Category Archives: Culture

Why Can’t ‘A.D.’ Make Catholics Happy?

Christians of all sorts grouse and complain that our faith isn’t represented on TV. And when it is, we grouse and complain that it’s not perfect — and then, lots of us don’t tune in. One exception to that was “The Bible,” from producing partners and spouses Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. When it aired [...]

Fans want a Catholic Rematch for Pacquiao

Ex-Catholic Manny Pacquiao, pictured here with a Catholic priest who is a fan, lost the WBO Welterweight title to Floyd Mayweather, Jr. May 2. Religion has loomed large in the Pacquiao -Mayweather rivalry for years. The Filipino fighter, whose fans are overwhelmingly Catholic, embraced an evangelical Protestant form of Christianity after being raised Catholic. In 2012, [...]

Dana Perino Spreads the ‘Good News’

Dana Perino — former White House Press Secretary under George W. Bush and current co-host on Fox’s “The Five” — is on the phone from a car headed to the Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, California. She’s on tour to promote her new autobiography, “And the Good News Is …: Lessons and Advice From [...]

The Yanks Are Coming: Over 800 American Priests Sign Statement on Marriage

When several hundred priests in England and Wales, in response to Pope Francis’ invitation to be forthright and honest, signed a statement urging the Synod on the Family to uphold the Church’s teaching on marriage, many Catholics on these shores expressed the hope that the American clergy would follow suit. Well, they have. Over 800 [...]

Orientation Change You Can Believe In

I’m sure that many of us took great solace in the recent words of the Obama Administration’s Valerie Jarrett, reassuring us all of their concern for our young people with same-sex attraction and gender-identity issues: “As part of our dedication to protecting America’s youth, this administration supports efforts to ban the use of conversion therapy [...]

Religion and Discrimination

The controversy a few weeks ago over Indiana’s version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act has touched off an argument about the role of claims of religious conscience in relation to anti-discrimination laws.  Some Christian business owners would object to serving at a same-sex wedding, but in some jurisdictions they could be sued for refusing, [...]

Benjamin Watson and Baltimore: Having a Fearless Witness for Christ

Back in January, I posted a Facebook message containing a wish and a prayer for the New Year from New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson, who’s also a husband and father of five (number five, a daughter, is due in August). Near the end of his message, he wrote: I’M ENCOURAGED, because ultimately the [...]

Charlotte Bishop To LGBT-Advocate Nun Gramick: You’re Not Speaking in My Diocese

Charlotte Bishop Peter Jugis has cancelled a speaking event by Sister Jennine Gramick that was scheduled to take place at one of the parishes in his diocese. Sister Gramick is the founder of New Ways Ministry, self-described as a “gay-positive ministry that advocates for justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Catholics, and for reconciliation [...]

Stuff Catholic Dads Say

From what I understand of the “stuff dads say” genre, created originally by Justin Halpern, it is an opportunity to showcase the harsh worldly wise style of fathers. This is the harsh churchly wise version. Feel free to add more in the comments …   At Mass “Look at Jesus on the altar … or [...]


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