Category Archives: Culture

Slamming a Saint

I would like to follow up on Kate O’Hare’s post noting the negative presentation of Thomas More in Wolf Hall and linking to Travis Curtright’s excellent correction of the record at Public Discourse.  I’ll just note two brief points. In the first place, it is interesting to note the differences between the two authors involved, how [...]

Pope Francis, Management Guru

It’s not often that the Harvard Business Review shares papal wisdom for the benefit of its readers. But the Harvard Business Review just did. Gary Hamel, a big name in management advice, yesterday posted there the online piece “The 15 Diseases of Leadership, According to Pope Francis.” A professor from Benedictine College’s School of Business [...]

‘A.D.: The Bible Continues’: Apostles Peter and John Speak (UPDATED)

Tonight, NBC airs episode two of “A.D.: The Bible Continues,” in which Jesus’ Apostles and disciples must move beyond the Lord’s Crucifixion and deal with His Resurrection and all that implies for their futures and that of the world. Chief among these is Simon, now called Peter, an ordinary Galilean fisherman who now finds himself [...]

New Netflix Series: Angsty Catholic Daredevil

Netflix is debuting a superhero series today: “Marvel’s Daredevil”. The first season is streaming for subscribers starting April 10, and like the Ben Affleck movie in 1993, it references the comic book superhero’s Catholic side. The first scenes give a taste of what is to come. First we meet Matt Murdock as a child, in [...]

It’s a Glorious Time to be a Faithful Catholic

It seems that these are grim times to be a faithful Catholic.  Some people in positions of great cultural influence seem to be animated by a disdain for Catholics and the Catholic Church.  Here’s one example that just came to my attention.  Masterpiece Theater is running a BBC miniseries that, apparently, is designed to make [...]

Taking ‘Species Dysphoria’ Seriously

For some, this post might seem either frivolous or ludicrous. Anything but serious. But I’m going to take this seriously. I’m also employing some level of satire (fair warning)—satire not directed at any persons or their suffering——but directed at a conceptual framework. So, let’s get serious (and satirical). Instead of falling woefully behind contemporary culture, [...]

These Honored Dead

This Thursday, it will have been one and a half centuries after the Civil War effectively ended with General Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Court House. To mark this occasion, Brian Beutler writing for The New Republic has engaged in a little historical revisionist trolling, by suggesting that we celebrate the anniversary by obliterating [...]

‘A.D.: The Bible Continues’: The Cross in the Sky, Mary and the Holy Spirit

Tonight, Easter Sunday, April 5, the 12-part series “A.D.: The Bible Continues” premieres on NBC, with executive producers and spouses Mark Burnett and Roma Downey continuing the saga they began with “The Bible” on History Channel in 2013 (and its two-hour movie version, “Son of God,” in 2014). A few days ago, I posted an [...]

10 Ways the Church Is Rising

  We are used to thinking of Christianity as a spent force, a dying ancient religion that had its day in the sun and now is over and done with. That is exactly how his opponents thought of Jesus on the original Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday. If the Church is the body [...]

‘A.D.: The Bible Continues’: Mark Burnett and Roma Downey Take Faith Mainstream

It’s January in Pasadena, California, and spouses and producing partners Mark Burnett and Roma Downey are happy for several cast members of “A.D: The Bible Continue,s” who flew all the way in from Ouarzazate, Morocco, to appear at a major NBC press event. Telling the story of the birth of Christianity, starting with the trial [...]



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