Category Archives: Culture

‘The Passion of the Christ,’ Mel Gibson and Hugging the Cactus

On Tuesday, March 11, at the entertainment-news site Deadline.com, journalist Allison Hope Weiner offered an impassioned plea to Hollywood agencies and studios to end their “quiet blacklisting” of her onetime interview subject and now personal friend, Mel Gibson. On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of his blockbuster Gospel epic “The Passion of the Christ” [...]

Saturday Night Live and Pop Culture’s Attack On Women

Over the weekend, actress Lena Dunham hosted Saturday Night Live and, as is customary for her, controversy followed. She got naked on television, promoted abortion-giant Planned Parenthood, and mocked pro-lifers. If you missed it, you didn’t miss much. If you watched it, you were probably one of the many viewers who turned it off because [...]

Five Reasons We Should Always Eat Fish on Fridays

Everybody knows that as Catholics, we eat fish on Fridays during Lent. Many Catholics also keep meatless Fridays throughout the rest of the year. There are countless articles on all the popular Catholic sites that discuss Canon 1250 and the norms for fasting and abstinence promulgated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. We [...]

Divorce and Remarriage: Somebody has some Explaining to Do

In the old, much beloved, I Love Lucy TV show, whenever Lucy messed something up, or seemed to have messed something up, her husband Ricky would tell her, his voice rising with frustration: “Lucy, you’ve got some explaining to do!” A lot of people today take this same attitude toward the Catholic Church, in relation [...]

Banned in Boston?

All is not well in Beantown. The South Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade is the latest target in the LGBT bullying campaign to destroy freedom of expression. The Allied War Veterans of South Boston have sponsored a parade since 1901 celebrating the Feast of St. Patrick and the British Evacuation of Boston during the Revolutionary [...]

40 Things You Should Give Up for Lent

  These are just suggestions.  Don’t give up all forty things on this list.  Just pick one or two.  Or none. Oh yeah, and there are a few that you should probably just give up forever.   1. Sweets.  And if you aren’t a “sweets person,” you aren’t a “human being with a soul.”   [...]

Is the ghetto all we have left? Thoughts on the showdown in Arizona

I’ll be honest: It was difficult to watch the goings-on in the state of Arizona this past week. On second thought, “difficult” probably isn’t the right word for it. In fact, I know it isn’t. There really isn’t a single term that can describe how disgusted I felt when I learned that corporate interests, the mainstream [...]

Nine Questions About the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

One of the major events in American popular culture, it seems, is the annual release of Sports Illustrated‘s Swimsuit Edition.  It invariably generates a lot of media attention, and many men seem to think of it as a kind of highlight of the year. Herewith a few questions on this cultural phenomeon: 1. What percentage [...]

Arizona: Losing Our Religion

This week we got our first real preview of what a post-gay marriage America could look like. What began as a straightforward attempt to protect religious freedom and conscience rights ended with yet another defeat when Governor Jan Brewer vetoed SB 1062. But this defeat reveals a great deal about the kind of battle we [...]


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