Category Archives: Culture

Pentatonix Hails Mary on New Christmas CD

Ready it or not, it’s the Christmas season — and it’s fitting that one of the first bits of new music honors the woman who made it all possible. It’s true that, on balance, Catholics spend a great deal more time thinking and talking about — let alone praying t0 — Mary, the Mother of [...]

NBC’s ‘Parenthood’: Producer Jason Katims on Amber’s Choice for Life

It’s one thing when the Church urges young women to choose life, but it’s quite another thing to see one woman’s decision played out in a secular context on primetime network television. In some ways, it’s even more powerful, and deeply human. On Friday, Nov. 7, NBC threw a party on the Universal Studios lot [...]

Saint Martin of Tours and Veterans Day

Today in the Church is the memorial of Saint Martin of Tours.  Meanwhile, today in America it also Veterans Day. Martin is most famous for having cut his military cloak in half to share with a beggar.  Martin was a soldier in the Roman army before he became a bishop.  We are also told that [...]

‘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 [...]


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