Category Archives: Culture

Unfit to Live?

A number of years ago, I attended a program on the campus of an elite university.  The speaker was a non-religious public intellectual who was, as far as I could tell (and as best as I can remember) not opposed to abortion on fundamental moral principle, but who was nevertheless concerned about what abortion was […]

10 Ways You Can Totally Rock ‘Laudato Si’ (even if you’re not the ‘green’ type)

If nonstop media coverage didn’t tip you off to the fact that Pope Francis released an encyclical entitled ‘Laudato Si’…..well….now you know. The frenzy indicates nothing short of a Right v. Left Pope Francis tug-of-war. For those who don’t see themselves as the ‘green’ type, this encyclical can be a bit overwhelming. But regardless of your views […]

Three More Shows Catholics Should Be Watching

In a previous post, we looked at scripted shows geared to an adult audience. Now, it’s on to reality, which has, by default, often become today’s family viewing. The three scripted shows I recommended that Catholics watch were The CW’s “The Flash,” Netflix’s “Marvel’s Daredevil” and HBO’s “Silicon Valley.” They’re not to everybody’s taste, but I considered them […]

Hollywood-Based Priest on What $1M Can Do

Father David Guffey sat down with me after giving a talk on the media to a roomful of people at this past winter’s Religious Education Congress in Anaheim, California. Guffey, who belongs to the Congregation of Holy Cross, splits his time between the celebrity-packed St. Monica Church in Santa Monica, and Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, […]

Bishop of Brooklyn: Do Not Take Threats to Religious Freedom Lightly

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn is warning Catholics in his diocese that the threat to religious freedom in this country is real, and our children will be the ones to suffer if we fail to be vigilant. While rightly cautioning against any attempts to equate the situation in America with the violent persecutions in other […]

‘The Gipper’ Lives: Football Comes to the Reagan Library

Sunday is for Mass, and for brunch, but it’s also for football (along with Saturdays, Friday nights and the odd Thursday). From the “Hail Mary pass” to the “Immaculate Reception,” from Notre Dame to the New Orleans Saints, from daily Mass-going Coach Vince Lombardi of the Green Bay Packers to weekly Mass-going  Coach Nick Saban […]

‘Jenner’ Ideology: An Embrace of Evil, A Cry for Help

The recent “Vanity Fair” cover featuring Bruce Jenner posing as “Caitlyn” is something none of us will ever be able to un-see. This singular airbrushed, photo-shopped mishmash of visual cues is a disturbingly effective expression of both wounded human nature and the nature of evil. And we need to have some understanding of what it […]

Let’s Face It – We Can No Longer Be Science Deniers

This will be hard for some people to accept, but at long last we have to stop denying the truth and be honest with ourselves.  The simple fact is this: the science is there for all to see, and it’s not going away. To be sure, it will not be easy to overcome long-held and […]



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