Category Archives: Media

Is Christmas Racist?

In recent days, there has been much debate over whether popular depictions of Santa Claus are somehow racist. For many years now, American public discourse has become obsessed with trying to extract some inoffensive but universal meaning from Christmas. You would think that the salvation of humanity from the unquenchable fires of Hell would be [...]

Catholic pundits react to selection of Pope as “Person of the Year”

Here are a few reactions from some Catholic thinkers about Time magazine’s decision to select Pope Francis as Person of the Year. Fr. Dwight Longenecker: The Time magazine writers reflect the sentimental spirit of the age: that there is nothing important about doctrine and discipline, but everything important about being nice and friendly. That Christians [...]

Who will Time pick as Person of the Year?

The news magazines are a dying breed. The entire Newsweek operation was sold a few years back for $1. And I think that price was too high. But Time magazine’s annual feature “Person of the Year” still captivates the attention of many people, myself included. And since I was selected as Time’s Person of the [...]

Googling For Answers

“Google Agrees to Block Child Porn Online” ~~UK Daily Mail At long last, a hopeful sign emerged this week, that something was being done about the explosion of Internet child pornography when the American company, Google announced in the UK that it was going to block child porn online. Wait. Why was this announcement coming [...]

Miley, Lady Gaga and the War on Women

After her infamous performance at the VMAs, it was uncertain whether Miley Cyrus would become a cautionary tale or a cultural bellweather. The evidence is in: Miley Cyrus scored a major victory in the war on women. I don’t mean the “war on women” the way President Obama hijacked the phrase. I mean the war [...]

Hear Pope Francis Speaking English

Via Rocco de Palma: For all the waves the 266th Bishop of Rome has made across the Anglophone world these last seven months, perhaps the most remarkable thing is that all of it’s happened without Papa Bergoglio speaking a single word in English. Late last week, that changed when Pope Francis delivered a video message [...]

Real Pope Francis vs. Media Pope Francis

Everyone is talking about the Big Interview that Pope Francis gave last week. Catholic blogs are abuzz. My news feed on The Facebook is full of a mix of inspiring quotes and frustrations with the media response.  On that last point, it’s helpful to look at what Pope Francis really said. Therefore, we present for your viewing [...]

Downton Abbey: What English Protestants Can Teach American Catholics

Downton Abbey’s fourth season starts this month… in Britain. Sigh. Yes, we have to wait until January to get our fill. So in order to whet our appetites while we wait, I thought I would offer some thoughts on how the Protestants of Downton Abbey are ironically teaching a traditional Catholic understanding of the Common [...]

“Same Love” Ain’t About Love

Maybe you’ve heard it on the radio. Or maybe you saw Ellen Degeneres laud the singers of “Same Love” as her “heroes” for being the first hip-hop musicians to speak out in favor of gay marriage. Or maybe you’re new to the game and only heard about the song “Same Love” after Macklemore and Ryan [...]


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