Category Archives: Culture

Twin Friars on TV –You Know You Want to See This

People (and I include myself in this) complain a lot about the quality of Catholic media … often with good cause. There are many of reasons for this, but a major one is budget. There aren’t too many big-money backers circling out there to fund Catholic film and TV projects (frankly, there aren’t a lot […]

Hundreds Gather to Support Archbishop Cordileone in San Francisco

If you’re wondering why you haven’t heard many media reports lately about the ongoing campaign being waged by a few disgruntled Catholics against Archbishop Cordileone, it’s probably because that campaign is failing spectacularly. Much ado was made a few weeks ago when several prominent Bay Area Catholics threw a tantrum on the pages of the […]

Catholic Political Activism and the Benedict Option

It often seems that the culture of the United States is headed in a direction that faithful Catholics cannot approve, and this makes them wonder what they should do to face a future that might turn out to be much less hospitable to Catholicism than has been true of the American past. Some speak of […]

ABC’s ‘The Real O’Neals’ Tackles Catholicism … UPDATED

… through the lens of gay activist and ex-Catholic Dan Savage, who is an executive producer on this midseason comedy based on his life. UPDATE: Shortly after this was posted, access to the video (and to most of the other ABC trailer videos) was shut down on the sites that had posted it. It’s hard […]

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 […]


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