Category Archives: Culture

Catholics, Called Beyond Apathy

Having lived in Germany for most of the summer, I’ve had the opportunity to listen to some German music, specifically German indie rock and rap. In the former category, the band Fotos has been a constant companion. Their milieu is more-or-less what one would expect of a 2010s indie rock group with songs about love, […]

Report: Pope Francis Invites Oprah, Agent Ari Emanuel, Others, to Vatican

According to a report posted online today (Aug. 5) in The Hollywood Reporter, Pope Francis is looking to improve both the Church’s influence on Western culture, and the way it’s portrayed in popular entertainment, by playing host to a summit meeting sometime this fall at the Vatican. From the article: The pontiff apparently is interested in […]

Our Epic Ten Commandments Failures

It would be hard to over-emphasize the importance of the Ten Commandments. But recent news headlines suggest that we are failing to live up to the Ten Commandments in a particularly virulent way. Pope Francis points out that they are necessary both for individuals and for a whole culture: “The Ten Commandments point out a path […]

Five of your favorite bishops respond to Planned Parenthood videos

Sean Cardinal O’Malley (Archdiocese of Boston) “The most recent revelations about Planned Parenthood’s willingness to traffic in fetal tissue from abortions, and to alter abortion methods not for any reason related to women’s health but to obtain more “intact” organs, is the latest demonstration of a callousness toward women and their unborn children that is […]

Atheist Camille Paglia Doesn’t Require Agreement to Give Respect

She’s a “gender nonconforming entity” who grew up in Eisenhower’s America (as talked about in this video interview with Libertarian magazine Reason) a writer, cultural critic, university professor, lesbian feminist who celebrates masculine values (and men that exhibit them), lapsed-Catholic-turned-atheist (as she discussed with America magazine), straight talker and deep thinker — and she’s my […]

Of Mobs and Movements

The hysterical mob reaction to Cecil the lion should not surprise us. If the Internet has taught us anything, it is that an impossibly large number of people in this country have an unhealthy obsession with cats. The only question is what the target the mob will move on to attack tomorrow. Certainly it will […]

Andy Warhol: An Icon for the Millennial Catholic

“It is precisely those artists and writers who are most inclined to think of their art as the manifestation of their personality who are in fact the most in bondage to public taste.” – Simone Weil This epigraph might seem an odd choice when writing about Andy Warhol – a man who painted soup cans […]

‘Church Militant’s’ NFP ‘Beware-ness’ Week

So, how did the Catholic apostolate “Church Militant” celebrate the annual “NFP Awareness Week” last week? Unfortunately, by offering two web articles mis-stating Catholic teaching and casting aspersions upon the method that faithful Catholic couples may legitimately use to either postpone—or achieve—conception. Below in quotes are some of the more concerning claims, refuted, taken from […]

Unhappy Pursuit of Happiness

Our culture is obsessed with happiness, but it is not as good as it thinks it is at producing happiness.  This was the suggestion I heard made by Fr. Robert Spitzer, who was the guest on “Catholic Answers Live” today.  He pointed out that we have countless books and programs on how to attain happiness, […]

NFL Wife Kirsten Watson: God Says, ‘I Want You to Know Me’

She’s wife to New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson, mother to four (Grace, Naomi, Isaiah and Judah), with one more on the way — and a college athlete in her own right — but the thing that Kirsten Watson wants most is to be a “good daughter” to God. And she feels that love, […]



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