Category Archives: Media

Fox’s ‘Bad Cop’ Drama ‘Backstrom’ Adds a ‘God Cop’ (Video)

I’ll be keeping an eye on this character to see where he goes — and there’ll be more on this down the line — but Fox’s offbeat police drama “Backstrom,” premiering Thursday, has added a pastor to the lineup. Based on the books by Swedish author Leif G.W. Persson, and developed for American TV (first [...]

NBC’s ‘A.D.: The Bible Continues’: The Greatest Story Not as Often Told (Video)

If there’s one thing that spouses and producing partners Mark Burnett and Roma Downey (bottom row, center) learned during their hands-on promotional efforts for their History Channel miniseries “The Bible,” and its theatrical spin-off, “Son of God,” is that a lot of people in the modern world, especially media types, may not be especially conversant [...]

Talking About ‘Killing Jesus’

On Jan. 7, at the biannual Television Critics Association Press Tour in Pasadena, California, National Geographic Channel offered a press conference for its upcoming three-hour movie version of the bestselling book “Killing Jesus,” written by Fox News host Bill O’Reilly and historian Martin Dugard. Click here for a Hollywood Reporter story featuring a behind-the-scenes look [...]

Talking Back to Atheist Billboards

As atheistic movements grow more bold, they are putting up monuments and anti-shrines and billboards. Here are some images of atheist billboards and what I would say to them, if they could hear me …   Indoctrinate you? As painter George Braque said “Art disturbs; science reassures.” I cannot limit myself to teaching you the [...]

Neil deGrasse Tyson, Christmas, Twitter and a Really Big Bunny

Astrophysicist and media personality Neil deGrasse Tyson was recently at the center of a Twitter spat, and I asked a question that sparked a response concerning it. Boy, did it ever. But first, some background: On Christmas Day, Tyson — who was also the host of Fox’s 2014 version of Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos,” called “Cosmos: A [...]

‘Downton Abbey’ Season 5: A Catholic Creator’s Complex World

I’ve been plowing through season five of “Downton Abbey,” the saga of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in early 20th-century Britain, which premieres on Sunday, Jan. 4, on PBS’ “Masterpiece Classic,” and a few thoughts have come to mind. They’re not particularly organized, but here goes (warning, if you want to remain utterly [...]

The Monks and the Airline — United, in Charity (Video)

From The New York Times comes this tale of a monk traveling abroad, a confused and clueless United, and the monk’s brothers back home, struggling to remain in the charity of Christ in the face of the one of the evils that plague modern mankind — dealing with an airline’s customer-service department. Pray for all travelers, [...]

Michael Keaton Defends His Catholic School

  First Jimmy Fallon fondly remembered the Latin Mass. Then Bill Murray did. Now  Michael Keaton, the actor best known for Batman and Beetlejuice, is speaking about the positive aspects of his Catholic upbringing. The reason he is doing so is a sad one: His new movie, now in postproduction, is about the journalists who [...]


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