Category Archives: Culture

Bishop-Elect Robert Barron Addresses His New L.A. Life (Video)

This morning, Tuesday, July 21, Archbishop Jose Gomez (second from left) of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles held a press conference at the downtown Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels to introduce his three newly named auxiliary bishops — (from left to right) Msgr. Joseph V. Brennan, Father Robert Barron, and Msgr. David O’Connell — […]

Pope Francis Appoints Father Robert Barron Auxiliary Bishop for Los Angeles

It’s a big day in Hollywood, as one of the Church’s top media personalities comes to the media hub of the world. From my Pax Culturati blog at Patheos: It’s such an obviously awesome and appropriate move that one can hardly believe that the Vatican actually did it. Father Robert Barron, founder of the Word […]

Gawker: The ‘Dark Joy of Gossip’ Claims Innocent (& Not-So-Innocent) Victims

As has happened since time immemorial, the selfishness and sinful indulgence of adults is visited on children — and these days, Gawker.com is right in the middle of it. But this shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone familiar with the site. What is Gawker? Founded in 2003 by British-born Nick Denton — who recently tied the legal […]

Catholic Comedian and Dad Jim Gaffigan’s Journey of Faith

Late on Monday night, July 13, Jim Gaffigan landed in Los Angeles to do press for the Wednesday, July 15, 10 p.m. ET/PT, premiere of “The Jim Gaffigan Show.” The half-hour comedy is a fictionalized version of the life of the food-loving Catholic comedian, who, together with wife Jeannie (Ashley Williams), is depicted raising five […]

Her Life to Save a Life: Catholic Rebecca Townsend Remembered

Few of us get to accomplish what we set out do in life, but in her too-short years on Earth, Rebecca Townsend of Connecticut did. From The New York Daily News: A Connecticut teen was struck and killed by a car as she saved her friend’s life, tragically completing a “bucket list” she’d written for a […]

Catholic Hardware Store Sued for Refusing to Sell Gay Extension Cord

The Catholic owners of “Joe’s Hardware” in Atchison, Kansas are defending themselves against a federal lawsuit that accuses them of violating equal protection laws because they refused to sell a same-sex extension cord to a customer last month. The plaintiff in the lawsuit is Flip Rosco, a poodle trainer from Greenwich Village.  During a press […]

Patriotism and Piety: As American as the Fourth of July

Some people want to minimize as much as possible the role of religion in America’s public life.  To do this, however, they have to do violence to America’s historical identity.  America’s government has no religious identity: hence the First Amendment prohibition on an “establishment of religion,” as well as the Constitution’s prohibition on religious tests […]

On Marriage, Catholics Stand with the American Founders

This Fourth of July, American Catholics might feel that they no longer fit so comfortably within America.  After all, Catholics hold that marriage is a union between a man and a woman, but the Supreme Court has just ruled that it is unconstitutional for this view to be embedded in the law.  Nevertheless, Catholics should […]

#OneVoice

Come, let your voices be heard! Two days ago, Matt Walsh wrote an article for The Blaze on how gay marriage hurts him personally. In it, he states his concern that too few of Christians and conservatives are voicing their opinions over last week’s SCOTUS decision. CV has done an excellent job of it, however, […]

One Thing All Catholics Should Remember

Recently, I re-stumbled upon a peculiar YouTube video, depicting the beginning of the funeral of Otto von Habsburg, the former head of the famous House of Habsburg. He lived through both World Wars and vigorously opposed Nazism and Communism. His list of accomplishments is long, and as a devoted (and perhaps overzealous) Catholic, he grabbed […]


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