Category Archives: Culture

Wilson to Willson: God and Man at the Super Bowl

Yes, Patriots fans, I know that Tom Brady is a cradle Catholic who wed supermodel Gisele Bundchen at St. Monica’s Catholic Church in Santa Monica, California (a wedding attended by his year-and-a-half-old son by actress Bridget Monyahan, whom he did not marry, and during whose pregnancy he was courting his eventual wife). But, I’m a [...]

Screwtape Revisited

Recently, I had a chance to revisit C.S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters.  Doing so permitted me to appreciate once again Lewis’s considerable virtues.  It also reminded me of some things I had forgotten. In the considerable virtues category, I would emphasize his remarkable insight into our fallen human nature.  This is shown, for example, in [...]

VIDEO: Super Bowl 2015 Spotlight on Vince Lombardi’s Faith

Before Super Bowl XLIX starts (yes, that’s this year’s) the NFL Channel will air a documentary spotlighting Vince Lombardi, including discussion of how his devout Catholic faith shaped him into the coach he became (watch it below) The winner of the Super Bowl gets the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Lombardi started out hoping to be a [...]

What if things were actually getting better?

Are Millennials the New Victorians? That question runs counter to the conventional wisdom that Millennials are a disaster on every moral issue except abortion. But Michael Barone makes a strong case that the answer is yes and I believe him. “By almost any standard of behavior, Millennials are more virtuous than the previous generation,” declares [...]

You Won’t Believe Pharrell’s New “Happy” Lyrics Against Global Warming

Pharrell Williams (“Happy”) journeyed to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland last week to preach against global warming. He flew there in his private jet. 1700 of his rich friends (like Al Gore) also came on their private jets. While coverage of Pharrell’s anti-fossil-fuel speech was widespread, most of the media missed his remix performance [...]

Monsignor Ronald Knox: A Lost Sense of Decency

For Christmas I received as a gift, and I have been reading with joy and benefit, Ronald Knox’s religious memoir, A Spiritual Aeneid.  This book was written when Knox was still relatively young, so it is not a full autobiography.  It is rather an account of his conversion to Catholicism from Anglicanism–which was a pretty [...]

Reagan, John Paul II, and the Popemobile That Never Was

If you happen to be visiting the Southern California area, head to Simi Valley, north of Los Angeles, home of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library. Situated on a hilltop with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside (yes, there still is countryside in the Southland), it’s an interactive walk through Reagan’s personal, professional and [...]


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