Category Archives: Culture

Wounded Love: Our Grammy Valentines

Our love songs say a lot about where we are as a culture. Over at Catholic Digest I wrote “Only the Church Believes What the Love Songs Say,” which argues that our most enduring pop paeans to love speak to what the Church says about love. The top-selling love songs want a love that lasts [...]

PBS’ ‘Shakespeare Uncovered’: The Bard’s Out-of-Control Humanity

“Shakespeare Uncovered” is currently airing its second season on PBS. It pairs the Bard’s plays with a host connected to the material, and then examines the work’s history, themes and various incarnations. Cick here for a story at my Patheos blog, Pax Culturati, about “Romeo and Juliet,” featuring a conversation with host Joseph Fiennes (“Shakespeare in Love”). [...]

Pope Francis: Having A lot of Children is not “irresponsible”

. Okay, so a few weeks ago Pope Francis used some less than delicate language to state what the Church has always taught: Catholics are not obligated to have as many children as physically possible. I don’t have to repeat the whole saga for you.  You remember:  the media went wild, the people who hate [...]

Okay, Hozier. I’ll Take You to Church

“Take Me to Church” is the song by Hozier that debuted in September 2013 but is getting attention now, notably at the Grammys, where he sang it with Annie Lennox. The problem is Hozier — Andrew Hozier-Byrne is his name in his small Irish town’s phonebook — sings a song that would have labeled him [...]

’50 Shades’ of Schadenfreude

No matter what sort of dreck is foisted upon the world and eagerly gobbled up by apparently intelligent people — in this case, mostly women — there are moments when light bursts through the clouds and glistens on the muck below. One of those moments was the press event for the movie version of the [...]

Signs of Hope: The Under-35 Priest

Is an American Catholic renaissance possible in our lifetime? Nine years ago I started writing as the “American Papist” because I was, and remain, proud to be both Catholic and an American. We as Christians understand that hope is a necessity of being Catholic because there is no better foundation for hope than the promises [...]

What Catholics Can Learn From Super Bowl XLIX

Maybe it’s because my Connecticut sons are big Patriots fans. Maybe it’s because I was alone with my iPhone at video shoots all day yesterday. But the fascinating end of Super Bowl XLIX  (yes, that is this year’s) has been much on my mind. It seems there are lessons that Catholics can learn from how [...]


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