Category Archives: Culture

Did the Founders Intend to Create a Christian Nation?

In his most recent column, Pat Buchanan notes the recent Pew survey that indicates that America has become less Christian over the last several years.  In 1990 86% of Americans said they were Christians, while it was only 78% by 2007.  There is a generational divide, too: younger people identify less as Christians than older [...]

The Faith of Nate Boyer, From the Green Berets to the NFL

The measure of a man is not just found in the power of his arm or the strength in his legs, but in the size of his heart and determination. Today — Memorial Day, May 25 — I was watching NFL Network, and there was Nate Boyer in Washington, D.C., making an appearance for YellowRibbonsUnited, [...]

Downsize, No. Remain faithful, yes.

In an earlier post I discussed the so-called “Benedict option”–the strategy advocated by some Catholics that the Church withdraw from politics and the culture wars and try to establish enclaves of holiness.  This option is sometimes connected to Pope Benedict’s musings that the Church might have to grow smaller in the future. My musings on [...]

Twin Friars on TV –You Know You Want to See This

People (and I include myself in this) complain a lot about the quality of Catholic media … often with good cause. There are many of reasons for this, but a major one is budget. There aren’t too many big-money backers circling out there to fund Catholic film and TV projects (frankly, there aren’t a lot [...]

Hundreds Gather to Support Archbishop Cordileone in San Francisco

If you’re wondering why you haven’t heard many media reports lately about the ongoing campaign being waged by a few disgruntled Catholics against Archbishop Cordileone, it’s probably because that campaign is failing spectacularly. Much ado was made a few weeks ago when several prominent Bay Area Catholics threw a tantrum on the pages of the [...]

Catholic Political Activism and the Benedict Option

It often seems that the culture of the United States is headed in a direction that faithful Catholics cannot approve, and this makes them wonder what they should do to face a future that might turn out to be much less hospitable to Catholicism than has been true of the American past. Some speak of [...]

ABC’s ‘The Real O’Neals’ Tackles Catholicism … UPDATED

… through the lens of gay activist and ex-Catholic Dan Savage, who is an executive producer on this midseason comedy based on his life. UPDATE: Shortly after this was posted, access to the video (and to most of the other ABC trailer videos) was shut down on the sites that had posted it. It’s hard [...]

Why Can’t ‘A.D.’ Make Catholics Happy?

Christians of all sorts grouse and complain that our faith isn’t represented on TV. And when it is, we grouse and complain that it’s not perfect — and then, lots of us don’t tune in. One exception to that was “The Bible,” from producing partners and spouses Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. When it aired [...]


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