Category Archives: Media

Pope Francis’ Latest Bombshell

“A significant rhetorical break with Catholic tradition.” That’s what MSNBC’s Daniel Berger is calling Pope Francis’ latest “revolutionary” insight. Take it away, Mr. Berger: “Pope Francis made a significant rhetorical break with Catholic tradition Monday by declaring that the theories of evolution and the Big Bang are real, and remarking that God is not “a magician [...]

Watch the Media Ignore What Pope Francis Just Said About Marriage

Some Catholic blogs and news outlets are reporting this, but we’ll see about the mainstream media and the “progressive” Catholics. They certainly seemed to think the Synod on the Family was front page news, but of course Pope Francis didn’t publicly say anything during the synod and the secularists and progressive Catholics could fabricate whatever [...]

UPDATED: A shameful case of hearing only what one wants to hear

[An update has been added to the bottom of this post.] Michael Sean Winters is at it again, trying to drive a wedge between American bishops and the Pope. The latest example comes in the form of a fusillade against Archbishop Chaput of Philadelphia for, as Winters puts it, his “remarkable challenge to Pope Francis.” Winters [...]

At Synod14, the Pope Has the Last Word

      The just-concluded Synod on the Family at the Vatican has proven to be as contentious and fraught with drama as any large family gathering, complete with squabbles, loose talk and finger-pointing (mostly from the Synod’s chattiest and most self-aggrandizing attendee, Germany’s Cardinal Kasper) not to mention questionable reporting, some sensible opining and a [...]

Who is Trying to Rig Synod14?

I ask the question in my headline because of reports like this from Edward Pentin in the National  Catholic  Register: “More and more there is talk in Rome that this synod is being engineered by groups intent on steering the Church in a heterodox direction, and increasingly evidence is coming to light that points to it. The first [...]

‘Sons of Anarchy’: An Unlikely Catechesis

You can take the boy out of Catholicism, but it’s hard to take Catholicism out of the boy. If there’s a bright center of Truth, Beauty and Goodness on television, FX’s ultra-violent, sexually explicit (as much as possible on basic cable) outlaw-biker drama “Sons of Anarchy” may be the show it’s farthest from. But, creator [...]

Inconceivable? John Paul II Was a Princess Bride Fan

The New York Post today reported on Cary Elwes’ new book. He’s the actor who played the Wesley in The Princess Bride, and the book recounts his meeting with a surprise fan of the movie: St. John Paul II. Reported the paper: Of all the fans who have professed undying love for “The Princess Bride,” [...]

Stephen King, JFK, Jesus, Reagan and Obama

What kind of story would attract the guy directing the new Star Wars and new Star Trek movies to do an Internet-only TV series? Stephen King’s Kennedy assassination novel 11-22-63 is what. J. J. Abrams has been announced as the director of the story as a Hulu miniseries. I just finished the massive 880-page 2012 book [...]

UPDATED: What I Saw at the O.C. Catholic Prayer Breakfast at Christ Cathedral

More to come on all this, but here’s a taste of what I saw Wednesday and Thursday when I visited the former Crystal Cathedral campus in Garden Grove, California (not far from Disneyland), for the annual Orange County Catholic Prayer Breakfast. Wednesday night, I and a fellow ‘vert (a convert in this case, not a [...]


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