding aside, there’s something noteworthy here. While […]

5 Thoughts From ‘Steve Jobs: The Man and the Machine’

Let me say up front, I’m not an Apple person. I’ve used Apple products for work, but I don’t buy them, and I don’t currently own any, preferring to stay on the Samsung/HP/Android/Google/Windows axis. I take a very practical approach to electronics, preferring function over form, and I’m tech-savvy enough not to need to have […]

Pride & Prejudice’s Rational Romance, a Lesson for our Times

  Humanity is awash in romantic narratives—from Anna Karenina to 50 Shades of Grey—that distort the nature of love, and feed our imaginations’ images of love as something overly emotional and sensual, from which it is difficult to break free. In Love and Responsibility, John Paul II writes that: “sensuality and emotionalism create states of […]

Priest Spends Ten Months Playing With Legos, Everybody Wins

This.  Is.  Awesome. Fr. Bob Simon, from St. Catherine of Siena parish in Moscow, Pennsylvania, has built a detailed model of St. Peter’s Basilica and Square entirely out of Legos, which will be on display at the Franklin Institute through February 15. Five fun facts: 1.  The model Vatican measures 14×6 feet and uses 500,000 […]

Leah Remini, Welcome Home!

A few months ago, I was at a taping of the NBC game show “I Can Do That!”, which included dancer/choreographer Cheryl Burke (“Dancing With the Stars”) as a contestant. I was sitting in the green room with Burke’s then-beau, restaurateur J.T. Torregiani, and one of Burke’s friends, former “King of Queens” star Leah Remini. […]

Sorry, Catholics—the Word ‘Gay’ Is Already Taken

  It’s just a fact of life that we Catholics have to get used to. Secular society—not Catholics—owns the word “gay.” And, just as was said in the film The Princess Bride: “You keep using that word; I do not think it means what you think it means.” Let’s just do a quick reality check […]

Knowing Thyself with Oscar Wilde

  Oscar Wilde, playwright, general wit, and deathbed convert to Catholicism, is notorious for his epigrams, sometime so clever that we simply read them, chuckle, and move on. But just this week I came upon one that stopped me in my tracks: “’Know thyself’ was written over the portal of the antique world. Over the […]

Entrepreneurs of Grace : How A Bracelet Business Encourages Prayer

Pope Francis is coming to visit us at the end of this month.  While exploring the website of the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia – the event that originally occasioned his visit—I  “clicked” on the “shop” tab out of curiosity about what kind of merchandise I would find. Among the t-shirts, rosaries and commemorative […]



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